Exhibition & Féile

Caring for Repairing Exhibition & Féile, St James Hall and various venues across Kilbeggan, Westmeath, Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th Nov, 2022. Mending and Fixing Workshops, Artist Talks, Restorative Activities and Live Performances, including the première of ‘Turning the Collar’ a documentary on professional repair practices. Emerging programme details below (all events are free but capacity where indicated is limited or booking is required).

Thursday 3rd Nov

Once We Are Farmers — 18.30-20.30

St James Hall, Kilbeggan
  • 18.30-20.30 // Once We Are Farmers

    The farming community has been at the heart of repair activism for the last decade with key cases, particularly in the US providing precedent for change. This prelude conversation to our weekend exhibition and Féile will kick off with what ways Irish Farmers can enhance the repairability of their machines with illustrator Mark Flood capturing the conversations and computer and agriculture repair specialist Sherwood Technologies sharing their work.

Friday 4th Nov

Exhibition Opening — 4pm till late

St James Hall and the Community Hub on the Hill, Klibeggan

St James Hall
  • 16.00-17.30 // Repair Declaration Debate

    Across 10-months in 2022, Repair Acts collected statements about what people in Westmeath would put into a “Repair Declaration“. These statements explore how we can foster stronger and richer local, repair based cultures. Invited guests give their response and reflections on what has been generated, with the chat captured by illustrator Mark Flood.

  • 18.00-21.30 // Caring for Repairing,  Exhibition Opening and Welcome

    Exhibition opening, displays works generated by Repair Acts, lead artist Teresa Dillon with exhibition design in collaboration with architect Ana Filipovich and Men Shed, Mullingar. Archival research and text collated by Dillon, Alma Clavin, Robin Ferguson and Maya Vizel-Schwartz illustrates changes in professional repair practices across the last eight decades. With installation based documentary, video, textile and images based works weaving past, present and future local and global narratives of repair, together with stories gathered from the People’s Archive of Everyday Repair..

  • 19.00-20.00 // Premiere of ‘Turning the Collar - On the nature of things, their care and maintenance'

    Documentary exploring professional repair practices in Westmeath. Spotlighting 16 individuals and companies, reflections on the nature of contemporary material-based repair, its demands, traditions, conditions, joys and struggles are captured against the back drop of the county’s lakes and landscapes.

  • 20.00-20.45 // TokTek

    Musician Tom Verbruggen aka TokTek is known for live sampling techniques. Working with everyday objects, broken electronics and local musicians, TokTek will create a unique sonic affair that is not to be missed.

Local Pub (tbc)
  • 22.00-00.00 // Live act tbc

Saturday 5th Nov

Caring for Repairing & Repair Féile — 10:00 till late

St James Hall, Community Hub on the Hill, The Yard and Distillery

St James Hall
  • 10.00-20.00 // Caring for Repairing

    Exhibition continues. Displays works generated by Repair Acts, lead artist Teresa Dillon with exhibition design in collaboration with architect Ana Filipovich and Men Shed, Mullingar. Archival research and text collated by Dillon, Alma Clavin, Robin Ferguson and Maya Vizel-Schwartz illustrates changes in professional repair practices across the last eight decades. With installation based documentary, video, textile and images based works weaving past, present and future local and global narratives of repair, together with stories gathered from the People’s Archive of Everyday Repair.

  • 10.00-13.00 // Parent-and-child Build-Your-Own Toolbox Workshop

    Join Dave Kavanagh from the Rediscovery Centre to make your own toolbox made from reclaimed pallet wood timber. Dave will guide you through the process of assembling your own toolbox and you get to bring the finished product home with you. Family friendly workshop for parents and children (7-12yrs). All equipment will be provided. Eight parent-child spaces available. Registration required, full details here.

  • 12.15-13.15 // Repairs From the Other Side

    Kilbeggan and Westmeath is home to people from across Europe, Brazil, India, China and Africa. Join us for this open conversation on global perspectives to repair and waste. No booking required.

  • 13.30-15.00 // Patching Workshop

    Join The Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) legend Gill Stanley and colleagues for session on patching. Drop-in workshop, no registration but limited capacity to 15 persons.

  • 15.30-16.30 // Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, Guest Speaker

    Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh is an Irish artist, designer and award winning inventor who created Sugru, a mouldable ‘repair putty’ or glue that was described by Time magazine as one of the world’s best inventions. Join Jane in a conversation about growing Sugru’s international repair community and what inspires her designs and business. No booking required. Seating limited based on first-come, first serve.

  • 17.00-18.30 // David Kitt

    Genre crossing, multitalented singer, musician and producer David Kitt is known for his delicate electronica, skewed  beats and tender songs. In the minimalist surrounds of St. James Hall, Kitt stripes it back for an acoustic set, which is open for all to attend. No booking required but seating limited and based on first-come, first serve.

Community Hub on the Hill
  • 10.00-19.00 // Caring for Repairing

    Exhibition continues with textile, video and image worked showing on the street and in the vacant shops spaces on the hill.

S.W.E.E.T.S
  • 10.00-16.00 // Dig The Glitch Workshop

    TokTek and guests transforms broken, glitchy toy into a sonic, art objects. Parent-child workshop ideal for early-late teens (12-16yrs). Full details forthcoming.

  • 10.00-16.00 // Lace Affair Workshop at the Distillery

    Working with ideas of the broken and fractured artist Fiona Harrington works with Irish lace techniques to create contemporary reparative objects. Join Fiona for a workshop where you can learn the basic of needle lace and the lace making process. No prior experience needed, all materials provided. Workshop number limited to 12 persons and will take place at Kilbeggan Distillery Visitor Centre. Registration required, full details here.

  • 11.00-16.00 // Of Mortars and Stone Walls at The Yard, Part 1, Lower Main Street.

    Expert stone masons Neil O’Dwyer and David Corrigan (O’Dwyer Masonry) and conservation consultant Caroline Gethings (Anú Heritage) are passionate about the restoration of our built environment and how we learn to maintain it. This two-day workshop brings you through the basics of dry stone walling and its repair, with advice given on how to approach heritage repairs and working with traditional mixes and mortars. In signing up for this workshop you need to be available for both days (Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th, 11-16.00). Limited to 15 persons. Registration required and full workshop details here.

  • 10.00-11.30 // Fun Mends with Noelle at the Library

    Ideal for those busy little fingers (3-6yrs), who enjoying craft activities that use and recycle everyday materials. Reuses gems such as lids, caps and toilet roll holders to create fabulous creatures. Limited to 10 children, registration required here.

  • 12.00-13.30 // Jiminy Toy Repair Café

    Bring your torn soft toys, snapped plastic toys, burst inflatables and “missing a piece” toys to eco toystore Jiminy ‘Toy Repair Café’. Jiminy will diagnose your toy’s problem and demonstrate how to repair it. Materials provided. Drop-in session, no booking required.

Outside Tours and Walks:
  • 11.00-13.30 // Meet at the Bridge

    Author of the ‘Little Book of Westmeath’ (2016) historian and tour guide, Ruth Illingworth provides her take on Kilbeggan’s rich industrial heritage, including its history in cooperage and other such crafts. Free tour, starting outside of Kilbeggan Chocolate and Coffee Bar, Bridge St. Limited to 30 persons with registration required here.

  • 14.00-16.00 // Heart, Body and Mind

Kilbeggan Pub (tbc)
  • 21.00-00.00 // Afters

    Afters gig with live act + David Kitt, DJ set.

Sunday 6th Nov

Caring for Repairing & Repair Féile — 10am till late

St James Hall, Community Hub on the Hill, The Yard and Distillery, Lower Main Street

St James Hall
  • 10.00-19.00 // Caring for Repairing

    Displays works generated by Repair Acts, lead artist Teresa Dillon with exhibition design in collaboration with architect Ana Filipovich and Men Shed, Mullingar. Archival research and text collated by Dillon, Alma Clavin, Robin Ferguson and Maya Vizel-Schwartz illustrates changes in professional repair practices across the last eight decades. With installation based documentary, video, textile and images based works weaving past, present and future local and global narratives of repair, together with stories gathered from the People’s Archive of Everyday Repair.

  • 10.00-12.00 // Pop-Up Bike Repair Demos With Kenny

    Taking the fear out of fixing a bike puncture or changing a chain, family orientated workshop aimed at parents and children, learning together. Hosted by Kenny’s Bi-cyle Shop. No registration but limited capacity to 20 persons.

  • 14.00-14.45 // Cúpla Focal

    In advance of his evening performance Manchán Magan takes us on a journey through a couple of words for care, repair, healing and mending in Irish. No registration but limited capacity.

  • 16.30 // Exhibition closes

    Exhibition closes at St James Hall, in preparation for setting up for the performance Arán & Im

  • 19.30 – 20.40 // Arán & Im

    Theatrical performance and installation in which writer, author, television programme maker, Manchán Magan bakes sourdough bread for 70 minutes while offering insights into the wonders of the Irish language – exploring potent words of landscape, terms of intuition and insight, and the many phrases that bring to life the mysterious glory of our natural world. Free to attend but seating numbers capped. Registration therefore required here.

Community Hub on the Hill
  • 10.00-16.30 // Caring for Repairing

    Exhibition continues with textile, video and image worked showing on the street and in the vacant shops spaces on the hill.

Workshops
  • 11.00-16.00 // Furniture Uplift, Chalk Paint Workshop with Handmade Design at the Distillery

    Do you love the look of painted furniture, but aren’t sure where to begin? Join Claire Delabre, designer, upholster and owner of Handmade Design Studio for this entry level, hands on workshop and learn how to transform a drab piece of furniture into a fabulous new piece. Taking place in the surroundings of the old café on the ground floor of Kilbeggan’s Whiskey Distillery this workshop is Limited to 8 people, registration required here.

  • 11.00-16.00 // Of Mortars and Stone Walls at The Yard, Lower Main Street

    Second day of this two-part workshop with expert stone masons Neil O’Dwyer and David Corrigan (O’Dwyer Masonry) and conservation consultant Caroline Gethings (Anú Heritage). Focuses on learning the basics of dry stone walling with support given on how to approach heritage repairs and working with traditional mixes and mortars. In signing up for this workshop you need to be available for both days (Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th, 11-16.00). Limited to 15 persons. Registration required and full workshop details here.

  • 14.00-15.30 // Fun Mends With Noelle, SWEETS, The Crescent

    Ideal for those busy little fingers (3-6yrs), who enjoying craft activities that use and recycle everyday materials. Reuses gems such as lids, caps and toilet roll holders to create fabulous creatures. Limited to 10 children. Registration required, full details here.

Outside
  • 11.00-13.00 // Restoration of Ardan Wood, Woodland Walk

    The ancient woodland of Ardan Wood is the first woodland that the Native Woodland Trust acquired. Estimated to be over 350 years old, join the Trust for a family orientated walk through its holly, hazel, spindle, bramble and learn about restoration. Registration required here, includes information on meeting point.

  • 14.00-16.00 // Pocket Forests

    Pocket Forests refer to a particular way of growing small biodiverse forests. Using recycled materials to prepare the ground, this talk and demonstration provides people with an insight into how they can develop their own Pocket Forest. Limited to 20 people. Registration forthcoming.

  • Dear All, we looking forward to meeting you at Repair Acts, Kilbeggan. All events are free. No booking is required for all opening night events (debate, exhibition, documentary premiere and live performance) or for exhibition elements on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th (St James Hall and the Community Hub on the Hill). However capacity for workshops and live performances is limited with some requiring pre-registration and others based on earliest arrival, first come, first-serve. We recommend arriving early to avoid disappointment. For all outdoor events, we recommend wearing wear, weather proof clothing with healthy and safety indicated, where necessary for the repair and mending workshops (see each specific event).

    For those requiring information on access to all spaces. St James Hall is on flat ground with ramp access, please note that other venues have either ramp access, low steps, elevators or street access. If you have any special access requirements please get in touch via email.

Makers, Menders, Fixers // Scholars, Councillors and Writers : Participants Biographies

Ana Filipovich Mecke: Architect, spatial designer, and independent researcher, Ana’s work focuses on spatial manifestations of power structures in society, and the collective imaginaries that emerge from them.

Alma Clavin: Researcher in the Cities, Governance and Sustainability group at the UCD School of Geography, Alma holds a PhD from Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development at Oxford Brookes University. Over the last two decades she has worked with a number of public, private and non-governmental organisations in Ireland and the UK on planning, energy and sustainability issues. A native and resident of Kilbeggan, in 2022 she established Repair Acts, Ireland with Teresa Dillon.

Anú Heritage: Founded by conservation consultant Caroline Gethings, Anú Heritage focuses on creating a holistic, community centered approaches to the preservation of the built environment. Holding a BA (hons) Caroline in Culture and Heritage and P.Grad. Dip in Applied Building Repair and Conservation from Trinity College, Dublin, Caroline brings her passion and practical know-how to all builds.

Dave Kavanagh. Rediscover Paint Programme Manager at the Rediscovery Centre. Dave has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry and has worked at the Rediscovery Centre for over four years. He originally trained as a carpenter and joiner and he currently oversees the Rediscover Paint programme. The Rediscover Paint programme takes donated paint from local recycling centres and remixes it into new colours. Dave brings his wealth of construction and upcycling experience to all of his workshops.

David Kitt: Musician, songwriter and music producer, David is known for his cross-genre music and “concise, modern pop-songs”. With a discography that spans over two decades, he has released nine studio albums to date and with the recent album “20”, released in July 2021. He has worked extensively with a number of artists and musicians and also performs under the name “New Jackson”. 

Fiona Harrington:  Recongised for her work in using handmade lace, Fiona creates reparative and contemporary art objects.  A graduate of Crawford College, Cork (Fine Art) and IDAT (MA), Fiona’s work has been featured in the Michel Angelo Foundation’s Homo Faber Guide, which celebrates European excellence in craftsmanship. Recent exhibitions including RHA Annual Exhibition (2022), Cairde Visual Arts festival (2022) and Soft Things in Hard Times, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin (2022). 

Gareth Anton Avrill: With a keen interest in film, vintage electronics, tape machines and hardware, Gareth combines old and new aesthetics to create beguiling sonic landscapes for film and TV. An accomplished performer, he has played, produced and collaborated with a number of Ireland’s leading electronic and pop musicians.

Handmade Design Studio: Located in Mullingar and established by Clair Delabre, Handmade Design Studio is an independent shop and studio that showcases the wealth of talent among Irish designers, makers and artists and carries out basic upholstery workshops and repairs.

Kenny Bi-cycle: In operation in Mullingar for over 25 years. Alongside advising people on bikes, Kenny’s is famed for running fun, accessible community bike repair workshops, such as those he runs at Columb Barracks. 

ICA (Irish Women’s Association): For over one hundred years the ICA has brought women in rural areas of Ireland together. With members actively learning together, sharing skills and providing each other with support. The association has spotlighted the handicrafts of women by providing safe spaces and opportunities for developing and exhibiting artisan, making and mending skills.

Mark Flood: Illustrator and former member of the now legendary Irish animation collective, Delicious 9 (2001-2006), Mark’s humour, quick wit and and drawing skills are his weapons of choice. Having worked extensively with the Irish economist David McWilliams, Mark collaborates with others to demystify complex social and technical issues.

Matt Boyd: Cameraman and editor, specialising in producing high quality online promos, corporate videos, conference coverage, music videos and documentaries. Matt Boyd has worked extensively with a number of clients, including the former Science Gallery, ESB, Trinity College Dublin, UCD, Science Foundation Ireland, British Council, Accenture.

Manchán Magan: Broadcaster, travel writer and playwright who wrote the Magan’s World column for The Irish Times for six years, and has written for The Guardian, the LA Times and Washington Post. Known for his environmental activism and love of the Irish language, recent publications include “Listen to the Land Speak” (2022) and Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers and Other Irish Words for Nature (2021). In 2016 he ran for general election candidate for the Green Party in Longford/Westmeath with a focus on the potential of small-scale, sustainable development in the area.

Native Woodland Trust: Dedicated to the preservation of Ireland’s remaining ancient woodlands, The Native Woodland Trust focus on the restoration of Ireland’s original climax ecosystem, through the re-creation of woodlands, using only native seed. Through its membership and volunteer scheme it aims to safeguard ancient woodlands precious habitats from damage via the removal of harmful invasive species and the reintroduction of native trees that have been lost to the locality.

Noelle Dunne: Educator and sensory facilitator who lives with her family in Kilbeggan, Westmeath. With fifteen years’ experience in leading artistic and craft based sessions, in residential care homes and community based settings, Noelle’s person-centered approach focuses on enhancing people’s creative expression. Informed by her training in multimedia practices (BA Hons) her workshops look to how discarded and recycled materials can be reused in purposeful and fun ways.

O’Dwyers Masonry: Deeply rooted in the care, repair and conservation of our built heritage, O’Dwyer Masonry was co-founded by Neil O’Dwyer and David Corrigan both of whom trained in banker architectural masonry at the renowned York College. Operating from Multyfarnham, Westmeath the company have lead on conversation projects across the UK and Ireland, including those at Chatsworth House, Castle Howard, Caister Church, the Irish Dental Hospital, Adare Manor and Courthouse, Limerick, Fore Courts, Dublin and St Mary’s Church, Kilkenny. 

Pocket Forests: Pocket Forests is a method for planting native native trees, shrubs and wildflowers in small urban areas. Founded by event organiser Ashe Conard-Jones and writer, Catherine Cleary, Pocket Forests adapts Japanese botanist Akira Miyawake notion of the Tiny Forest by focusing on the use of recycled materials for enriching soil composition and the creation of accessible community-centred approaches. 

Rediscovery Centre: The National Centre for the Circular Economy in Ireland aka The Rediscovery Centre is a creative movement connecting people, ideas and resources to support greener low-carbon living. Located in the repurposed Boiler House in Ballymun, the centre brings together the skills and expertise of artists, scientists, designers and craftspeople united in a common purpose of sustainability

Robin Ferguson: An environmental specialist with over twenty-five years of government agency and regulatory experience, Robin’s work lies in analysing proposed actions for environmental and social impacts. As the research  associate and producer for Repair Acts, Ireland her work focused on archival research and supporting the project’s November programme.

Ruth Ilingworth: Historian, writer and tour guide, Ruth is known for her scholarship and knowledge of Westmeath. Having written extensively on many aspects of the county, Ruth’s most recent publications include the biography of the Northern Irish politician Sheelagh Murnaghan, “Sheelagh Murnaghan: Stormont’s Only Liberal MP” (2020), “A 1950s Irish Childhood” (2018) and “The Little Book of Westmeath” (2016). 

Sharon Keilthy. Founder and CEO of the award winning, Irish eco-toy company Jiminy. Sharon established Jiminy in 2018, as a means to stock sustainably-made new toys and to provide guides on repair hacks for existing toys, with the company soon to launch a service to sell refurbished preloved toys. Sharon’s commitment to reducing the carbon footprint and wasteful impact of toys has lead her to speak at global toy industry events, including a stint lecturing at the world’s only toy design degree at Otis College Los Angeles.

Sherwood Technologies: With over 15 yrs experience in electronics repair, Steve Sherwood founded Sherwood Technologies, Mullingar in 2019. Having initial learnt the trade from watching his father fix and mend TVs and computers, Steve is making a name in solving agricultural breakages and complex repairs.

Teresa Dillon: Artist and researcher, Teresa holds the post of Professor of City Futures at the School of Art and Design, UWE Bristol. In 2018 she established Repair Acts a means to explore relations between past, present and future forms of repair, care, maintenance and healing cultures. Sharing practices and methodologies from this work, in 2022 she co-developed the Irish branch of the project, with Alma Clavin.

TokTek: Behind TokTek stands musician and visual artist Tom Verbruggen, who designs and deconstructs his own electronic instruments, giving his music a unique character. His eclectic electronic style has been described as illogical hardware bending, where the outcome creates dramatic live compositions, which break down into delicate and tender sound moments.

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