In conjunction with the exhibition Incoming, Butler Gallery has programmed a series of events that aims to bring us closer to the stories of people who have been forced to migrate or seek refugee status in Ireland. Migrants and refugees are often purely seen as a statistic in newspapers or on TV, however, behind each number is a person with a very personal set of circumstances. It is important that these people’s experiences are known and understood in order to raise awareness and compassion within wider Irish society.

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The Making of Incoming & Grid (Moria)

Richard Mosse in conversation with Sean O'Hagan, critic for the Guardian

The arresting imagery captured by Richard Mosse for his installations Incoming and Grid (Moria) are at once immediate and intimate and at the same time at a remove by virtue of the photographer’s artistic process. Complimented by Ben Frost’s aesthetic soundscapes these immersive works allow us glimpses into the frightening world of what it is to be a refugee in the 21st century. This specially pre-recorded 'in-conversation' gives insights into the creative process in the making of these immersive video installations.

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A Spotlight on Migration; The Role of Museums and Galleries

Anna O’Sullivan, Director, Butler Gallery in discussion with Sophie Henderson, Director Migration Museum, and Hina Khan, artist.

Museums and galleries are increasingly highlighting the issues of migration and refugees within their permanent and temporary exhibitions,collecting strategies and public engagement programming. This in-discussion event explores the extent to which cultural organisations can offer more expansive forums of debate for these issues and how they may differ from more generic mass media reporting of such events.

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