Nathan O'Donnell,This Being Where We Play

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This being where we play is a publication that emerged from a public art project, Streetwork, commissioned and funded by an Arts, Education and Learning Commission from Dublin City Arts Office and the Arts Council of Ireland in 2018-19. To create the publication, the artist worked with sixth-class students in the North East Inner City on a project exploring play in the urban realm. During the project, facilitated by the author and another artist, Louis Haugh, the participating children devised imaginary play structures which were 'drawn' on the park with fabric during a set of live sessions and then installed as a one-day pop-up park in June 2019. This being where we play was designed by Clare Bell and includes some of the children's chalk drawings, documentation images, manifestos, and letters, as well as a text by the artist about the politics of play. It was launched with a seminar on play and the public realm in December 2019.

Nathan O’Donnell is a writer, researcher, and one of the co-editors of the Irish journal of contemporary art criticism, Paper Visual Art. He has published fiction and creative non-fiction as well as critical work on modern and contemporary art. Nathan has edited and produced several project-based publications and zines and, in 2020, with Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll, he founded Numbered Editions, an experimental imprint for artists’ writing. The artist has been awarded artist’s bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council, as well as artist’s commissions from IMMA, Dublin City Council, the Arts Council of Ireland, and South Dublin County Council. He is a curatorial associate at IMMA and a lecturer at NCAD and Trinity College Dublin, where he is also currently the recipient of a Samuel Beckett Creative Fellowship. 


Soft Cover

48 pp |13.5 x 21cm