In the Open | Faoin Spéir is an Arts Council funded programme developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis for 2021 which will see a variety of outdoor arts events taking place in public spaces around Ireland. Tipperary County Council Arts Office partners with Clonmel Junction Arts Festival and South Tipperary Arts Centre for an exciting programme located in Clonmel with an overarching theme of “Come out to Play”.
This multi-artform programme focuses on making creativity visible through large scale arts events which engage with both the fabric of the town and its communities. Taking place between October 2021 and May 2022, In The Open Clonmel will present an exciting range of performances, visual arts initiatives and new music commissions all rooted in a strong sense of place. This programme is led by Tipperary County Council with local arts partners Clonmel Junction Arts Festival and South Tipperary Arts Centre, as well as local and regional artists, musicians, dancers and theatre-makers.
The programme began with the spectacular outdoor musical 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' which took place from 26th - 29th October 2021. This production brought a local professional creative team together with a fantastic cast of actors, singers and dancers, with over 100 people performing in a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.
PRISM by Waterford Spraoi was embraced by audiences a the Kickham Barracks between the
8-10 April 2022. Led by Tipperary Arts Office this PRISM performance was unique to Clonmel and included the (Hunchback) Choir and the Alison Cronin Dance Academy ensemble from Clonmel. Nightly performances incorporated original music, dance, live band, choir, aerial dance and spoken-word content.
Late April – Late May 2022
This project will be the penultimate offering as part of Faoin Spéir- In the Open Clonmel. Led by South Tipperary Arts Centre (STAC), INSIDE/OUT proposes to make the town of Clonmel an outdoor gallery, and will include mural/street art and large scale 2D art installations on buildings and walls around the town.
Artist Joe Caslin will create a new temporary mural which will be central to the exhibition and responds to the overarching Faoin Spéir- In the Open Clonmel theme, ‘Coming Out To Play’. This will be the 2nd commission as part of this project, the first being ‘Tread Softly’ by Canvaz which was installed last Autumn.
The work of 7 local artists selected through our Open Call will also be presented on a large scale around the town, bringing streets to life from late April to late May. An downloadable map will give audiences the opportunity to explore the town in a new way.
Joe Caslin is an Irish street artist, art teacher and activist. Best known for his beautifully rendered pencil drawings, which manifest as towering pieces of street art. His highly accessible work engages directly with the social issues of modern Ireland, on an unavoidable scale. Caslin confronts the subjects of suicide, drug addiction, economic marginalisation, marriage equality, stigma in mental health, direct provision, institutional power, inclusion, consent and most recently, the effects of the Covid19 pandemic on young people. The monochrome drawings Caslin creates live with us and against many of us for some time before washing away. They hold a mirror up to the kind of society that we are, whilst asking us individually what kind of society we want to be a part of.
Inside | Out Open Call Selected Artists
Maurice Caplice is an artist that works in Painting, Sculpture and Sound, working in Clonmel, Callan and Dublin. Caplice also works as an artist facilitator currently working for D.A.V Community group, Dublin and K.C.A.T art collective Callan. He has exhibited throughout Ireland and abroad in countries such as Spain, Norway, England, Cyprus and Slovenia.
Emma Maher is an Irish artist originally from Thurles living in Edinburgh, Scotland. She studied Printmaking &Contemporary Practice at Limerick School of Art & Design graduating in2014. As an avid watercolour artist and illustrator. For the Inside| Out project, Emma's piece incorporates both floral watercolours and human hands expressing intimacy, connection and a sense of belonging. Emma launched her small art business in April 2021, and has featured in a number of creative art magazines across the UK in the last 12 months.
Wojciech Ryzinski is a Polish photographer based in Co. Tipperary.
He was a student at the Eddie Adams Workshop 2015 and the VII Masterclass 2016/2017. He finds his inspiration in everyday life, trying to see beyond the obvious. His work is inspired by classical documentary photography. It is never posed or pre-arranged in any way.
Nocht Studio was founded in Clonmel in 2018. Philip Ryan is a visual artist from Tipperary, currently residing in Waterford, Ireland. He founded Nocht, as a collaborative art practice with Martin McGloin in 2018. He graduated from the Dublin School of Architecture with first class honours in 2013 and has worked in the architecture and design industry in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand before focusing entirely on Nocht in late 2021. Martin McGloin is a Designer and Visual Artist from Sligo, Ireland. He founded Nocht as a collaborative art practice with Philip Ryan in 2018. He graduated from the Dublin School of Architecture in 2013 and has worked in the art and design industry in Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany.
Marine Kearney is a French/Irish artist based in Clonmel. Ireland. Marine started in representative work, and with her experience moved to a more contemporary place. She is a graduate in advanced life drawing from the Crawford College of Fine Art. She mixes media to express herself and her Urban/Nature background.
PressPlay Repeat (PPR) is a pseudonym favoured by Clonmel native Paul Sheehan. Starting out as a DJ, he progressed into live visuals for companies such as Reebok, HSBC and Hed Kandi Records. The place where image and sound intersect bring him great joy and he hopes that Hide And Seek, his exploration of play through the ages, shall conjure up some fond memories of your very own.
Laura O' Mahony is from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. She is passionate about art and design and likes to create art that brightens the world around her. She has recently come back to creating art after finding her love for drawing and creating again.
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