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Tower Museum to host two fascinating talks

17 November 2017

Two insightful talks focusing on some fascinating topics of local interest will be taking place in the Tower Museum next week.

Local Art and the history of Housing and the Civil Rights Movement will come under the spotlight on Thursday 23rd of November, with talks taking place in both the morning and evening.

At 10.30am artist Adam Frew will be hosting a session of ‘Your City, Your Art’, which offers a unique opportunity for participants to engage directly with the artists and their work.

On Thursday evening at 7pm, Dr Adrian Grant will explore the work of the Derry Housing Action Committee with a talk entitled ‘When a house was more than a home: Housing and the Civil Rights movement’ as part of the ongoing Esmeé Fairbairn funded Speeches, Strikes and Struggles Project.

Roisin Doherty, Curator at the Tower Museum, said she was delighted to be hosting such a variety of events.

“We are delighted to have two very different events here at the Tower Museum on the same day to reach out to wider audiences. Adrian has delved into our Bridget Bond, Gerry Lynch and Peter Moloney Archives and his research should provide for a very interesting talk on an historic issue so local to the city.

“Meanwhile ‘Your City, Your Art’, offers the kind of intimacy that is not experienced in other media traditionally associated with understanding the thought process behind an artist’s work, such as books and documentaries. It’s a fantastic opportunity to ask the artist questions about their inspirations and techniques.

“Spaces for both these events are limited however, so we really encourage people to book for either or both events beforehand to ensure they have a seat.”

Local artist Adam Frew produces hand-crafted porcelain vessels inspired by traditional eastern forms. The key to his process is spontaneity which he employs as a means of personal expression. Frew’s work aims to capture the exuberance of the act of throwing so that energy and movement are communicated in his vessels. He is currently artist-in-residence at the Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, Co. Derry.

Dr Adrian Grant is an expert in the history of public housing in Northern Ireland and will explore how it formed a central pillar of the civil rights movement. In the absence of a dedicated history of housing in Northern Ireland, Adrian will pose a number of questions and identify the gaps in our knowledge of the issue that need to be filled.

“Public housing provision has always been a contentious issue in Ireland,” Dr Grant explains. “From the construction of the first ‘labourers cottages’ in the 1910s there has been controversy and opposition from certain quarters of society. Throughout the twentieth century, housing was one of the most troublesome issues for governments in Britain and Ireland. By the end of the 1960s tensions over these issues had reached fever pitch and violence soon broke out on the streets of Derry and Belfast.”

You can book places for the talks by emailing [email protected] or by calling 02871372411.