The Haven Café, Bachelors Quay, Cork
March to August 2019
How and why do we seek refuge and safety in people and places?
Third Space, Smithfield, Dublin 7
November 2018 to January 2019
How can we make the journey toward rest in our fast-paced society and become more balanced?
This series of café exhibitions in independent cafés around Ireland began in response to the refugee crisis. Moreand more people have to uproot and leave their homes for a variety of reasons.Some flee for safety for their own and/or their families’ lives from war andviolence. Climate change is also an affecting factor for some, as crops mayfalter and water becomes scarce. However, people have been emigrating forlonger than we realise. It is just since the 1990s that we are really seeing the effects. People who come intoour country from places of violence are seeking refuge and safety. They havebeen displaced from their homes and yearn to belong again. Their children arealso affected in regard to their identity being of two cultures; between wheretheir families come from and where they are raised. Read more...
As a result, we live in a multicultural society, making it all-the-more important to discuss themes such as identity, where we come from, how and where we were raised, the people who surround us, the people we surround ourselves with (for varying reasons concerning acceptance),... Whether refugee, asylum seeker, migrant, born-and-raised national, born to a parent or parents from another country, varying ethnicity and religions, man, woman, varying gender and sexual identities,... we all seek and desire to be accepted and loved; to belong.
Everything has its place and that includes each one of us as we navigate this life and search for a place to belong in and people who accept us and someone to belong with. We each find that place at different times in our lives, but once you have found it, will you help others find it? Will you go out of your way to make someone feel comfortable and welcome?
This series of café exhibitions was intended to continue these discussions amongst one another. The title Everything has its place also has a spiritual connotation. In this fast-paced, driven society, we are taught to always be planning the next step and looking toward the future, that we don’t even think to rest and experience the moment as it is happening. Everything has its place is about letting go of worries and anxiety for the future to simply allow things to happen in their own time. It’s not about doing nothing and hoping things will miraculously happen, but about not getting caught up in the stress and pressure of it all.
As a live artist, my performances with iridescent plastic film are quite improvisational, because when I perform, I let go of the control for things to be perfect and allow myself and the audience to experience the performance, as the material reflects and casts colour and light on the surrounding space. For these exhibitions, I have taken the material and documented how it performs in natural locations, suggesting the concept of Everything has its place in regard to belonging and rest and experiencing the present. My poetry book Within Nature goes hand-in-hand with the visuals. You can purchase the ebook edition here. The poems convey both personal and political views on what it means to belong, while the visuals exist as the experienced action that continues beyond the words.
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Everyone is Creative! This group is for both Artists and Creatives to come together and support one another; to be a Community of Creatives.
We have Monthly Meetups on the First Friday of each month, at which we can meet other Artists and Creatives to talk about art, connect with one another and make long lasting friendships. At each Meetup we have a different Topic Artist to introduce the theme for discussion.
We have a Poetry Picnic on the First Saturday of July each year and an Art Fair on the First Saturday of December each year. Keep an eye on social media for details.
Occasionally, we host online gatherings over Zoom, entitled Create with Company. These gatherings allow and encourage individuals to create anything they want in the safety of their own homes (especially in times of isolation) while having some company. This is also a casual no-pressure-to-talk space, so one can keep themselves on mute if they just want company without participating in conversation.
We are presently seeking funding for a space in which our Community of Artists and Creatives can develop and grow. If you would like to support this dream, send a donation to Róisín’s Paypal with ‘Creative Collective Community’ in the message. If anyone has a space in which we can realise this dream, contact Róisín.
Each member is welcome to initiate group outings; to events, exhibitions, performances, concerts, plays, etc. Whether you’re a featuring artist or interested in going to an event, we are here to support you.
We are here to encourage each other to pursue our individual creativity and support one another if one asks for constructive critical feedback.
If you would like to join our Community, request to join our Facebook group Creative Collective Community.
Creative Collective was originally founded by the late Jim Pettit in 2012, and currently curated by Róisín Anne Jenkinson
Laminated A4 poems with line illustration €15 (for other sizes, please specify)
Framed A4 poems with line illustration €20 (for other sizes, please specify)
A6 poetry cards with or without line illustration €2-3 (illustrations may be coloured in if desired)
Line Illustrations €5-10
Painted Poetry Picture Frames €20-30
Hand-crafted greeting cards (all occasions) €2.50
Hand-crafted poetry greeting cards (all occasions) €3
Mix ‘n’ Match (prices vary)
*Róisín uses as many repurposed or second-hand materials for her creations as she can, making each creation one-of-a-kind and unrepeatable.
If you would like Róisín to create something beautiful and poetic, email her at email@example.com or private message her on Messenger or Instagram.
We are a small fellowship group of Christian Women Writers in our 20s and 30s who meet the Last Saturday of each month to share writing, encourage and support one another as Christians, as Women and as Writers.
We recently reached our first anniversary as a group, producing a small PDF selection of our writings. We hope to continue to produce and publish annually.
If you are an aspiring writer, a hobby writer, a professional writer... no matter what stage of writing you’re at or type of writer you are, you are very welcome to join us. Send Róisín an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or private message her on Messenger or Instagram.
Logo designed by GoldingSky.
Clowns for Haiti is an Irish charity whose main mission is to bring smiles onto children’s faces. Originally formed after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the clowns have since raised awareness and support to help Haitian children and families who had lost their homes. They have toured schools in both Ireland and Haiti, by putting on Clown Shows; filling rooms with contagious laughter. They got Irish primary schools involved in the Pencil Case Appeal, in which children in Ireland put together pencil cases containing school supplies to send to children in Haiti. In 2018 began the building of St Patrick’s School on the hill of Canaan, which opened its doors to Haitian children towards the end of 2019. After last year’s (2021) earthquake, the clowns sent over a Box of Hope, containing fun materials for the children of Haiti.
In 2019, a couple organised a Clowns for Haiti Fundraiser performance event for the charity, which was fun and diverse. Róisín Anne Jenkinson continues to curate annual creative events, at St Catherine’s Church on Thomas Street, to fundraise for this charity. The last one (May 27th 2022) had a special tribute performance for a prominent member of the charity, Brian Beardsley. See photos on Facebook.
To follow the clowns’ journey of bringing hope, provision, education and smiles to the children of Haiti, you can follow them on Facebook @ClownsForHaiti. To help bring more smiles to children’s faces, please send a donation to their gofundme. The Clowns are currently looking for funding for teachers’ salaries and to add more facilities to the school.
Image designed by Róisín Anne Jenkinson.