The Kindness of Strangers was commissioned by LIVE COLLISION festival of Live art, April 2019. 

"I place myself at the mercy of the kindness of strangers and seek to find balance on the balance-sheet of my life."
An exciting collaboration between Dancer & performer Lisa McLoughlin and mathematician Professor John McLoughlin, creating an equation of care and dependency exploring our interdependence as a species. This work is the culmination of four site specific durational performances across Limerick, Galway, Belfast and Cork before the final culmination event to create an immersive shared experience at Live Collision. 
The kindness of strangers, looks to explore the mathematical equation of dependency in collaboration with Maths Professor John McLoughlin. As an artist, a mother, a carer, spouse, daughter and member of a rural community, I carry the weight of my three children, aging parents and depend heavily on those around me to help me carry my responsibilities. This is the lived equation of dependency and care. This equation is usually gendered and heavily relies on women to carry this burden. I bring this equation back into my body, the body that does this work and ask for the help I need to carry this weight and place myself at the mercy of “the kindness of strangers”. 
Creator and Performer: Lisa McLoughlin
Mathematician and Collaborator: Professor John McLoughlin
Collaborator: Dr. Neil Kenny 
Filmmaker: Lucy Dawson
Sound and Lighting Designer: Adam Gibney
Producer: Lynnette Moran
Mentor: Amanda Coogan 
Co-commissioned by Live Collision
Funded by Arts Council Ireland and Limerick City Council with support of The Galway Dance Project;, Galway; The Firkin Crane, Cork; Limerick Arts and Health Research Cluster, Limerick; Queens University, Belfast
“This is very close to what I would say is the ultimate job of the artist. It is great to see so much thoughtful and engaged work curated over one evening, defiantly inclusive at a time when it is probably more easy to have an argument than a discussion” - DRAFF Magazine for the Auto
THE AUTONOMY PROJECT is a new initiative, funded by an Arts Council Invitation to Collaboration Award. It focuses on a global resurgence in art and Youth activism, providing a platform to explore how we can express individual autonomy in our society.Lisa McLoughlin, The Autonomy Project, said “Focusing on a global resurgence in art and youth activism, The Autonomy Project will bring together the work of internationally recognised artists, Limerick based youth groups and academics
Lisa McLoughlin's The Autonomy Project

to explore the theme of autonomy across a wide spectrum of voices or perspectives. At its centre, Phase One of this project proposes to ask the young artists of Limerick: what do you want to change and how?” 


The United Nations Convention on human rights enshrines the right of young people to express their views in matters effecting them and have their opinions given due weight commensurate with age and maturity. This project proposes to provide a platform to the young people of Limerick to explore, through art, how they can express themselves across a range of issues such as identity, gender orientation, social justice and voice. 

Culture and Arts Officer, Sheila Deegan said, - The Arts Council strategy for public engagement in the arts includes a focus on young people and they state ‘We will make provision for children and young people a key focus of our relationship with local government’ Alongside this strategic objective, this week An Taoiseach launched Creative Youth - A Plan to Enable the Creative Potential of Every Child and Young Person. Limerick is leading the way with the Autonomy Project in delivering these strategic objectives and with the Autonomy Project we recognise that young people are the curators of their own lived experience, navigating the daily realities of life in a way which is both unique and familiar to them.