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Exhibition & Féile

Caring for Repairing Exhibition & Féile, St James Hall and various venues across Kilbeggan, Westmeath, Thur 3rd – Sun 6th Nov 2022. With Free Mending Workshops, Talks, Walks and Outdoor Activities and Performances, including documentary première ‘Turning the Collar’. Find out more!

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Exhibition & Féile 3–6th November

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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 Archive of Everyday Repair” that is a contemporary collection of the ‘things’ we repair and why we repair them.

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. With our documentary ‘Turning the Collar’ reflecting on the joys and challenges such professions face.

We are creating Ireland’s First Repair Declaration, that is a crowd-sourced set of statements, actions and intentions 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.

We will be releasing this Declaration alongside a discussion on how we can take it forward at our Exhibition and Féile on 3-6th Nov in Kilbeggan, Westmeath. The Exhibition and Féile will present our year’s journey and work. Activating local community and vacant spaces. New mixed media art works, alongside the première of ‘Turning the Collar’ will take place at St. James Hall, Kilbeggan with free to attend discussions, performances and workshops on mending and fixing taking place at the library, Distillery, community hub and other locations.

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