Filmmaker and Visual Artist: Trish Mc Adam;                                                                       Curator and GDA Public Art Coordinator: Jenny Haughton
With collaboration from: Marc Sherwin (motion graphics), Dr Paul Caviston (Psychotherapist), Orla Barry (former CEO Mental Health Ireland)
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Dates: 2017 – 2019
Commission Type: Open Call
Commissioner Name: Grangegorman Public Art Working Group, Grangegorman Development Agency
Per Cent for Art: Yes



A fragmented journey, across time and space over 500 years, through the architectural, psychological and socio-political changes in a confined space of Dublin’s north inner city. From the 16th and 17th century land grab creation of the Monck and Moore estates to the growth of Henrietta Street, Broadstone; to the new Grangegorman Campus, formerly St Brendan’s Hospital. Narrated by the imagined, irreverant voice of a dead artist friend, Tony Rudenko, voiced by Aidan Gillen. With charcoal drawings, animation and live action footage created and scripted by Trish McAdam, music by composer Roger Doyle and collaboration, on motion graphics, from Marc Sherwin, Psychotherapist, Dr Paul Caviston, and advisors Orla Barry (former CEO Mental Health Ireland), HSE Archives and staff from the GDA.

Confinement (2019) was launched at a private screening in The Benchers’ Room of the Kings’ Inns, Henrietta Street, on 21st February 2019 followed by a discussion on “socially acceptable norms” between Catriona Crowe, Trish McAdam and Dr. Paul Caviston, and introduced by Senior Counsel John Rogers. Later that month it was an official  selection in the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, with two screenings taking place in the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield. In May Confinement was part of the May season of 10 Trish McAdam films in the Irish Film Institute with a discussion between Dean Kavanagh and Trish McAdam after the screening of Confinement.

Artist Inspiration

This film idea emerged from a line my eyes traced on a map, which went from Henrietta Street to Grangegorman. I had lived in number 5 Henrietta Street 1977 – 1986, on and off, and had never noticed my proximity, as the crow flies, to the infamous Grangegorman Asylum, which, in my living memory, was used as a common social control and threat.

Not a documentary, more a fragmented bricolage of moments in time, impacts of social, political and technological changes in the uses of the land in a space that was green fields until the early 18th century and that time has filled in with buildings ßthat have housed extreme ideas of their time. 

I use the imagined voice of Tony Rudenko, a bricolage artist who lived in Henrietta St until his death in 2014. Tony was a good friend, when I lived there, with a unique, irreverent voice which suits my subject well.

My research journey has included conversations with people associated with the key buildings on the line, Henrietta St. the King’s Inns, Broadstone Terminus and Grangegorman. These have led me to further research which revealed an intensity of change on this line over the 300 years and more,  the carving out of new land in the city among the merchants, bankers, lawmakers and lawbreakers, in the constantly evolving environment of changing mindsets, technology, philosophy and aesthetic, generation after generation of ever changing cultural and political influence.

It is hard to follow the line and not think of what the present is doing and what the future might bring it. 

Read the press release on Confinement here



  • About the Artist

    Mostly self taught, filmmaker and visual artist, Trish McAdam began working in film in the eighties with music/slides shows, including NEW YORK and HEROIN, screened mostly pre gigs in live music and venues,  followed by a number of short super 8mm and 16mm films including THE DRIP. As a founder member of Temple Bar Studios, she co created the Ha’Penny film Club. In 1997, her first feature, SNAKES AND LADDERS, screened at Sundance, Toronto, HOF and San Sebastian Film Festivals. After residencies in Nipkow, Berlin, and the Irish Cultural Centre, Paris, she made a number of documentaries including HOODWINKED about the history of Irish women since 1922, now housed by the Irish Film Institute as THE HOODWINKED COLLECTION.  Since 2009 she has made a number of charcoal animation film installations including ROUGH TIME, CAGED BIRD SINGS, NO ENEMIES – LIU XIAOBO and STRANGERS OF KINDNESS.  She recently completed an MA in Visual Arts Practice, and had her first solo show in The Butler Gallery.  AOSDANA member 2017

    Trish is currently working as writer/director on an international cinema feature, THE END OF ROMANCE, based on the life of Maud Gonne and WB Yeats.


    Marc Sherwin (Motion Graphics) 20 years experience as both a graphic designer and editor Marc has worked on a significant number of projects ranging from television programming, corporate videos, commercials, music videos, feature and short films and has collaborated on a number of art projects with Trish McAdam.