SOS Europe, creative campaigning for Amnesty International Ireland

Last weekend Camilla lead a creative campaigning workshop for members of Amnesty International Ireland at the Annual Conference 2014. The campaign centered around the SOS Europe campaign and we are delighted with how it went. Through creative thinking exercises, participants were asked to consider how they could carry out their own creative campaigns for Amnesty going forward. As part of the workshop participants created small origami boats to symbolise those who have lost their lives at sea due to border control. These boats were signed by those present and more boats were made to ask others outside of the workshop to add their signature and join the campaign for SOS People before Borders. The finished piece (see below) was carried out to the river and was photographed to start a twitter campaign.

See more details about the SOS People before borders Campaign here.

Amnesty creative campaigning workshop

During the workshop

SOS Europe creative campaign

Work in progress


The finished piece

SOS creative campaign on the streets

Taking to the streets!

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Voice Our Concern – Amnesty International Ireland

This Is collective created a large scale outdoor installation as part of the Amnesty International ‘Voice our concern’ event, working with students from 10 secondary schools. We used a generated sound wave image of the phrase VOICE OUR CONCERN, and constructed a sculptural piece with strips of fabric.

Each participant was given a length of ribbon on which they wrote a personal concern regarding global justice issues and/or what kind of world they would like to see developing in relation to those issues. They were then be asked to attach their ribbon to the staked out structure and contribute their message to the sound wave. When each of the 100 participants attached their ribbon it become a collection of voices contained within a large scale visual sound wave, forming an amplification of concerns.

‘Filling the Pail or Lighting the Fire’ was a showcase is event celebrating 10 years of Amnesty International’s Voice Our Concern. It explored the role of arts education in promoting human rights and active participation in a global world, creating space for second level students to engage creatively and explore the arts as a way of expressing their human rights concerns.

Voice Our concern

A to B Creatively – Thanks to all involved!

A to B Creatively

An idea generating event with This Is Collective and DesignBurst as part of Innovation Dublin 2012

A to B Creatively is now over! Thanks to all who took part. We had an amazing time! Everyone had such great ideas, we’re very excited to see what happens next.

We’ll be posting images from the two days very soon. If you would like to find out more or be involved with this ongoing project mail us at

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A to B – Creatively

This Is Collective are delighted to announce that we will be collaborating with DesignBurst on a forthcoming project entitled A to B – Creatively which will run as part of Innovation Dublin 2012.

This will involve an exploration of creative expression in the context of the daily/public commute. This interactive showcase will allow those who come to the event to experience fun and unique means of livening up how people feel when going from A to B daily. This collaborative project is a perfect display of how creative thinking can take anybody out of the recession blues; encompassing field research and hands on collaboration between artists, designers and the wider public.

The project will culminate in a workshop/bootcamp style event that will take place in the Digital Hub on Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th October from 12 – 6pm. The event is free and open to all ages but must be pre-booked.

Contact or alternatively, to book places!

Innovation Dublin

Design Burst


This Is Collective at Secret Garden Festival 2012



This Is Collective were invited by Milk and Cookies to take part in their annual Secret Garden Festival. We created a unique ‘see-draw’ to encourage a visual arts engagement that went hand in hand with the story telling aspect of the festival. Festival goers were asked to tell stories and illustrate them in turn while on the see-draw, creating a wonderful and wacky storyline throughout the day.

It was a great success, we really enjoyed it and a massive thanks to everyone who took part!!

To see photos of the festival and the fabulous See-Draw, check out our photo album on our Facebook page !


Secret Garden festival 2012

Exciting news!! We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be taking part in this years Secret garden festival!

Take a look at the exciting line-up here, and to get an idea of what it’ll be like, take a look at the Milk & Cookies site to see how last year went.

Stay tuned for more details :)




Exquisite Corpse at Sitric Picnic 2012

We had so much fun at Sitric Picnic this year. We were there playing a game of Jumbo Exquisite Corpse with all the lovely picnic goers. Check out some of our photos on our facebook page here.

Some of the wonderful Exquisite Corpses

Some of the wonderful Exquisite Corpses

Festival of the Fires 2012 – Warp and Weft

This Is Collective are just back from Festival of the Fires in Westmeath, where we created a participatory installation entitled Warp and Weft on behalf of DePaul Ireland. The sun shone, the people were great and the atmosphere was brilliant!! 

Together with hundreds of enthusiastic and willing festival goers, we created a clan cloth to represent the created community of Festival of the Fires. The installation, entitled Warp and Weft, drew on ancient Irish traditions of weaving and craft as well as themes of oneness and interconnectivity that the Festival embodies. 

This Is Collective Warp and Weft

More information and photos on the piece 


Festival of the Fires

Festival Season has officially begun!!

This Is Collective are delighted to be heading down to Festival of the Fires this weekend on behalf of DePaul Ireland!

We will be heading down lock, stock and barrel to participate in a unique festival based on Ancient Irish customs and the tradition of Bealtaine.

This Is Collective will be creating a live, interactive installation within the festival that will depend on the participation of the festival-goers and will be built up over the duration of the event.

Check back here for photographs after the event and let us know if you’re going down!

Life’s No Picnic on the Streets – Dublin Exhibition

Following This Is Collective’s Installation as part of Life’s no picnic on the Streets 2011 at Electric Picnic, Depaul Ireland showcased the work of participants and artists at an exhibition at the Department of Justice in October.The exhibition was launched on World Homeless Day, 10th October 2011 and ran until the 20th, featuring work from This Is Collective, Aoife Desmond, Susan Leen, Mia Gallagher, Ciaran Taylor and Jack Cawley with participants from DePaul Ireland’s centres in Dublin and Northern Ireland.
Art inspired by the homeless experience.
View photos from the opening night here.

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