DRI is delighted to welcome our newest member, Project Arts Centre.
Project Arts Centre is Ireland’s leading centre for the presentation and development of contemporary art, dedicated to protecting the independent sector and nurturing the next generation of Irish artists across all forms of the performing and visual arts. It has been at the forefront of contemporary artistic practice in Dublin for 50 years.
Commenting on the partnership, Cian O’Brien, Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre said: "Project Arts Centre has a rich history built over 50 years of contemporary arts practice in Dublin and beyond. I am delighted that we have joined the DRI and will be able to preserve and share some of this history with our audiences."
DRI Director Natalie Harrower said: "The Project Arts Centre is a key hub for the visual and performing arts in Dublin, and has played a central role in Irish artistic practice for the last half century. They are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2017, and the occasion of this anniversary provides a chance to reflect on their history; we are very pleased to play a small role in this commemoration through the creation of an online archive that reflects this history, and warmly welcome the Project Arts Centre to membership in DRI."
This announcement follows on from a collaboration, announced in June, between PAC and DRI, to build and publish a brand new digital collection, comprised of 50 carefully chosen objects to represent the diverse history of Project Arts Centre. This collection will provide long-term online access to important parts of Project's story for the future. The collection is part of Project 50, a season marking the 50-year anniversary of the Centre, and will be published in early 2017.
As part of this project, DRI is also collaborating with the UCD School of Information and Communication Studies (ICS), a collaboration that will see ICS postgraduate students placed at the Digital Repository of Ireland as part of a service learning initiative. By assisting in archival appraisal, selection, digitisation, metadata creation and repository ingest of the Project50 objects, select students will earn module credits toward their degree at ICS, while also sharing their expertise with archives and community groups keen to archive, preserve, and share their collections with a wider audience.
DRI believes its national mandate is best achieved through partnership, so it continues to build relationships and collaborations with national and international centres of excellence in digital preservation, and with the owners and custodians of cultural and social content. As a member of DRI, PAC will be able to ingest its digital material for long term preservation in the Repository, and be more directly involved in the shaping of DRI's future.