Tallaght Hospital – Work Songs, In Context 4

Tallaght Hospital Christmas Song

Visual artist Fiona Dowling and composer George Higgs invite you to the fourth in the series of performances as part of their public art project Work Songs. The Hospital Worker’s Song is a collaboration with Tallaght University Hospital Choir (TUH Choir) and The National Centre for Arts and Health.

Dowling and Higgs will collaborated with workers from a cross-section of workplaces, both industrial and rural, to create Work Songs, a musical portrait of South County Dublin’s economic profile. Transforming the rhythms, cycles, movements and sounds of work routines into song and performed by workers.

This fourth work song composed by George Higgs will be directed by Michael Fay and sung by the TUH Choir, which is made up of hospital staff from many areas including nursing staff, radiography, lab staff, mental health services, arts, reception, administrators and retired staff members. The Hospital Worker’s Song was directly inspired by interviews and conversations between Fiona Dowling and the choir members. After the performance, the artists, singers, project curators and all involved in the project will be available for a Questions and Answers session.

The first work song ‘First Earlies’ was created in collaboration with plot-owner Catherine Cunningham at Friarstown Allotments. ‘Yesterday and Tomorrow Meet Today’ was a collaboration with members of Platform One Writers, a group of dedicated writers and artists based in Tallaght and ‘Hear Us Amongst the Fungus’ was created with textile artist Freda O’Dea who specialises in mushroom textile dyes. After the collaboration with staff at Tallaght University Hospital, Fiona and George will also create a song with Broomhill based FoodCloud.

Work Songs is commissioned under IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME, South Dublin County Council’s Public Art Programme for 2016-2019 under the Per Cent for Art Scheme.

Register your attendance by emailing Fiona Dowling at southdublinworksongs@gmail.com by Sunday 25 November
Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

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