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The Cork Quarter Block Party festival’s second round of acts has just been announced, following on from their announcements before the Xmas break.

Among the additions are YMLT-endorsed noisemakers Le Boom, Wastefellow, ooSe, Dowry and Myles Manley, as well as Not Earth, Ganglions, Super Silly and a bunch more.

Also added to the bill – the return of zero-commitment choir The Sing Along Social, Cork hip-hop legend Stevie G’s Vinyl Love night, and Bum Notes Dragaoke.

The live art portion sees the addition of absurdist third-wave feminist performance piece SNAKE TALK, and a DJ set/performance in The Rave Space, assembled by UK performance artist Will Dickie, while the street art/public engagement bill is added to with Alternative Routes, a sculptural installation on Coleman’s Lane; Volxkuche, a community dinner party, and circus artist Darragh McLoughlin’s live performance in the now-former Dunnes’ Stores shopping centre, exploring the space and with it themes of the current property and rental crises.

All happening February 3rd-5th on North and South Main Streets, Cork.

More here.






The Crawford College of Art and Design’s annual exhibition for its Masters in Art and Process (MA:AP) happens from next weekend at Sample Studios on Sullivan’s Quay, with a supplementary schedule of events around the city.

Vicky Langan writes:

Found in the Place of Origin will be the last MA:AP exhibition to be held in the soon-to-be demolished former FÁS building on Sullivan’s Quay which has been a vibrant hub of artistic activity in Cork city centre for the past number of years.

The exhibition title Found in the Place of Origin comes from a definition of residual clay. Like the organic material of clay, each artist’s individual work emerged from a combined experience of shared time and space. The exhibition is a beginning rather than an end, and marks the start of a new phase in the students’ artistic practices. This is why the students came to align themselves with clay as a series of residual deposits that collectively form a new entity.

A programme of events organised by the MA:AP students called Removed from the Place of Origin runs concurrently with the show. This Removed from the Place of Origin, references sedimentary clay that has drifted, been transported, enriched by other material and deposited in new places and in new forms. These interactions with selected audiences reflect the diverse range of dialogues and concerns that inform the works in the show.

Contributing artists are: Jackie Burke, Linda Curtin, Cat Gambel, Helle Kvamme, Vicky Langan, Maximilian Le Cain, Lynda Loughnane, Manuela Madeira.

The launch is Thursday the 24th, and features by Kevin Callaghan, a Cork-based ceramicist and arts practitioner. Exhibition stays open ’til December 9th.


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The bespoke inflatable installations of Filthy Luker and Perdo Estrellas, who’ve been doing this since the early 90s.

You’ll recall those green tentacles on George’s Street in 2014 (top pic)


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From top: Willem Van der Hagan’s view of Waterford, c1745, and Blaise Smith’s Waterford 2012 painting showing the city from across the River Suir.

Claire Feely writes:

The Office of Public Works and Waterford City & County Council recently commissioned Irish artist, Blaise Smith, to create a new large-scale painting that reflects a 21st century view of Waterford city under the Per Cent for Art Scheme for flood defence works.

In 1735, Waterford Corporation, as it was then known, commissioned a painting of the city from a Dutch painter William Van der Hagen (d. 1745). This painting still hangs today in the Bishop’s Palace and is considered to be a painting of national importance.

The new painting entitled “Waterford 2016”, 5 metres in length and comprised of 52 panels, will act as companion painting to the Van der Hagen painting.

Pics: Patrick Browne


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Rainbow – a nine metre high, 66 tonne arch of sea containers built this week by artist Marcus Canning at the port of Fremantle in Western Australia.

Here’s how it was done

(Pix: Oisín Kane)



Donough ‘Pencil Robot’ O’Malley writes:

I’ve been illustrating scenes from over the summer. the good, the bad, and the ugly. I thought your readers might recognise this scene particularly from Dublin( with all the young tykes taking to the waterways in the heat. Other illustrations from the series ‘I drew what you did last summer’ can be found here

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