• Wednesday , 13 November 2019

Home on the Grange

A Home On The Grange, Dublin - Aisling McCoy

Led by architect/curator Emmett Scanlon, photographer Aisling McCoy and made in collaboration with graphic designer Paul Guinan, Home On The Grange is a community-based public art project that aims to harness our latent but often unacknowledged creativity in homemaking. Even in seemingly identical houses, people occupy, use and creatively appropriate the places they inhabit with an often modest but typically sophisticated enthusiasm and they do this over time and on a daily basis. This process reflects their individual histories and personalities but is rarely discussed in this way. Working in collaboration with a number of local inhabitant-participants  to document, discuss and present how they each make home, the Home On The Grange project thus aims to reveal aspects of the diverse individual and collective identities of people in the Grangegorman neighbourhood.  The project began in June 2016.

Home On The Grange will develop on the ground and in stages in order to involve, include and engage with people making their homes in the Grangegorman neighbourhood. To begin, three newspapers will be issued by the Home on the Grange team. These papers will contain stories  of living and making a home in this part of Dublin city, using new drawings, photographs, writing, and interviews. The first issue will invite further contributions from people living in this neighbourhood to be included in subsequent issues.

The artists propose using the network of hair salons and barbers in the neighbourhood and working with some of the business owners to distribute the newspapers. ‘As we have walked the neighbourhood and visited the salons and barber shops over the last weeks, we have found the response on the ground to be warm and enthusiastic and we are really excited about hearing, telling and sharing stories with the individuals who use these hair-rooms, rooms which in many cases are like informal community hubs for the people living in this neighbourhood.’

The project will then move from the hair-rooms to homes full of heir-looms. Speaking about this transition, the team note:  ‘We wish to collaborate with inhabitant-participants to deepen the discussions on how people occupy and use their own homes. Their stories will be recorded and documented, their knowledge of home making honoured and recognised, affording them real agency and collaboration in the project. The work that is produced will be displayed, shared and returned to the Grangegorman neighbourhood, deepening our collective knowledge and experience of the creative processes that occur as we make home.’

Home on the Grange has been commissioned under Pathway 2 of the ‘… the lives we live’, the Grangegorman Public Art Project. This pathway centres on community based projects and events and aims to increase local participation and engagement with life through the arts.


Emmett Scanlon is an architect, designer, writer and curator based in Dublin 9. His work focuses on mapping and understanding the relationship between people and buildings and in particular the house. In 2015 he was selected for New Horizon Architecture from Ireland, as part of ID2015, Year of Design. For this he curated and designed an exhibition called Nine Lives – which examined the design and use of eight architecturally designed houses. This work was first shown at the Design Museum, London and the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny.

Aisling McCoy is a photographer based in Smithfield who is interested in the role of image in defining place. Her series The Radiant City extends her work on the ideology of place and has been part of a travelling exhibition at international photo festivals in Kassel, Istanbul, Madrid, Oslo, Paris and Dublin.

Paul Guinan is a graphic designer who has published several independent, newsprint publications and pamphlets. He is a founding member of SET Collective, which won the Irish Architecture Foundation’s Archizines competition in 2013. SET Collective is a group through which he explores alternative approaches to print, design and distribution.




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