What we are...
From the beginning, we decided that we were a collective. In broad terms, this has involved making consensual decisions on everything from the title of an exhibition to the pricing of individual works, and holding ‘residencies’, where we spend time together for a couple of days exchanging ideas and skills.
What we do...
Since its inception in 2015, Grid Collective has had four exhibitions and organized two residencies.
Playing with the Grid, Celbridge, Co Kildare, February 2017
So many options..., Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, November 2017
Hope and Rebirth, McAuley Place, Naas, Co Kildare, March 2022Geometry was not my mother tongue, Rua Red, Tallaght, Dublin, July 2022
Duncannon, Duncannon, Co Wexford 2015
Roosky, Roosky, Co Roscommon 2017
How we work...
How does an art collective work? We cannot speak for others, but this will give some idea of how Grid Collective goes about creating collaboratively.
Our approach is to bring elements of our different practices together by creating individual pieces and a collective piece, or pieces, in a broad critical response to a theme or criterion. Our work tends to the abstract and conceptual, but we aim to maintain an underlying coherence reflecting the collaborative process.
As part of its practice, Grid Collective spends some time exploring ways of collaborating. This often involves one member beginning a piece, than handing it over to another for 'intervention', and so on, until all members have worked on it. The rule is there are no rules - if one member takes apart what another member has done, so be it!
With thanks to...
Grid Collective couldn't do what it does without the support of others. A big thank you to the following:
Sarah Gleeson, for print design
Dermot Nolan, for web design
Patrick Dunne, author, who opened Playing with the Grid
Julie Parsons, author, who opened So many options...
Family and friends who helped us set up exhibitions
Family, friends, and guests who attended exhibitions
Family and friends who provided the locations for our residencies
Patrons of the arts who bought work from us
Visual Artists Ireland for its sterling work on behalf of the visual arts in Ireland