HOME – a conversation between artist Pat Curran and architectural historian Dr Ellen Rowley on the lived experience and value of social housing specific to Dublin 8. Filmed in September 2021 during Pat’s solo exhibition – HOME – at Pallas Projects.
Filmmaker: Cathy Dunne.
Produced by Common Ground.
Pat Curran grew up in Dolphin House flats and the Liberties. An early school leaver Pat returned to formal education and graduated from NCAD with an MFA in painting in 2014. Pat’s open studio practice is an exchange between him and local people. His work reflects how inner city Dublin life is changing and how it contributes to a wider conversation about class, social justice and access to artistic expression. Pat had his first solo show in Pallas Projects in September 2021 and is currently artist in residence at the Lodge, Inchicore, Dublin 8 with Common Ground. Pat’s works are also housed in the Office of Public Works Collection – Dept. of Taoiseach and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway.
Dr Ellen Rowley is an architectural and cultural historian, a teacher and a writer, with wide-ranging research interests around Ireland’s built environment of the twentieth century. She is interested in housing history, architectures of everyday life, the intersection of social histories and buildings, the place of the Catholic Church in Ireland’s built environment, and architectural writing in the 1940s–60s in Britain and
Ireland. She has recently published her architectural history of Dublin housing, Housing, Architecture and the Edge Condition (Routledge, Taylor + Francis); as well as More Than Concrete Blocks, volumes 1 and 2 which are socio-cultural histories of Dublin’s buildings from 1900 to 1972, commissioned by Dublin City Council. Volume 3 is currently under production. In 2017, Ellen was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, for services to Irish architecture.
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