Lived Lives: A Pavee Perspective is an experiential art installation which creates new knowledge and understanding around suicide among Travellers. ‘Lived Lives’ is an art science collaboration developed by artist Dr. Seamus McGuinness and Professor Kevin Malone with 104 Irish families bereaved by suicide. This iteration of the exhibition follows work in consultation with Traveller leaders and youth earlier this year. The exhibition will open in Pavee Point on 6 November 2015 at 6.30pm.
The exhibition aims to raise public awareness together with Travellers about the challenge of elevated suicide rates within the Travelling Community. The All Ireland Traveller Health Study (AITHS 2010) documented a high rate of mental health illness and suicide within the Traveller community with suicide the cause of 11% of all Traveller deaths. There is a 6.6 fold increased risk of suicide in Traveller men and a 4.3 fold risk for Traveller females versus the general population. Suicide is most common in young Traveller men aged 15-25.
‘Lived Lives’ is a touring exhibition and Arts / Science-mediated process which arose from engagements with suicide-bereaved families in Ireland about the lives of their lost loved ones to suicide. The work first developed as an arts practice-led, cross-disciplinary PhD by Seamus McGuinness (2006-2010) and previously featured as a case study on artsandhealth.ie.
Lived Lives: A Pavee Perspective has been realised in partnership with Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre with funding support from the Wellcome Trust. Actor and screenwriter John Connors (Love / Hate) will formally open the exhibition. Helen Hutchinson, poet, will also perform a reading during the opening.
Launch: 6 November, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Location: Pavee Point, Traveller & Roma Centre, 46 Nrth Great Charles St, Dublin 1
Public Opening times: Mon 9 – Wed 11 November (2 – 4pm)
Phone: (01) 878 0255