Workhouse Union 

 

Workhouse Union works with artists, designers, architects and crafts-people to develop projects examining housing, civic infrastructure and the commons, engaging people with the spaces and places we live. Recent projects explore the future of rural towns through Town Planners (2018) co-produced with VISUAL, Carlow and Bring Your Own Chair (2018/19), a portrait twelve small towns and villages in the Southeast region led by artist Michelle Browne. Workhouse Union develops and supports hands-on and creative approaches to public engagement and participatory co-design processes and activities, including Nimble Spaces a long-term housing project with Camphill Community Callan, LiD Architecture, Lionra Co-Housing and Ó Cualann Co-housing Alliance. Workhouse Assembly, Union and Guild were a trio of projects undertaken over four years focusing on the history, context and future possibilities of the Callan Workhouse building, where the Workhouse Union team, library, studios and new textile print workshop are based.