Working with local communities is important to us. We want our learning
programmes to reflect the diversity within our local communities. We want people living and working in communities close to each of our four Museum sites, to think of us as their ‘local museum’. Projects and events help Museum staff to build more sustainable and deeper relationships with our local communities, opening up the Museum as a space where people can share their stories and interpretations of objects they see on display with each other and with Museum staff.
A key collaboration we continue to maintain at the Museum of Decorative Arts and History, is the Stoneybatter Festival. This festival unites the local community and showcases everything that is great about the Dublin 7 area of Dublin. The Museum continues to work with festival organisers each year. The 2018 Stoneybatter Festival programme saw Artist in Residence, Róisín de Buitléar, working with local communities as they explored the past through the lens of the Museum’s collections. The workshop was a chance for Róisín and the Museum to reach out a connect more with the surrounding local communities generating a rich and engaging experience.
Róisín also facilitated a number of guided visits to the CAUTION! Fragile, Irish Glass – Tradition in Transition, giving visitors a first hand overview of the exhibition and her practice as a glass artist.
Stoneybatter Festival Images: Paul Sherwood Photography.
CAUTION! Fragile, Irish Glass – Tradition in Transition Exhibition Images - Aisling Dunne