The Art of Choice is a Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office project, funded by Creative Ireland. The project was initially proposed by the Grainstore, dlr's youth arts facility, and has been developed and co-ordinated in conjunction with Superprojects curator Cleo Fagan, who has been facilitating a group of young people (age 16-25 years) to research and select a contemporary artwork(s) to add to the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown municipal art collection.
The aim of the project is to provide a temporary context for the interests and ideas of young people to inform the acquisition process for the collection. In undertaking the role of acquiring work for the collection, the participating group have entered into a process of learning about the artistic practices of an exciting range of professional artists. On the first day of the project, the group gathered together to consider their personal ideas about art and their hopes for the project. Visits were made by independent curator Aisling Prior and collections curator with The Irish Museum of Modern Art Claire Walsh, who shared their experiences of working in the field, considered the purpose of public art collections and offered practical advice to the group on developing their interest in contemporary art.
Through a combination of studio visits; trips to exhibitions and specially arranged viewings of artists’ work by their representative galleries, the group have seen the work of Neil Carroll, Dragana Jurisic, Hannah Fitz, Christopher Mahon, Mark Joyce, Niamh McCann, Mary Fitzgerald, Atsushi Kaga, Brian Fay, Emma Roche, Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Laura Fitzgerald, Bassam Al Sabah, Marcel Vidal and Joanne Reid. Visits to galleries have included The Kerlin Gallery, The Hugh Lane Gallery, The Project Arts Centre, The Oonagh Young Gallery, The RHA Gallery, Motherstankstation and The Green on Red Gallery.
All artists’ whose work was considered have either lived, worked or studied art in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area.
Following the phase of research, the group are due to make their final selection in December. The selected artwork/artworks will be announced at a special event in early 2019.