To celebrate the launch of Traveller Collection the publication and www.TravellerCollection.ie on 11 November 2021, artist Séamus Nolan discusses work being carried out to preserve and interpret the material culture of Irish Travellers. Traveller artist Rosaleen McDonagh, Traveller musician Thomas McCarthy and Traveller activist Martin Collins of Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre will participate. Following the presentations the publication and website will be launched by Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Joe Costello. The publication and website resulted from the project Traveller Collection at the Hugh Lane Gallery which was a partnership between the Hugh Lane Gallery, its Education Department and Create – the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts as part of the EU Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) in 2018. Artist Séamus Nolan worked with Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre to explore material and material processes within national and private collections relative to Irish Travellers. Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Joe Costello said: ‘I am very pleased to launch the Traveller Collection publication and website by artist Séamus Nolan. Establishing thoughtful creative connections between the City Gallery, artists and our communities is central to the Hugh Lane Gallery’s innovative programmes of engagement.’ Barbara Dawson, Director, Hugh Lane Gallery said: “Traveller Collection exhibition at Hugh Lane Gallery organised by artist Seamus Nolan was the first exhibition of Traveller art at the Gallery. We are very pleased to launch the resulting catalogue and website travellercollection.ie . This project is part of the gallery’s ongoing engagement with our diverse communities, working with participatory practice based artists and the national agency Create.” Artist Seamus Nolan said: "This artwork is not a museum to present the archives of Traveller culture nor the archives of settled visions or versions of interactions with Travellers but an attempt to open up a contextual space of commonality where previously these spaces served to exclude." Martin Collins, Co Director Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre said: "Traveller Collection helped give much needed visibility to Traveller culture and identity within art institutions. Through working with Traveller organisations it provides valuable insights into different approaches and how this important work on recognising Traveller contribution to society can be progressed. Pavee Point looks forward to working in future collaborations."
Traveller Collection publication is on sale in the Hugh Lane Gallery Bookshop €10