Activism.

I'm a socially-engaged artist, using my skills to better the place I live by initiating grass-roots projects.

Sometimes folks just need permission. I try to provide these permissions.

By bringing people together and encouraging them to make the World an artistically-interesting place, good things bloom.

Project 24, Bangor
Project 24, Bangor

24 artists, 24 months, 24hrs a day

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Project 24, Bangor
Project 24, Bangor

24 artists, 24 months, 24hrs a day

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Project 24

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Fed up with the delapidated seafront in my town, derelict for 20 years, I felt the community deserved something that brought them together that didn't revolve around retail.

Everywhere I've lived in the world that was engaing and vibrant had sprung up from the artistic and gay communities moving into fringe neighbourhoods and regenerating them.

I conceived a project that put artists' studios at the heart of the town and provided the locals with creative activities and experiences that would make them fall in love with their artistic residents. It also provides an art vocabulary in a non-threatening environment. North Down Borough Council listened to my ideas and together, we persuaded the Department of Social Development to part with £285,000.

And so Project 24 came into existence.

24 artists, over 24 months, with art on view 24hrs a day.

After 24 months, the site will be developed and the project will relocate to another town site.

firsty
firsty

Firsty is a thriving artistic group in northern ireland with over 800 members.

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firsty
firsty

Firsty is a thriving artistic group in northern ireland with over 800 members.

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Firsty?

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Is a network for poets, artists, designers, musicians and creatives that my husband, Andy Hamilton, and I set up along with artist Lee Boyd. The aim of this egalitarian group is to connect creatives and to make our town of Bangor an interesting destination for the arts. We have over 800 members putting on regular shows and events. Out of this network, studio groups have grown, localised artistic co-operatives have formed and projects have blossomed.

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livepaints

Artist MyTarpit painting at Bangor Maritime Festival Whitewash livepaint.

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livepaints

Artist MyTarpit painting at Bangor Maritime Festival Whitewash livepaint.

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Tackling Racism Through Graffiti

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Peace III: Using graffiti as a tool to tackle racism and sectarianism in young people, with my husband, graffiti artist, MyTarPit. We ran a 10 day course in graffiti techniques, culminating in a peace wall mural.

 

 

Whitewash II: I bring events such as live sculpting and livepaints to Bangor, connecting local talent with the public.

Whitewash is a regular event in Portadown, concieved by graffiti artist DMC.

I negotiated their participation in our town's Maritime Festival.

jimbos hook
jimbos hook

Inga Hamilton breaking the world record for crocheting with the World's largest crochet hook, carved by Jimbo.

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jimbos hook
jimbos hook

Inga Hamilton breaking the world record for crocheting with the World's largest crochet hook, carved by Jimbo.

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Breaking Records.

​​Sometimes it takes a bit of silliness to get people into craft. In October 2009 I travelled to .

Twisted, Portland, OR, USA
To set the (unofficial) World Record for using the largest crochet hook! The hook was carved by Washington State whittler, Jimbo.

coral collective
coral collective

Inga Hamilton's project to use crochet as an aid to helping people with medical recovery in gynecological and eating disorder clinics.

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coral collective

Inga Hamilton's project to use crochet as an aid to helping people with medical recovery in gynecological and eating disorder clinics.

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Coral Collective

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I created a project gifting crochet packs to hospital outpatients to take their mind off stressful waiting times.

The project was so successful, it is now also used in the rehabilitation of people with eating disorders and has been introduced by 9 Primary Care Trusts in the UK.

 

Let Me Ease Your Day

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Let Me Ease Your Day intervention.

Textiles bring comfort. I set up loungerooms in the street, inviting the public in and reconnecting them with textile crafts. They then took the items they'd knitted, sewn or crocheted and gifted them on in random acts of kindness.

 

2009.

Alternative Village Fete, Southbank, London, UK.  Jelly, Town Centre, Reading, UK. & Royal Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK.

let me ease your day
let me ease your day

A craftivism project encouraging members of the public to make textile pieces, such as cushions to gift on in random acts of kindness to people in need that they see that day.

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let me ease your day
let me ease your day

A craftivism project encouraging members of the public to make textile pieces, such as cushions to gift on in random acts of kindness to people in need that they see that day.

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pom pom international amy lame
pom pom international amy lame

Pom Pom International tour with Amy Lamé.

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Pom Pom International tour with Amy Lamé.

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Pom Pom International

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August 2008.

Pom Pom International Tour, Northern Ireland.

Pom Poms for Peace.
Working with comedienne, Amy Lamé, we were four women, a yurt and a box of fibre bringing communities together through fibre interventions.

 

Inga's activism, textile and ceramic installations
and inhabitable sculptures have taken her on international
travels to galleries, museums and interventions
in, amongst others, 
New York, Chicago, Dublin and London.


For commissions, exhibitions, or if you are interested in representing Inga's work, then please get in touch by clicking the button.
 

Creating on the island of Ireland, exhibiting worldwide.