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The GLUCKSMAN Little Interview

Each week we ask the same set of questions to a different member of our community. Throughout 2015, we interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses were funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read. The archive of 2015's interviews can be found here. Thanks to all who took part!

This week our Little Interview series features artist and educator, Laurie Legrand who will lead our Creative Tech Club, using leading STEAM learning techniques to create a range of artwork, which will cumulate with an exhibition in the gallery foyer.


Laurie LeGrand: 3 October 2016

What are you reading?
At the moment I am reading “These happy Golden years” from Laura Ingalls, yes, that’s right, one of the books from “the Little House on the Prairie” series. I am getting more and more interested in early North American pioneer’s stories, especially when told by women. It gives a lot of information about how people ran their homesteads before electricity, as well as how they built everything from scratch, and more important, how they kept their lives rich socially, by creating community and cherishing small celebrations (in the absolute opposite way that most of us do in the west).

Favourite museum?
I have to say that the first museum that comes to mind is “The Prado” in Madrid, which is breathtaking. But more locally, I do find the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin incredible.

Best performance?
I went to see the comedian Doug Stanhope in Dublin a few months ago, and it was the sanest, deepest, darkest show I have ever seen. This man’s work genuinely keeps me sane, while facing such absurdities as Donald Trump speech.

What is your most treasured possession?
My health, both mental and physical, everything else is a nice bonus. Love is equally important, but it the opposite of a possession.

What work(s) of art inspire you?
I used to revere many artists from the Fluxus movement, Beuys for example. But as I search for a sense of awe and possibility in art, accessible to all, I have to admit it is the work of William Frode de la Foret, from Artlink in Cork, that truly inspires me. His event, the Dragon of Shandon attracts, moves, inspires, involves so many folks who wouldn’t normally step in a gallery, bringing them tremendous joy and awe. This is truly brave and inspiring beyond compare. Another artist who did many fantastic works in the street of Bruxelles, is Obetre, whose work started as traditional graffiti art is now taking form of various interventions in public space, he is in some ways not unlike David Shrigley, but probably more political and with deeper roots in Street Art.

A lightbulb moment?
When I faced my deepest dystopian fears, and realised that this was simply nature making shapes. Fear is quite counterproductive and stopped me from really being in the moment and enjoying life, it wasn’t easy to undo its bonds but kindness helps. Being kind can alter things immediately around you, and it brings forth all kinds of loveliness, as well as a tremendous sense of possibility. Just as darkness is nothing be the absence of light, fear is the absence of many simple good things, such as kindness, empathy, playfulness, trust… Also, as Alan Watts explains wonderfully, music is only audible for it contains silence between notes, if it didn't, it would be white noise.. I believe it is the same with most things in life.. life is the sum of all its parts.

Guilty pleasure?
I really enjoy stories, so at the moment I have a craving for Neil Gaiman Audio books, read by himself. He is such a fantastic narrator (and human being). His wife is also a fantastic artist, Amanda Palmer, from the Dresden Dolls.

What would you like to be doing right now?
I would love to be celebrating the repeal of the 8th amendment.

Tessa Giblin, 24 June 2016
Rachael Gilbourne
, 17 June 2016
Maud Cotter, 10 June 2016
John Duncan,
3 June 2016
Sheila Beecher,
27 May 2016
Ellen Byrne,
20 May 2016
Marie Bourke,
13 May 2016
Theresa Reidy,
6 May 2016
Eleanor Duffin,
29 April 2016
Lee Welch,
22 April 2016
Darn Thorn,
15 April 2016
Luise Ebner,
8 April 2016
Damien Flood
, 1 April 2016
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, 25 March 2016
Eoin Colfer,
11 March 2016
Colin Darke,
4 March 2016
Daniel Blackshields,
27 February 2015
Antonia Hirsch,
19 February
Fiona Kelly
, 12 February 2015

Declan Jordan
, 5 February 2015

Find the 2015 Little Interviews here