Dublin City Arts Office
The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1

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23 September - 23 September 2022 6pm - 8.30pm

Join us this Culture Night 2022 at The LAB Gallery for an exciting evening filled with events and activities for all. 


Haiku reading - Rachael Hegarty

We are kicking off the evening with a Haiku reading from local-born poet Rachael Hegarty  who will be joining us on the 1st floor, at Nickie Haydon’s Haiku Wheel installation.


Exhibition Walkthrough - Michelle Malone 

Join visual artist Michelle Malone, as she takes you on an exhibition walkthrough of our latest exhibition and her solo show, O, to have a little house. In this exhibition, the artist considers her childhood experience of home, including Oliver Bond flats and most particularly her grandmother’s house and experience of moving from the city centre tenements to new social housing in the suburbs. Michelle’s work is rooted in a desire to explore working class histories through personal experience.


6pm to 8pm
Drop In Haiku Workshop - Nickie Hayden

Join artist in residence for the evening, Nickie Hayden beside her current installation at The LAB Gallery, Haiku Wheel. She will be hosting write your own Haiku workshops with worksheets included, and is also available to tell you the story of the evolution of her Haiku Wheel.


6.40pm and 7.40pm
Creative Movement Workshop - Young Performers Academy.

The Young Performers Academy will be hosting creative movement workshops - open to everyone of all ages. Creative movement is expression through dance or music, and it reflects imagination and artistry. The workshops will be expressive, athletic and a fantastic, fun way to get moving with family & friends drawing from a variety of dance genres,


Exhibition Tour

If you missed Michelle’s exhibition walkthrough, don't worry, join us for a final exhibition tour with gallery staff.


We hope to see you there!

Free Event. Suitable for all ages. No booking is required



Artist Biographies

The Young Performers Academy provide weekly dance and drama classes at The Lab Foley Street Dublin 1. They are committed to providing the highest level of training to all young people in a safe, caring and fun filled environment enabling all students to fulfil their potential in dance and performing arts, while developing their confidence and creativity, skills that they will carry with them into their future. All their teachers are highly trained with a vast array of knowledge and experience and passing this on to the next generation of young performers is our passion.
For more information or to register contact:
Bernie @ 087 2965338


Nickie Hayden has been a practicing artist for over 35 years. She previously held positions such as Director in the Black Church Print Studio and Graphic Print Studio Dublin. She was also on the steering committee of two major exhibitions, ‘Revelations’ in the National Gallery, and ‘Artist Proof’ in the Chester Beatty Library. Her work is included many collections such as the OPW and The National Gallery of Ireland. She works across oil painting, sculpture and installation; her choice of materials are intrinsic to her practice. She has been known to collaborate with poets such as Theo Dorgan, Paula Meehan, and Rachel Hegarty. Another important element of her work has involved working with community and literacy groups in various exhibitions, such as the SAOL Project and Career Paths for Adult Dyslexics run by The Dyslexia Association of Ireland. She values inclusivity is an important part of her practice.

In recent years the artist has exhibited multidisciplinary work in the Olivier Cornet Gallery as part of ‘Drawing on Joyce’ exhibition and in the James’s Joyce Centre. These exhibitions featured works on copper, paintings, prints and various Haiku made through different collaborations. She has created Haiku Wheels as a unique method for displaying Haiku, and in the latter exhibition, her Haiku Wheel became an interactive installation. The general public were encouraged to write Haiku which were later placed on the wheel. Hayden’s idea was inspired directly by the ‘Drawing on Joyce’ exhibition. Her latest Haiku Wheel is on display at The LAB Gallery as part of Culture Night 2022, and features Haiku written from a diverse range of people based locally and further abroad.


Michelle Malone’s practice is based on her experience growing up in a variety of social housing systems in inner city Dublin, mainly Oliver Bond flats. Her multi- disciplinary installations are comprised of sculpture, image-making, oral histories, audio and text. Her practice seeks to give material voice to working-class histories from the perspective of lived experience. It is her belief that it is much needed in the art industry to let marginalised people tell their own story. She believes that all materials are biased and that objects have a collectively known cultural value. It is her intention to instrumentalise and weaponise the shared meaning of materials and objects to visually tell working-class histories and to create embodied empathy/ identity for the subject matter. She is interested in creating affected meaning of working-class materials and objects. The ultimate goal of her practice is to enter authentic working-class symbolism into the canon. 

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