Concerning the Other, Irish art

Who is the Other?

portrait by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of Charlotte Fien

I was watching the film “Basquiat” about the street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and his fraught collaboration with Andy Warhol, a leading figure in the American art world of the last century.

Both of them worked in turn on the same canvas and I remember Warhol was quite miffed when Basquiat painted a big sloppy red mark over a carefully painted section by Warhol. Ah well, I suppose that’s what can happen when one is collaborating with others.

And we’ve been at it ourselves. “Concerning the Other” is an art project that involves 10 artists working together over each other’s work. All of the artists started off with one image and passed it on to the next artist to work on – and the whole process continued until each artist had worked over all ten images. We’re nearly finished now – we’ve all reached stage 10.

Yes, and I added a portrait that I’d painted of Charlotte Fien (see above) to the collage. This collage had started off with a profile of Kate Murphy’s daughter but then some of the following artists introduced references to the Nazis and to various eugenics programmes. So, if you’re wondering who Charlotte Fien is, she is a young English woman with Down syndrome who delivered a moving speech to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations in March this year.

Concerning the Other final collage Eoin Mac Lochlainn

The artists involved with “Concerning the Other” were: James Hanley RHA, Brian Fay, Claire Halpin, Joanna Kidney, Gail Ritchie, Miriam McConnon, Kate Murphy, Ben Readman, Susanne Wawra and myself, and the project was curated by Olivier Cornet, Claire Halpin and me.

The final ten artworks along with a selected number of ‘in-between’ images will be exhibited at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in September 2017. The exhibition entitled: Concerning the Other will also feature individual works by the participating artists.

It will be officially opened on Sunday 10th of September by Patrick T. Murphy, Director of the RHA Gallagher Gallery.

There’s a lot more information about the project on our Facebook page at:

And of course, your comments are always welcome here!


Concerning the Other, Gaeilge

An Chuid eile / Concerning the Other

collaborative image by Eoin Mac Lochlainn and Concerning the Other artists

Gentleness, Solidarity, Diversity  – scroll down to read the English.

Ba mhaith liom a rá leat faoi thogra ealaíne atá á eagrú agam le Olivier Cornet agus Claire Halpin.  “An Chuid eile / Concerning the Other” an teideal a chuir muid air agus tháinig an smaoineamh chugainn mar go bhfuil an méad sin drochnuachta le cloisteáil na laethanta seo – idir an chiníochas, an easaontas agus an éadulaingt – mheas muid gur bhfiú dúinn rud eicint dearfa a dhéanamh le muintearas a chothú sa phobail.

Sa togra seo, tá deichniúr ealaíontóirí chomhaimseartha ag comhoibriú le chéile ar 10 phíosaí ealaíne éagsúla ionas go mbeidh 100 saothar ealaíne againn ag deireadh. Thosaigh gach ealaíontóir ar phíosa amháin agus sheol sé nó sí é ar aghaidh go dtí an dara ealaíontóir. D’oibrigh an dara ealaíontóir air ansin agus sheol sé nó sí é sin ar aghaidh go dtí an 3ú ealaíontóir agus mar sin de… Ag deireadh beidh gach duine tar éis oibriú ar ghach phíosa ealaíne.

Cén fáth? Bhuel, bíonn sé deacair uaireanta, comhoibriú le daoine eile ach – nach fiú go mór é?  ‘Siad na h-ealaíontóirí atá i gceist ná: Brian Fay, Claire Halpin, James Hanley, Joanna Kidney, Miriam McConnon, Kate Murphy, Ben Readman, Gail Ritchie, Susanne Wawra agus mise.

print by Eoin Mac Lochlainn with Concerning the Other artists

Beidh taispeántas againn i mí Meán Fómhair i nGailearaí Olivier Cornet i mBleá Cliath agus beidh roinnt costaisí ag baint leis agus mar sin tá muid tar éis feachtas “Fundit” a chur ar bun le cabhair a lorg. Bheimis an-bhuíoch díot dá bhféadfá tacaíocht ar bith a thabhairt dúinn. Má éiríonn linn níos mó ná an sprioc-iomlán a shroisint, úsáidfidh muid an t-airgead breise le catalóg a fhoilsiú.

Tá gach eolas le fáil ag:

Agus tá leathnach speisialta againn ag:

Tá mé tar éis cúpla sampla den saothar ealaíne atá ag eascairt ón togra seo a thaispeáint anseo ach beidh go leor eile ag teacht de réir a chéile.

Slán go fóill agus go raibh míle maith agat!

Collaborative image from Concerning the Other project by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Showing Solidarity…

We seem to have struck a cord with the theme of this project – Concerning the Other. It is clear that a lot of people are not comfortable with the rising tide of racism and intolerance that seems to be sweeping across the world.

People want to show concern for minorities and to show solidarity – rather than add to the frenzy of hatred. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of our initial Funders we have reached our first target and the cost of printing out the virtual artworks has been pledged.  We are delighted and very grateful to all of you.

In the meantime, we have been working on the plan to tour the exhibition of collaborative prints – both nationally and internationally – and we hope to be in a position to publish details shortly.

Any additional funding will be used to further these plans so – we are still gratefully accepting pledges.  This is primarily to cover the cost of transporting the works and also to fund the production of a good quality catalogue.

There’s more information at:

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And of course, your comments are always welcome here!

Concerning the Other, Curating

Would you like to join the Inner Circle?

Dear Reader, I haven’t done this before but – could I possibly ask you for a favour? Can you help me please with an art project entitled: “Concerning the Other”

(Before I go any further, I’d just like to thank some wonderful people who, straight away, lent us their support as soon as we put out the call.  It is really heartening to see such generosity of spirit. You know who ye are, folks… extra special people, thank you again!)

“Concerning the Other” is a project in which ten artists are working together to produce one hundred pieces of art. Each of us has produced a first image which we will soon be emailing on to the next artist in the group. He or she will work over it and then email it on to the next artist – until all ten artists have worked on all ten pieces.

“Words cannot…” by Eoin Mac Lochlainn – 80 x 90cm, oil on canvas, 2008
“Words cannot…” by Eoin Mac Lochlainn – 80 x 90cm, oil on canvas, 2008

Why would we do this? Well, we were thinking that in these times of mounting racism and intolerance, artists can take a lead in promoting diversity and solidarity – by showing concern for minorities instead of adding to the frenzy of hate.

So we’ll be going over each other’s work. I reckon that’ll be a challenge in itself. We’d better be sure to take the others into account… but of course, that’s what it’s all about.

And where do you come in? Well, if you could sponsor us, we’d really appreciate it. We’ll be printing out the final pieces for an exhibition in September and that’s the main cost of the project. If you could give us €10, that would be brilliant (but of course, you can give more if you wish)

Painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn entitled "Home", 66 x 86cm oil on canvas, 2011
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness – ‘Home’ by Eoin Mac Lochlainn – 66 x 86cm, oil on canvas, 2011

This is a “crowd funding” project. It’s being facilitated by Fund it, at

It’s all about people “pledging” money to fund the project. Only if the goal of €1500 in pledges is reached will anyone be paying out. But when you pledge money, there are various “rewards” that you will receive.

You’ll get to see the ‘behind the scenes’ story of how the works of art are developing each week. There’ll be a special Private View for Funders before the official launch of the exhibition. Special discounts too, depending on how much you pledge…

You can read all about it on our facebook page at

So that’s my story. I’m one of the curators of this project. Olivier Cornet and Claire Halpin are the other two. It’d be lovely if you could join us in the “inner circle” of the project. Please, please click on the Fund it link below and register today. You can do it anonymously if you wish – but maybe, you might let me know if you do?  And can I say in advance:  thanks a million!