11 April 2013: The Proposal

The Proposal

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios will commission and present The Proposal, a new work by Séamus Nolan. This follows on from Nolan’s work on the theme of statelessness, particularly in relation to migration in the EU, that he undertook while participating in the HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme, which is run in partnership with Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

The Proposal will examine these ideas in an Irish context, and respond to the issues of Irish state responsibility to the care of children. Nolan sees the children who died in institutional care as essentially stateless, without the benefits of protection that are associated with citizenship. The project proposes that one of these children might be honoured by holding posthumously for one day the office of the President of Ireland.

The project includes a public discussion with Taru Elfving, project director at HIAP, artist Séamus Nolan and curator Rayne Booth to explore the local and European relevance of themes within The Proposal.


11 April-18 June 2013



Lead organisation

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios


HIAP-Helsinki Artist-in-Residence Programme (Finland)

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