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In April 2014 The LFTT Library ran a Fundit campaign to raise funds to build a new modular storage/shelving system which could adapt more easily to each new environment. Thanks to overwhelming support the campaign was a success and as a result the library will now live longer and have a wider reach to new audiences. The new build has proven great in protecting the collection in transit, as well as making fantastic modular sculptural material. Thanks to all our wonderful funders for supporting the project, we couldn’t have done it without you.xxx 

Funders: Sofie Loscher, Olwen Coughlan, Bernhard Gaul, Lisa O’Grady, Bernadette Clarke, Jessica Foley, Eleanor Phillips, Helena Tobin, Dylan Hodd, Noeleen Doheny, David Upton, Mary Jo Gilligan, Penelope Collins, Dave Madigan, Vivienne Byrne, Mark Cullen, Eithne Ring, Rory O’Brien, Mark Blamire, Brian Horgan, Tara Prendergast, Sarah Iremonger, Ruth Whelan, Performance Collective, The Infinite Line, Eddie Ryan, Mark McCann, Mary Collins, Highlanes Gallery, EL Putnam, Susan Montgomery, Paul Hayes, Karen Power, Rachel Fallon, Emer Delaney, Emer Lynch, Eilis Lavelle, Anne O’Brien, Paul Timoney, Sarah Honan, The Homework Club, Carmel Hegarty, Sharon Miney, Anja Mahler, John Horgan, Sarah Jayne Booth, Jennie Guy, Patrick Hughes, Fiona Reilly, Michelle Collins, Deirdre Morrissey, Joanne Boyle, Jonathan Mayhew, Unit 1, Sean O Sullivan, Monica Flynn, Padraig Spillane, Cleo Fagan, Dave Garavin, Maria McKinney, Susan MacWilliam, David Collier, Joan Cahalin, Damien Flood, Davey Moor, Fintan Neylan, Journeyman Theatre, Helen Blake, Mick O’Shea, Liam Lavery, Maeve Connolly, Danny Mc Carthy, Monster Truck Gallery and Studios, Tom Ryan, Katherine Atkinson, Aoife O’Dwyer, Maximilian Le Cain, Carolyn Collier, Grainne Tynan, Mark Ewart, Straink, Alan Killian, Jeanne Elliott, Conal McGovern, Jacinta Lynch, Mark Joyce, jessica grehan, Stan Erraught, Maria Tanner, Mary Ruth Walsh, Roseanne Lynch, Helle Helsner, Teresa Gillespie, Vanessa Daws, Caroline Doolin, Stephen Morris, David Monahan, Jenny Papassotiriou, Ormston House.

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Photo by Jimmy Wheldon

After Completion was a ritual performance devised by artist Monica Flynn in response to content from the LFTT Library and was held at Highlanes Gallery Drogheda on October 5th, while The Library was on residency there. In the artists words…

After Completion involved 9 performers in a ritual action exploring our innate instinct to bear together.  The piece was developed in response to my interest in accounts of mysticism within the LFTT Library.  My thanks to artist Helen Horgan and Aoife Ruane and staff at the Highlanes Gallery for the opportunity to realise this work and to my fellow performers: Irene Bagnall; Catherine Barragry; Vivienne Byrne; Jessica Foley; Joan Healy; Aoife McKeon; Deirdre Morrissey and Grainne Rafferty. Read More

P1040908The Legs Foundation for the Translation of Things (LFTT Library) 21 September – 7 November 2012, The Irish Cement Room Opening, Culture Night, Friday 21 September at 7.00pm In September 2012, The LFTT Library spent six weeks on residence in Highlanes Gallery Drogheda. Highlanes director Aoife Ruane had come across the Library during the summer at The Drogheda Arts Festival (see related posts) and was excited to see how it would work in the historic site of Highlanes Gallery. Also of interest was the parallel relationships of The LFTT Library collection and the Drogheda Municipal Collection which is housed at Highlanes Gallery.

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The Alternative Life Drawing Workshop held by Sally Timmons of Commonplace Studios. (2012) with Edel Robinson

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Pauric McQuinlan of Rapscallion folk and ballad band.

Join us for tea and some soulful banter!  The Legs Foundation for the Translation of Things (LFTT) is a flexible, international art collective formed in 2009. It gathers together art, writing, music and performances inspired by the LFTT Library Collection whose books range from the 15th to the 21st Century. Covering poetry, Irish folklore, philosophy and the mystical, the library is a cosy haven for anyone interested in all aspects of the human spirit. Currently at a secret location, artists Helen Horgan and Vivienne Byrne welcome those interested in visiting this lively time capsule to e-mail them at- thelfttlibrary@gmail.com.

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P1040141Over May bank holiday weekend 2012 The LFTT Library opened it’s doors to the festival goers of the Droichead Arts Festival. This was the celebratory culmination of a six months residency at the family home of Drogheda based artist Vivienne Byrne. As usual the LFTT subverted the conventional library form by creating a  lively, vibrant, discursive (and noisy) space. Both strangers and friends had the chance to peruse the collection at their leisure, enjoy a spot of ceol agus craic and exchange valued words over a nice cup of tea.

We were delighted to have The Rapscallion Folk and Ballad Band wake up the bookworms with a bang on a fine sunny Saturday. Thanks to Pauric McQuillan, Jim McQuillan, Paul ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald, Stuart Heslin and Cian Reay. Also thanks to local classical guitarist Emmett Fallon who managed to turn each tune into a legend with his fine portrayal of the characters behind each of the works.

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broadstone01In the summer of 2011 The LFTT Library was provided with its first official residency at Broadstone Studios, Dublin. Working between a ground floor studio space and the large dining hall of the historic 1840′s Art & Crafts building at 22 Harcourt Terrace, Dublin 2, a number of artists were enlisted to help ‘edit’ the library. This was a timely and somewhat absurd process which added to the shape of the archive and introduced us to its character, while clarifying little.

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