The word ‘cumann’ tends to be associated with politics and party branches. However, it means much more. It translates as society, as association, as club, as friendship, as company, as community.
Cumann is an exhibition celebrating this. It reclaims the word for all those it represents. It celebrates people; their bonds and connections, their relationships and friendships.
Cumann is an ambitious series of spatial sound installations by artist Michael McLoughlin, developed through meetings and recordings with local communities.
McLoughlin has created a forest of suspended speakers to recreate the stories and conversations of 150 Drogheda people, which you can explore in Droichead Arts Centre and locations across Drogheda.
McLoughlin developed this new work in partnership with Droichead Arts Centre and with the support of an Arts Council Arts Participation Project Award.
Complimentary Programme of Talks
Wed 11th May, 7.30pm - A presentation by Cumann participants: The Drogheda & District Racing Pigeon Club
Wed 18th May, 10:30am - A presentation by Cumann participants: Ablevision
Thurs 19th May, 7.30pm - An interview with Michael McLoughlin by Jenny Haughton
Sat 28th May, 10.30am - 1pm - An information session on the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme with Katherine Atkinson (Create) and Marilyn Lennon (artist) – introduced by Michael McLoughlin
Thurs 16th June, 7.30pm - A panel discussion on Working With Sound with artists Michael McLoughlin, Declan Mallon, Brian Hegarty
Images courtesy Michael McLoughlin