Grown Home

Curator: Arbor – Hilary Murray
Artist: Clare-Anne O’Keefe
Community Partner: Irish Digital Repositories, Dublin 7 local producers and community participants
Dates: Mar 2017- present
Website/Social Media:; Like on Facebook  #grownhome
Commission Type: Open Call
Commissioner Name: Grangegorman Public Art Working Group, Grangegorman Development Agency
Per Cent for Art: Yes



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An Exploration of Culinary Heritage in Grangegorman IMG_3186_cropped

Grown Home is a digital art project by Arbor that delves into the culinary heritage of Dublin 7 and uses this as a basis to imagine Future Food. Dublin 7 today is a vibrant and diverse community deeply connected to its food producing and market history. The GH project focuses on the act of ingestion and how this relates to prescient cultural, architectural and geographical pathways into Dublin 7. The work examines the greater scope of consumption and ingestion and how this cycle resonates throughout the infrastructure of Dublin 7. The project explores places such as the lost Broadstone branch of the Royal Canal. This waterway functioned as the main vein through which food was brought into the D7 markets from satellite farms, thereafter filled-in and replaced by train lines. The canal banks now scar the landscape and form a park, parts of which are now proposed as urban alotments. Will these cycles of influx and efflux continue to evolve the way in which food is grown and eaten, and what does this mean for future generations of city dwellers? GROWN HOME under the arches of SEED, BACK, CULTIVATE will, gather research both folklore and culinary history, glean ideas through community work (seed); sift through the information and input into an accessible digital artwork (bank); and (cultivate) community responses to the final work.

Emerging themes include:

URBAN FARMING: youth engagement in community gardens and the GIY movement D7 adoption of the Cuban organic farming model. FOOD PATHWAYS: Investigation into foods of the lost Broadstone line of the Royal Canal, emergence of innovative food production techniques in the post war period. OVERSIGHT & INFLUENCE: Governmental controls over farming practices – wheat production during the Emergency and the growth of bread industry, American influence on post-War Irish food policy, dissuasion of the practice of home baking and propaganda associated with commercially produced bread. EMANCIPATION: Clean milk and the work of the Woman’s National Health Association (WNHA), inception of bias both towards and against breast feeding, commodification of the domestic small-scale production of food to large-scale industrial alienated production of food. Female growers and innovators during the inter-War and Emergency periods in Irish history, and ‘cooking from scratch’ within a modern social construct.   Our on-going research has embedded itself in existing “community” networks such as Facebook and across social media platforms using #GROWNHOME. The project will culminate in a series of digital art interventions exploring future food using experimental digital art formats, modeling and imagined spaces. GROWNHOME exists as a digital culinary repository feed, live on Facebook. The feed links in and draws relevant content from digital archives across the country such as; Digital Repository of Ireland, The National Museum, The National Gallery of Ireland, ICA, Dublin City Council, Collins Barracks, IAR, Dockworker’s Archive, The Census Office, RTE Archives and Irish Times, amongst others. You can access the repository feed here, and across all social media networks using #GROWNHOME Previous events have included the GH urban growing think-in, GH Garden hopping and D7 seed-sharing event, GH at Pride of Stoneybatter and Dublin 7 Food Leaders “imagining #futurefood” at ArtBox Gallery. To keep up to date with the project follow /GROWNHOME on FB, Twitter and Instagram

GROWN HOME Press Release | view here


    Arbor is the combined practice of Hilary Murray and Clare Anne O’Keefe. Their work explores interdisciplinarity and how diverse practices can potentially intersect and inform new modes of research.

    Hilary Murray

    Dr. Hilary Murray has a PhD in Neuroscience and an MA in Contemporary Art Practice. After spending time in Palo Alto’s Cantor Arts Centre, she worked in the Collections department at The Irish Museum of Modern Art before becoming the RUA RED Curator in Residence. Since 2014 Hilary has Directed and Curated ArtBox gallery in Dublin’s North in City (MONTO). The gallery’s focus is new media and explorative research-based work as well as academic interaction. Recent shows include The Anti-Room, DEMOCRACY (a series of performance events), and Fiona Marron, PROVING GROUND in association with the UCD Art in Science residency. Recent off-site projects include Intelligent Machinery at Farmleigh, Dublin and Attitude Precedes Form with Black Church Print Studio at the Library Project. Hilary is the co-director of the interdisciplinary platform Arbor exploring new modes of research with Clare Anne O’Keefe.

    Clare Anne O’ Keefe

    Clare Anne O’Keefe is a culinary artist and researcher. Having curated a series of edible artworks for Dublin’s Science Gallery she recently collaborated with The Centre for Genomic Gastronomy and the bio-artist Oron Catts on ArtMeatFlesh, a live performance in Smock Alley Theatre centred around the philosophies of future foods. Other collaborations include PROBE with Dr Jane Stout (TCD), where she developed a series of insect/animal pollinator rescipes. Clare Anne is also the co-curator of the Lunchbox series of workshops and performances at ArtBox Gallery, as well as being the co-director of Arbor; an ongoing collaboration with Hilary Murray exploring interdisciplinary practices in food and art. She has spoken at Universities, food festivals and symposiums, has appeared on both RTE radio and television and regularly contributes to international food publications.