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DRI Announces Collaboration with Project Arts Centre

Natalie Harrower, Director of the DRI; Cian O'Brien, Artistic Director of the Project Arts Centre; Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council, at the Project 50 launch.

June 1 2016: For Immediate Release

DRI are collaborating with Project Arts Centre to build and publish a brand new digital collection, comprised of 50 carefully chosen objects to represent the diverse history of Project Arts Centre. This collection will provide long-term online access to important parts of Project's story for the future. The collection is part of Project 50, a season marking the 50-year anniversary of the Centre, and will be published in early 2017.

"We are delighted to be collaborating with Project Arts Centre on initiating a digital archive that reflects 50 amazing years of provocative performance and art," said Natalie Harrower, Director of the DRI. "Archives are about preserving records of the past, but importantly, they are also about making that past accessible in the future. The process of opening archives to a broader public through digitisation and preservation is part of a larger movement to provide access to a wide public, while also ensuring the longevity of historical objects. Project Arts Centre archive marks our first collaboration with a multi-disciplinary arts centre to build and publish a brand new digital collection. We're excited to be part of Project's 50th anniversary season."

Panti Bliss, special guest at the Project 50 Season launch.

Cian O’Brien, Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre, described the collaboration as “a thrilling project with the Digital Repository of Ireland which will begin the digitisation of Project’s extensive archive, starting with 50 objects specially selected with support from the National Library of Ireland. We see this project as both reflecting on our history, but also sharing that history with new generations as we look to Project Arts Centre’s next 50 years.”

Project 50 was officially launched on Tuesday 31 May 2016, with Artistic Director Cian O’Brien being joined by special guests Panti Bliss and Orlaith McBride (Arts Council director), Project staff past and present, and hundreds of artists, friends, supporters, and stakeholders to mark the 50-year anniversary. A wide range of plays, exhibitions and performances have been announced as part of the anniversary season in 2016 and into 2017, and the archive in the Digital Repository of Ireland was announced as an exciting element of this programme.

For more information contact:

Clare Lanigan
Education & Outreach Coordinator, DRI
Tel: 01 6090635


About the Digital Repository of Ireland

The Digital Repository of Ireland is a national trusted digital repository for Ireland's social and cultural data. The repository links together and preserves both historical and contemporary data held by Irish institutions, providing a central internet access point and interactive multimedia tools. As a national e-infrastructure for the future of education and research in the humanities and social sciences, DRI is available for use by the public, students and scholars.

The Digital Repository of Ireland was originally funded by the Higher Education Authority’s PRTLI Cycle 5 programme, and has built partnerships across domains and sectors in Ireland. The DRI believes that its national mandate is best achieved through partnership, and continues to build relationships and collaborations with national and international centres of excellence in digital preservation, and with the owners and custodians of cultural and social content.

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About Project Arts Centre

Project Arts Centre is Ireland’s leading centre for the presentation and development of contemporary art, dedicated to supporting artists and protecting the next generation of artists across all forms of the performing and visual arts. From the beginning, Project has continued to push the boundaries of contemporary art, providing a home for artists and playing a key role in Ireland’s cultural landscape and the careers of many of Ireland’s most successful artists. Generations of artists and audiences have taken part in PAC programmes, helping to launch the careers of Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne and U2.

Project Arts Centre will celebrate its past, present and future in a season of work of Irish and international art, featuring work from some of Ireland’s most exciting artists, beginning in October 2016.

Project Arts Centre is supported by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council.


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