If You Were In My Shoes - exhibition is the culmination of year long intergenerational community participatory arts project that celebrates the creativity of fifty participants. The project has explored and given value to the experiences and wisdom gained from the past, both recent and distant that each participant brings to their daily life.
Individual participants have made a pair of bespoke customised felt slippers. The highly individualised specially decorated slippers embodies the character of each of our fifty participants. In tandem with the slippers is a collection of stories, observations and opinions by participants that have emerged from their creative writings and conversations.
A photographic portrait of each participant completes the creative work.
Creative Director: Tony Fegan
Felt Artists: Kathrina Hughes, Gabriella McGrath
Writer: Ann Egan
Community Artist: Kate Connaughton
NAS NA RIOGH HOUSING ASSOCIATION
Margharita Solon: Chairperson
Bridfn Fogarty: Arts Administrator
Ross Mills: Facilities Manager
Project Coordinator: Jennifer Webster
Exhibition Technician: Daniel Clancy
Photographer: Tony G Murray
Exhibition Design and Construction: Jim Jobson
Mark Hazzard - Manager
Bernie Conroy - Accounts
Sally Logan - Volunteer Coordinator
Our project participants come from: Kildare Carers Association,Naas Child and Family, Kildare Youth Service, Naas Active Retirement, McAuley Place Residents, Holy Child National School, Ballycane, National Learning Network-Advanced Programme & Pipers Hill Community College.
Pipers Hill Community College Transition Year students worked with exhibition designer Jim Jobson to explore the design concept of exhibition pods. Student ideas contributed significantly to the final exhibition design.
We would like to thank Industrial Packaging Ltd. Bray for their in kind materials contribution to the exhibition.
If You Were In My Shoes is a Nas na Riogh Housing Association Initiative, in partnership with Creative Producer Tony Fegan. If You Were In My Shoes is financially supported by Kildare County Council Arts Service and the Ireland Wales Programme INTERREG 4A. The project also received grant aid from Cill Dara Ar Aghaidh which is financed by the Irish Government under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2007-2013 and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas.