Limerick event examines relevance of Dublin Lockout

Staff reporter

The 1913 Dublin Lockout provides the impetus for a close look at modern society, to be examined as part of a collaborative cultural event taking place in Limerick City next week.

Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA), in conjunction with Goldsmiths, University of London and Future State, will host Land │Labour │Capital on September 26-28th to coincide with events nationally which mark the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout, a key moment in Ireland’s industrial history when employers refused to recognise workers in an attempt to break worker solidarity and the trade union movement.

Land │Labour │Capital will reflect on the contemporary moment and, in collaboration with leading, interdisciplinary thinkers and practitioners, foreground radical narratives for future history-making to mark what happened in 1913. Some creative interventions will intersect the conference programme.

According to Stephanie Feeney, Visiting Researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London, Co-founder Future State: “Amongst all the activities taking place this year to commemorate the 1913 Dublin Lockout we see this Limerick cultural event as an opportunity to reflect upon not just labour but a wider set of factors that affect workers’ daily lives and to facilitate a conversation that has the potential to set a future direction. Engaging creative practitioners in this conversation provides alternative starting points and allows us to draw out the angles that are difficult to grasp.”

Helen Carey, Director / Curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art added: ‘Although the 1913 Lockout took place in the industrial landscape of Limerick City in the early 20th century, the challenges in the rural way of life along with the changing nature of industry and associated labour, makes the reflection with Future State and Goldsmiths College taking place in 21st century Limerick important and necessary, connecting across many different interests and urgencies.”

Land Labour Capital events will be held at Limerick City Gallery of Art and The Belltable from September 26-28. The event programme is available to view on Further information from Twitter (@futurestating) and Facebook (thefuturestate).




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