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Updated: Mar 21, 2022

Based on the success of last year's Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival's exhibition "Empty Columns are a Place to Dream", curated by local artist Caroline Conway, this is a triple decker of an event incorporating:

Friday the 25th March promises to be a night to remember, and best of all, you are all invited!

Join us for this fascinating event.

The 5th and 6th year Art Class from St. Brendan’s Community School will create collages in response to the original exhibition held in Emmet Square in 2021.

Their work will be exhibited in Birr, examining the meaning of monuments, re-imagining them as sites of truth and reconciliation. Together, with the help of local artist Caroline Conway (who you might know from her recent projections on Tullamore Gaol) and collage artist Una Guldea they will help you see places and monuments that you see everyday in a brand new way!

The evening will also feature the exclusive Irish book Launch of Empty Columns are a Place to Dream by Ric Kasini Kadour. The book unpacks what monuments are and their role in our communities.

Ric will join us from Tennessee via video link and Caroline will facilitate a conversation about his book. He will be our guide on a whirlwind tour from the Megalithic monuments of Malta to Brú na Bóinne in Ireland via the Confederate monuments of Obion County, Tennessee before coming back closer to home with the empty column in the center of Birr.

Finally we will have a conversation with historian Regina Dunne and some of the artists that participated in the original Empty Columns are a Place to Dream exhibition as part of Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival 2021

All are welcome for this one of a kind FREE event, but BOOKING is ESSENTIAL as spaces are limited!

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Art teacher Yvonne Claffey (far left) with 5th and 6th year art students of St.Brendan's Community School Birrwith collage artist, Una Gildea (right side) putting final touches on the artworks for their upcoming outdoor exhibition at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Fri 25 March, 7pm , as part of 'Empty Columns Are a Place to Dream - How to use monuments for Good and Evil'Image credit: Caroline Conway

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The event Empty Columns Are a Place to Dream is funded by Birr Theatre & Arts Centre and is part of the Arts Council funded Spectacular Vernacular- Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary, In the Open/Faoin Spéir programme and Offaly County Council

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