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Message from the City Arts Officer
Ray Yeates
Ray Yeates

Dear Reader,

It is hard not be excited about the line up for this year’s Dublin Writers Festival starting next week (June 4-10).  With writers like Richard Dawkins and Alain de Botton sharing their insights alongside such as Mike Scott of the Waterboys (to name just a few of the stellar line up) advance booking is strong and all would be advised to book early.  At The LAB Gallery three exhibitions are running until June 30th

Maggie Madden - Site Line

Nicki Wynnychuk - Conversations in:

Neil Carroll - Between Leaving and a Possible Return

And watch out of course for the upcoming Summer Programme featuring the Northside Music Festival, Opera in the Open and both of these events will play their part in the Tall Ships Festival also. The Red Stables Summer programme will be engaging children and families. Following on the Vacant Spaces Seminar at Eblana House in Marrowbone Lane there has been considerable interest in groups of artists using this building.

Cultural Events that may be appropriate to the Decade of Commemoration 2013-2023 are much in discussion in Dublin City Council as well as nationally and I know that many in the Arts Community are thinking of the opportunity for reflection and creativity that these years ahead will hold.

As always if there is anything you think we can assist you with in the Arts just let us know.

Beir Beannacht

Ray Yeates

City Arts Officer

The LAB Gallery - Current Exhibition
Maggie Madden - Site Line
Exhibition Preview - Thursday 17th May 2012 6pm to 8pm
Maggie Madden Frames 2a

Originally from Connemara, Co Galway, Madden is currently living and working in Dublin.  She completed a Masters in Fine Art at NCAD in 2006 and  received a BA in Fine Art Painting from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1998.

In 2011 she received a Visual Art bursary from the Arts Council and the Elizabeth Fitzpatrick award from the RHA, and also participated on the Artist in Residence program at Atlantic Centre for the Arts, USA.  In Maggie Madden's recent work, a diverse array of collected materials are crafted into fragile sculptural formations with geometric affinities. The work is suggestive of architectural structures, but also reflects on our spatial encounters in both the urban landscape and the natural world.  Her detailed constructions have the potential for endless expansion; to grow outward from densely ordered space and continue boundlessly. Madden's practice explores a combination of found, industrial and natural objects.

The Lab, Ground Floor Gallery

Exhibition continues until 30th June 2012

Nicki Wynnychuk - Conversations in:
Exhibition Preview: Thursday 17th May 2012 6-8pm
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Conversations in: is an ongoing project that considers the relationship between image & object within the dilemma of a contemporary art practice. Conversations in: (Dublin) is the third chapter in the series following on from Conversations in: (Sydney) 2011 & Conversations in: (Melbourne) 2010. Wynnychuk’s practice is based on the recuperation and transformation of found, familiar and banal objects. The intent is to convert, translate and reassemble the material so that it is imbued with a precarious new energy. The conceptual framework continues a sustained investigation into the theorist Herfried Munkler's concept of a post-heroic society. Melbourne based artist Nicki Wynnychuck is currently a resident artist at Fire Station Artists’ Studios. Since 2008 Fire Station Artists Studios and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, have been running an artist exchange programme that sees an Irish artist awarded a studio in Gertrude Contemporary, and on alternate years Fire Station reciprocates for a Gertrude artist with the additional opportunity of an exhibition and curatorial support from Pallas Projects/Studios.

The Lab, The Cube

Exhibition continues until 30th June 2012

*Presented by The LAB in association with Pallas Projects/Studios & Firestation Artists Studios

Neil Carroll - Between Leaving and a Possible Return
Neil Carroll

Neil Carroll is an emerging Visual Artist living and working in Dublin. Since completing his Degree in 2010, achieving First Class Honours, he has been continuously exhibiting. Between Leaving and a Possible Return is centred around a painting process: sculpture and installation are incorporated and amalgamated so that painting can become expansive and very often site-specific. The manifestations of these media has ranged from the brutish: squat and broad (made from wood and plaster and house-paint) to the ephemeral and temporal: a painted room that was erased from existence almost as soon as it arrived.

His work searches for schematics, posing the logical conjecture that of if conceptually, architectural boundaries are representative of human potential and limitations and based on pre-defined and systematic solutions to existing problems, then, by stripping back and pulling apart, a framework or diagram can be exposed.

The Lab, First Floor Gallery

Exhibition continues until 30th June 2012

Events at The LAB
First Thursdays Dublin
7th June 2012 - open late until 8pm

The LAB is pleased to be part of First Thursdays Dublin, the name given to cultural spaces opening their doors after hours and offering an extra chance to see art, culture and events in a number of venues between 6 – 8pm on the first Thursday of every month.

View First Thursdays Dublin on Google Maps.
The next date is : 
Thursday 7th June 2012 when the currect exhibitions will be open for late viewing at the The LAB

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Dublin Writers Festival 2012
Monday 4th to Sunday 10th of June 2012.
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Dublin Writer’s Festival presents both masters of international writing and bright emerging voices. We’re delighted that leading science writer Richard Dawkins and popular philosopher Alain De Botton are already sold out. The Festival kicks off on Monday 4th June with Josh Ritter at 3pm. At 4pm there’s rare treat to see  Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, Greg Baxter and Selma Dabbagh whose latest novels consider the complex impact of war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine, respectively. Any fans of Fantasy fiction should make a bee-line for one of the world’s best-selling authors Christopher Paolini, author of the Inheritance cycle. For those who like their fiction personal, join two controversial writers Karl Ove Knausgaard and Rachel Cusk, as they discuss the precarious dance between the imagined and the real in the telling of stories. Poetry lovers have a wealth of choice with multi-award winning poet Tony Harrison (who’s films will also be screening in The LAB during the festival), Dennis O’Driscoll & Wendy Cope, and a specially commissioned event Night Town, celebrating Dublin in Darkness, featuring Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Colm Keegan, Peter Sirr and Gabriel Rosenstock, all performed to new music by Sean mac Erlaine. Find out why the press call us "the country's most successful and easily the best annual literary event", visit or join us on facebook.

Don't forget to catch The RTÉ Arena Festival special aired Friday June 1st, on RTÉ Radio 1 from 7:30-8:30pm. 

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Public Art
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Travelogue continues to be the attention of much public interest.  The artworks on hundreds of advertising sites on the public transport network across the Greater Dublin Area attracted much comment and the website has now had over 10,000 hits.  

Travelogue website

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The Red Stables
Drawing & Painting Workshops
Weeds Are Plants Too!
Geraldine O'Reilly. Foxglove
Geraldine O'Reilly. Foxglove

Dublin City Council Arts Office invites you to join artist Geraldine O’ Reilly to explore and illustrate a series of plants normally considered weeds. Geraldine worked with staff from St. Anne’s park and Herbalists from HerbBís, an initiative which educates and provides information on the use of plants for their medicinal and therapeutic application. Together they identified a list of plants often perceived as weeds that exist in the park. Through workshops at The Red Stables, participants will work directly with these plants, provided by HerbBís, to produce a series of drawings and paintings. 

The two day workshops are free and will take place in The Red Stables, St. Anne's Park, Dublin 3 on the 12 & 13th June and 14th & 15th June, 11am – 4.30pm each day. If you have an interest in plants and have some drawing and painting experience and would like to book a place in one of the two day workshops  please call 222 7841 or email

For further information on The Red Stables Summer School see

The Red Stables Summer School is supported by Dublin City Council and The Arts Council.

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The Red Stables Summer School 2012
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The Red Stables will host a Summer School, bringing together artists, architects, botanists, herbalists, writers, ecologists and public contributors who will engage with St. Anne’s Park and share in mutual research and learning processes that will combine art, nature, biodiversity and science, the results of which will be manifested during The Rose Festival on 21st and 22nd July.  

Field Work

Artist, Seoidín O’ Sullivan is interested in communities that collectively come together in order to preserve or re-establish an element of ‘Our Commons’. She will work closely with Botanist  Declan Doogue from the Dublin Naturalists Field Club exploring the biodiversity found in St Anne’ s park through field work, field trips, a researching of ‘The Dublin  Naturalists Field Club’s’ archives and conversations with its members.  Findings will reveal a constellation of elements that creatively highlight the plant and animal species of St. Anne’s Park and the role of the Dublin Naturalists Field Club, which will be displayed in The Red Stables exhibition space from 21st July – 4th August.

Declan Doogue will lead a field trip in St. Anne’s Park on Sunday 1st July, 2.30 – 4.30pm. If you would like to take part please call 222 7377 or email   

Northside Music Festival 2012
A Fantastic Series of Concerts coming up in August.
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The Northside Music Festival now in its 6th year celebrates music from around the world in a fantastic series of concerts during the month of August. The programme brings both Irish and International talent to local communities. Concerts will take place in city parks, community centres, churches and civic spaces and will include a free music workshop programme for young people. Watch out for more updates from Dublin City Council Arts Office at and on our face book site:

Opera In The Open 2012
Now in it's Thirteenth Successful Year
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Opera in the Open returns with free performances of well-loved operas. Why not do something different at lunchtime this summer and listen to opera in the informal and intimate setting of the grounds of Civic Offices on Wood Quay in the city centre. This series of lunchtime performances will take place every Thursday during August at 1.00pm in The Amphitheatre, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. 

Watch out for more updates from Dublin City Council Arts Office at and on our 

Facebook site:

Arts Office Staff
Interview with Jim Doyle, Arts Officer
Jim Doyle
Jim Doyle

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’ve been a soldier, a life guard, a butcher, a concrete finisher, an Event Manager and a teacher, I came second in a reality TV programme on RTE and I’m co-authoring a book on Cultural Policy across Europe. I have three children, who are all creative and inspire me to be better. Outside of work I’m very interested in the democratization of Cultural Policy, Public Art, International Cultural Cooperation, & the practical application of action in the area.........

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Children's Art In Libraries
Summer Programme 2012

This Summer the Children’s Art in Libraries Programme invites you to set sail and embark upon a personal journey of creativity and discovery.  To coincide with the Dublin Tall Ships Festival, we have a series of programmes with a distinctly nautical theme. Taking place in the libraries around the Docklands area, children will be encouraged to create their own paper pop-up boats and moor them in a magical paper Dublin. While across the quays participants will craft magnificent and unique sails for their own imaginary vessels. In the performance strand of our programme children will have the opportunity to either design or perform in their own operatic version of a Midsummer Night’s Dream . My Summer Garden will enable children to create their own imaginative and unique gardens using the natural world as inspiration. Younger Children will have the opportunity to attend the sensitive and beautifully realised show Tic Teac Tic Teac by Púca Puppets which explores a baby’s formative years in the world; and for the slightly older 5-8 year olds there is the opportunity for children to create their own unique 3 Dimensional Installations. So whatever your interest we think that you’re going to find something in this Summer’s Programme to suit you.

Full details will be available from the Arts Office by mid-June.

Supported by Dublin City Council
Links to festivals / events and exhibitions supported by Dublin City Council Arts Office

The Arts Office continues to provide valuable support to a wide range of Arts Events, Exhibitions and Festivals.

This month's e-bulletin contains links to some of the best arts practice in the city....

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Last Chance To See:
Pigeon - An ordinary man caught in the crossfire - By Ciarán Taylor and Carpet Theatre, co-produced with Mermaid Arts Centre
'Pigeon' Carpet Theatre with Mermaid arts Centre (Karl Quinn), Photo Emma Haugh small (800x536)

Project Arts Centre, until 2 June 8:15pm Matinee Sat 2nd 3:15pm Tickets €10-€16

Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 6-7 June 8pm Tickets €12-€16

Featuring: Pau Cirer, Ruth Lehane and Karl Quinn

Music by: Steve Wickham, Mischa O’Mahony and Jack Cawley Design by: Alyson Cummins Lighting: S J Shiels

Pigeon is the poignant  and endearing story of an ordinary man caught in the crossfire. Tony has done the same job for twenty years, but then things suddenly start to fall apart… He goes into DIY overdrive. Fixing things and sifting through his belongings, he can’t decide what to keep and what to throw away. Is he losing his job, his home, his wife or his mind?

Pigeon is a wonderfully wordless production filled with fascinating character masks specially made by Pau Cirer, performed to an upbeat soundtrack by Jack Cawley, Mischa O’Mahony and Steve Wickham (The Waterboys).

“…devised physical theatre at its best… genuinely witty, ingenious results.Irish Examiner on Carpet Theatre

The Hibernian Orchestra Summer Gala Concert
Wednesday 13th June 8pm - National Concert Hall
Hibernian orchestra

After a sell-out performance last year, the Hibernian Orchestra returns to the National Concert Hall for their Annual Summer Gala Concert. They will be joined by acclaimed cellist Martin Johnson, Principal Cellist in the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, to perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto, they will also perform Mahler’s masterful Symphony no. 1 under the baton of John Finucane.

Tickets €20, with concessions for students & OAP’s at €15, and children (under 12) just €5. Tickets are available from the National Concert Hall box office (01) 4170000, or online at  

Subscribe to our email bulletins at to receive details of 20% off ticket offer




Dir. Katsuhiko Nishijima. 1986. 84 min. Animation. Japanese, with English subtitles. Written by Katsuhiko Nishijima, Tomoko Kawasaki, and Yûji Moriyama. Voices: Miki Itô, Emi Shinohara, Michie Tomizawa

We are delighted to announce that this screening will be introduced by a very special guest: the novelist, short story writer, critic, and manga expert Katherine Farmar

16 JUNE 2012 - The New Theatre, 43 East Essex street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

3.30 pm (Doors open at 3.00)

Day membership: 8 euro - Free tea & coffee

Our screenings are followed by an open discussion

Dublin Film Qlub


Opportunities From Other Organisations
Innovation Dublin 2012 “Call for Events”
Showcasing Dublin’s ability to Inspire, Interact and Innovate

This year Innovation Dublin 2012 will take place from Monday 15th October to Friday 26th October and promises twelve days of  talks, lectures, debates, performances and other diverse activities that highlight the role of creativity and innovation in Dublin.  The festival, now in its fourth year, aims to provide entrepreneurs, students, researchers, artists and businesses with an opportunity to debate, discuss, promote and celebrate innovation in the city region....

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The Cube Creative Hub D8

The Cube is a new creative space for artists and innovators in the heart of Dublin City. ..A melting pot for collaborations…a place where ideas happen.

The Cube has a rich history as an integral part of the local community in Cork Street. The old concrete industrial building has been transformed and customised to accommodate and facilitate the nurturing of creative talent locally and internationally with residents and visitors. 
Studios and art places and spaces are available for artists and innovators across the many creative endeavours to encourage collaborations and innovative integrated projects to make ideas happen through painting, sculpture, digital, photography, drawing, animation, film, installation, music, theatre, dance, performance, voice, installation, craft and applied art.

Phase one is completed and the artists’ studios are the first spaces to be occupied. All studios are insulated. Access is 24/7 and security is a priority.

To apply for a studio, or other work space in The Cube please contact :


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