A=AGHTA=AGHT is a project designed by lead artist Jackie Sumell under the South Dublin County Percent for Art Scheme. From 2006 to 2008 Ms. Sumell was artist-in-resident through In Context-3, based in Tallaght, and she has been working in New Orleans since 2002.
A=AGHT is a semi-utopic virtual space/town whose rules, population and culture are generated by a facilitated exchange between youth from New Orleans and Tallaght. Adult artists and cultural workers from both cities developed projects that encouraged youth participants to explore historic moments, social grievances, ethnic and racial disparities in order to invent a place of creative resolve.
Cow House Studios was proud to participate in this exciting project during August 2008. Ms. Sumell lead the project with a group of participating teens from both Tallaght, Co Dublin and New Orleans, LA. Students, chaperones and artists were guests in the accommodation in the Barn, had full use of the studio and facilities, and were provided support instruction by Cow House directors Frank Abruzzese and Rosie O’Gorman. During the ten days at the studios, workshops and discussions resulted in a physical manifestation of participants utopic vision for their own city, which was exhibited at Rua Red gallery in Tallaght during November 2008.