UNBUILDING began as a curatorial initiative of Wicklow County Council, starting in spring 2009 through a curator-in-residence programme led by Clíodhna Shaffrey. Over that year the group has evolved their ideas to create a platform showcasing new work in a specially designed event for Mermaid Arts Centre.

UNBUILDING included off-site projects, an architecturally designed space at Mermaid, over 12 exhibitions that rotated weekly, House on Fire (an anonymous group experiment) and a programme of weekly talks, presentations, and screenings. The first in a series of Artist’s Talks began on Thursday 26 August at 6pm.

Artists and curators included Pauline Cummins, Felicity Clear, Damien Flood, Cliona Harmey, Mary Kelly, Eilís Lavelle, Rosie Lynch, Bea McMahon, Sinead Ní Mhaonaígh, James Merrigan, Kate Minnock, Clíodhna Shaffrey, Tamsin Snow & Kate Warner.