Fashion Action

A Creative Agency project exploring multi-issue activism through art and clothing

In Autumn 2022, the Glucksman invited teenagers from Clonakilty, Drishane Castle and Macroom Direct Provision Centres to take part in a project that creatively explored some of society’s most challenging issues through art and fashion. Working with artist Aoife Claffey, the group discovered a variety of artistic mediums and design approaches and worked collaboratively to create unique artworks.

The project ran through the school mid-term break and the group of 20 teenagers, aged 13-18 years, learnt about the Glucksman exhibition Fashion Show: Clothing, Art and Activism taking inspiration from the artworks on display. The teenagers looked at issues facing society and considered how their artworks could collectively address areas such as women’s rights, climate action, and the treatment of migrant workers. The group worked together to create dynamic installations that merge sculpture, printmaking, drawing and painting.

The artwork created by the teenagers are been exhibited as part of UCC Refugee Week from 21 to 26 February 2023.

The teenager’s visits to UCC were supported by Cork Migrant Centre and Clonakilty Friends of Asylum Seekers.

Fashion Action is delivered as part of the Glucksman's Creative Agency programme funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.