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SNH: Simon Kelly reviews ‘I’m a homebird (It’s very hard) in the Project Arts Centre

SIMON KELLY attends I’m a Homebird (It’s very hard) in Project Arts Centre Simon Kelly

W: www.projectartscentre.ie A: 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D. 2        P: 01 881 9613

I’m a Homebird (it’s very hard) tells the story of emigration abroad from the most affected generation’s point of view. Sean Dunne, Lisa Walsh and Ellen Quinn Banville share their views on the pros and cons of how it affects not just the people moving, but their friends and family too in a rather unusual way!

Upon entry to The Projects Art Centre, I really didn’t know what to expect from this show. Walking into the ‘Cube’ and seeing the set up really threw me off as well, as it was, what looked to
be a kitchen set-up, with a young man and his two friends having a cuppa and a chat while watching the crowd roll in and take their seats.

I can safely say, it wasn’t what I expected, but  even better! Sean Dunne’s excellent performance gave a great personal touch to the show. He talked to the audience as if we were an old mate he met in the pub one night. The constant references to Nadine Coyle’s troubles in Girls Aloud really set a humorous mood overall, with help from some dance routines, YouTube videos and classic hits from the 90′s.

The performance from the trio on stage was gripping and had us in tears laughing one minute, and then in a somber silence the next. I found it to be a real ‘hope for our generation’ kind of show and went out feeling optimistic (despite the miserable facts about emigration from Ireland!) So whether you’re a homebird or not, this show is for anyone up for a great night and a few laughs, I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to all!

SCENEnotHERD member Simon Kelly


First Thursdays Dublin – more cultural spaces joining the monthly event of late night culture!


On the First Thursday of every month a selection of cultural spaces are opening their doors after hours offering you an extra chance to see art, culture and events in a number of venues between 6–8pm. Join us for the next First Thursdays Dublin next Thursday May 5th in the following cultural spaces across Dublin City:

1. Block T, Smithfield
RENDERED opens May 5th. This is a Group Show of work by Fine Art Media students from The National College of Art and Design.

2. Clyne Gallery, Exchange street Upper, Temple Bar, D.2
Clyne Gallery is pleased to participate in the 2011 Bealtaine Festival and present Garvan Gallagher’s photography exhibition ‘Wearing Purple’.

3. Fish-Bowl Gallery / Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, D. 2
Sculptor John Conway exhibits ‘unfinished’ works.

4. Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar
Presented as part of Bealtaine, Prime Years explores the many aspects of aging through images made from the individual perspectives of 12 artists from around the world.

5. Graphic Studio Gallery, Through the Arch, Off Cope Street, Temple Bar, D.2
Opening of two person exhibition ‘Sometimes I dream’ – Woodblock prints by Gerard Cox & ‘Inner Flow’ – etchings by Ciaran Tuite.

6. Mad Art Gallery & Studio, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, D.1
The Disquiet of the Everyday by Jenny Spain and Sarah Quigley.

7. Monster Truck Gallery & Studios, 4 Temple Bar, D.2
CONSTRUCT # 1. Cannon Fodder* Collective. Preview 5th May. Cannon Fodder* composed of Caroline Doolin, Nora Duggan, Gerard Erraught, Fiona Marron, Kurt Oppermann & Serena Teehan.

8. NCAD Gallery, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8
‘Gone to the Dogs’ by Nigel Graham Cheney. Opening View: 5th May. An exhibition of new works, bringing together Cheney’s most recent work of intricately embroidered and quilted textile prints.

9. NGG – No Grants Gallery, The Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D.2
Lino I know opens May 5th. First solo exhibition by The Printing Rooms and artist Fán Regan.

10. Project Arts Centre, Gallery, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D.2
Second Burial at Le Blanc by artist Sarah Browne opens May 5th. This solo exhibition including 16mm film and sculpture, looks at concepts of currency – obsolete, re-born, or teetering on the edge of disaster.

11. Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, D.2
Offline continues until 14th May. An exhibition bringing together five artists including Alexksandra Domanovi, Joel Hommberg, Parket Ito, Eilis McDonald and Johnathan Rafman.

12. The Joinery, 6 Rosemount terrace, Arbour hill, Dublin 7
Open to the Public opens on May 5th and is an exhibition of photographs by year two photography students from IADT-Dun Laoghaire.

13. The Green on Red Gallery, 26-28 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2
Ronan McCrea’s first solo exhibition combines photographs from his recent School Play project with new works that elaborate the theme of play and educational institutions in relation to the photographic and cinematic image, subjectivity, form and function of highly symbolic social spaces.

SNH: Andrew Daly attends an afternoon of live music in Temple Bar

Andrew Daly

ANDREW DALY attends an afternoon of live music in Temple Bar and talks to the people behind ‘PIRATE-GIGS at THE MEZZ’

W: www.mezz.ie A: Eustace Street, Temple Bar.

‘..In setting up a gig we first gotta book a venue, which can be very difficult at our age as people quite often can’t take you seriously…’


The Dublin music scene is booming and has been for as long as anyone can remember. Live music permeates the city; practically every street boasts some sort of venue offering live music of one kind or another. These smaller local establishments aside, Dublin’s bigger venues such as the O2 and the Olympia play host to some of the best artists currently performing. This has led me to ask myself a few questions:  Who is behind it all?

Who keeps the cogs of the Dublin music scene turning? And most importantly to a young music lover like myself, why  don’t young performers in a City renowned for its thriving and diverse musical culture get the opportunities and indeed respect that their talent warrants?  Fortunately I had these questions answered in style thanks to Oisin Murtagh, Declan Moore and Sean Hanratty at the helm of exciting new youth music organization Pirate-Gigs’.

Being avid music enthusiasts these three young men weren’t content with the sparse nature of gigs for underage bands in Dublin and decided to put some wind back in the sails of things with the help of an extensive list of artists from around the city eager to steer things out of dire straits and plunder the massive well of talent we don’t get enough opportunities to see. ‘The idea for Pirate-Gigs came when we realized how difficult it can be for a young band to get a gig anywhere’ notes Declan on behalf of the crew. Having organized a fund-raising gig several months ago, the lads realized how enjoyable the experience was and decided to turn it into a regular thing, the result of which was last Saturdays ‘Pirate-Gigs at The Mezz’.

One of Temple Bar’s most intimate and decidedly cool venues, the Mezz played host to the Pirates first voyage. What made the gig unique was the fact that it was organized by young people, featuring the talents of young people and catering for an audience of young people. The advantages of such a set-up are apparent as ‘the organizers can relate to the way the bands and the fans mind’s work’.  There was a great atmosphere to proceedings with not a hint of the anti-social nature many people associate with all and anything to do with our generation.  It was all about having a good time and enjoying some top-quality live music among friends, new and old.

Featuring a line-up of bands including Slap!, Manifesto, Idle Time (featuring the vocal talents of Alex Webb for the night), Sornojets, The Shade, Wheels of Poseidon and many more talented young acts I could really see their passion for performing. They all love music and were relishing the opportunity to play to an enthusiastic audience of their peers. The likes of Ciaran Gallagher, the bassist with Idle Time, possessed huge stage presence and drew in the crowd with a mix of technical skill coupled with energy and charisma. Getting this impressive ensemble of bands together and housing them at a venue like the Mezz requires a lot of effort but ‘Pirate-Gigs’ are more than up to the task as Declan explains: ‘In setting up a gig we first gotta book a venue, which can be very difficult at our age as people quite often can’t take you seriously. Then we get a list of bands together varying in genre and popularity and try arrange a fair order for the bands. We then design posters and tickets for each gig. Mail the tickets to an admin from each band to sell. We then promote it as best we can.’ It is at this final stage, the promotion, that the three show their penchant for publicizing in a way that no adult trying to arrange an event for younger people could.

They have tapped into the social phenomenon that is Facebook and used it to spread the word about upcoming events among their friends who in turn pass the information on. With the average teenager having somewhere between 200 and 600 Facebook friends, the details travel far, wide and quickly. ‘Pirate-Gigs’ doesn’t underestimate the importance of this modern means of communication even going so far as to describe it as the ‘blood which fuels our organization!’

With one very successful gig under their belts the trio is showing no signs of slowing down with another event at the Mezz on the 7th of May,  each for just five euro entry. With the likes of Skerries favorites ‘Gun Runner’ and the funk-rock fusion of Slap! who had the Mezz on its feet and jumping around with covers of ‘Play that Funky Music White Boy’, ‘Gold-digger’ and ‘Forget You’, in ‘Pirate-Gigs’ phonebook I have little doubt that this is one expedition bound for success. If you’re young and enjoy live music then you should definitely consider heading to one of these upcoming gigs! Be sure to find ‘Pirate-Gigs’ on Facebook for news and links to some fantastic bands.

SCENEnotHERD member Andrew Daly.



SNH: Jenn Gardiner visits First Thursdays Dublin

JENN GARDINER visits First Thursdays Dublin – when a number of galleries share their open night
on the First Thursday of the month Jenn Gardner.

W:  First Thursdays Dublin P: 01 677 2255

First Thursdays Dublin –  up close and personal

‘A picture is worth a thousand words – particularly if you can’t read…’

Harry Harshfield

Ok, so little did I think my first Thursday of April would plan out the way it did. I rushed home from school to dawn my alter ego and enjoy the galleries of Temple Bar for the first time. Being told –  SCENEnotHERD members Breffni, Dearbhla and Jenn – that we would get the chance to interview the people of the galleries along the way on camera sounds nice doesn’t it, but with no preparation and little time it felt like being put in the deep end!  It was quite daunting and could only lead to a few hiccups along the way. I felt it went considerably well. (So don’t judge) I caught the end of the Uilleann pipers in No Grants Gallery and when told there were two songs left to go I was disappointed that they combined them as it was obvious people were getting in to the song, tapping away merrily. But never the less it was an enjoyable performance.

We meander around the galleries and our first stop was Project Arts Centre to meet with Tessa Giblin the curator of the ‘Things- exhibition’. We got to experience it for ourselves going through the plinths. I had heard about the exhibition, but did not understand how it worked. Each plinth had a speaker inside with music pumping out all having the word ‘Thing’ in the lyrics. I loved the idea behind it, giving the surroundings a voice? It was defiantly interesting and I went back to check it out.

Getting back to the No Grants Gallery where we had a look around at the exhibition and I got a chance to talk to Gay McKeown, CEO of Na Piobairi Uilleann, telling me all about uilleann pipes and their origin.   I didn’t know too much about them and it was nice to hear the history behind them.  I had never known that an uilleann pipe is broken down into pieces and each piece takes time to learn. After mastering each step it’s put together and its time to learn music notes.

With not enough time to hang around we squeezed in a chat with Damien Dempsey where I made a fool of myself asking how long he has been playing the uilleann pipes! Quite embarrassing but I think he took it with a pinch of salt or at least I hope so.  There was some sandwiches floating around, me and Dearbla made sure to get our hands on some.

When we got outside we got talking to Leo Enright- 50 year’s space organiser, chatting about Yuri night events on Tuesday. It sounded interesting and Breffini was asked to film the action.

Sauntering down to The Exchange where it was packed we squeezed our way through to take a glimpse.  Aíne (another SCENEnotHERD member) was helping out, keeping busy and over all doing a good job!   The exhibit was interesting and it was nice to see what the work involved.

We left for Clyne Gallery next door and where we had to wait around (awkwardly) to be let in while being filmed. When we did get in it was so quaint and small. There didn’t seem to be much of a buzz but there was an interesting piece – I wish I knew the name of it but basically it was rats stuck in traps growing in size. Personally I loved it but it wasn’t exactly Dearbhlas cup of tea. :S ha

Down to Monster Truck we went  but unfortunately it was jammers so we went next door to the Temple Bar Gallery & Studios instead.  Getting in was not too much of a struggle so we had a look at the exhibition which proved to be interesting. It wasn’t your typical experience with a lot of unusual art work – but it was fascinating. The alien and paper stack were my favourites they contrasted nicely.  We spoke to Rayne Booth, the curator there, you’ll see more on the film to be posted by Breffni shortly!

The Graphic Studio Gallery was hidden away. Upon getting there it looked as if it were closed but after a while we were let in as it was locked because of rif-raf going around, welcomed in there was  some small eggs kept aside for visitors. I loved the prints in their stands and there was a wide range to browse through. We said our goodbyes and were on our way to the Gallery of Photography where we stood at reception talking to Darragh there about the exhibition.

All in all it was a great night out and can’t wait for the next.

Jenn Gardner


Next First Thursdays Dublin takes place May 5th, 6 – 8pm.

See here for all participating galleries.

Exhibition ‘Forget Me Knot’ at Debbie Paul Studio and Gallery


Debbie Paul is delighted to invite you to the opening of Forget Me Knot on Thursday 5th May 5 – 8pm at the Debbie Paul Studio and Gallery at Cow’s Lane in the Old City of Temple Bar.

The exhibition will be opened at 8pm by Michael Kenny, Senior Curator, National Museum of Ireland. Forget Me Knot is a ring exhibition in which Debbie Paul explores subtle details from the natural world in relation to affection, memory and love. An Artists Talk will take place at  2pm on Saturday 28th May.

Artists Statement
As a maker and designer of fine jewellery and small scale sculpture, I aim to introduce people to the love of an object that is handmade; providing a quality service that is reliable and consistent in a world of mass production. Hand forged into beautiful organic shapes, using precious metals and stones my jewellery is inspired by linear aspects found in nature. These contemporary design-led pieces comprise of contrasting elements, light and dark, layers and shadow.

Exhibition runs from April 28th – June 11 2011.

Debbie Paul Studio & Gallery
1 Cow’s Lane,
Old City,
Temple Bar
Dublin 8

NGG May Exhibition “Lino I know” first solo exhibition by The Printing Rooms


No Grants Gallery (NGG) presents The Printing Rooms exhibition ‘Lino I Know’ from May 5th – 26th.

‘Lino I Know’ is The Printing Rooms and Fán’s first solo exhibition, highlighting the versatility of lino-printing, and using accessible and playful images, mostly centred around the animal kingdom. Above all, the exhibition highlights the enjoyment at working with this adaptable medium.

“I love working with lino: the smell, the texture, the cutting process… I was enchanted by lino when I produced my first print aged 15, and to this day it continues to charm me. There is so much to learn with lino, so much more to do, that much I know!”

Exhibition will run from May 5 – 26th, Monday to Friday, 9-5.30pm with demonstrations throughout the 3 week run. Keep an eye on the facebook page for more info.


NGG is a participating cultural space in First Thursdays Dublin.

Opening Night: Thursday May 5th, 6pm.

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No Grants Gallery
The Culture Box,
12 East Essex Street,
Temple Bar,
Dublin 2

SNH: Ailish Kerr visits a live performance and exhibition at the Fish-Bowl Gallery, Exchange Dublin

Ailish Kerr AILISH KERR visited a live performance and exhibition at the Fish-Bowl Gallery, Exchange Dublin

a: Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, D.2

w: www.exchangedublin.ie e: info@exchangedublin.ie

‘Struggling to find the words’ as a spectator

On Thursday the 31st of March I attended a performance at The Exchange, a collective arts centre on Exchange street in Temple Bar.  All I knew beforehand was that it would be some sort of interactive improvisational performance, where the audience could shout out words and the performers would improvise around those words.   When I got there, I found that the performance was part of an exhibition aptly called ‘Struggling to find the words’.

What caught my eye most were the films, some being projected and others on small television sets. One of the films had a girl running around an empty white room chaotically almost as if she were trapped in the TV set.  She is then joined in the room by others and the disorder becomes order and the franticness becomes calm.  Something about that piece seemed so immediate, as if it were being streamed live.  Little did I know I was about to see this performed live.

The bustling crowd instantly became quiet and focused when someone hidden in the crowd announced that the performance would be starting “like, now”.  To be honest, I’m struggling to find the words to describe it.  It was expression through movement, but it wasn’t dance and it wasn’t quite mime. It was more like extreme, or even loud, body language. It began with one performer, a girl, on the floor and moving around seeming on edge and frustrated, as if she wants to speak but couldn’t.  She is then joined by four others and they find their way. The performers were not substituting movements for words but trying to demonstrate how important and effective movement is as a means of communication.

For the most part, it was just like the film, but with improvisation when audience members shouted out words like “break”, “car”, “elephant” and “rainbow”.  The performers reacted to the words with their bodies.  It was interesting to see the piece on the TV, finished and unalterable and then contrast it with the performance right in front of you, with the opportunity to change it.

The performance ended as abruptly as it began and I was left feeling shocked. The entire piece must have only lasted about 3 minutes.  Maybe I was expecting more, maybe I was expecting the performers to speak, maybe I shouldn’t have had any expectations.  I don’t think the idea was to induce shock into the audience but it definitely left me feeling that life is short and we should try to enjoy every second of all of the 3 minute performances we get to see!

Did I mention there was mint tea and a table full of cakes?

Ailish Kerr


SNH: Shane Farrell visits Collins Barracks and guided himself around Irish Military History

Shane FarrellSHANE FARRELL visits Collins Barracks and guided himself around Irish Military History.

A: Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin.

W: www.museum.ie P: 01 648 6453



I took a self guided tour around the Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition in Collins Barracks on Saturday, 2nd of April. There are three themes to this exhibition, Irish soldiers at home, Irish soldiers abroad, and Irish soldiers in the 21st Century. I spent over an hour going through the many galleries with their fantastic displays. I also found the staff to be very helpful on my way around.


The first section of the exhibition traces Ireland’s military history from 1550. You can see the layout of the Royal Barracks, as it was called then, with a photograph of how the barracks would have looked years ago. It was a huge building that showed the power of the British at that time.


The soldiering at home area features the many battles fought in Ireland between 1550 and 1800 including the Battle of the Boyne and the 1798 Rebellion. I was impressed by the massive cannon in one of the galleries and a plasma screen television that shows you how to load and fire the shotguns and sniper rifles.

This section also gives a great description on daily life in Ireland during this time and how the soldiers and local people mixed, from weddings to football matches.

Ireland was also one of the major depots for British Army recruiting and many Irishmen were recruited and trained for service overseas. They enlisted for various reasons I discovered “to earn a living, follow a king, support a cause, or find adventure”. There are lots of original artefacts to see and it is interesting to look at the various uniforms worn by the soldiers abroad.


Between 1600 and 1900 many Irish soldiers fought for foreign armies. They fought wars for France, Austria and Spain and other countries. These soldiers were called the Wild Geese. All aspects of Irish soldiering abroad are covered in this exhibition. Irish-born men also fought in the American Civil War and after the American Civil War. Many Irish-born soldiers sought to use their new military skills to win independence for Ireland.

I entered the section on soldiering in the 20th and 21st Centuries finally and the first object you see is the Vampire Jet, a very impressive fighter jet used by the Irish Air Corps in the first half of the 20th Century. There will be a talk with a pilot who flew this amazing jet on Saturday 11th June from 12-12.30pm called The Craft of Aviation: The Vampire Jet.

I would also like to attend The Easter Rising 1916 tour on Sunday 24th April to learn more about this part of Irish history before my Junior Cert this summer!!

Shane Farrell

TBCT celebrates Bealtaine Festival with Get Active events during May

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From May 1st to 31st, events are taking place to celebrate creativity in older age as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2011. Last year, Temple Bar Cultural Trust participated in Bealtaine Festival celebrations for the first time with a very successful visual arts exhibition by older artists which was also opened by Robert Ballagh.

This year, as everyone knows it’s the Year of Craft and to celebrate this we’ve incorporated the theme of craft into our workshops for our Get Active Culture Club this May thanks to Craft Council of Ireland funding. See below for list of craft workshops.


Linking with the Irish Film Institute(IFI) here in Temple Bar and the theme of craft, the IFI will be  showing ‘Everlasting Moments’ on Wednesday 18th May at 2pm after our jewellery-making workshop.

Everlasting Moments Wednesday 18th May 2pm
In collaboration with Temple Bar Cultural Trust’s craft workshop programme for Bealtaine, we are showing this beautiful film about the power of photography.

Set in Sweden at the turn of the last century, a time of social unrest and change, it centres on the experiences of a young woman who wins a camera in a lottery. Struggling to survive and care for her family with an alcoholic and sometimes violent husband, she decides to hold onto it and uses it to view the world in a different way. Discovering by chance and by taking a risk that she has artistic talent, Maria finds a way to survive in the world and find beauty around her.

Bealtaine Events this May at Temple Bar Cultural Trust
May 4th Craft Workshop Knitting with Hazel Donnelly 10.30am – 12.30pm
May 11th Craft Workshop Clay Modelling with Niamh Synnott 10.30am – 12.30pm
May 18th Craft Workshop Jewellery-making with Ann Tyrrell 10.30am – 12.30pm
May 18th Film: Everlasting Moments 2.00pm at the Irish Film Institute
May 26th Craft Workshop: Textiles and Block Printing with Liz Nilsson 11.00am – 1.00pm
May 31st Get Active Book Club at The Gutter BookShop 11.00am – 1.00pm

For more on the Bealtaine Festival visit www.bealtaine.com
For more info on the Craft Council’s Year Of Craft visit www.craftinireland.com

MHS Update: How do you solve the problem of the Irish Weather?

Well try to imagine a unique outdoor space where you can simply turn off the rain at the flick of a switch.

Well try to imagine a unique outdoor space where you can simply turn off the rain at the flick of a switch.

Here at Temple Bar Cultural Trust, we are thrilled to be able to share with you a series of photo montages of the new retractable canopy project for Meeting House Square. Later in 2011 will see the launch of the new convertible Meeting House Square, where custom designed canopies will bloom at the first sign of rain.

Often described as Ireland’s outdoor living room this space has an established track record in hosting cultural events, outdoor film, markets, tourism events, hospitality events, private receptions and impromptu amazing happenings which we look forward to welcoming more of later this year.

To view these images in full please view on our Flickr Account.

Our objective is to retain the sense of openness and exterior space that characterises Meeting House Square at all times of the day and night.

These images give an impression of how the design of the convertible Meeting House Square will work when the umbrellas are in the closed position, when they are opened and when they are in use for a night-time event with a seated audience.

The brief that we set for the architects, designers, engineers and manufacturers required the entire visible structure to harmonise with the rich modern architectural language of Meeting House Square; and further demand in the brief was that when in the closed position, the umbrellas should look elegant and make a contribution to the visual impact of Meeting House Square.

Having the new convertible MHS creates a fantastic new addition to Dublin’s cultural and civic infrastructure.

Meeting House Square is currently closed to facilitate this project. Due to a recent archaeological discovery, the project has been delayed and is due to reopen in September 2011.

This project was brought to you by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and is a new Irish design by Séan Harrington Architects & MDT -tex, funded by Failte Ireland and the National Development Plan.