Stories of the South East – Richard Carr



In Studio

NAME :

Richard Carr

OCCUPATION :

Artist & Director of the South East Cultural Centre

RIVER :

Barrow

FAVOURITE QUOTE :

“This is the case with the quality of being honeyed. Honey is a slow moving liquid; while it undoubtedly has a certain consistency and allows itself to be grasped, it soon creeps slyly from the fingers and returns to where it started from. It comes apart as soon as it has been given a particular shape, and what is more, it reverses the roles, by grasping the hands of whoever would take hold of it.”  Maurice Merleau-Ponty

FAVOURITE PLACE TO VISIT:

The South East Cultural Centre….It’s with me wherever I decide to wander throughout the South East Region and beyond. All I need is my phone and some internet connection.

FAVOURITE THING ABOUT WHERE I COME FROM:

Its history as the place that launched the first arts centre (Gorey, Co. Wexford) outside of Dublin bringing access and participation to/in leading contemporary art and culture to a regional audience. This leadership quality was then followed by the dissemination of arts centres’ throughout the rest of the country.

AND ANOTHER THING:

The potential of the south east region to once again be leaders in bringing change to the landscape of how contemporary art and culture in Ireland is developed and experienced is what keeps me here. Taking a collaborative approach similar to the Three Sisters Bid, rather than focusing on the notion of a ‘Cultural Capital,’ is to me, the way forward