100 artists, academics and civil society organisations letter in support of Exchange Dublin

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Exchange Dublin, one of Dublin’s most innovative and important independent spaces, will close today, Friday the 7th of February, following negotiations with their landlord Temple Bar Cultural Trust. This outcome is disappointing, but following a difficult period the collective have resolved to work towards the re-establishment of the space over the coming months. We hope that this is also the beginning of a new and brighter future for exchange. We’ve written more about the situation here. The Provisional University and the Anti-Racism Network have written the below letter in support of the space, which was published in this morning’s Irish Times. The Irish Times only accepts a maximum of six signatories, but in fact we were overwhelmed with support and over 100 organisations, artists and academics signed the letter. Below we’ve posted the full list.

Over the last week, as we worked to support Exchange, we have been deeply impressed by the commitment of Exchange and its supporters to making this city a more inclusive, open and democratic place and look forward to the next developments.

Sir,

The proposal to close Exchange Dublin, on the grounds of it ‘generating anti-social behaviour’ raises serious questions regarding how this issue is being tackled in our city. Whilst we welcome last week’s commitment by Dublin City Council and Temple Bar Cultural Trust to support the development of Exchange Dublin, we believe the best way to do so is through co-operation with this deserving initiative by keeping the doors of Exchange Dublin open.

Exchange Dublin is an all-ages, inclusive, open arts and cultural space. The safe, drug-free, non-alcohol environment enables young people to socialise and develop their creativity.  Participatory cultural events and workshops support democratic practices and civic empowerment through artistic expression.

Despite the challenge of a lack of resources that affects so many arts spaces in the present economic environment, the volunteers of Exchange Dublin have provided an event and social space to thousands of people over the past four and a half years, contributing enormously to the civic well-being of our community.

We believe in a vision of the city with arts and culture available to everyone. We believe that locking one of the few spaces that has provided inclusive cultural participation is a grave mistake.

By removing Exchange Dublin, and offering no ongoing alternatives to its multi-users, Dublin City Council is inevitably furthering the anti-social behaviour it claims it is trying to combat in the area.

Surely closing a social space is anti-social?

Yours, etc,

Anti Racism Network Ireland,

Canal Communities Intercultural Network

Prof. Kathleen Lynch, Equality Studies, UCD

Professor Sinisa Malesevic, Head of School of Sociology, UCD

Jesse Jones, artist.

Shane Fitzgerald, We’re Not Leaving Campaign

Comhlamh

European Network Against Racism (ENAR),

Professor Emerita Patricia Coughlan, School of English, UCC

Professor Nicholas Daly, School of English, Drama and Film, UCD

Professor Danielle Clarke, School of English, Drama and Film, UCD

Dr. Laurence Cox, Department of Sociology, NUI Maynooth.

Aisling Rogerson, Fumbally Cafe

Dr. Laurence Davis, Department of Government, UCC

Dr Éidín O’Shea, University of Southern Queensland.

James Redmond, Rabble Magazine

Cathleen O’Neill, Kilbarrack Community Development Project

Louise Bayliss, SPARK

Paul Murphy, MEP

Rachel O’Dwyer,  Dublin Art and Technology Association

Dr. Rory Hearne, Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth

Dr. Audrey Bryan, St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University.

Brid Smith, Dublin City Councillor

Africa Centre

Tommy Foster, JaJa Studios

Madeleine Lyes, City Intersections

Lisa Crowne, A4 Sounds

Alan Fitzpatrick, Loom Studios

Miranda O’Driscoll, The Joinery

Jim Hicks, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios

Bryan Duffy, Artist, Custom House Studios and Gallery

(Prof) Helena Sheehan, DCU / Left Forum

Donal Foreman, Filmmaker

Andy Storey, School of Politics and International Relations UCD.

Dr. Theresa O’Keefe, Department of Sociology. NUI Maynooth

Dr Ronit Lentin, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Trinity College

Dr. Eoin Flaherty, National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis, NUI Maynooth

Jim White, National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis, NUI Maynooth

Dr Diane Payne , Dynamics Lab, UCD

Dr Anne Mulhall, School of English, UCD

Dr Seán L’Estrange, School of Sociology, UCD

Dr. Kieran Allen, School of Sociology, UCD

Veronica Barker, School of Sociology, UCD

James Redmond, rabble magazine

Cathleen O’Neill, Kilbarrack Community Development Project

Louise Bayliss, SPARK

Dr. Alice Feldman, School of Sociology, UCD

Dr Amanda Slevin, School of Sociology, UCD

Dr Mary Madec, Villanova University Centre at NUI, Galway

Dr. Conor McCabe, School of Social Justice, UCD

Sive Bresnihan Anti-Racism Network Ireland

Dr Moynagh Sullivan, School of English, Media and Theatre Studies, NUI Maynooth.

Monica Insinga, School of English, Drama and Film, UCD

Dr. Michael Byrne, National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis

Dr. Patrick Bresnihan, Provisional University

Dr Marie Moran, School of Social Justice, UCD

Dr. Sinéad Kennedy, School of English Theatre & Media Studies, NUI Maynooth

Henry Silke, School of communications, DCU

Ciara Fitzpatrick, NUI Maynooth

Garratt Mullen (Show Racism the Red Card),

John Bissett (Spectacle of Defiance and Hope),

Dr Niamh Gaynor (School of Law and Government DCU),

Anti Racism Network Ireland,

Canal Communities Intercultural Network

Joan Somers Donnelly, Theatre-Maker

Dr. Kate Antosik-Parsons, Humanities Institute, UCD

Cormac O’Brien, School of English, Drama, and Film, UCD

Sinéad Molony, School of English, Drama and Film, UCD

Dr. David Landy, Department of Sociology, Trinity College

Paul Candon, Department of Sociology, Trinity College

Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir, School of English, UCC.

Dr Jones Irwin, Education Department, St Patrick’s College

Dr Margaret O’Neill, School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick.

Dr Jones Irwin, Education Department, St Patrick’s College

Leslie Sherlock, Children’s Research Centre, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College

Dr Karl Kitching, School of Education, UCC

Kerry Guinan, NCAD

Marianna Prontera, TCD

Fiona Hallinan, artist

Hannah Fitzpatrick, Basic Space

Kieran Clifford, fatbaby collective: art and activism

Stephen Hughes, DCU

John Buckley, IADT/Gradcam

Richard Howard, TCD

Dr Miriam Haughton, University of Ulster.

Ciaran Lawless, UCD

Dr. Jean Cushen DCU

Maria Mulvany, School of English, Drama and Film, UCD

Dr Tina O’Toole, School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick

Dr. Debbie Ging, School of Communications, DCU

Dr. Cian O’ Callaghan, Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth

Cristina Flesher Fominaya Senior Marie Curie Fellow, Department of Sociology NUI Maynooth

Dr. Philip Jones, Middlesex University

Keith Spiller, Research Fellow, Open University, Milton Keynes

Dr. Nathan Eisenstadt ,University of Bristol

Benjamin Cope. Acting Director of the Laboratory of Critical Urbanism, European Humanities University, Vilnius.

Duygun Erim, Assist. Prof., Visual Communication Department, Izmir, Turkey

Dr Elissa Sutherland, Department of Geography, Monash University, Melbourne

Dr Libby Porter, School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University, Melbourne

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2 comments

  1. Great to hear this support exists for The Exchange! I didn’t hear about this petition; Exchange’s other petition has over 2000 supporters! Keep up the good work PU!
    Karen Till, Geography NUIM

  2. […] to challenge the closure, for example writing an opinion piece for a newspaper, organizing a letter of support which was signed by over a hundred leading academics and artists and which appeared in one of the […]

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