What inspires the Umbrella Orphanage
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What inspires the Umbrella Orphanage


I envisage the project ultimately aiming to create an Umbrella Orphanage for lost, broken and bewildered umbrellas that will be appreciated, cared for and revived into new objects through re-using, repairing, recycling and with the aim of ultimately reducing waste.  I am thinking about how we can show the value of the materials that compose a broken umbrella by completing the resurrection of these materials into something new. I am interested in the lifecycle and story of these objects and how that can be captured and framed. I chose the broken umbrella because of its relationship to the local weather in the West of Ireland, buffeted by wind and rain, things get broken; how can we create from this broken point?

The project  is based on expressing value in people to the same degree as expressing the value of minding, cherishing and re-invigorating the materials we will work with, through using discarded materials and creating something new.

Hope It Rains | Soineann nó Doineann is created and curated by Ríonach Ní Néill, produced by Ciotóg, and commissioned by Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

Hope It Rains | Soineann nó Doineann arna chruthú ag Ríonach Ní Néill, arna léiriú ag Ciotóg, arna choimisiúnú ag Gaillimh 2020, Príomhchathair Chultúir na hEorpa.