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(en) Ireland, The Workers Solidarity* # 85 - Cork City: Culture of Capital

Date Sat, 28 May 2005 11:39:29 +0300

The European Capital of Culture festival is heavy on hype. But
some things just don't change. A group of artists in Cork, aware of
the lack of affordable work space, took over an empty building in
the centre of Cork at the beginning of February. It wasn't just any
old building, it was the former home of the Cork School of Music
and which has lain empty for nearly 15 years. The building was
perfect: loads of space and close to the centre of town. Not to
mention the fifteen grand pianos that were found in there that were
rotting away from lack of use!

The artist group, who called themselves 'One Day', set about
cleaning the building up. Nearby residents were delighted at the
fresh coats of paint and the new look. But who turned up very
quickly?! You guessed it: the law and the owners who happened to
be Cork Institute of Technology. No, they couldn't use the
building. No, they couldn't stay. NO. NO. NO. What about the
Year of Culture? No again. Just about a fortnight after they
occupied the space, the 'One Day' artist collective were evicted,
and now the building is empty and derelict again. Just before they
left the One Day artists hung a big banner on the front of the
building that said it all: Culture of Capital.

Further reading

Housing, space and squatting in Ireland
Anarchism in Cork
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