There is no commercial component to this work, Personal Effects: a history of possession. No works are for sale. This is a work of social and cultural activism; a bearing, and sharing, of witness.
The project gratefully acknowledges the support of an Artlinks Bursary Award for 2015 to expand the scope of the work in the context of five asylums/ mental hospitals in the south east of Ireland.
The project would like to gratefully acknowledge the permissions, in-kind support and financial support provided by the Health Service Executive which made the 2014 installations possible. Many thanks also to the Grangegorman Art Group, the Grangegorman Development Agency, the National Archives, Dublin City Arts Office, the Temple Bar Trust and Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun. The research assistance of Professor Brendan Kelly, Pauline Conroy, Dick Bennett (retd Director of Nursing), and Brian Donnelly (National Archives) has been inestimable. Heartfelt thanks also to Martin Rogan, (HSE Asst National Director for Mental Health Services/ retd), Fr Piaras O Dúill (retd Chaplain), Ray Yeates (Dublin City Arts Officer) Ronan Doyle (Communications Officer/ GDA), the Arts Office of Kilkenny County Council (Tyrone Guthrie Bursary Award), ( Alé Mercado (Atticus Design) and many other key enablers of this process.
For the first three years of work Personal Effects: a history of possession received no grant support from any state organisation. Despite such shortfall it was deemed preferable not to seek financial support from the pharmaceutical industry. As a result this put great strain on what could be achieved and on the artist’s own resources. The democratic donations of the public through a crowd-source funding campaign helped to bring the first phases of this challenging work to fruition.
Financial support was generously provided by the Health Service Executive , Dublin South West and Dublin North, to meet the costs of the installations in Grangegorman and Temple Bar and also covered the reprint of the exhibition leaflet.
Special thanks to the amazing folk who so generously contributed to the project’s Fund-it campaign including: Colm Aherne, Steve Berlinski, Paul Bokslag, Niamh Brophy, Kaethe Burt-O’Dea, Ciaran Cuffe, Ger Cody, Jacqui Corcoran, Vincent Dempsey, Miriam Duggan, Brian Durrans, Malcolm Dowse, Philip Hardy, Deirdre McAvinchey, Maighread McAvinchey, John Moriarty, Niamh Ní Chonchubhair, Denise O’Connell, Anna O’Sullivan, Nuala Roche, Christina Sweeney and Carter Wilson.