A visual art and audio installation by Kildare artist John Conway, translated from his innovative theatre work of the same name, The Ballad of a Care Centre weaves together the life stories of older men and women from the Naas area to form a new narrative which is presented under both a nostalgic and critical lens.
This reimagining of the theatre work is presented in a unique listening and viewing experience in the McKenna Gallery at the Riverbank Arts Centre. The installation explores new ways to tell stories, and new ways in which theatrical work can be presented and experienced in a gallery setting. Supported by the Bealtaine Festival, Riverbank Arts Centre and Kildare County Council Arts Service.
John Conway is a visual artist and Kildare native, working extensively in community, youth and health settings. His work is characterised by innovative multi-disciplinary projects which result in sophisticated solo and participatory artworks, often produced in response to sensitive, challenging, or novel contexts.
He frequently commissions, curates, and collaborates with other arts and non arts specialists and orchestrates complex multi-stakeholder projects to deliver his work. John is a studio artist at Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre, the founder and director of Other People’s Practices, and the Artistic Director of the multi-award winning Kildare Young Filmmakers (Ireland’s Best Group Film Award 2020 & 2021).
John is supported by Kildare County Council Arts Service from whom he has received numerous grants and awards. Other recent awards include The Next Generation Award 2021, Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh 2021, Professional Development Award 2021, The Arts Participation Bursary 2020 (all Arts Council).
Find out more about his work on his website: www.johnconway.ie
This exhibition runs until Friday 27 May.