April 17, 2007
The Ground Up Artists' Collective has been awarded the Space Shuttle as a result of the auction by PS2. The collective will use the Shuttle as temporary public art space and a platform for discussion about the rural context.
A scaled down replica of PS2 project space in Belfast, the Space Shuttle is a multifunctional, creative box sent temporarily into 'orbit' to outside locations where it is used as a working platform for interdisciplinary artist groups and community organisations and initiatives.
The primary aim of the Ground Up Artists' Collective is to develop contexts for the presentation of art in the rural environment, bringing art processes to the heart of rural communities. One of the obstacles encountered by artists in rural contexts is the lack of public spaces. The Space Shuttle will temporarily address this and allow the Collective to programme a range of activities, all of which will be context specific, and will include; discursive projects, exchange events, exhibits, workshops, film shows; consultation events, works commissioned especially for the space and many more.
Place: Mountshannon artsfestival, South West Clare
Time: 16th of May - 2rd of June 2008 in Mountshannon
From Programme of events INISCEALTRA festival of ARTS 2008, with the theme of Community:
"Astrid Adler will be based in Mountshannon from the 16th May - 2nd June in the mobile studio called 'The Space Shuttle '(on loan from the Ground Up artists collective, West Clare).The silver studio will be used by Astrid's community based Art Project where she will collect stories, practices and prayers from people in the local community about 'divine females' such as St Bridget.These ideas will be used to create portraits in the future. If you are in the village, feel free to call in and share your knowledge and views with Astrid or find out more in 'The Space Shuttle'."
And this is a birth-card, I designed, inspired by it.