Throughout the spring, artist Jennie Moran connected with communities around Red Abbey Square. Together they explored ideas of hospitality, imagining how they could invite people to gather and connect; to create a space of welcome in the city.
A temporary bubble of hospitality in Cork city centre, inviting people to gather in the spirit of trusting strangers - hospitality is the crazy system invented by humans, in every corner of the earth, so that strangers could be welcomed into homes without fear. It is the agreement to hold-back suspicion of the other and embrace opportunities for exchange. The host offers shelter, safety, welcome; the guest brings distraction, adventure, and new ideas. Both are essential.
Antechamber of Possibility is a celebration of this gorgeous system. It is a place for swopping, sharing, teaching, connecting, learning, growing, laughing, storytelling. We welcome people to come along and be part of this temporary interruption, as guest or host. Taking inspiration from the pot-luck dinner, everyone brings something, and each offering is valued and visible. Together we reimagine an urban public space and ask the city to notice and remember the individuals who take pause in this spot and take on the role of trusting strangers.
Creative Parks is an annual partnership between Cork City Council’s Culture and Creativity Team and Cork Midsummer Festival, collaborating with artists and communities to develop an all- ages creative day within a city park.
Supported by Cork City Council, through the Creative Ireland Programme, an all-of-government initiative which places creativity at the centre of public policy. Further information from creativeireland.ie
CREATIVE PARKS: Antechamber of Possibility
Dates: Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 June
Location: Red Abbey Square
Times: 11-7pm daily
Schedule of Events
Saturday 23 June
11am - 1pm: ReciproCITY
This gathering is about making connections through objects and possessions. Co-hosted by The Lantern Project, Cork Clothes Swap and Cork Zero Waste. This is a pop-up exchange featuring collective crochet workshops, a clothes swap and a plant exchange. Learn to crochet wild flowers from the masters at The Lantern Project, bring your clothes and plants out into the neighbourhood and send them off on their new adventures. There will also be onsite fashion mechanics, repairing clothes with sewing machines #fixingfashion.
- Crochet workshop: Drop in, crochet hooks and wool provided
- Plant Swap guidelines: Max 5 plants. Seeds also welcome
- Clothing Swap Guidelines: Max 5 items of clothing. Washed and dried. No swimwear, underwear or pjs (hygiene reasons). No shoes, accessories, bags (storage reasons).
1.30pm - 4.30pm Food: The Poetry of Our Survival
Hosted by Cork Migrant Centre, this event is a celebration of food as a language common to us all, featuring stories, recipes and demonstrations from women of the Cork Migrants Centre.
5pm - 7pm: Low Key High Jinks
Gentle summertime merriment with music and makeshift glamour in the square.
Sunday 24 June
11am - 12pm: Connective Tissue
Friendly, inclusive movement session, with Niamh Geoghegan @humanatureireland ; waking our bodies up and thanking them for everything they do. No experience needed. Bring a yoga mat or rug so you can take a rest.
1pm - 4pm: Street feast Potluck
Join in on this neighbourhood potluck gathering. Bring along a dish, a plate, a set of cutlery and a ‘toast’. The toast can be a poem, a song, a tune, an aspiration for society. RSVP www.bit.ly/
5pm - 7pm, Closing Event: Conviviality
A welcoming space where we can reflect on our shared city, park and community, and perhaps share a song.