The Forgotten

As part of Liverpool Irish Festival, Pamela Sullivan brings a guerrilla exhibition into the Williamson.

a small sculptural house sitting within a brick wall niche, looks like outside wallIn this series of miniature works, Pamela explores the forgotten people of Ireland, recreating landscapes within Merseyside’s urban jungle.

The Forgotten will run as a pop-up within Sweeney’s Unquiet Islands between 12th – 29th October, and across Liverpool Irish Festival venues and the Liverpool Irish Famine Trail. You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled to spot her houses!

If you find one, you should take a photo, load it to social media and tag in @LivIrishFest and hashtag #LIF2022home. As Pamela builds her trail, an online exhibition will continuously expand on the Liverpool Irish Festival website.

Questions Raised

Though diminutive in scale, the impact of Pamela’s work is monumental. Her transported spaces imply abandonment and displacement.

  • When you see them, think about how they make you feel, how they relate to world and what you can do to protect them.
  • You might consider the work’s isolation, vulnerability and endangered status; do these former homes remind you of people and the way they can be cast from countries by forces quite out of their control?
  • How do you help? What is your role?

Pamela’s work asks all these questions and many more besides.

Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton, Birkenhead, Wirral