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Yes, But Do You Care? created by visual artist Marie Brett was part of a major transdisciplinary arts project spanning three years. This latest filmic piece combines dance, spoken word and site response, and dynamically explores the complexities inherent in dementia family care-giving and issues of autonomy, power, control and vulnerability, for the care giver, in relation to new capacity legislation in Ireland.

Following a screening of Yes, But Do You Care? join us for a roundtable discussion with Marie Brett and guests who include Philip Connaughton, choreographer and performer; Dr Patricia Shaw, specialist in practice-led research; Raymond Cregan, Member of the Dementia Carers Campaign Network; Tina Leonard, Former Head of Advocacy and Public Affairs at The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, and Helen O’Donoghue, Senior Curator, Engagement and Learning, IMMA.

This discussion will explore Brett’s research and processes of collaboration with choreographer/dancer Philip Connaughton and members of the Dementia Carers Campaign Network in the making of this work, supported by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, and a group of independent advisors in law, human rights and performance.

Yes, But Do You Care? by Marie Brett
Screening: 6pm – 6.30pm, Garden Galleries (Drop In)
Yes, But Do You Care? was made during Brett’s Artist in Residence at IMMA, where she researched how dementia and brain disease impact on family carers, and a Law Society human rights event began her questioning about the complexity of Ireland’s new capacity legislation in relation to family care-giving. Subsequently Brett invited Connaughton and DCCN members into a process of collaboration to creatively explore the inherent complexities of how the law and dementia care-giving relate to people’s human rights in Ireland. A series of three artworks have been created: a live event in an industrial warehouse, a film documentation of this event, and a new filmic artwork located in a domestic setting and gardens which  has been acquired by IMMA and is now part of its National Collection. To find out more about the project see here

Discussion: (Ticketed) 6.30pm – 8pm
Featuring Contributions by Marie Brett and guests Philip Connaughton, Dr Patricia Shaw, Raymond Cregan, Tina Leonard and Helen O’Donoghue. Read a Magazine article by Dr Patricia Shaw on Marie Brett’s work titled Venturing on Dangerous Ground here
This talk is presented as part of IMMA Nights, where this summer IMMA opens the grounds of the RHK on Thursday and Friday evenings until 8.30pm, with a series of free events that includes talks, music, yoga, workshops and more.

Music in the Courtyard: 7.15 – 8.30pm
Featuring music by The New Brass Kings

The Flying Dog cafe will open until 8pm.

About the speakers

Marie Brett is an artist working across live performance, immersive sculptural/site responsive installation, and film. Conceptually she considers social, psychological, allegorical, and mystical methods of processing trauma, conflict, and control. Considered by many to be one of Ireland’s leading exponents in the field of social arts practice, recurrently her work involves extensive contribution from field specialists, people with lived-life experience and other artists; and her ambitious work re-positions what can be socially hidden or culturally shunned.

Recent pieces include a commission from a nine country global justice consortium exhibited at The European Parliament: On The Edge Of My Sky; an immersive installation with performance responding to human trafficking, modern-day slavery and drug farming The Day-Crossing Farm; and as part of a solo exhibition at SIRIUS in 2022, a new work Ritual of Stone and Water: Pilgrimage to the Ninth Wave Multiverse responding to Holy Well cultural lore, divination and healing.

Brett is a graduate of London University, Goldsmiths College, with 1st class Bachelors BA, and Masters MA Visual Arts degree. Her work held in national and international public art collections including IMMA and The Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Discussion Contributors

Dr Patricia Shaw – Specialist in practice-led research
Dr Patricia Shaw, is a founder and convenor of an international Research-in-Action Community hosted by Schumacher Society. Her special interest is practice-led research that starts in the midst of lived experience. She has worked all her professional life to develop capacities for attention, inquiry and dialogue among people engaged in collaborative endeavours of all kinds. Previously she spent 15 years as a Visiting Professor of the Complexity and Management Centre at Hertfordshire University.

Philip Connaughton – Choreographer and Performer
Philip Connaughton trained at the Rambert School of Contemporary Dance in London. He has toured extensively throughout Ireland and France and presented work at Dublin Dance Festival, Cork Opera House, and Dublin Fringe Festival having won best design in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards and an Irish Times Theatre award for best movement direction. Connaughton has additionally worked in theatre and opera and is Artist in Residence at Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Associate Artist of THISISPOPBABY and a Platform 31 artist for Dublin City Council. More details here

Raymond Cregan – Member of the Dementia Carers Campaign Network.
Raymond Cregan collaborated with Marie Brett as part of the Yes, But Do You Care? project; and contributed his own lived-life experience and stories of being a dementia family care-giver, into the artwork’s narrative.

Tina Leonard – Former Head of Advocacy and Public Affairs at The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
Tina Leonard worked with Marie Brett in the development of Yes, But Do You Care? her essay ‘Voice to Voiceless : Struggle from Within, And A Relevant Catalyst For Change’ is available to read here

About Project Partners

The Dementia Carers Campaign Network
The Dementia Carers Campaign Network (DCCN) is a group of people who have experience caring for a loved one with dementia. The group aims to be a voice of and for dementia carers in Ireland and to raise awareness of issues affecting families living with dementia. See more details here

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is the leading dementia specific service provider in Ireland, aiming to advocate, empower and champion the rights and needs of people living with dementia and their carers to quality support and services. Their vision is an Ireland where people on the journey of dementia are valued and supported. See more details here


Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June. A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.