Resort Residency – Revelations Programme returns to the Donabate / Portrane Peninsula from 8 – 10 October. Resort Residency is Fingal County Council’s Arts Office’s unique artist programme located at Lynders Mobile Home Park, Portrane. Since 2015 it has played host to over 40 Irish artists who have all been inspired to make work that responds to the local area.

In 2020/2021 artists from Other People’s Practices – Emma Finucane, Jonathan Cummins, Glenn Loughran – and its director John Conway were invited to explore and expand on the work they have developed with services users and staff of the National Forensic Mental Health Service (NFMHS) at Usher’s Island, Dublin 8, and the Central Mental Hospital (CMH), Dundrum, and to connect this work and research with the local context of Portrane and Donabate, the site of the new NFMHS.

The result of this creative invitation is Future Happiness: A diverse array of new work by the artists, encountered as a promenade style circuit around Portrane and Donabate. The weekend programme of events will launch Friday 8 October at 7pm at Lynders Mobile Home Park, officiated by Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh, Mayor of Fingal.

The works are located at a variety of local sites – Pipers Chip Shop, Lynders Mobile Home Park, Stella’s Tower, Grogan’s Shop, St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland church, Donabate, and the Shelters along the cliff walk from Portrane to Donabate. Guests can avail of a tour with the artists to each work, followed by some chips provided by the famous pipers chip shop on the Portrane Green.

The exhibition will continue until Sunday 10 October daily at each location.

An interview with OPP director John Conway will be aired Saturday on St. Ita’s Radio and features an extended audio documentary produced with family members of patients and a former patient of the CMH from 3 – 5pm.

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