County Carlow SPLANC is a new event conceived to enhance the year round programme of cultural activities in County Carlow for young people. The Museum will partner the festival through the loan of Francis Street Boys 1994 by John Ahearn and the students from St Francis’ Street Christian Brother School. John Ahearn's practice involves working with community groups, and groups whose access to fine art and museum culture is limited. The process of making the series of portrait busts that go to make up Francis Street Boys 1994 involves a lengthy co-operation between artist and sitters. The boys had to submit to having their heads and shoulders encased in quick-drying latex rubber to make the moulds from which the final plaster casts were made. The resulting portrait group provides a dynamic record of the class of ‘94’ while it also documents a very real exchange between the boys, the artist and the Museum.
This work is the result of collaboration between American artist John Ahearn, the boys of 6th class, Francis St CBS and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of workshops with national school pupils and will be facilitated by an artist from IMMA’s artist panel.