Supported by the Arts Council and Wicklow County Council


Suppose a Stone* is a collaboration between Kunstverein Aughrim, Aughrim Tidy Towns CLG, Aughrim Active Retirement Group and architect Jenny O’Leary of HOWFF Architects. Together we plan to undertake an all-ages, interspecies accessibility audit of the town of Aughrim County Wicklow, known locally as ‘The Granite City’.

This community project was launched as part of Aughrim’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, throughout the drizzly morning and early afternoon of Friday 17 March 2023.

Visitors to Kunstverein Aughrim were invited to complete a worksheet, aimed at discovering and uncovering some of the successes and challenges of Aughrim’s built environment. Based on these findings a series of participatory workshops aimed at approaching specific issues or themes is being devised, in the hope of identifying issues, then developing and testing potential solutions. Suppose a Stone prioritises accessibility through creativity and inclusivity, with a long-term vision of radical hospitality for all.

Kunstverein Aughrim is thrilled to partner with Aughrim Tidy Towns CLG, a community organiation that has a strong tradition of involvement in the National Tidy Towns Competition and a long history of disability-friendly design. Aughrim Active Retirement Group organises age-friendly meetings and activities for people in the community. Jenny O’Leary MRIAI is an architect whose work pursues design-led, nature-based solutions that strive for a deep connection between people and place.

*The title of this project was suggested by one of our committee members, upon seeing Brian Dillon’s beautiful publication ‘Suppose A Sentence’ on our research desk, the book itself is titled after a 1934 text by Gertrude Stein.

Suppose a Stone is supported by Hometown Architect, as part of the Irish Architecture Foundation’s nationwide Reimagine placemaking programme.