Dublin 8 in Snow

in 2018, Dublin City Council’s South Central Area Office, asked me to document parts of Dublin 8 during what was called, The Beast from the East (a phrase used to describe cold and wintry conditions as a result of easterly winds from the near continent). So on one of the more clement days, I took a walk and here’s what I found.

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Publication - Alight!

A varied selection of my photographs taken for Dublin Culture Connects now feature in an Alight! publication and flyer, which will be found in citywide public libraries. 

The book was created in the South East area of Dublin in a partnership between Dublin Culture Connects, city-wide community groups, the City Arts Office, Dublin Public Libraries, The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and South East Area Office, artists and CoisCéim Broadreach as part of the National Neighbourhood project in the South East Area.

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This book is full of stories, drawings by the students of St. Patrick's National School, participants from Riccy's Youth Café, The GALS Group, Betty Watson Active Retirement Group, Greenore Court Arts & Crafts Group, Ringsend Community Services Forum, Pembroke Library, Ringsend Active Retirement Group, Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre, Ringsend College, St. Andrew's Resource Centre, Sandymount Tidy Towns, Sandymount Sikh Community, and Talk About Youth, who all connected together through workshops, trips on the Alight! Bus to the project's cultural partners, the Mystery History Cabaret and the Valentine's Tea Dance.

Cruinniú Na Cásca: Off The Walls

Not so long ago, I had the pleasure of being asked to document Off the Walls, a dance celebration in the LAB Gallery, Dublin. The Gallery was hosting Theresa Nanigian’s new exhibition, Trying to Behave, which explores the past-time of a group of individuals who share an ardent passion for dance. 

In response to the large scale photographs that filled the ground floor gallery, CoisCéim Broadreach showcased a new performance by young people and older people aged 50+, alongside an invitation to the public to join in and practise a few new moves! All part of

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Theresa Nanigian, Artist

Theresa Nanigian, Artist

 

All images © Anthony Griffin Photography. All rights reserved.

The School of Identity Museum

I was recently asked to document the launch of the School of Identity Museum at Margaret Aylward Community College, which celebrated the collaboration between three schools across the North West Dublin area (Margaret Aylward CC, New Cross College in Finglas and Coláiste Mhuire in Cabra) as part of The National Neighbourhood: Press Play

The launch included performances by Temper-Mental MissElayneous and inspiring speeches from Helen Beaumont (National Museum of Ireland), Cllr. Áine Clancy, Emma Connors (Axis Ballymun) and Veronica Dyas (Artist) amongst others.

Over 60 students were involved in exploring notions of ‘Identity’ and the resulting exhibition included video installations, craft pieces & writing. Inspired by the work of the National Museum of Ireland, the School of Identity Museum brings the voices and ideas of a diverse group of young people together under one roof, with the exhibition ultimately exploring notions of identity, unearthing and celebrates young people’s creativity. The Museum and exhibition is curated by artists Rhona Byrne & John Conway

Images held back for press & social media images, together with those including young people, so a small selection presented here:

Lethal Dialect | In Your Living Room

I recently had the absolute pleasure of photographing (but better still, listening to) Lethal Dialect, in the most unlikely of venues. Monica, an absolute lady, who knows (knew!) little about rap, opened her home to friends and neighbours for this event in conjunction with Dublin's Culture Connects Press Play, National Museum of Ireland, Abbey Theatre & Axis Ballymun

Here's a pic of Lethal Dialect with more to follow.

© Anthony Griffin Photography

ALIGHT! Storytelling Workshop | Dublin's Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood

Tonight, I started work with ALIGHT!, which runs until February 2017, ALIGHT!
A big thanks to Liz and her team at Pembroke Library, along with Cleo, Vanessa and Muirne for their company and assistance.

Such interesting stories and memories emerged from this evening, with history brought to life and lives themselves shared amongst those who attended.

photo: Anthony Griffin Photography

photo: Anthony Griffin Photography

 

The project is being coordinated by Dublin City Council and is lead by a professional team of artists and choreographers, with participants being offered the opportunity to explore their local community through engagement in activities encompassing art design, dance, storytelling, music and theatre and dance workshops as well as decorating a bus! They will then have the opportunity to perform on the No.1 Dublin Bus route!

A series of workshops will run in and between Ringsend, Irishtown, Sandymount and Pearse Street to allow those interested to learn more about this project by talking with the artists and participating in workshops. 

The Hugh Lane, 'Possession'

I had the opportunity once again, to enjoy a performance by Izumi Kamura and Cathal Roche in the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, as well as meet Ian Wilson, composer of Possession in person. Ian had contacted me prior to the premiere of the work earlier in the month, as he was seeking photos of Izumi and Cathal for Bandon's Engage Festival brochure and website. Photography was not permitted during the performance, with only little time to record the scene as the set up for the Sundays@Noon concert. These Sunday concert series require an early arrival and such was the case on this day, with a full house possessed with both the structured and improvised music from Izumi and Cathal. Ian told me of the excitement of hearing each performance vary, given the improvisation, which takes place in, out and between each part of his work.  

Possession is a 21st-century paean to the musical world we live in and its global cross-pollination of musical stimuli. This multi-movement work combines detailed, sometimes complex notation drawing upon many different musical styles with various kinds of improvisation – controlled, guided and free. It is both an ambitious musical journey across the globe – embracing indigenous music from India, Japan, North and South America, the Arctic Circle, Africa and Australia – and a showcase for the remarkable talents of Izumi Kimura and Cathal Roche, the only duo in Ireland equally at home in contemporary classical and improvised musics. (Ian Wilson, 2016)

© Anthony Griffin Photography 2016

Nicholas Street Greening

Dublin City Council recently acquired my services to document recent work undertaken by Dublin City Council Parks Department & MCD Landscapes. Together, they have just completed a landscaping project on Nicholas Street that has recently 'transformed a paved traffic median into an urban garden'.

Centre brick surfacing and guardrails were removed, with new trees, additional soil, holly hedging and a variety of seasonal colour such as heucheras and agapanthus planted. The project serves as a tester for other similar medians in the city.

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