Project Space BelfastPS² & Rhyzom: Ruth Morrow, Fiona Woods, Dominic Stevens, Bryonie Reid, Craig Sands, Sarah Browne,
Peter Mutschler

THE IRISH VILLAGE
‘The Irish village has a peculiar charm, and its quality should be retained. We are not doing this. Many examples come to mind where condemned houses lining a village street are pulled down and rebuilt dotted about, perhaps half a mile from the village centre. Thus the village becomes a collection of shops, a public-house or two, with gaps where houses used to be. As a substitute for the village dwellings, thin ‘ribbons’ sprawl along the approaches. The whole quality of communal village life has disappeared, and the one-time inhabitants have to trudge for half a mile from all directions to get to it. The policy to be adopted in the retention of the village nucleus, while preventing the town from sucking dry the life of the countryside, demands careful consideration from a central authority. Such a policy should provide for village halls and social activities which would reinstate the village as a social agricultural centre, for it is mostly the lack of social life which drives people from the country.’ Manning Robertson: Implementing the national plan, 1943.

Project Context
PS²& RHYZOM will focus on the border condition on the Island of Ireland (between North and South), its different cultural policies, regional independence and creative activities in rural landscapes, villages and small towns.
The border region of Co. Leitrim, Republic of Ireland- the county with the lowest population and Co. Armagh in Northern Ireland (Portadown/Craigavon) are the research areas. They allow for a compact, comparative study of cultural, social, political and rural/urban similarities and differences and its impact on the cultural production.
The multidisciplinary group of artists, cultural geographer and architect from the North and South of Ireland will analyse these divergent developments and come up with individual projects, which will contribute to the overall Rhyzom research.

Ruth Morrow: professor of architecture at Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Fiona Woods: artist, curator, writer and organiser of the ‘Ground up’ collective, County Clare, Republic of Ireland.
Dominic Stevens: architect, writer and lecturer, Co. leitrim, Republic of Ireland.
Dr. Bryonie Reid: artist and cultural geographer, Co.Leitrim, Republic of Ireland.
Sarah Browne
: artist and writer, Co. Leitrim, Republic of Ireland.
Peter Mutschler: artist and organiser of PS², Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Study areas: (to be extended)
Republic of Ireland: Co.Leitrim
-The Dock - cultural centre with a focus on rural art initiatives- www.thedock.ie/
-Organic Centre, Manorhamilton-Center for alternative agriculture and living- www.theorganiccentre.ie/.
-Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, non-metropolitan workplace for artists- www.leitrimsculpturecentre.ie
-Northern Ireland: Co. Armagh
-Millennium Court,
Portadown, Artscentre typical for the regions in a still contested space/ regional town.  www.millenniumcourt.org/

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Outcome - Individual projects +Cross Border Art/ Architecture Newspaper and Alternative Guide




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