Old Market House Arts Centre, Lower Main Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Exhibition runs throughout May and June, 2016. Please contact the Arts Centre for exact opening times and dates.

The Dresser Project is a new body of work being conducted by artist Michael Fortune as part of the Bealtaine Festival in counties Mayo, Waterford, Carlow and Tipperary. The project was launched in May 2015 and since then Michael has been documenting kitchen dressers in each county through a combination of photography, film and story. An exhibition of photographs and short field recordings will be launched in each county in late April/early May. During the past year, Michael visited approximately sixty peoples homes and documented a broad range of living dressers from each area.

Artist Michael Fortune

During this process, he collected the stories behind each dresser on film and these too will feature on the project website in May 2016. The photographic series also creates a catalogue of different styles of dressers from each county, an invaluable archive in its own right. There will be an exhibition in each county, while the project website will be launched in the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, on the 11th of May, and will include an accompanying text from Dr. Clíona O’Carroll of the Béaloideas/Folklore and Ethnology Department of University College Cork. More info available at:, Facebook: The Dresser Project.

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The Dresser Project has been supported by the Arts Departments of Carlow County Council, Mayo County Council, Waterford City & County Council and the Arts and Heritage Offices of Tipperary County Council, in collaboration with the Folklore Department of University College Cork and the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life.
Main image from the home of Norah Seville and dresser detail from the home of Cora Harding. All images by Michael Fortune.

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