Free Market

Custom was selected to represent Ireland at the 16th International Architecture Venice Biennale in 2018 as part of a team along with Jo Anne Butler (Culturstruction), Miriam Delaney (DIT),Tara Kennedy (Culturstruction), Jeffrey Bolhuis and Laurence Lord (AP+E).

Free Market will highlight the generosity, humanity and possibility in the common spaces of Ireland’s market towns. Small town market places, once the economic and social hubs of rural Ireland have undergone fundamental change and many have seen their function as places of exchange and congregation diminished.

Free Market proposes to reclaim these places of interaction and community. We propose to build upon the research of our team and others, and on the lived experience of these spaces, to re-imagine the shared urban territory of the small town market place.

Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council and Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

To follow the project, please visit the project website.