FREE MARKET COMES TO MOUNTMELLICK 5th - 7th September - WHAT’S ON WHEN
Mountmellick is the third stop on the Free Market National Tour. The pavilion will be located in O’Connell Square with accompanying exhibition in O’Connell House on the square. In Mountmellick, the focus of our talks and workshops is public realm design.
Thursday September 5th
6- 7pm ‘Free Market’ Launch at O’Connell Square- All welcome
With introduction by the ‘Free Market’ Curators and opening comments and reading by Pat Boran. Poet, writer and broadcaster Pat Boran is one of the best-known of his generation of Irish poets, originally from Portlaoise, his poem ‘Immigrants open shops’ features in ‘Free Market News’.
Friday September 6th
10.00am – 5pm Free Market exhibition on O’Connell Square & O’Connell House
10.00am- 12pm Mountmellick Community School Transition Year Workshop & Townie Scavenger Hunt
1- 2pm Vox Pop recordings – tell us about your town!
2pm- 3.00pm Curators tour of the exhibition and pavilion
3pm- 4.00pm Walking town centre tour:
Guided by: Anne Sands, Local Historian, & Catherine Casey, Heritage Officer Laois Co. Co.
Town centre walk focusing on the architecture of O’Connell Square and rich heritage of religious buildings in Mountmellick
6.30- 8.00pm Free Public Lecture, The Balcony Theatre, Mountmellick Community Arts Centre
Free Market Curators & Guilia Vallone, Senior Architect, Cork County Council. Guilia was Municipal Architect for Clonakility and has won many awards for its public realm design.
Saturday September 7th
All day ‘Free Market’ exhibition on O’Connell Square & O’Connell House
11am- 12pm ‘Mountmellick Work’ Talk on the Square with samples of Mountmellick Lace
Hosted by award winning local embroider Ann O’Brien
All day Townie Scavenger Hunt
12- 1pm Vox Pop recordings – tell us about your town!
2pm- 4.00pm Mountmellick Heritage Trail-
2 hour walk focusing on the industrial heritage of Mountmellick guided by Local Historian, Ger Lynch
All events are free and open to everyone. For more information see www.freemarket.ie
Free Market is an architecture exhibition and ongoing research project that explores the importance and possible future of small market towns in Ireland. It originally represented Ireland at Venice in 2018 as part of the Venice Biennale. This summer, as part of its National Tour, Free Market is visiting four towns across Ireland. Visitors are encouraged to explore the exhibition and join guided tours, contribute to Vox Pop recording sessions and for younger townies the team has designed a special Townie Scavenger Hunt. Our team will be on hand at the pavilion to chat with visitors during its stay, and copies of our newspaper, Free Market News are available to browse and take away. All events are free and open to everyone. For more information see www.freemarket.ie
The Irish tour of Ireland at Venice is supported by the Arts Council as part of its commitment to promote architecture to Irish audiences. Ireland at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia was an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council and Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.