August is a notoriously quiet month for the arts in Ireland; funding deadlines are looming, holidays are in full throttle and people deserve a little break after a jam-packed summer of fun and frolics – that said, we’ve curated a list of ten creative and cultural events happening throughout our wonderful green isle, to keep you occupied over the coming weeks.
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Coined by the suffragettes of 1916, Votes for Women was an independent initiative that led to the birth of voting equality in Ireland. This meant that if you were a woman over the age of 30 who owned property, were the wife of a property owner or had graduated from university; you were entitled to vote in parliamentary elections. Suffrage and Citizenship will celebrate the centenary of this pivotal time in Irish history with an exhibition of visual and material culture.
Where? Leinster House, Dublin 2 When? 20 July – 19 October How much? Free
SMART Talks are a new series of professional development talks hosted by MART Dublin. Aoife Tunney, Visual Arts and Architecture Officer from the Arts Council will kick-start the series with a lunch-time session to openly discuss issues such as arts and mental health, well-being, diversity and accessibility in the arts.
Where? MART When? 2 August How much? Free (ticketed)
A week storytelling will unfold in the Lighthouse Cinema on Smithfield Square highlighting the art of LGBT film – from Black Divaz; taking audiences behind the glitz and glamour of Australia’s inaugural Miss First Nation pageant to Trans Shorts; a collection of finely crafted short film exploring the joys, frustrations and complications of trans-identity.
Where? Lighthouse Cinema When? 2-6 August How much? Various prices
Merging traditional and contemporary craft and design, the 2018 Cork Craft and Design Showcase will present a selection of makers responding to the theme of “Turn the Ordinary” chosen by curator by Róisín Foley. The exhibition will feature work by; Martha McGuire, Luke Sisk, Martin Horgan, John O’Shea, Mary Palmer, Cian O’Driscoll, Paul Hickey, Silverstone Dimensions, Joanna Kaminska, Ioana Cretu, Jenti Forest and Mr. Kite.
Where? No. 46 Grand Parade When? 2-24 August How much? Various prices
Language and Space consists of drawings from the 1960s, structural plays and new works by Irish artist Brian O’Doherty; Cló Collective are a team of artists who are building and creating in response to O’Doherty’s prolific series of works. The exhibition will launch in Studio 9 with a series of discussions and refreshments.
Where? IMMA When? 5 August How much? Free (ticketed)
Led by Noelle Cooper and Colin Farmer, Unthink are a creative design studio based on Abbey Street with a reputation for building bold and beautiful brands. They will also be the next host for TDK Tuesdays Dublin. Pop in for a chinwag and a look-see into one of Dublin’s leading design studios.
Where? Unthink When? 7 August How much? Free (ticketed)
Kilkenny are embracing the art of architecture at this year’s festival by curating talks with Shelley and Yvonne of Grafton Architects in the midst of the Venice Architecture Biennalle and collaborating with UCD Richview to re-imagine Kilkenny’s architectural landscape. All that and exhibitions, shows, performances and more.
Where? Throughout Kilkenny When? 9-19 August How much? Various prices
Created by Sven Anderson and Gerard Byrne, A Visibility Matrix (2018) immerses the viewer in a site-specific installation speculating the unplanned and unpredictable. Join the artists as they reveal the inspirations behind the work in relation to the politics and conditions of visibility.
When? 16 August How much? Free
Glug, guzzle, sup, swig. Whatever you call it, these guys have nailed it! Glug are a London based organisation who champion creativity across the world. With a focus on motion graphics, their next instalment will feature motion graphics designers; Brian Kenny, The Rusted Pixel and Arice.
Where? The Generator When? 16 August How much? Free (ticketed)
10. Waterford Walls
Now in their fourth year, Waterford Walls are returning to grant 50 artists and designers with full reign over the streets and walls of Waterford City. Watch as the city transforms from a blank canvas into a public, accessible art exhibition.
Where? Throughout Waterford When? 17-26 August How much? Free
[Banner artwork courtesy of Glug Dublin x Paul Mahon of The Rusted Pixel].
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