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WHAT IS REPAIR ACTS IRELAND?

Repair Acts, Ireland aims to foster vibrant and restorative repair cultures in Ireland by connecting past stories about mending and fixing things, with what we do today, to how we envision the future.

Over 2022 we will be working with local communities, repair enthusiast and experts, DIY hobbyists and passionate amateurs to build the people’s online photo archive of everyday repaired objects. Documenting and mapping how we used to repair things, with our “Right to Repair”, we will be creating Ireland’s first “Repair Declaration” and speculating on future directions, we will be creating a series of new art works and site-based installation.

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HERITAGES

With a focus on Westmeath, we will be drawing on archival material to understand historical and contemporary repair craft heritages and economies in the county. Highlighting the skills and passion of local repairers, we will be sharing their stories and hosting storytelling and Repair Declaration workshops across the county.

 

 

Westmeath from NLI archive

Earl St, Mullingar (now Pearse Street). Photo by Robert French, Lawrence Photograph Collection, Date: between 1880-1900. Source: catalogue.nli.ie (NLI Ref: L_ROY_08093)

Declaration

We aim to create Ireland’s First Repair Declaration. Our Repair Declaration is a crowd-sourced statements of action and intention that people can get behind so as to activate our “Right to Repair” and help foster more repair-centred local actions in your community, town, village or neighbourhood. Help us build Ireland’s first Repair Declaration by submitting your story and adding your ideas for what should be in the declaration.

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Repair Manifesto Poster

Through a site-based installation in the Westmeath town of Kilbeggan, we will be speculating and imagining what forms of repair will happen in the future and what kind of repair cultures, economies and practices might emerge. Working with local groups and individuals across the town, we will be activating community and vacant spaces and drawing on the village’s industrial and market heritages to create a site-specific installation that will run from 3-6th November 2022. During this time we will host a series of public activities, conversations, debates and storytelling events that will also act as a living documentation of our work.

Imagining Futures

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