Good Works

By artist John Byrne

Good Works’ performance art launches cross-border community project at the Irish Museum of Modern Art
Following a spectacular and slightly controversial launch at the Cathedral of St. Patrick & St. Felim during the 2012 All Ireland Fleadh, the ‘Good Works’ performance artwork by John Byrne has restored its goodness. This unique performance artwork was first developed and performed in Cavan as a partnership project between Cavan County Council Arts Office and CREATE Artist in the Community organisation in Dublin.

It has received funding from the International Fund for Ireland for its further development as a cross-border community project and is poised to bring people together through a tour of Northern Ireland beginning at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It is envisaged that it will culminating in a grand finale to coincide with the Fleadh Cheoil 2013 at Derry’s City of Culture. An enthusiastic audience packed the small chapel at the Irish Museum of Art on Tuesday 27th November to see the all new performance, which had a slightly different format and costume and, most strikingly, a huge choral presence. The forty strong choral ensemble conducted by the Palestrina Choirs Blainaid Murphy featured members of The Carlow Choral Society and The Dublin Bach Singers and filled the chapel with the hymns written by Byrne and scored by BBC proms composer Elaine Agnew.

Several choral groups North and South of the Border are keen to participate in the touring programme scheduled for 2013. Interested parties included Cavan Singers, Cantamus Choir in Derry, Fermanagh Choral Society, Hosanna House Choir Cavan, Foróige, Cavan Rugby Choir and Omagh Choir. According to Byrne “I really want to develop the choral element since it’s the focal point of the performance. I’m very excited about developing the work further in 2013 through North-South community involvement”. The performance was the highlight of the CREATE Artist in the Community organisations 10th Anniversary conference and celebrations.

In this service of song, chant and spoken word, Art is the primary focus of Adoration and a source of Salvation and Redemption. It is the artists intention that the work will be seen as a timely opportunity to engage in a positive and transformational way with a beleaguered institution.

Irish Museum of Modern Art
Good Works at IMMA
John Byrne speaks at Good Works
Blanaid Murphy with John Byrne and the choir
Good Works choral performance
Artists speak at IMMA
Good Works 27th November 2012
Performer at Good Works
Artist John Byrne at IMMA
A great evening of entertainment
The audience receive some beautiful flowers
The performance ends