Exit 15 Exit 15 is a partnership programme between Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Voluntary Arts Ireland working with people and organisations living, working and based in the Ballyogan area. It is funded under the Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme 2017 and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Engagement is at the heart of this programme with emphasis on how to design cultural programmes that are responsive to and involve input from local people from the very start. About the Artists Mark Storor is an award winning British artist with an International reputation and extensive experience of working collaboratively with organisations and communities with little connection with the arts, and in sensitive settings. Mark works in the space between live art and theatre he specialises in giving voice to those we all too rarely choose to hear, often collaborating with people from vulnerable and marginalised communities. Exit 15 Project Storor’s project offer’s a methodology, a process which will lead to creating something important and meaningful. Over the duration of the project Storor will offer meaningful dialogue with people about what they are most interested in exploring and through the process the outcome will evolve. Michael McLoughlin’s work often focuses on lived memory and how we define the space we live in. This could be first memories of a place. How we give directions or describe it to someone else, or how we define the places that are important to us. Exit 15 Project There have been huge developments in the area over the last 30 years, the initial building in Ballyogan, local services, the M50, the LUAS, Carrickmines apartments, the Park and much more. With this art project, we hope to map experiences of all of these and the experience of an area in which people live, work, play, share and together help define for themselves, their families and friends. Michael's project engages with residents of all ages to map the experiences of living in the area of Exit 15. Together they will explore how residents negotiate the area now and how they did so at different points in time; 10, 20, 30 years ago. The artwork that comes from the project will be something that can be shared with future residents, or revisited down the way as a reminder of generations past. Michael Fortune has been a pioneer in the area of socially engaged work within Ireland over the past fifteen years and his practice has widened the conversations regarding the intersection of traditional and contemporary cultures. His life, interests and practice are an intertwined and inseparable mix of the ancient, the contemporary, the private, the public and the intangible. As part of the Exit 15 Project, Michael will explore folklore, stories and contemporary rituals and will use film, photography and media to capture findings. Micheal is working with a diverse range of people various background throughout the exit 15 area to explore the many cultural past and contemporary stories and rituals that connect us all. Follow the project on Facebook for live updates!