FROM I TO WE was the exploration of the landscape of human connectedness and collective action of inhabitants of Manorhamilton and surroundings. Artist Susanne Bosch takes a strong interest in the resilience of local communities through collective action. The artist explored the question of recognizing interdependence and living together as an art of cohabitation out of conviction but also based on the insight of urgent necessity. ‘Meitheal‘ describes the old Irish tradition where people in rural communities gathered together to help each other. Reciprocity and acting as one team is generating a huge level of camaraderie and friendship.
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Inspired by lots of happenings in the locality lately and in particular by the Glens to Sea conversations and lots of conversations around the inspirational homes weekend, we have been particularly struck by the level of people’s interest in more collaboration at a community level. The current Artist in Residence at the Sculpture Centre, Susanne Bosch, commented that the “lack of a ‘place’ where meaningful encounters can take place” was mentioned to her by a number of people she interviewed. Having really enjoyed the energy created by people coming together we thought that we’d like more of the same, because of that we are inviting you to our home on Saturday September 26th between 4 and 7pm to continue and expand the conversation. The themes so far have been around celebration, the shared economy, shared projects, a revival of meitheal, sharing resources e.g. tools, books, seeds, plants, garden space etc, sharing knowlege and skills, potential of a LETS system, etc the floor is yours to expand on any other themes.
Soup, bread, tea and coffee will be provided and anybody wishing to bring ‘pot luck’ contributions for us all to share will be most welcome. Children are very welcome.
We hope to do this on a monthly basis and see where it goes, so if you are interested and can’t make this time there will be more opportunities.
Looking forward to seeing you then, if you’ve any questions let us know.
Mairead and Rob