- Exchange DublinArts Collective
Exchange has been asked to close. Help us to stop it!
Exchange has had a difficult few weeks, though it has been made immeasurably easier by all the support and friendship received!
Exchange's unit is in a state of suspended inanimation, currently closed to the public since February 7th. We opened for March 8&9 for International Women's Day on March with the support of DCC and Action Aid for a pop-up weekend exhibition and workshops. There were loads of visitors, 1200 euros were raised for Action Aid and it was a wonderful and positive weekend.
Thanks to everyone who has signed our petition, sent emails and showed support over the past 2 months! After a lot of thought, reflection and discussion and several meetings with Dublin City Council and Temple Bar Cultural Trust, we are putting forward our proposal for discussion and feedback. We have been asked to make some changes, and we hope to get the chance to prove they work. We are applying for Unit 4 on Joyce Street as a contingency. This would be available from mid-May onwards under DCC's Vacant Spaces Initiative.
We received emails in the past week to say that DCC 'need' to clear our furniture out by April 23rd which is disappointing. A few volunteers will be attending the South East Area meeting on Monday at 3pm to speak to councillors and see if there are any announcements. To attend, email a councillor to get a pass.
What can you do if you can't make the meeting? Let us know what you think of these proposals by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're not sure what happens next, but we're hopeful - perhaps the late great Phillip Seymour Hoffman said it better.
- Arts Collective
For all the fantastic groups that use Exchange this has been a shock. We are disappointed to see our space has been closed so right now we are working hard towards reopening.
Thank you for all the support we have received, it has been very important and it will continue to be.
Follow our social conversation at: https://twitter.com/exchangedublin #art4all or https://www.facebook.com/exchangedublin/.
For people who don’t know what Exchange Dublin is:
Exchange Dublin is both a statement of intent and an invitation to the city and a non-alcohol space and events are open to people of all ages. Exchange Dublin creates a common international and multi cultural public space for cross-disciplinary learning, conversation, and participation.
Because our city is full of pockets of young people, some of whom are aware of each other but have no platform to engage with each other or their city, this space has been intended to provide an infrastructure for inquiry, knowledge, discourse, and collaboration as an antidote to some social problems.
What others say about us or http://exchangedublin.ie/?
“Exchange is an opportunity for young people to develop skills and self confidence is of major importance”
“Exchange is a place for parents to meet, chat, have a coffee and all in a Safe Haven where the children can play, and learn very important social skills that teach them to be responsible adults”
“Exchange is a most inclusive art venue in the city, in Times of austerity and cuts it offers equal accommodation and support to artists and projects regardless of there financial abilities, unlike almost any other. It has hosted survivors of atomic bomb attack in Japan as they traveled the world promoting peace, dance, childrens art and physical workshops, fundraisers for elderly hospital patients & sick children and support groups for survivors of violence & domestic abuse”
"The evition of EXchange is not just a problem for the people who participate in it, it is a problm for anyone who believes that the people who live in a city should have a say over how it is used, valued, and managed" http://jrnl.ie/1297768
"Exchange has helped young people with some things which are key skills, as experts say: working with others, communicating, and being creative http://bit.ly/MWUWdV
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