Celebrating the Special Sense of Community

Michael McLoughlin Book Launch – ‘I am here because I know you will be too’

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke will launch “I am here because I know you will be too”, a limited edition artist’s book by Michael McLoughlin for Dublin City Council’s Public Art Programme.  The book will be launched in Crumlin Bowling Club, St. Mary’s Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12,  on Thursday, 20th November, 2014 at 3pm.  The bowling club is one of the sites that features in Michael’s book.
Michael McLoughlin is a visual artist from Dublin. Working in a wide variety of media including drawing, video, sculpture and sound, he continues to present new ways of working in a social context. McLoughlin is particularly interested in the relationships that exist between contemporary practice, social spaces and the broader community for whom the art spaces exist.
‘I am here because I know you will be too’ is a compilation of drawings by Michael McLoughlin from 2008 to 2012. During this time, he visited many places in the Dublin 12 area, like Bingo Halls, Community Centres, Bowling Clubs, talking to people, taking photos and drawing.  Commissioned under Dublin City Council’s Public Art Programme, the result is a beautifully produced record that celebrates the special sense of community particularly among older people in the Crumlin area.
Michael speaking about his experience says “I was really struck by the feeling of a vibrant, supportive community”. As the work developed I began to focus on two elements in particular; the physical spaces and the gestures; the instances that happened and environments they occupied.” He was particularly interested in places like the Star Bingo Hall or Father Kitt Court, “places where you’d be missed if you didn’t turn up.”
The Lord Mayor said “ It gives me great pleasure to launch this wonderful book in the heart of Crumlin today.  Michael has made a really special book about this special community and I am delighted to see it recorded in this way.  Artists often approach communities as an outsider but sometimes outsiders help us to value what we take for granted”.
This work was commissioned under the Dublin City Council Public Art Programme funded by the Department of Environment Community and Local Government ‘Per Cent for Art’ scheme.

For further information contact:
Ruaírí Ó Cuív, Public Art Manager, Dublin City Council T (01) 222 8589 M(086)  8213837
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277 or email

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Notes to the Editor:

Michael McLoughlin has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally, with exhibitions in France, Finland, Norway, Great Britain and the US. He has also released 6 albums of audio work in Ireland, UK and Germany in the last 3 years. Previous work includes: It’s nice to see our friends once in a while, The LAB 2010; Experience, Strength, Hope with residents of Ashleigh House & Brian Maguire, Draiocht 2009; I only come here cos it’s free, Limerick City Gallery of Art 2008. Welcome Back, Breaking Ground, Ballymun 2005-2007; Shared Designs Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2003; Ideal Homes, InContext2, South Dublin County Council, 2000- 2002.
From 2009 to 2013 McLoughlin carried-out a long-term developmental residency in the Grainstore, dlr’s Youth Arts Facility, Cabinteely, Dublin. Most recently Mcloughlin curated Soundings for dlrLexicon in partnership with the DunLaoghaire RNLI and is currently curating The Park Kiosk for Limerick National City of Culture.