The Pale Project

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
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The Pale Project: Personal psychogeographies from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

Level 3, dlr LexIcon, 14 November 2016 - 14 January 2017

The Pale Project is a collective psychogeography project, focused on discovering new writing territories in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. We all know where we live but we don’t always get the chance to consider what it means to inhabit a place or how it might shape our daily lives, our habits and dreams. The Pale Project aimed to do just that in 2015-2016.

 In a series of dedicated workshops, lectures and public events, Selina Guinness focused her term as Writer in Residence on dwelling and thinking in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. An open call invited participants to explore the everyday life of their local area. Each participant chose an area in the county as their individual ‘pale’, a territory they would document in field notes, sketches, maps and photographs.

Participants in the project included David Alvey, Jane Dillon Byrne, Patricia Byrne, Berni Dwan, Denise French, Selina Guinness, Sara Hanley, Veronica Heywood, Glenn Kaufmann, Padhraig Nolan, Catherine O’Donoghue, Catherine Philips, Jane Robinson, Sheila Robinson, Dylan Ryan, Aoife Tunney, Shabnam Vasisht and Daniel Wade. Selina Guinness devised and managed The Pale Project. She is a writer, editor, lecturer and farmer. Her memoir about her life in Tibradden, The Crocodile by the Door was published by Penguin Ireland and was shortlisted both for the Costa Book Awards and the Bord Gáis Energy Awards.

The Pale Project was funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council through the Arts Office 2015-2016 Writer in Residence programme, grant aided by The Arts Council. The exhibition, which was launched on Monday 14th November by Selina Guinness was funded by dlr Libraries and will be on display on Level 3, dlr LexIcon until 14 January 2017.