Without people convening in physical spaces, ideas become transient and communities dissipate.
The frustration in the city among those who want to do something with boarded-up buildings or disused warehouses is palpable.
“A lot of the things I know to be very successful, they’re actually not generating a huge amount of cash for the people running it,” says Agnew.
“What you end up doing is having to juggle a couple of things because one thing keeps you going financially and the other thing spiritually.” There is a respectable buzz in the room as the conversations begin.
The authorities might talk about the value of creative centres, but the reality on the ground is one of unreachable buyers locking the doors, and a web of red tape.
Bailey Kelly says there is a “disconnected generation of people who have these places, and it’s almost impossible for a younger generation to have access to said spaces.” “They could have a space that is sitting there vacant,” says Young.
There’s always a fascination with those who make their passion their work, especially in times of economic uncertainty, and these women have managed to excel at event production, party-throwing, publishing and printing.
Although they work in different disciplines, they are all multifaceted.
“When we set up, it was right in the recession: 2010.
I don’t know if we would have set up had there not been a recession, because we were very much subconsciously driven by a DIY attitude, which was the spirit in Ireland at the time, without realising it. We had nothing to lose.” Agnew is newer to this game.
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