A Fair Land aims to develop a system for living using basic and simple resources used in a creative way. We live in a professionalised culture that has moved to distance us from our inherent everyday creativity. instead promoting systematised living, convenience and globalisation – all fundamentally based on the exploitation of ‘labour capital’ (other people’s labour). Envisaged, enabled and operated by a collective creative vision ‘A Fair Land’ looks at how self determination and dignity can be delivered through the inherent human function of creativity, and how its use in the everyday is a means to enable change and empowerment.
This project aims to develop a system for living derived from basic and simple resources used in a creative way. To this end a project village has been created to offer its visitors opportunities to eat, make, think or trade – and through that process to learn, copy, assimilate and teach. With a focus on creating objects that are useful, desirable and achievable, A Fair Land will present an active and tangible representation of the place of creativity in society, creating a space for families, friends and strangers to gather, get involved, and experience alternative perspectives on living.
A Fair Land has been developed by a wide range of people, including artists and creative practitioners, with the aim of making a new vision for a functioning future society.
The project has been delivered with the generous and creative support of construction collaborators Swift Scaffolding, Hentech Fabrication and Rilco Roofingand has received additional funding from the Goethe Institut Irland.
This project is presented as part of an exciting on-going initiative, New Art at IMMA, proudly supported by Matheson, which allows IMMA to continue to support artists’ vital work in a strand of programming that recognises and nurtures new and emerging talents, new thinking and new forms of exhibition-making.
A Fair Land is part of the official Ireland 19 / 2016 Cultural programme
Artists and collaborators include: Eavan Atkin / Samuel Bishop / Kat Black / Bluebell Youth Projects / Tania Bruguera / Rhona Byrne / Marcus Coates / Common Ground / Emily Cropton / CREATE / Coniston village building team / Michelle Darmody / Eoin Donnelly / Vanessa Donoso Lopez / Drew and Middori / Firestation / Motoko Fujita / Ryan Gander / Liz Gillis / Nicola Goode / Irish Architecture Foundation / Brenda Kearney / Suzanne Lacy / Renzo Martens/ Jonathan Meese / Meg Narongchai / Deirdre O’Mahony / Seodín O’Sullivan / Debbie Paul / Rialto Youth Projects / Niamh Riordan / Kirsty Roberts / Katie Sanderson / Sarah Staton / St. Andrews Community Centre / Francesca Ulivi / Miranda Vane / Fiona Whelan / public works / NÓS workshop / NVA / Somewhere / Sweet Water Foundation / Villagers from the Swiss village of Leytron / Tom Watt & Tanad Williams, and many more.
A Fair Land will be active from Friday 12 August 2016 with core activities then happening from Thursdays — Sundays until 28 August 2016. You can download a .pdf of the programme overview and a weekly programme of events will be published each week.
There is a daily schedule of activities and special events that will offer visitors opportunities to make, learn and take part in the Village. You will find a full list on our Talks and Events Calendar. There is also plenty for the casual visitor to see and do, from enjoying the Ambulatory Food Vendors and their interesting fare to making a beautiful and desirable object to take home with them! All events and activities are free unless otherwise stated.
Daily / Thu — Sun / Times vary
Daily talks by participants. Project and invited speakers will prompt discussion about the function of creativity in our lives, alternative perspectives on living, and the elemental things we need within our individual ‘systems’. Featuring artist talks and events with Sweet Water Foundation, Suzanne Lacy, Jonathan Meese, Marcus Coatesand more. A weekly schedule will be announced each week. Events are free unless otherwise stated.
Daily / Thu — Sun / 7am + 4.30pm / Free
Artist Marcus Coates will initiate a daily ‘exercise’ routine in the village at 7am and at 4.30pm each day. This 7-minute routine is designed to become part of your everyday life, being integrated into any brief moments of idleness. Take part at home via youtube or in person at IMMA for the mass activations in the courtyard each day. No booking required.
A Fair Introduction
Daily / Thu — Sun / 11.30am / Free
Find out more about the project with a daily introduction led by one of the team. No booking required, just come to the Meeting Point at the Straw Barn.
Daily / Fri — Sun / 1 — 2pm / €10
Join us for a delicious meal prepared by the Fair Land team from the glut crop of courgettes grown in the IMMA courtyard following the deeply obvious rules of lunch*. There will be a different menu each day.
Tickets for lunch are €10 per person and must be booked online in advance.
That’s the way to do it / Cooking demonstrations
Daily / Thu — Sun / 2.30pm / Free
To find out more about the food being served each day, join us for a free cookery demonstration, taking place in the Straw Barn in the Village. No booking required but places are allocated on a first come first served basis.
Food / Power School
Daily / Thu — Sun / 10am + 3pm / Free
Re-discover the power in domestic life by joining the Food School where you will work with the Fair Land team and learn more about the growing, cropping and preparation of produce used in the OR/AND table.
There are only four places available each week and you must join for a full week of sessions, i.e. four days.
Week 1 – Thu 11 – Sun 14 Aug / Adults /
Week 2 – Thu 18 – Sun 21 Aug / Teenagers /
Week 3 – Thu 25 – Sun 28 Aug / Adults /
Make – Buy – Download
Daily / Thu — Sun / 12 — 4pm / Free
You can make for free, or buy for a cost, a series of products that are intended to be ‘useful, desirable, and achievable’. 30 minute making stations are set up for anyone to make useful and desirable items which you can take home with you such as slippers, a bowl or a jar of pickles. Open to all including accompanied children over 7 years of age.
The A Fair Land shop will stock further ‘useful and desirable’ items that are not so achievable. All produced on site these can be bought with village money buttons. This Fair Land currency is available from IMMA’s main reception at an exchange rate of €5 for 5 buttons.
Daily / Thu — Sun / Times vary / Free
Join us each day for free family workshops during which children and parents can spend some creative time together making artworks, as well as seeing the ‘village’ of A Fair Land in IMMA’s courtyard. No booking required, just come to the Meeting Point in the main IMMA reception. Please note that these workshops take place at 10am on Thursdays and Fridays, and at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. See schedule below:
Thursday and Fridays / 10am – 11am / Project Space
12, 18, 19, 25, 26 August
Saturdays and Sundays 2pm – 4pm / Project Space
13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 August
Field Craft Manual
If you are visiting with children outside of the workshop times be sure to ask for on of the A Fair Land field craft manuals that leads children on a horticultural discovery trail around IMMAs beautiful meadows and gardens. In week one you can discover the 15 wild plants and flowers that grow in the grounds of IMMA in the PLANT TRAIL (pdf), and from Week Two you can also learn about the many trees on the site in the TREE TRAIL (pdf), developed with artist Seoidín O’Sullivan. If you can find them all on either map (or both!)and create your own drawings of the plants and trees, you can claim a money button as your prize!
A Fair Land began with IMMA taking the unique step of inviting Grizedale Arts, an international commissioning and residency agency, to take up residence in IMMA’s own residency programme from March 2016. Whilst in residence Grizedale Arts, in collaboration with IMMA, invited a range of artists and creative practitioners from Ireland and beyond to use the residency as a base to research and develop a major activated project for our 17th century courtyard which is at the heart of our building.
A reflection of pre-1916 Ireland, A Fair Land reveals a vision for society informed, and led by creativity and artistic practice – whether through a Ruskinian reconsideration of industry, a vision for education or culture as a mechanism for political activism – where the creative voice was central to new visions for modern society emerging in Ireland and internationally.
The Village has it’s own currency which we accept for purchases from the ambulatory food vendors, the village shop and the handmade slippers. The exchange rate is currently €5 for 5 money buttons, which you can exchange at IMMA’s Main Reception. The buttons themselves are beautiful handmade objects that can be re-purposed as badges or paper weights or a multitude of other things. Eagle eyed plant catchers can also earn a money button as a prize….
View or download the Magazines created from the project which capture essays on the thinking behind the project & the various systems developed by A Fair Land including recipes & building plans.