CAMP Art Project

Collaborative art works created by Irish Traveller communities and artists

Portrait photograph by artist Louise Wallace

The CAMP project is a series of collaborative works created by Artists working directly, and collaboration with a number of different Irish Traveller groups and communities.

The Traveller voice is the primary motivator, orator and orchestrator of the works. In some cases the artist has given over the power of the lens to their collaborator, creating a new type of relationship where artistic practise is interrogated through socially engaged ideas of cultural production. The key emphasis of the projects are to use art as a new type of language to give power to a marginalised voice. The core of the project has been to create a series of unique art works that convey the identity and lived experiences of some Irish Travellers.

Digital still by artist Gianna Tomasso with the Tipperary Traveller Horse Owners' Association & Tipperary Rural Traveller Project

The artists, Gianna Tommasso, Louise Wallace & Brid Murphy are students on postgraduate and undergradate programmes at Limerick School of Art & Design. The communities working with the artists are varied and dynamic groups. They offer a unique view of the lived experiences of people and their struggle for acceptance whilst also celebrating a Traveller culture and Irish heritage. 

'Grotto' by Traveller & artist Nelianne Falkner

The project is  commissioned by the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Limerick School of Art & Design, Limerick Institute of Technology through a series of commission awards.The CAMP project is curated by Artist and LIT Lecturer Aideen Barry.

Portait by Brid Murphy of LGBT Traveller Activist Darren Collins for the work "I am"