Collaboration

Turner Prize

Array are a collective of artists and activists rooted in Belfast. They create collaborative actions in response to social issues – for example, around language, gender and reproductive rights – affecting themselves, their communities and allies. Array reclaim and question traditional identities associated with Northern Ireland in playful ways that merge performance, protest, ancient mythology, photography, installation and video. 

The Druithaib’s Ball, new work for Turner Prize 2021, has been realised twice over. In Belfast it was a wake for the centenary of Ireland’s partition in the Black Box (grassroots venue), and was attended by semi-mythological druids along with a community of artists and activists wearing hand-made costumes. 

At the Herbert, the event has been transformed into an immersive installation. An imagined síbín (a ‘pub without permission’) hosts a film created from the Belfast event, and a TV showing Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive. A large canopy styled from banners provides a floating roof. The síbín is approached through a circle of flag poles, that references ancient Irish ceremonial sites and contemporary structures, and is illuminated by a dawn-to-dusk light. 

Array invite us into a place of contradictions where trauma, dark humour, frustration, and release coexist. It is a place to gather outside the sectarian divides that have dominated the collective memory of the North of Ireland for the last hundred years. 

Array have also intervened in the Herbert’s collections, inserting an etching of The Druthaib’s Ball, into the Old Masters Gallery and displaying banners on ‘designated days’.

Array Collective are:  

Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell, Jane Butler, Emma Campbell, Alessia Cargnelli, Mitch Conlon, Clodagh Lavelle, Grace McMurray, Stephen Millar, Laura O’Connor and Thomas Wells.  

Is comharghrúpa ealaíne agus gníomhaíochais é Array atá fréamhaithe i mBéal Féirste. Cruthaíonn siad taispeántas comhoibríoch mar fhreagra ar cheisteanna sóisialta a bhaineann leis an ghrúpa, le pobal s’acu agus a chuid comghguaillí — mar shampla, cearta teanga, comhionannas inscne agus cearta inscne agus atáirgthe. 

Úsáideann Array taibhealaín, léiriú, agóid, miotas ársa, grianghrafadóireacht, suiteán agus físeán i modh grinn chun féiniúlachtaí traidisiúnta a bhaineann le Tuaisceart na hÉireann a athslánaigh agus ceistigh. Is sealbhóirí na dtraidisiún cultúrtha iad.

Is saothar nua é The Druithaib’s Ball’, faoi choinne Duais Uí Tornóir 2021. Chruthaíodar an saothar faoi dhó. I mBéal Feirste, tórramh a bhí ann ar son an cothrom céad bliain de chríochdheighilt na hÉireann. Sa Bhosca Dubh a bhí an bál, ionad cosmhuintire i lár na cathrach. D’fhreastail draoithe páirtmiotaseolaíochta ar an chóisir, chomh maith le baicle ealaíontóití agus gníomhaithe le éadaí lámhdheánta orthu.

Ansin, i Gailearí Uí Hoireabaird, rinne Array suiteán tumthach as an imeacht. Chruthaigh siad síbín samhalta. Is teach tábhairne mídhleathach é an síbín agus óstálann sé an scannán a rinne Array as an imeacht i mBéal Feirste. Tá teilifís ann chomh maith a thaispeánann gearrthóg ón gCartlann Digitech Fís Tuaisceart Éireann. De bhratacha atá ceannbhrat mór déanta, agus obraíonn sé mar díon foluaineach. Ar an mbealach isteach go dtí an síbín, téimid tríd ciorcal déanta as chrann brataí, ag déanamh tagairt do láithreacha deasghnácha Sean-Ghaeilge agus struchtúr comhaimseartha, agus báitear an áit i solas na gréine ó dhubh go dubh. 

Cuireann Array fáilte romhaibh go dtí an áit neamhréitithe, an áit seo ina mhaireann tráma, greann dubh, frustrachas, agus faoiseamh le chéile. Áit ina bhfuil daoine ábalta bailigh le chéile, gan an scoilt sheicteach a bhfuil go fóil i gcroí agus in aigne an phobail i Tuaisceart na hÉireann le céad bliain anuas. 

Fágann Array lorg s’acu i mbailiúchán Uí Hoireabaird chomh maith. Chuir siad eitseáil den ‘Druithaib’s Ball’ isteach i Gailearaí na tSean-Mórealaíontóirí agus beidh bratacha ar taispeáint ar ‘na laethanta socraithe’ 

Is muidne, le meas. Is muidne Array:

Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell, Jane Butler, Emma Campbell, Alessia Cargnelli, Mitch Conlon, Clodagh Lavelle, Grace McMurray, Stephen Millar, Laura O’Connor and Thomas Wells.  

Jerwood Collaborate!

Jerwood Arts, London
2 Oct- 15 Dec 2019

Array is a collective based in Belfast which creates collaborative actions in response to socio-political issues affecting Northern Ireland. The group comprises of artists: Sighle Bhreatnach-Cashell, Sinéad Bhreatnach-Cashell, Jane Butler, Alessia Cargnelli, Emma Campbell, Mitch Conlon, Clodagh Lavelle, Grace McMurray, Stephen Millar, Laura O’Connor and Thomas Wells. Their installation, As Others See Us, is centred on three fictional characters drawn from the pre-Christian myths and folklore of ancient Ireland: ‘The Sacred Cow’, ‘The Long Shadow’ and ‘The Morrigan’. These characters have shape-shifted through crowds at Belfast Pride and the banks of the River Thames in London and have been documented through film, performance, sculpture and textiles. Array hosted a symposium at Jerwood Arts, opening the discussion around activist work in Northern Ireland to like-minded artists and activists from different generations to directly respond to the issues raised in the work, exploring tensions and possible resolutions.