Stories Between Us

Curator: Janine Davidson
Community Partners: National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, St Gabriel’s National School, Dr Mary Muldowney Dublin City Council Historian in Residence Dublin Central, Henrietta St Adult Education, Phibsboro Retirement Group
Dates: 2018 – 2019
Commission type: Open Call
Commissioner name: Grangegorman Public Art Group, Grangegorman Development Agency
Per cent of art: Yes


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Stories Between Us brought together a group of primary school students together with older adult learners to explore the theme of ‘Past Times’ with artist Janine Davidson, who developed a memory box of objects to represent and inspire the telling of stories about Grangegorman and the local Dublin 7 area. The project brings together the National Museum, St Gabriel’s National School, Henrietta St Adult Education (HACE), and the Phibsboro Active Retirement Association, with additional support from the Grangegorman public art programme.

Artist and curator Davidson encouraged both older and younger people to share their stories and create a box of handling objects reflecting their different perspectives of the theme ‘Past Times’. This collaborative inter-generational project includes oral histories, making connections between groups that have the potential to grow within the Grangegorman and Dublin 7 communities. Davidson’s aim for the Memory Box is to encourage people to contribute memories of their pastimes and participate in building this inter-generational archive. The exhibition launch is also accompanied by a fully illustrated and compact publication on this public art project along with worksheets inviting continued engagement in storytelling.

Stories Between Us developed over a number of workshops with participants in the National Museum, Collins Barracks:

  • Introduction workshop around the idea of handling objects relating to the theme past-times and hobbies with individual groups
  • Workshops with oral historian selecting and editing material/objects in collaboration with all groups, individually and combined.
  • Through a series of facilitated workshops objects will be sourced and related stories will be recorded and documented collectively

On 8th May 2019 at the National Museum, Collins Barracks, the Stories Between Us exhibition was launched, showcasing some of the objects that sparked the stories, while visitors listen to them in the participants’ own words. The exhibition is also an open invitation to connect young and older in remembering and sharing past-times.

The exhibition is at the National Museum, Collins Barracks and has been extended until January 2020.

See for visitor information.
Read the press release on Stories Between Us here.


  • About the Artist

    Janine Davidson is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Dublin. Having recently completed a Masters researching the archaeology of optical devices, Davidson’s visual concerns are perception, its fluidity and the construction of images. Davidson is an experienced and motivated curator with an international profile. Over the past two decades she has established international networks and developed a career as an arts educator committed to engaging the wider public in visual arts practice in Ireland and abroad. During this period she has worked with many diverse groups and institutions on multifaceted projects and initiatives.