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Dale Farm: The Eviction With 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning

5th-9th June 2019

A Community of Creatives

On 19th October 2011, eighty Traveller families lost their 10 year legal battle for their homes. Dale Farm: The Eviction, explores this important event from the perspective of artists from different communities.

Artists from the Travelling community and elsewhere will present creative responses to the eviction, aiming to broaden the discussion about Dale Farm and acknowledge that not everyone backed or agreed with the eviction by the local authorities, which the UK government supported and in part financed. Against a backdrop of negative media coverage and social media attacks on Traveller communities, this event also aims to be therapeutic for the Traveller artists’ and the community members impacted by the loss of their homes.

As well as visual art, performance, music and video, audiences will have the opportunity to view unique Traveller archival material from Grattan Puxon’s archive together with artefacts from Dale Farm, removed at the time of the eviction.

This event is curated by Phien O’Reachtigan of Traveller-Art-Performance and Beverley Carpenter of Oblique Arts in association with Tate Exchange Associates 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning.

 

Phien O'Reachtigan Curator says:

"Traveller community members seldom enjoy the same chance to bring

their unique perceptions of art into mainstream society. This website is to

give an opportunity for Traveller artists to present and display their art in

its many guises.

 

Many talented Traveller artists' art is either kept 'in house' or left

unannounced or presented. Recognition of Traveller artists is rare or

non-existent.

Consequently, Traveller communities often consider art to be

"a waste of time" and some community  pressure for artists to

 pursue more worthwhile interest

 

We hope to promote Traveller artists by displaying and presenting their art on this website.  

 

Our vision is for Traveller artists to enter the mainstream art

world in whatever capacity and level their art belongs" 

Phien O'Reachtigan : Curator

Phien O'Reachtigan Background

Phein O'Reachtigan was born in the 1960's into a Pavee family. He is the youngest of six brothers and six sisters. 

 

Despite little formal education, as a teenager, he wrote poems, songs and sag in Punk bands 

Following multiple site evictions of Pavee Travellers, he became a community activist and advocate.

He educated Police on how to liaise effectively with Pavee  Travellers and how to understand their etiquette and to treat them with equality in mind.

 

Phien has represented the Pavee community in the past at talks, conferences and demonstrations throughout the UK and Europe.His Unpublished material includes a play, book, photographs and several poems.

 

He has also produced live shows about the Pavee Travellers' histories, which educate and entertain.

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