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Dublin City Council and Dublin City Arts Office supports many cultural and arts events that take place in Dublin City.

The City Arts Office values the development of cultural growth and diversity of experience through its programming. We invite you to see what cultural and arts events are taking place across the city’s cultural institutions. 



We are delighted to announce the commissioned artists and artworks for the International Early Childhood Arts Commission.  
A new theatre show – especially for babies, (0 to 12 months)
By Anna Newell

Anna is a theatre director who makes theatre adventures for babies.   Her work transforms spaces and settings of all shapes and sizes into playful multisensory group experiences. She works with composer David Goodall and shows that they have made together for babies have been seen off-Broadway and in South Africa as well as all over Ireland and the UK. Previously Anna was Artistic Director with Replay Theatre Co, Artistic Director CETL(NI): The Centre for Excellence in the Creative and Performing Arts, Queens, and Associate Director, Dundee Rep.

She introduced theatre for children with PMLD into Ireland, helped start baby theatre in South Africa and created the world’s first BabyDay. Anna was a finalist in the international Ellen Stewart Award for theatre makers whose work has had a major impact on children/young people. She recently received one of the inaugural Tonic Theatre Awards for ‘game-changing women who are transforming theatre and the performing arts’. 
‘I AM BABA’ is also supported by Civic Theatre, Tallaght 


An interactive musical installation for pre-school children and their care givers
By Helen Barry and Eamon Sweeney 

Helen Barry (BA Fine Art) is a visual artist who engages in a collaborative practice with early years children. She has over 30 years experience working with children and adults through the arts and creative play. Helen’s practice uses sculpture and construction to explore how we learn, how we think and how we communicate through the eyes and experiences of children and new communities. Some of Helen’s early years arts initiatives and work include ‘I See You, I Hear You’ (2013), ‘Seilmide’ (2014), ‘Spine’ 2016, Early Childhood Creativity’, You Can Play Too! (1998), ‘DLR Primary Arts’,(2012-2017), ‘Space Invaders’,  ‘Virtually There’ Kids’ Own, ’Inter Generation’ DLR and Children & Libraries DCC. Helen is currently working on ‘Caterpillar’ a DLRCC early years commission.   

Eamon Sweeney is a highly-experienced early years music specialist. He regularly provides workshops and performances for bodies such as the ARK Children's Cultural Centre, Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Music Generation, and a variety of educational authorities and statutory bodies throughout the country. Eamon teaches and performs extensively in a variety of genres and styles, including giving broadcasts, lectures and seminars in Ireland and abroad has been fortunate to work with many of Ireland’s leading artists, including the late Seamus Heaney.

‘SCULPTUNE’  is also supported by The National Concert Hall 



A very limited number of free tickets are still available for this event this coming Saturday 8 April 8pm and Sunday 9 April 8pm.

Two Concerts conducted by David Brophy at St Patrick's Cathedral.

The Dublin International Choral Festival is an annual celebration of choral music in Dublin's iconic cathedrals and churches. The concert on Saturday features the highly-regarded Guilford High School Voices from Connecticut, USA as well as Dublin's own Rockmount Ladies Choir. For its inaugural year the Festival will honour Dublin’s great composer George Friedric Handel 

On Sunday, the Guilford High School Voices will be joined by the Fingal Youth Choir, the Ardú Vocal Ensemble and by The Visionaries - a choir for people who are visually impaired. The choirs will join forces with an orchestra to perform two choruses from Handel's Messiah (For Unto Us a Child is Born and Hallelujah) as well as Shaun Davy's ‘Ripples in the Rockpools.’ The orchestra and choirs will be conducted by David Brophy.

Reserve your free tickets at the following links: 

Concert on Saturday 8 April 8pm.

Concert on Sunday 9 April 8pm

To book regular tickets (€5 and €10) or more information please visit


Dublin City Arts Office presents the Nigerian Carnival production of William Butler Yeats’ ‘The Only Jealousy of Emer’

FREE EVENT - Monday 17th April @ The LAB, Foley Street, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm 

Dublin City Arts Office presents the Nigerian Carnival production of William Butler Yeats’ ‘The Only Jealousy of Emer’ originally staged on the Tenement Museum site on Henrietta Street as part of ILF Dublin 2015 and supported by Yeats 2015. Part of the Cuchulainn Cycle of five plays about the life and death of the mythic Irish hero, ‘The Only Jealousy of Emer’ continues Yeats’ experiments with Japanese Noh theatre as a way of bringing onto the stage demons, ghosts and supernatural events.  The production will be recreated in The Lab with the original Nigerian cast and audiences will follow the production into different Studios in The Lab on Foley Street. Designed by Robert Ballagh and directed by Ray Yeates the 20 minute play will have three showings free of charge to the public.

Tickets are free of charge but must be reserved, you may reservce your tickets here. 







Music Town 2017

The first round of highlights from MusicTown 2017 festival have been announced today including Katie Kim, Chelsea Wolfe and Craig David.

MusicTown 2017 will take place across several venues around Dublin City from April 7th to April 17th providing an wide array of musical and cultural events.

This year’s MusicTown festival programme has been confirmed and will include performances from Katie Kim, Crash Ensemble, Craig David, Chelsea Wolfe, Bronagh Gallagher and more. See below for the full list of events and ticket details below.


3Arena Dublin
Date: Friday 7 April
Tickets: €33.50 / €49.65 / €60.45

Liberty Hall
Date: Friday 7 April
Tickets: €22.50

Date: Friday 7 April
Tickets: €15

Richmond Barracks, Inchicore
Date: Friday 7 April, 2pm
Tickets: €7 per family (1 adult X 2 children aged 3 – 6years)

SOUND OF SILENTS 2017 – An improvised music and silent film project
Cinema 2, IFI, Eustace St., Dublin 2
Date: Saturday 8 April, 14.00 & 20:30
Tickets: €10 / €12
Booking: IFI Box office /

St Patrick’s Cathedral
Date: Saturday 8 April
Tickets: €5

The Grand Social
Date: Saturday 8 April
Tickets: €15

Vicar Street
Date: Sat 8 April
Tickets: €30

The Grand Social
Date: Saturday 8 April
Tickets: €10

D-Light Studios, 46 North Great Clarence Street, North Strand, Dublin 1
Date: Sunday 9 April
Tickets: €12-€20

Chester Beatty Library
Date: Sunday 9 April, 2pm & 3.30pm
Tickets: Free

The Button Factory
Date: Sunday 9 April
Tickets: €15

Vicar Street
Date: Monday 10 April
Tickets: €33.50

St Patrick’s Cathedral
Sunday 9 April
Tickets €10

The Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital
Date: Sunday 9 April, 3pm
Tickets: €7/€5

Drumming – RIAM Percussion Day
The Royal Irish Academy of Music
Date: Sunday 9 April, from 12 noon to 6pm
Tickets: Free Admission Event at

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Monday 10 April
Tickets: €8/€5

The Workman’s Club
Date: Monday 10 April
Tickets: €13

O’Reilly Theatre Dublin
Date: Tues 11 April
Tickets: €38/€35

Savoy Cinema, O’Connell Street
Date: Tuesday 11 April.
Tickets: €8 (+ booking fee). Admission Includes Free album download.

Royal Irish Academy of Music
Dates: Tuesday 11 April (2.00 pm to 9.00 pm) and Wednesday 12 April (9.00 am to 4.00 pm)
Tickets: Free Admission Event at

Royal Irish Academy of Music
Date: Tuesday, April 11th at 7.00 pm
Tickets: Free Admission Event at  

The Atrium, Trinity College
Date: Thursday 13 April
Tickets: Donations will be invited to Music Together’s Summer project

Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Date: Thursday 13 April
Tickets: €44.05 – 54.65
Booking: /

YUSSEF KAMAAL – Future Jazz Series
The Sugar Club
Date: Thursday 13 April
Tickets: €17.50 ex booking fee, €20 on door


Fishamble Street
Date: Thursday 13 April, 1pm

Smock Alley Theatre
Date: Thursday 13 April
Tickets: €20 / €18

Vicar St DublinDate: Thursday 13 April
Tickets: €39.05

(Featuring Les Petits Chanteurs De Strasbourg & Ardú Apprentices)
Dublin City Hall
Date: Friday 14 April, 6pm
Tickets: €20

The Workmans Club
Date: Saturday 15 April
Tickets: €13

Vicar St Dublin
Date: 15 April
Tickets: €35

Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle
Date: Saturday 15 April 2017, 4pm
Tickets: €15 plus booking fee

Date: Saturday 15 April
Tickets: €20
Booking: / /

Contemporary Music Centre
Date: 15 April
Tickets: Admission free

Date: Sunday 16 April
Tickets: €16
Booking: /

Walking Tour
Date: Monday 17 April
Tickets: Free

See Also:


Residential Artists’ Studio Open Call 2017

Dublin City Council Art’s Office is pleased to announce an open call to Irish and international Artists’ as well as Arts Organisations interested in applying for our “2017 Residential Scheme”. The scheme will run from the 1st February 2017 until the 31st January 2018. We have four residences on offer for periods of three months to one year. Two residencies at Albert Cottages, one at St. Patrick's Lodge and one at 9 Wooden Buildings. Shorter periods of occupation may be considered at the discretion of the City Arts Officer subject to demand or as part of an agreed joint program with Dublin City Council.

Albert Cottages consists of two properties located in Hampstead Park, Dublin 9, a tranquil parklands setting. Each cottage comprise of two bedrooms, living area, kitchen and a small studio/work space.

St Patrick’s Lodge is located in St Patrick’s Park next to St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin City. This is a busy city park. The property also consists of two bedrooms, living area, kitchen and a small studio/work space.

9 Wooden Buildings is a second floor apartment located in Temple Bar. It consists of two bedrooms, living space and an extensive private roof garden.

All our properties are fully furnished and include complementary TV, phone and wifi service.

Rent for each property is set at €700 per month including utility bills . The final month of occupation may be reduced by a few days to facilitate change over.  The letting arrangement will be with a single individual or entity regardless of the number of persons occupying the property.

To apply for a residential studio please send a cover letter detailing the proposed usage of the studio, a work plan outlining ideas for the residency; duration of residency; current Curriculum Vitae; artists’ statement; documentation of work; and any special requirements, for example in terms of access.

The closing date for the receipt of proposals is 5pm on Wednesday 30th November 2016.  Please send proposals in hard copy format only to Brian Mongey, Dublin City Council Arts Office, The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1.
For further information see  or email: / t:012227643


The four Dublin Local Authorities (Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and South Dublin County Council) are working in partnership to invite applications for the creation of new artwork(s) of ambition, scale and depth for an early childhood audience.

This opportunity is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme and the four Dublin Local Authorities.

Objectives of the Commission

• Support artistic ambition in the research and development of new work in early childhood which can be presented in different contexts – including festival, professional arts space, library and childcare settings.

• Reach new early childhood audiences.

• Stimulate dialogue between the Dublin Local Authorities and with artists, early childhood educators and organisations.

• Build on current research investigating practice across artforms /professional disciplines/ contexts.

• Consider how engagement with audiences may be influenced by the presentation of the commission in the different contexts.

• Generate advocacy in early childhood arts.


Each Dublin Local Authority supports early childhood arts practice, provision, partnership and policy that is responsive to local motivations and need.

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council delivers residency programmes and with their local County Childcare Committee, building artists’ practice through longer-term residencies and co-commissions in childcare settings.

Fingal County Council produces an international early childhood arts festival that includes professional development for artists and educators; and is a partner in completing action research residencies in music and the visual arts in two creche settings in association with Trinity College Dublin.

Dublin City delivers a Children’s Art in Libraries Programme and Project 20/20 in Dublin 1, and will pilot an early childhood CPD programme with Preparing for Life in Coolock in 2016/2017.

South Dublin County has identified early years practice as an area for development in its new Arts Plan and is building resources and relationships with the County Childcare Committee.

Closing date: Thursday 24 November at 12 noon.

For more information see supporting documents:

Briefing Document

Support Document

Design Competition for Collector Coin

In conjunction with the Department of Finance, the Central Bank of Ireland issues collector coins each year to commemorate and celebrate themes of importance to Ireland. Across 2017 and 2018, silver proof coins will be issued to celebrate (1) Jonathan Swift, (2) Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and (3) as part of a European Programme "Iron and Glass" architectural design in Ireland.

Artists and designers who would like to participate are invited initially to submit their Curriculum Vitae and evidence of previous medallic works (such as coinage) for consideration. Candidates must clearly state which design competition(s) they wish to be considered for. Please include a personal statement (approx. 200 words) to explain your interest in the topic(s).

For additional information on the design competition, and details of existing Central Bank products please visit

Submissions must be received at the address below no later than 5pm 10 October 2016.

Coin Design Competition

Central Bank of Ireland

Currency Centre

PO Box 61

Sandyford Road

Dublin 16



Music Town 2017

Call for Proposals

MusicTown 2017 festival takes place between 7 - 17 April.


MusicTown Festival 2016 attracted an audience of 12,000 and featured over 60 events across a twelve day period.

MusicTown’s vision is to amplify the many voices to be heard in Dublin, from the celebrated to those we have yet to discover, across all genres, bringing people together to be surprised and inspired by the city and its music. Inspired by Handel’s legacy and innovation the Festival will also have a special place for his music.

MusicTown celebrates the best, the next and the unexpected.
MusicTown’s programme respects all genres of music (from classical, traditional, urban, jazz, contemporary and all stops in between), through a festival model that is sustainable, supportive and collaborative.
MusicTown is  an annual showcase of all genres of music being played in Dublin.

Dublin City Council Arts Office is seeking proposals from musicians / cultural organisations / venues/ producers who are interested in presenting events within this festival in 2017. 

MusicTown will
·         Promote your event as part of the festival (PR, online brochure, social media).
·         Provide production / practical assistance (this will be agreed on an event by event basis where we can match the help we can give to your needs). 
·         Provide financial assistance (as partners are expected bring their own resources to proposed events ,this will be agreed on an event by event basis and only where required/feasible, not all events proposed to the festival may require or receive financial assistance).

 Your event needs to
·         Take place between 7-17 April 2017 in Dublin.
·         Present any form of music.

We are particularly interested in proposals which
·         Showcase high quality Irish and/or international artists.
·         Are innovative in terms of music and collaboration.
·         Showcase young musicians and/or target young audiences/participants
·         Engages with the city in interesting ways.
·         Can appeal to, challenge and excite a local and international audience.
·         Can secure other sources of funding including in-kind funding.


Proposals will be assessed by the MusicTown team, members of the Dublin City Council Arts Office and an advisory panel.

Proposals should include:
·         Max 4 X A4 pages.
·         Information on the events artistic concept.
·         Proposed venue (where known) and/or other relevant partnerships.
·         How the event contributes to the priorities/objectives of the festival.
·         Summary bios of key personnel (artistic and production).
·         Short descriptions of 2 music events previously organised, including venue details and attendance figures.
·         Proposed budget (including other sources of financial and in-kind support).
·         Weblinks to 3 audio / video examples of group/ individuals work (we cannot accept media files by email).

Send your proposal to:

Closing date for submission:   12 noon   Friday 28th  October 2016

For more on MusicTown   @musictowndublin                 
For queries on MusicTown contact  

Monto Arts Tour

Friday 7th of October at 11am

Five contemporary art galleries and artists’ studios can now be found in the new cultural hub of Dublin’s historic Monto quarter in Dublin 1.  ArtBox, The LAB Gallery - Dublin City Council's Arts office, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Oonagh Young Gallery and Talbot Gallery & Studios all reside in 500m2 area, bounded by Talbot, Foley and James Joyce Streets. Calling themselves the MONTO Arts group, this group of studios, galleries, residency and workspace providers, educators and cultural producers, have come together to power change in Dublin 1 through visual art and design. Collectively, the MONTO art groups supports artists to make work offering studios, advice, commissioning, exhibitions, facilities  in the Monto, as well as working with children and adults in our neighbourhood to support looking and thinking about art.  MONTO art group aims to make art more visible in the local neighbourhood and in the city for residents and visitors.

The next Monto Arts Tour will be happening on Friday 7th of October at 11am.

Fire Station Artists’ Studios has been providing artists with living and working spaces for over twenty years.

Talbot Gallery and Studios, as its name suggests, offers studio and exhibition space for recent graduates and emerging artists working in all visual art disciplines.

The LAB celebrated its tenth birthday in 2015 and was established by Dublin Council as a municipal arts hub for a range of art forms, supporting emerging art practices and developing audiences for the visual arts with a gallery that is open to the public seven days a week. The gallery supports artists at critical points in the development of their practice working with emerging artists or supporting more established artists to take risks.

Oonagh Young Gallery, established in 2008, has exhibited and sold work by Irish and international artists at various stages of their careers. Their programme includes a variety of multidisciplinary activities, including performance, the publication of a comic and publishing.

Newest to the MONTO area, and a next-door neighbour to Oonagh Young Gallery, is ArtBox, a gallery exhibiting and selling contemporary art that has already established quite a following since it opened its doors.

The Dublin Festival of History

Tales from a Green Post Box

Jane Locke

The Irish postal system is sufficiently entwined with our society that we leave a hole in our front doors for their workers.  So what does it say about us as a nation that our post boxes still bear royal emblems? 

In an entertaining talk, artist Jane Locke wonders at the inner workings of the postal service – and describes how in her attempts to infiltrate the system she happened across a series of unexpected and interconnected tales; tales that will ensure that you won’t look at post boxes the same way again.

About the artist

Jane Locke is an artist whose work fuses historical and scientific facts with almost imperceptible fictions – encouraging the audience to look, and look again.

Jane Locke was educated at the Dun Laoghaire College of Art, Design and Technology and received a BA in Visual Arts Practice (First Class Honours) in 2007. In 2014 she received a Masters in Fine Art from NCAD. She also holds a BSc in Analytical Science from Dublin City University and has over ten years experience working in the pharmaceutical industry.

Date                                                     Time                          Location

Thursday 29th September                6pm - 7pm                 The LAB - Studio 2 - Tickets

Sunday 2nd October                         3pm - 4pm                 The LAB - Studio 4 -Tickets 

Saturday 8th October                        2pm - 3pm                 The LAB - Studio 2 -Tickets

Saturday 15th October                      2pm - 3pm                 The LAB - Studio 2 -Tickets

Tickets are FREE but places are limited so please book in advance. Follow ticket links.

Bridget O'Gorman and Brenda Malone in conversation

01 October 2016, 12pm - 4pm.

Venue: Collins Barracks

  • Talk: 2pm
  • In the Flesh screenings: 12pm to 1pm and 3pm to 4pm.

Bridget O'Gorman's In the Flesh was commissioned for exhibition at the LAB as part of the Dublin City Council Commemorations Programme in collaboration with the National Museum of Ireland.

Bridget O'Gorman (b. 1981, Co. Tipperary, Ireland) graduated with a BA in Fine Art Painting from the Crawford College of Art (IRL) in 2003. In 2008 she completed an MFA between the Department of Applied Art and The School of Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.

Recent solo and selected group exhibitions include Telling the Bees at the Galway Arts Centre IE 2015, On Beauty at the Roscommon Arts Centre IE 2015, Wade In at Eastern Edge Gallery, St. Johns CA 2014, From a Studio Exchange at Acme Project Space, London UK 2014, If I show you the Roses, Rubicon Projects, Dublin IE 2014, & We Are Suddenly Somewhere Else at the Butler Gallery Kilkenny IE 2013.

She is the recipient of various awards including the Golden Fleece Award Shortlist/Commendation 2015, Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary Award 2014, Fire Station/Acme Work/Live Programme Exchange London 2014, the Future Makers Travel & Training Award 2011 and the Wexford Emerging Visual Artist Award 2010. During 2012 - 13 she her work was supported through the Artist In Studio Residency at the National Sculpture Factory in Cork (IRL). She currently lives and works at Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin.

Brenda Malone graduated with an MA in Irish History from St Patrick's College Maynooth in 1996, focusing on the development of the idea of 'nation' in Ireland in the early 19th century. She completed the Higher Diploma in Arts Administration in 2000, and went on to complete her MSc in Museum Studies from Leicester.  She has worked for the National Museum of Ireland since 2000, and has continued to study the development of the nation through the objects in the museum's Historical, Military and Easter Week Collections, co-curating Soldiers and Chiefs - The Irish at War at Home and Abroad from 1550 to the Present Day (2006), 1913 Lockout - Impact and Aftermath (2013)  and Recovered Voices: Stories of the Irish at War 1914-1915 (2014) exhibitions.

Brenda has also curated the museum's Irish Folklife Collections, and managed the site at St. Conleth's Reformatory at Daingean, Co. Offaly for four years.

She is currently working on the new 1916 Exhibition at Collins Barracks - Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising,  and is the author of The Cricket Bat that Died for Ireland, a blog that tells the often complex stories behind the historical objects stored in the museum.

In planning for our 2016 programme at the LAB, Brenda Malone's blog, The Cricket Bat that Died for Ireland, became influential in it's approach as well as it's content. The import given to everyday objects, from sports equipment to clothing and tea flasks, because of their physical presence during 1916 and the stories they came to embody.

Dublin Festival of History


Friday 16th September 2016

On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including National Cultural Institutions, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public.

Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge.

Culture Night has grown from a relatively small-scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national cultural event it is now, with some 350,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the country. The initiative has captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.

Dublin Culture Night now plays a key role in National Culture Night and an important partnership for this annual national cultural showcase is ongoing between Dublin City Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


5pm - 9pm

Dublin City Council's dynamic arts hub the LAB in the historic heart of the Monto is home to DCC's arts office, the LAB art gallery and studio rehearsal spaces. Join us for special tours of exhibitions by Vanessa Donoso Lopez and Jane Locke in our galleries, take part in an art workshop for families, enjoy live music from IVY NATIONS or learn a few dance steps from our young performers on the night.

Time                                Details                                                                 

5pm - 8pm                       Exhibition Tours                                                            

6pm - 7.30pm                  Workshop with Vanessa Donoso Lopez               

6pm - 6.45pm                  Dance workshop with the Young Performers            

6.45pm - 7.30pm             Dance workshop with the Young Performers                

8pm                                 Live music by IVY NATIONS   


CULTURE NIGHT at The Amphitheatre         

Opera fans will be delighted to know that Dublin City Council's Opera in the Open will return on Culture Night to present another fantastic selection of staged scenes from classic operas. The evening's Opera excerpts will be narrated in English so that the story can be easily followed.      

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Address: Dublin Civic Office, Wood City Quay, D8                                       

To Follow The Water

Olivia Hassett / David Fagan / Ciara McKeon / Mary-Jo Gilligan

Curated By Anne Mullee

Preview 6-8pm Thurs 15th September 2016


“It is not in the nature of currents to end, as rivers end when they empty into the sea.”
Dallas Murphy, To Follow the Water

Infiltrating the island of Ireland from coast to coast, the country’s waterways are witness to the ecology and built landscape of our rural and urban spaces.

To Follow The Water continues an exploration of these watercourses initiated during 2015’s The Artists’ Armada, when a flotilla of artist-made craft sailed around Dublin’s Gand Canal Dock.
Newly commissioned work from four Irish artists - Olivia Hassett, David Fagan, Mary-Jo Gilligan and Ciara McKeon – opens dialogue around the significance, history, being and sentience of these channels. The locus for these observations is the 73M, the former working ‘Guinness’ cargo barge built in 1936.
On board and nearby, the invited artists use performance, sound, object making, and psychogeography to pose questions around the phenomenological and ontological nature of water, the social history of the canal and the organisms inhabiting its depths.

The Grand Canal Dock is close to the convergence of three waterways - the Grand Canal, the Liffey and the Dodder. They are the onlookers to this rapidly changing part of Dublin, a landscape once steeped in grimy 18thCentury industry, now transforming into a shining technology burg. In this fabricated vista the former engineering marvel of the canal is central to this reshaping, as we bystanders strive to comprehend the implications.

Supported by Dublin City Council and Waterways Ireland’s Heritage Plan 2016-20


Ciara McKeon is a visual artist and curator whose practice focuses on live performance art. She has performed internationally, most recently at Culture Night Talbot Gallery & Studios, LIVE COLLISION Festival, deAppendix, BUZZCUT festival, First Fortnight Festival and SPILL festival of performance. Recent works have looked in particular at migrant suicide, notions of home, loss, and embodied shame. Improvisation and collaboration are integral to her practice and research. She is currently the artist in studio-residence at Talbot Gallery & Studios, researching attention, agency and consciousness in city space.

Olivia Hassett completed a Masters of Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2012. Hassett is the inaugural artist in residence in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Department of Trinity College Dublin. In 2015 Olivia Hassett and Professor David Taylor hosted Endo/ Exo, an exhibition of their collaborative project in Trinity College Dublin. Other one person shows include; In | Between, deAppendix, Dublin, 2014 (part of a three month residency), Somatic reassemblage, Newbridge Arts Centre, January 2014 and Anamorph, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, June 2013. Recent solo performances include Screened I, MART, Dublin, 2015 and Screened II, PAB Bergen, Norway, 2015. Olivia Hassett was awarded an artists bursary from the South Dublin County Council in 2014.

Mary-Jo Gilligan is based in Dublin and Oxford where she works as an artist independently and collaboratively. Work manifests in live events, performance, installations, workshops, publishing and exhibitions that create encounters and situations to explore how we relate to environments, bodies, architecture, and each other. Typically site specific and performative Gilligan's engaging practice is deeply influenced by interests in public art, somatic practice, improvisation and relational processes. Since completing studies in the University of Ljubljana and NCAD Dublin, Gilligan has worked with the following commissioning bodies; Portlaoise County Council, Out Of Site, RGKSKSRG, Culturstruction and Dublin City Council. She has also undertaken residencies with Roscommon County Council, ID11 Netherlands, The Performance Corporation, VOID, Fís and Greenstar and IMMA. Recent activities include solo show Fathom and Span at Broadcast Gallery DIT and This Listening Field for Foaming at the Mouth, Phoenix Park Dublin.

David Fagan currently lives and works between Glasgow and Dublin. He is interested in time, distance and the human desire to overcome them and connect. This leads to the prominent use of consumer electronics such as televisions and phones in his work. These items play temporary host to often found live and recorded media. The works attempt to harness elements such as the familiarity of these devices, to create intimate experiences, patching together a feeling of presence in locations foreign to the viewer. Using inanimate systems to frame evermore- precise simulacra of human connection, he is aiming to understand the biological & emotional through the technological. I think when these attempts inevitably fail; they ultimately speak to a more fundamental questioning of one’s ability to connect to another. Recent solo exhibitions include I have nada so far but I remain optimistic curated by Aoife Power at Tactic in Cork and He saw the world and was left wanting curated by Emer Lynch

Anne Mullee is an independent curator, researcher, and art writer and based in Dublin. Her curatorial interests encompass intersection between ideas and the material, and ephemeral systems of somatic and embodied knowledge. Recent projects include the site-specific The Artists’ Armada in Dublin, as well as gallery exhibitions at MART (Dublin), Galway Arts Centre, and The LAB Gallery (Dublin). Ongoing work includes a writing project with Iranian artist Behzad Khosravi Noori and a documentary about artist-led spaces in Ireland. Her art writing includes contributions to Paper Visual Art journal and the Visual Artists Newsletter.

List of Works

David Fagan

He withdrew the bung and tipped the barrel

Bottles of mineral water, performance. 2016.

Such a tiny land to live in, but the whole world to die in.

Sound installation, speakers, amp, playlist. 2016.

Ciara McKeon

Waiting to break

Performance. 2016

Olivia Hassett

A Cumulative Sampling
Works on perspex, fabric, performance. 2016.
The artist would like to thank Dr Clodagh Dooley of CRANN’s Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (AML) and Professor David Taylor of the Mechanical and Manufacturing Department, Trinity College Dublin. 

Mary-Jo Gilligan

The Gathering Gates
Audio, directed walk. 2016.


Thursday 15th September - Opening Night Performances

  • 6pm Olivia Hassett commences her four day episodic performance of 'A Cumulative Sampling'
  • 7pm Curator Anne Mullee will perform David Fagan’s work 'He withdrew the bung and tipped the barrel'.

Friday 16th September - Culture Night

  • 6.30pm Talk: A Sense of Place Along the Grand and Royal Canals with Ruth Minogue. Peeling back the history of Ireland’s canals, heritage consultant Ruth Minogue explains how assessing our canal system’s ‘landscape character’ informs our sense of place.
  • 12pm Olivia Hassett continues her four day episodic performance of  'A Cumulative Sampling'

Saturday 16th September

  • 12pm Olivia Hassett continues her four day episodic performance of  'A Cumulative Sampling'
  • 12-3pm Ciara McKeon - Waiting to break. McKeon performs on the deck of the 73m barge.
  • 12.30 & 1.30pm Mary-Jo Gilligan - The Gathering Gates. This is ephemeral participatory work is in the form of an audio-guided engagement with the spectacle of the operation of the thundering sea locks operating between the river Liffey and Grand Canal Dock. Free, but booking essential.
  • 3.30-5.30pm Cis O'Boyle & Rachel of idle women in conversation. With Q&A. Cis O’Boyle and Rachel Anderson are founders of idle women (on the water) and caretakers of the 'Selina Cooper', England's first floating women's arts centre. Constantly moving, it hosts a series of artists-in-residence, workshops, and events, providing both a visiting arts venue and resource centre for women as it navigates the canals and waterways across Britain. Throughout 2016 they are based between Blackburn and Barrowford on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, working in partnership with Super Slow Way. Curator Anne Mullee will lead a discussion about the genesis and ambition of this exciting project.

Sunday 18th September

  • 12pm Olivia Hassett continues her four day episodic performance of  'A Cumulative Sampling'
  • 12.30 & 1.30pm Mary-Jo Gilligan - The Gathering Gates. This is ephemeral participatory work is in the form of an audio-guided engagement with the spectacle of the operation of the thundering sea locks operating between the river Liffey and Grand Canal Dock. Free, but booking essential.

Open Call for Cultural Projects - Dublin New Year Festival 2016

Open Call

* New Year Festival Dublin would like to invite artist and creative practitioners from any art form or discipline to submit a proposal for the 2016 NYF Dublin programme.

* The call is open to any type of art form or discipline including: Theatre, Dance, Music, Opera, Film, Circus, Performance, Fashion, Photography, Visual Arts, Digital Arts, Literature and Storytelling, Architecture, Street Art and Spectacle.

* New Year Festival Dublin is an initiative by Fáilte Ireland in partnership with Dublin City Council.

Festival Concept

* The programming concept is “The best of this year and the next”. The Festival wants to showcase the highlights of 2016 and predict/discover the new voices, ideas and events of the future. The artistic contributions can take any form of expression as long as they approach the concept “The best of this year and the next” and respond to the interests of showcasing Irish talent.

* The Festival’s tagline is More than midnight. The tagline aims to differentiate Dublin from other capital cities who celebrate just on New Year’s Eve.


* The proposals selected will be presented as part of the programme of this year’s festival, which takes place from December 30th 2016 to January 1st 2017


* Work can be presented in non-traditional as well as traditional arts spaces, & venues, work of all scales, brand new work and work that is adapted for the festival.

* The work/performace can be available/take place for 1 day of the festival or across the 3 days of the festival


* The festival offers 2 different awards:

* Short Breath Award, which consists of a budget of €1,500 and

* Deep Breath Award, which consists of a budget of €5,000.

This budget MUST cover all aspects of your production and presentation of the work, from inception, planning, implementation, personnel, venue hire / site permissions, management and execution.

1. Application/Selection Process

* CV (2 pages maximum)

* A proposal outlining your idea (maximum 1000 words)

* Include links to images, videos of previous work, sketches, sound clips etc to support your proposal.

* Please identify which award you would like to apply for.

* A selection panel formed by relevant stakeholders, including Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council, will guide the selection of applications.

2. Selection Criteria:

The selection criteria will be

* Strong and meaningful connection with the concept.

* Quality and originality of the artistic idea.

* Accessible to audiences – virtually, intellectually and physically.

* Feasibility of the idea .

* Capacity of the applicant to develop, manage and deliver the work on time and within the allocated budget.

3. Terms and conditions

* The successful artists will be issued with a written agreement

* Non resident artists EU and non-EU countries must be aware of any tax implications and ensure that any costs arising from this are included in the budget.

4. Dates

* Deadline for submissions is Monday 5th September at 5pm. * Submission should be made by email to:

* Confirmation of successful applications will be made by the end of September

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All Operas will take place in the Ampitheatre, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

4-25 August, 1-2pm, Free Admission.

August 4
Gilbert & Sullivan

This is the twelfth collaboration between composer
Arthur Sullivan and librettist W.S. Gilbert and it has a
connection with the history of Dublin - it was to have played at the Gaiety Theatre on the night of the Easter Rising in 1916. (The performance
then was consequently cancelled!) The Gondoliers tells the
story of two charming Venetian gondoliers, Giuseppe and Marco, who are informed
that due to an error of identity when they were young boys, one of them is the heir
to the throne of Barataria.

Director - Morgan Crowley
Musical Director - David Wray

Marco - David Howes
Giuseppe - Fearghal Curtis
Gianetta - Shauna Buckingham
Tessa - Chloe Morgan
Luiz - Tim Shaffrey
Cassilda - Kelli Ann Masterson
August 11

Acis and Galatea was performed for the first time in Dublin at Crow Street
Music Hall in May 1734. In 1741 Handel, having become disillusioned with London
society and poor attendances at his concerts, came to Dublin at the invitation of the
Duke of Devonshire. In this opera, the nymph Galatea and the shepherd Acis are in love. The shepherd, Damon, advises
them both. Meanwhile, the monster Polyphemus is jealous and threatens Acis, while
Coridon, another shepherd, advises him against violence. Polyphemus, however,
crushes Acis with a massive stone. In response the half-divince Galatea uses her
powers to turn him into a fountain.

Director - Morgan Crowley
Musical Director - David Wray


Acis - Fearghal Curtis
Galatea - Shauna Buckingham
Damon - Mark Duff
Polyphemus - Simon Morgan
August 18
J. Strauss

Die Fledermaus (The Bat) opens on New Year’s Eve, when
Eisenstein is being forced to go to jail for punching a police
officer, however he decides to evade jail for one night so that
he can go to Prince Orlofsky’s lavish party.  After many
mistaken identities, Eisenstein attempts to seduce his own wife
without knowing. Much frivolity, and many festivities behind
them, the great farce ends up with a happy ending for all.

Director - Eoin Cannon
Musical Director - David Wray


Adele - Kelli Ann Masterson
Eisenstein - Simon Morgan
Rosalinde - Sandra Oman
Orlofsky - Morgan Crowley
Alfred - Fearghal Curtis
Falke - Peter Manning
August 25
Tchaikovsky Musical 

‘Eugene Onegin’ is Tchaikovsky’s lyrical masterpiece (based on the novel by Alexander
Pushkin) - an intimate yet devastatingly poignant depiction of unbridled passions and
unrequited love.

Director - Eoin Cannon
Musical Director - David Wray


Onegin - Simon Morgan
Tatyana - Sandra Oman
Lensky - Owen Gilhooly
Olga - Liz Ryan
Narrator/Zaretsky - Eoin Cannon




2016 Annual Notice of Invitation to Apply and Update Details 

Dublin City Council Arts Office established a Panel of Artists in 2015 for a period of three years. The Artists’ Panel is a vehicle for the development of artistic practice in city neighbourhoods and it offers professional development opportunities to members of the panel. The panel is open for artists in all disciplines to join throughout the year, but is advertised annually.This notice relates to year 2 of the 3 years.

Artists can apply to join by completing an Application Form. They will be assessed and shortlisted for inclusion on the panel on the basis of information received on their: qualifications, relevant experience, proven ability, financial standing, capacity to deliver and references. New applicants must complete the full form. We also wishes to notify members of the existing Panel that they may amend or add to their information by completing the relevant part(s) of the Application Form.

To Register or Update Details:
Those interested have to login in to Etenders and express their interest in the tender before they will get access to the application documents. Please click here to access Etenders and documents.

Please note if you are not registered with Etenders you will need to do so.
Click on ‘Supplier Company Registration’ on the home page, complete the form and click ‘Save’ at the bottom of the page. If you are registering as an individual rather than a company, fill out individual details, and where it looks for ‘Organisation Number’ use your PPS No. All fields marked with an * must be filled in. Once registered login by using the above link.

Applications should be marked: Artists’ Panel and addressed to:
Arts Office, Dublin City Council, The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1.

The latest date for receipt of applications for this notice shall be 12 noon on Thursday 28th July 2016.



Thursday 14th July 2016, 10am - 3pm

Liberty Park, Foley Street, Dublin 1.



MONTO - Celebrating art in Dublin city centre

Five contemporary art galleries and artists’ studios can now be found in the new cultural hub of Dublin’s historic Monto quarter in Dublin 1.  ArtBox, The LAB Gallery - Dublin City Council's Arts office, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Oonagh Young Gallery and Talbot Gallery & Studios all reside in 500m2 area, bounded by Talbot, Foley and James Joyce Streets. Calling themselves the MONTO Arts group, this group of studios, galleries, residency and workspace providers, educators and cultural producers, have come together to power change in Dublin 1 through visual art and design. Collectively, the MONTO art groups supports artists to make work offering studios, advice, commissioning, exhibitions, facilities  in the Monto, as well as working with children and adults in our neighbourhood to support looking and thinking about art.  MONTO art group aims to make art more visible in the local neighbourhood and in the city for residents and visitors.

In 2015 in celebration of the area’s rebirth as a hive of artistic invention, these 5 organisations bega