UpStart 2011

During this years General Election in Ireland, a group by the name of UpStart ran a fascinating campaign of public art exhibition. Gathering submissions from the public in the form of text, photography, art and design, they published and placed a series of election-style posters throughout Dublin City.

In their own words:

UpStart is a non-profit arts collective which aims to put creativity at the centre of public consciousness during the Irish General Election Campaign in 2011. We plan to do this by reinterpreting the spaces commonly used for displaying election campaign posters in Dublin City.

The result was a wonderful celebration of art in public, and one that went some way to counter the deluge of inane political statements that screamed at us from the top of lamp-posts. It was great to see so many works of art dotted throughout the City, sitting side-by-side with the usual electioneering. It was even better to see so many people standing in the street, staring up at them, heads tilted to the side contemplating their meaning.

As well as being a huge fan of the project, I was also lucky enough to have a piece selected. Thanks to UpStart brightening up our streets and thanks for allowing me my own little piece of a lamp-post.