A Big YES Please
Please Vote "Yes" on the May 25th Referendum to amend the constitution on the 8th Amendment for a fairer, equal and just Ireland.
Written and Performed by Gerard Mannix Flynn
SUNDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2017
TAILORS HALL, BACK LANE, DUBLIN 8
DOORS OPEN 3.30PM
PERFORMANCE AT 4PM
A Combatant recalls the wreckage and havoc of war and his part in it.
"I am a fighter, a soldier. Fighters' blood runs through my veins, the air I breathe is warrior air created by mankind, ever warring with itself"
available through http://templebartickets.ie/e/10/festival-of-politics
(22-26 Nov 2017)
Tickets also available on the door
Farcry Productions Limited in association with Temple Bar Company and the Festival of Politics
Barbara Blaine Memorial Service
The great Barbara Blaine entered many people's lives when they most needed her. Barbara has passed out of this world but it is unlikely she will ever pass out of the lives that she enriched, including mine.
There will always be fond memories and although you are gone from us, your courage and spirit and honesty will never be absent.
Her memorial mass can be viewed below it was broadcast live on 28th October 2017 from and also a work we did in 2012 'Murder of our Soul' (Temple Bar, Dublin) - it was made possible by the kind permission of Barbara Blaine, who allowed me to present the images (including her own) of the many courageous members of SNAP USA. (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests).
The images are all from their childhood, taken in and around the time of their abuse by catholic priests.
This work was seen by hundreds of thousands of members of the public who passed it by on a daily basis in a Dublin street ensuring that our suffering wouldn't go unnoticed.
Ní fheicfaimid a leitheidí arís ann -
Her likes, will not be seen again.
Maintenance on the Site at Temple Bar West
KAMERINO, CATALAN POP-UP SHOP COMES TO DUBLIN
Exclusive five-day sale of a unique collection of handmade pieces from the old workshop of a historic Barcelona shop specialising in party favours and theatrical curios.
You’ll find cardboard masks, hats and instruments, genuine Japanese lanterns, paper toys and a dazzling array of other weird and wonderful objects made between 1926 and 1948.
Ní fheicfaidh tú a leithéidí arís ann.
Opening March 1st to March 5th 2017 at 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin.
Catalan artist and collector Xavier Palet Sabater will arrive and set up his fantastic theatrical shop.
Talk: Art for Parties and Street Theatre, Barcelona 1926-1948 by Xavier Palet Sabater
We’ll also be giving a dramatised talk to offer a peep behind the scenes of the project at 3pm on Saturday 4 March.
The talk is free but please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to reserve a space. Limited to 25 persons.
Xavier's talk will be translated by Tim James Morris.
Workshop: 1.30pm-2.30pm March 4th 2017 - the art of hat making. Please bring your own scissors. Cost €10
Limited to 10 Persons. Contact Farcry email to book.
WHERE:adifferentkettleofishaltogether, 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin
WHEN: from 1 to 5 March 2017.
Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm
18 Ormond Quay, Dublin
The building is now the new home of Dublin Civic Trust who will be putting the building under wraps for 12 months while they carefully restore and bring back to life this wonderful structure. The Kamerino shop will be the last event before the scaffolding goes up on 18 Ormond. Come by and meet Xavier and grab the opportunity to buy some truly exquisite rare and beautiful items at great prices.
POP-UP SHOP KAMERINO. Barcelona
* Spanish text revised: Dates of shop opening are Wednesday 1st March 2017-Sunday 5th March
Xavier Palet Sabater was born in a small town in L’Empordà, Catalonia. In 2000 he embarked on an artistic career restoring antique furniture and artwork while managing his workshop and the Kamerino shop in Calonge. Since 2007 he has also worked in the field of performance art and theatre, designing, directing and performing his own work at a number of festivals. In 2016 he launched the Kamerino de l’Enginy project in Barcelona.
Tim James Morris grew up on the south coast of England to a family with Welsh roots, but has lived for the last 15 years in Barcelona, where he translates for art exhibitions, festivals and other cultural events.
Tim will translate Xavier’s talk and workshop on Saturday 4th March 2017
AN HONARARY BENEFIT CONCERT FOR TONY MACMAHON
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION: DISBAND THE ARTANE BAND
I just started a petition: Disband the Artane Band.
It is no longer appropriate, with what we now know, about residential institutional child abuse at Artane Industrial School, that this band, should be still in existence, wearing the uniform of that institution, and making statements that they are proud of their history when in actual fact, the vast part of that history was engulfed in horrendous human rights breaches upon children, including child sex abuse at Artane Industrial school, where the band was founded.
We who are the survivors should not have to endure the ordeal of this band in that uniform, parading around Croke Park, or any other public place. This is a constant active reminder of our ordeals and every effort should be made for this to stop.
Our lives, in those institutions, matter. What happened to us matters. We have a right to get on with our lives to recover and to heal. The Artane Band, in its present form, is a major obstacle to that process. No other band of its type would be allowed to get away with what they are getting away with. The band is still under the control of the Christian Brothers through the Artane Music School.
If enough people sign my petition, we can make a difference.
Here's a link to the petition:
And here's a link to share it on Facebook:
If there's anyone you know who might be able to help me spread the word, please let me know. Thanks so much -- I really appreciate your help!
Cllr Mannix Flynn
Mannix Flynn on Irish State and Church Institutional Abuse - Video commences 15.00
SOMEBODY'S CHILD - Exchange Street, Dublin
SOMEBODY'S CHILD art extallation
at Exchange Street, Temple Bar West, Dublin 2
on Saturday 21st November at 2pm
Speaker: Cllr Mannix Flynn
This is an on-street event please be prepared for the weather.
FORSAKEN EXHIBITION AT DOLLARD HOUSE, DUBLIN
Installation by Gerard Mannix Flynn & Maedhbh Mc Mahon
EXHIBITION NOW CLOSED
Dollard House, Wellington Quay, Dublin
The work in Forsaken makes visible the people banished and abandoned behind the walls of Mother and baby homes, Women's refuges and Magdalen Laundries throughout Ireland, including those who never even obtained life's breath, including those whose final resting place was a cold grave with no name and no identity to mark their ever having been here.
The Irish State has yet to reclaim all of these individual citizens as their own by the delivery of meaningful justice. Irish society also needs to take responsibility for the silence and the indifference which allowed such horrors to be perpetrated in plain sight in so many villages, towns and cities throughout this country. And indeed, under the guise of Christianity, for that same horror to flow out from here to Australia, to Canada and to . . . .
The good and charitable deeds of the Irish Church and the Irish people have long been celebrated, but they do not ameliorate the mistreatment of tens of thousands of women and children who committed no crime. In filaments and fragments, two large stitched ground plans of an institutional compound give poignant expression to the regime of hard labour, incarceration and slavery endured by generations of these women, girls and their infants; while, simple requiem plaques seek to acknowledge them as members of this society.
Forsaken hopes to dignify and return individuality to people who were victimised by harsh and unforgiving institutions. This work advocates for people to not forsake themselves. No matter what the hardship imposed by others, people can move on; they can, once again, take command of their souls and spirits and move forward with their lives. It wasn’t, after all, their own dirty linen these women and girls were washing; it was ours, and it has to be asked why the Irish State and the Catholic Church continue this practice of “forsaking”.
Farcry Events November 2014 - Talk by Dr Gabriella Calchi Novati - Nov 27th at 7.30pm
Lecturer in Performance Studies & Critical Theory & Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
The Space of Gerard Mannix Flynn’s “Performances of
Inclusion”: Forsaken Heterotopias
‘A society, as its history unfolds, can make an existing heterotopia function in a very different fashion.’
‘Within [the] simple space in which things are normally arranged and given names, the aphasic will create a multiplicity of tiny, fragmented regions in which nameless resemblances agglutinate things into unconnected islets.’
TIME AND DATE: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 27TH at 7.30pm
WHERE: FORSAKEN, DOLLARD HOUSE, WELLINGTON QUAY, DUBLIN
ADMISSION FREE/LIMITED SPACES.
Please contact email@example.com if you wish to find out more information and book a space for this talk.
Dr. Calchi-Novati received a B.A. magna cum laude in Letters & Philosophy, an M.A. (honors) in Public Relations from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan) and an M.Phil. (first) in Irish Drama & Film from Trinity College Dublin. Her work has appeared in Performance Research, Performance Paradigm, About Performance, and Cinema: Journal of Philosophy & the Moving Image; and in edited collections. She holds a Ph.D. awarded with distinction for her thesis Performativities of Intimacy in the Age of Biopolitics. She lectures in Performance Studies and Critical Theory, and she is working on her second PhD in Political Philosophy under the supervision of Professor Alenka Zupančič in the Institute of Philosophy at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, in Ljubljana.
For a list of publications:
Farcry Productions - One Off Series - Emptied Memories
A Presentation of Taiwanese digital Theatre and Dance with Chou, Tung-Yen
The presentation consists of a screening of a short film (taken from the performance of Emptied Memories) followed by a talk on the technology used in the making of this dance piece.
Thursday September 19th at 7.30pm
Adifferentkettleoffishaltogether, 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7
Admission Free: Limited Space please book a seat through firstname.lastname@example.org
About - Chou, Tung-Yen
CHOU, Tung-Yen holds an MA in Scenography with distinction from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and a BFA in Theatre Directing from TNUA. Currently a lecturer teaching in the School of Theatre, Taipei National University of the Arts, he is also the director of Very Mainstream Studio. CHOU works mainly in film and theatre arts. His film and video works have been nominated and participated in various international film festivals. Recently he has collaborated closely as well as diversely with many of Taiwan’s performing arts groups (including Performance Workshop, Godot Theatre Company, Tainaner Ensemble, Flying Group Theatre, Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group, Taiwan Drama Performance, Dark Eyes Performance Lab, Scarecrow Contemporary Dance Company, Horse DanceTheatre, National Symphony Orchestra and Taipei Chinese Orchestra) In addition, CHOU has also done excellent work in interdisciplinary creative projects incorporating technology with performing arts.
June 14th-July 28th 2013
Closing Sunday 28th July at 5pm
by Maedhbh Mc Mahon
Dialogue, Culture Space, 43A Vyner Street London E29DQ
Gallery Opening Hours: July 2013
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11am-5.30pm
Email email@example.com for private viewing outside hours
Nearest tube: Bethnal Green
Bus: 55, 26, 253, 8
For generations the Catholic Church and the Irish state conspired to detain tens of thousands of Irish citizens in a network of forced labour camps throughout the Republic of Ireland. Part of this network was the Magdalene laundry system where women and young girls were stripped of all identity and banished to a perpetual servitude of hard labour washing society’s clothes. These institutions of incarceration and detention were used to contain people, to lock them up and lock them away; many, whose freedom was snatched from them, never saw the outside world again. Their remains lie - often without name, identity or cause of death - behind the institutions that dominate the landscape of towns, villages and cities throughout Ireland.
In many incidences, the children of these women and girls, were taken and sold abroad to Catholic families under the guise of legal adoption and those ‘stolen and trafficked children’ are today seeking their true authentic identities in the face of denial and indifference. The trauma cultivated and practiced by the institution of the Catholic Church is, by and large, still being covered up and this silence keeps alive the violence of such regimes of terror, leaving many of those traumatized and terrorised children still seeking answers to why such injustices and crimes were committed against them and why society shamed and shuned them all in the name of Jesus.
In filaments and fragments, two large stitched ground plans of one of these institutional compounds (Limerick) give poignant expression to the institutionalism and the regime of hard labour, incarceration and slavery endured by the generations of women, girls and their infants. For some of those who managed to escape, England became a place of sanctuary and refuge from persecution. It is only now, that the true stories of what happened to these women in the Magdalene laundry system are being told and being treated as a serious attack on human rights.
The time has come for a full Independent public inquiry
Farcry Productions at Dialogue Culture Space, 43A Vyner St, London
SNAP World Conference on Child Sexual Abuse - Dublin
Venue: Camden Court Hotel, Lower Camden St, Dublin 2
Friday 1pm-5pm / 7.30pm Performance (James X) by Gerard Mannix Flynn (Free entry)
This conference, organised by Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) will be opened by Colm O’Gorman (CEO Amnesty International Ireland) who will give the keynote address. Other prominent contributors include Maeve Lewis (One In Four), Mari T. Steed (Justice for Magdalenes), Fr. Tom Doyle (Dominican Priest), Pam Spees (attorney at Centre for Constitutional Rights, New York), Juan Carlos Cruz (Chile),Pat Wall (Canon Lawyer) Paddy Doyle (author/campaigner), Marie Collins (campaigner), Bruce Arnold (author and senior political correspondent, Irish Independent) , Jeff Anderson (Lawyer, NY), Sandrau Fernau (Sociologist at Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony) Patsy Mc Garry (chief religious affairs correspondent, Irish Times), Marco Politi (Papal biographer)
Abuse thrives in secrecy and silence; this event offers society an opportunity to speak of it. The global phenomenon of child sexual and institutionalised abuse doesn’t just do damage to individuals, it does damage to every society in which it is allowed to happen – it makes guilty bystanders of us all.
The conference will examine issues of accountability, justice and best practice for the protection and welfare of children and vulnerable adults and present an opportunity for those involved to meet and exchange ideas, concerns and advancements.
The three-day conference includes plenary sessions and smaller breakout sessions.
List of Speakers and Biogs: http://snapdublinconference.wordpress.com/speakers/
Suggested price €65 euros and €150 for professionals
Those who have experienced abuse may pay a donation of their choice.
Those who wish to attend and have difficulty with the fees please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule of Speakers: http://www.snapworldconference.org/schedule.html
For further information please see: http://www.snapnetwork.org/
Ireland-:Cllr Mannix Flynn 087 2246664
United States :Barbara Blaine, SNAP President, +1 312 399 4747,
Irish Stock Exchange, Dublin 22/23rd Jan
BOTH JINX PERFORMANCES ARE NOW BOOKED OUT
JINX LENNON in performance
Ophelia McCabe and Temper-mental MissElayneous
Free but booking essential email@example.com
8pm sharp- limited 50 persons each night
VOICING IT - Talk Series-22/23rd Jan
Venue: Irish Stock Exchange, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
22nd Talk by RAY YEATES - CEO Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Dublin City Arts Officer
"Debt, Solvency and Vision"
23rd January Talk by SINEAD MC COOLE - Author/Historian/Curator
"Other voices - Unmanageable and Disreputable women"
Irish Stock Exchange, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Admission to both talks are FREE
Requiem for a Business Class - a talk by Gerard Mannix Flynn (Date and time to be confirmed)
BEFORE - by Bill Hastings 22nd-27th Jan
Photographic Exhibition Projection
at Bernardo Square, City Hall Dublin - 5pm-11pm daily
Bill Hastings is an architect, photographer and designer. He grew up in Dublin in the 1950s and 1960s. He studied architecture at UCD in Earlsfort Terrace from 1965 to 1970. His practice, now called ARC Consultants, covers architecture, photography, graphic design, historic building survey, digital modelling and animation; as well as consultancy in a number of areas relating to conservation and planning.
All the photographs that form part of this exhibition ‘Before’ were taken in Dublin between the mid 1960s and the mid 1970s. Most of the photographs arise simply from the habit of carrying a camera at all times.
'Othered' a term which refers to the act of emphasizing perceived weaknesses of maginalized groups and individuals as a way of stressing the alleged strength of those in positions of power
'Trafficked' - The bought and sold
Since the foundation of the State, thousands of babies have been removed from their lawful parents and their native land and sold to adoptive parents. This practice was, by and large, carried out by Religious congregations and in many cases the Irish State turned a blind eye. The mothers of these children were coerced into signing documents that would remove their rights to any information on their children and their whereabouts. These babies were trafficked out of Ireland mainly into the United States of America. All of these babies have been denied access to their personal histories and knowledge of their birth mothers and fathers. This cruel and inhumane treatment and denial of personal information on one’s identity constitutes a form of ethnic cleansing.
The destruction and elimination of one’s origin, the beginning of the self, was erased and for many people a lifetime sense of absence ensued. These people are still seeking to realign themselves with their birth mother and family and to be able to obtain access and ownership to all relevant personal and medical information and documentation.
The ‘banished’ children of this nation deserve their rights and their place in the history of this land. They deserve their birth certificates, their records and all the relevant information that is being held by the State, its agents and servants, and the church, its agents and servants that will give them a roadmap to achieving their full selves and their full identity. These are our brothers and our sisters, our aunts and our uncles, our nieces and nephews, our sweethearts, our family. Let this be a true gathering of equals. Support the cause, acknowledge this unjust denial and bring back the banished babies to their rightful place. To be silent on this issue is the continuation of a violence.
It is time to end this perpetual exile, facilitated by the Irish State and Irish Church. The light that reflects from a mother’s eyes to her new born child is the eternal home and that reflection needs to be actualised and manifested now in ‘action’. Stop the prolonged injustice of those, who as babies, were trafficked with their identities erased.
Lets bring them home.
Video : https://vimeo.com/50934387
More information relating to adoption rights at http://www.adoptionrightsalliance.com/
Marathon Irish @Dialogue Cultural Space
Dialogue, 43A Vyner Street, E29DQ London
A micro event of major Irish culture. This event will stage exhibitions, musical events, talks, performance by Irish artists, thinkers and cultural creators at Vyner Street in Londons East end. The events will run over a period of 3 months at Dialogue Cultural Space, 43A Vyner Street.
Visual artists exhibiting include: Caoimhe Kilfeather, Chris Doris, Wendy Judge, Michael Coleman, Aoife Barrett, Perry Ogden, David Quinn, Maedhbh Mc Mahon, Sheila Rennick, Alannah Robins, Mary Donnelly, Liam Ryan and McDermott & McGough
Musicians Jinx Lennon, Mark Corcoran, Candice Gordon, Maud in Cahoots, Noel O Grady, writers Ronan Sheehan, Philip Casey and many more
Poets, thinkers, film-makers, performers will showcase through out the summer months in the East End of London
Marathon Irish website www.marathonirish.com . Follow events on Twitter @marathonirish
Tel: 0044 208 9805809
Petition: Call to postpone the State monument to victims of abuse Ireland.
James X at Berkeley CA One performance only
The Lounge, Newman Hall,2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley, California
Sunday 11th March at 2pm This is a complimentary Performance
MURDER OF OUR SOUL
This work is in association with the CCR (Centre for Constitutional Rights New York) and SNAP (Survivors Network of those abused by priests) in support and in solidarity with those who wish to bring those responsible for Child Rape and Sex crimes within the Catholic Church and other faith based organisations to accountability and justice for the hundreds of thousands of crimes committed against children throughout the world.
Farcry productions is honoured and grateful for the use of the images of these United States Citizens who were betrayed as children by those most trusted in our society.
See Link below for CCR/SNAP Press Release ccrjustice.org/newsroom/press-releases/clergy-sex-victims-file-international-criminal-court-complaint-case-charges-vatican-officials-‘crime
An honorary benefit evening for The Pecker Dunne NOT TO BE MISSED
Pecker Dunne through his lyrics and his music which describe injustices and prejudice brought the issue of classicism, inequality and ethnicity to the forefront of Irish society.
All revenues from this honorary concert will go directly to the care and well-being of Mr Dunne. This concert will feature members of the Dunne family and renowned special guests.
Singers and musicians include, the Dunne family (Stephen, Sarah, Paddy) Josie Doherty, Patrick Cassidy, Tommy Doran, Selina O Leary, Jinx Lennon, Steve Cooney and many more. Many surprise artists will play at this event. Only 150 tickets are available . Buy your tickets here http://entertainment.ie/event/Festival/City-Hall,-Dublin/A-Gala-Benefit-for-The-Pecker-Dunne/2611028.htm
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special CD REAL has been produced for the event all monies of which will go directly to Madeline Dunne.
Cllr Mannix Flynn will be hosting this event.
This event has been sponsored and organised by the Temple Bar Tradfest http://www.templebartrad.com/
All photos of the Pecker by Pat Crowe http://www.patcrowephotography.com/#
James X - New York - FINISHED 2011
THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED THE NEW YORK SHOWS AND PARTICIPATED IN THE TALKS. IT WAS A VERY MEMORABLE TWO WEEKS AND WE WILL BE BACK!
The work includes 14 performances of James X, a number of public talks around the issues that the play raises. There will also be a visual art exhibition work 'Impact' that will coincide with the run of the play at 45 Beeker Street.
James X is directed by Gabriel Byrne and produced by Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson and Farcry Productions in association with Culture Project, Bleeker Street and supported by Culture Ireland.
This work is written and performed by Mannix Flynn.
Link to Talk at New York Ethical Cultural Centre: The Case against the Pope December 13th 2011 http://politube.org/show/3338
Dec 15th Radio interview with Leonard Lopate
Link to Post Show Talk: Sunday 11th December
Ticket Sales for this event are available through Culture Project website
www.cultureproject. http://www.cultureproject.org or call 866-811-4111
Dialogue, 43A Vyner St., London E29DQ November 2011
Will re-open on December.
Please ring 0208 9805809 if you wish to view the work privately or with a group.
Or email email@example.com
Link to Podcast
Mannix Flynn talks about his work 'Padded Cell and other stories' http://www.rte.ie/podcasts/2010/pc/pod-v-150210-26m19s-artstonight.mp
Art Review Link Below:
Opening: Friday 26th November 2010
Loss, will be officially opened by Fergal Keane, writer and BBC correspondent at 7pm on Friday 26th November. All Welcome.
Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Artists Talk - 4pm 16th October
'The politics and culture of the performance of inclusion'
Gerard Mannix Flynn will give a talk on his work on Saturday 16th October at 4pm at Dialogue Art Space
The new show by Gerard Mannix Flynn and Farcry Productions will be opened officially in October 2010
The space will be open from 16th Sept onwards to view Padded Cell and Other Stories
James X - a live performance
There will be a performance of James X in April the date has yet to be confirmed at Dialogue at 43A Vyner Street, E2
Email email@example.com to book
This is a limited seating event.
Wheelchair accessible venue
Dates for London Shows will be posted soon
Farcry Productions would like to thank all those who came to see the work James X over the past week and all those who have supported and worked with the company to make our work possible. Also a special thanks to artist/performer Amanda Coogan for a wonderful signing of the work on Sunday at the Holiday Inn.
Written, Directed, Performed by Gerard Mannix Flynn will be opening in London in the coming month.
"What Flynn gives us is a record of our collective cruelties and we are forced to take possession of a catalogue of crimes carried out in our name.
James X is like nothing we have seen before."
F. O Toole
Padded Cell and other stories Autumn 2010
'Remnants of Our Past' now showing in London at Farcry’s Dialogue space celebrates the distance from the violent events of our past. It brings the issues to an integrated global community with particular reference to the Islamic community in the UK.
‘Padded Cell and Other Stories’ combined with the ‘Culture of Child Abuse’ site at Exchange Street gives the public access and right of way to come to an understanding of the phenomena of child abuse with particular reference to Church/State collusion. This work seeks to be open and transparent and holistic. It is not about closure, it is about a shared exploration.
Finally ‘A Different Kettle of Fish Altogether’ is a building a temporary art and Culture space, which we hope will further allow the public to engage at a level of their choosing.
Current show now extended until mid March 2010
Monday - Friday 12pm-5pm
18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7
'Padded Cell and other stories'
'Strait-talk' Taipei, Taiwan 2008
Filmed in Chinese with English subtitles
'Letting go of that which you most ardently desire'
Dublin International Theatre Festival 2006
When Wolfe Tone arrived in Paris he was asked by the revolutionaries what was it that he most ardently desired? He replied, 'a large army armed for Ireland'.
Today that desire has gone.
'The Culture of Child Abuse' Temple Bar 2009
At present both the Ryan and Murphy reports are displayed at this public site. Essex Street West/Exchange Street
The Ryan Report details a catalogue of systematic, recurrent and widespread sexual abuse of children and teenagers.
Kevin Kavanagh Supports Mannix Flynn's Decision to Cancel Padded Cell and Other Stories
I support the decision of Mannix Flynn to cancel his exhibition, Padded Cell and other stories, which was to open at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, on Friday 10th of July.
Mannix Flynn is an important Irish Artist whose work is both challenging and relevant to the times we live in. His installation Safe House, Safe Place at Liberty Hall, Dublin in 2005 was arguably the most impressive exhibition that I have ever seen that deals in a sensitive and intelligent way the horror of Child Abuse. Mannix Flynn is an elected member of Aosdana and also a founder member of Far Cry Productions. He most recently served on the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art for five years.
In response to a statement from the director of The Dunamaise Arts Centre regarding the cancellation of ‘ Padded Cell and Other Stories” by Gerard Mannix Flynn which was due open to the public on Friday 10th July 2009.
According to the Director of Dunamaise Arts Centre, Louise Donlon, the Padded Cell show was pulled because Farcry demanded that certain pieces of art be displayed in the Foyer, an area of the building which has the highest footfall, and which Director Louise Donlon maintains was inappropriate since the arts centre had a duty in terms of child protection to insist that the work be moved elsewhere.
In response to Ms Donlon’s claims, Mannix Flynn and Farcry productions would like to state that at the time the exhibition was being discussed it was agreed that the building in its entirety was to be used for exhibition of the work.
The technical team in the Dunamaise Arts centre sent Farcry measurements of all the walls we intended to use and our own technical team made several visits to the centre to plan the layout of the work. Ms Donlon has been in possession of the pieces to go on display for almost 3 months and during this time could have raised with Farcry Productions any issues she had regarding the appropriateness of, or location of whatever material was to be exhibited. No issues were raised.
If they had been, a dialogue surely would have happened before the 8th of July, two days before the exhibition was to open. Even at the late stage at which Ms Donlon did raise concerns, Farcry tried to accommodate her, but in terms of the design of the work this simply wasn’t possible.
All this apart, a defining characteristic of Farcry Productions is that, given the shameful and shaming nature of some of the subjects dealt with by the company, public display is a key part of the artistic process. Given this, and given that the Arts Centre was in possession of the work for almost 3 months in advance of the exhibition, it is difficult for us to understand how Ms Donlon was unaware of the nature of the work she was agreeing to host. The decision by Dunamaise Arts Centre to cite child protection issues in their press statement seems to us to be extremely manipulative as in the course of our discussion with Ms Donlon, the issue of child protection never arose. As Ms Donlon says in her press release Mannix Flynn has indeed got a record of standing up for the rights of children but child protection is about protecting children from harm not from truth. Clear warnings about the content of the work would have facilitated parents in making the decision they felt was appropriate for their children - it is not up to Ms Donlon or the Dunamaise Arts Centre to make this decision on their behalf. No children will be harmed by an exhibition of words. If they can read it, and if they can understand it then it can be discussed with them, openly and honestly– and that’s true child protection.
Finally, why would Farcry Productions spend time, money and energy trying to mount an exhibition if they had any inkling that the gallery which was going to host it had issues with the content going on display? Ms Donlon maintains in her press statement that she has conflicting responsibilities towards supporting artists and protecting young children, this is a conflict of Ms Donlon’s own making. Had she attended more carefully to the work she was agreeing to host, this conflict would never have arisen. It is easier now to blame the artist for being uncompromising than to take responsibility for her own negligence.
Contact Mannix Flynn: 087 4139419
Padded Cell July - 2009
Farcry - Jan to Sep 2008
Farcry East - Nov 2008
24th-30th November 2008
7 Beipeing East Road, Taipei, Taiwan
Farcry Productions Presents
“Home Truths” a programme relating to contemporary political and social issues.
Through contemporary arts practice Farcry Productions will deliver a reflective process on identity and militarization, migration and deportation and the global issue of the consequences of child abuse. The work is a reflective process on emerging issues on the island of Taiwan. Problems are what link us and divide us and once solved they form the basis for strong confident mature identities.
noun: A key or basic truth, especially one that is discomforting to acknowledge
News - 14th Sep 07
MANNIX FLYNN TO SUE THE DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL
Acclaimed author, actor, artist and playwright Gerard Mannix Flynn is to sue the Dublin Theatre Festival for breach of contract.
Flynn and his company, Far Cry Productions, claim that the Dublin Theatre Festival reneged on an agreement made between the two parties in June 2006, partly in writing.
The agreement was that on condition that Flynn and Far Cry Productions produced, funded and staged a production called Letting Go of That Which You So Ardently Desire in the 2006 Festival, they would be given the opportunity to present another production the following year. According to Flynn's claim, the 2007 production was to receive financial and practical assistance from the Festival, and Flynn was promised a financial advance (estimated at €40,000) based on the play's projected box-office takings.
Far Cry Productions kept their part of the bargain in staging the 2006 production, claims Flynn, which cost the company an estimated €60,000. Further expenditure went on the early stages of preparation for the 2007 feature, entitled Cunning, Baffling, Powerful, which he believed would be staged this year at the prestigious 50th anniversary Dublin Theatre Festival.
Despite numerous requests from Flynn and his company, the production was not included on the 2007 schedule.
Far Cry Productions filed a civil action with Dublin's Circuit Court today, Friday 14th September. For further information, contact Gerard Mannix Flynn 087 4139419
News - 19th Oct 2006
How do we acknowledge significant past events. Events that have affected our lives, 9/11, the Tsunami, Chernobyl, 1916, the World Wars, Rwanda, and the thirty years of conflict in the North of Ireland. After the dust has settled, the rubble has been removed and peace has descended, what marker, plinth, monument or plaque can encompass our grief, our memory and our loss. This is a question that has interested Gerard Mannix Flynn and Farcry Productions since the company's inception. Prior to the current 1916 commemoration on Parliament Street, Far cry had a "extallation" on Lesson Street commemorating the women of the Magdalene Laundries which was described as follows by James Smith, Boston College.
"The challenge, identified by the artist, Gerard Mannix Flynn, seems to be how to commemorate without closure, how to effect a monument without felicitation, how to represent artistically without aestheticization. . . . Flynn's act of commemoration is orientated not towards the past but towards the future." (Notre Dame University Press) To further tease out the issue of meaningful commemoration, Farcry Productions has organized a talk on the The Consensus of Memory: The Politics and Aesthetics of Contemporary Memorial Design at the Morrison Hotel, The Printworks, July 21 at 3pm. The speaker is Joel McKim, (Goldsmiths College) and admission is free. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org