Street artist and graphic designer Giant Sigh (Gareth Joyce) unveiled a mural calling for a YES vote in the forthcoming referendum, commissioned by The Irish Council for Civil Liberties [ICCL].
Giant Sigh’s work draws on images of feminist workers’ icon Rosie the Riveter and Yeats’ and Lady Gregory’s cultural representation of Ireland Cathleen Ní Houlihán “to highlight the importance of women’s rights and equality in today’s Ireland”.
The mural unveiling comes as ICCL released a statement this morning on the increased importance of political and artistic freedom of expression in referendum contexts.
From top: Orla O’Connor of Together for Yes, Liam Herrick, director of the ICCL, Poet Paula Meehan of the Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment and Cian O’Brien of Project Arts Centre with Artist Gareth Joyce; Gareth with Sinead Nolan; Gareth and mural.
Smithfield, Dublin 7.
Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh (in red) with Together4Yes activists at the launch of the ‘Make a Plan to Vote’ photocall.
Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger raised the taking down of artist Maser’s Repeal the 8th mural from the Project Arts Centre yesterday.
It was removed after the Charities Regulator informed the centre the artwork is “political activity” and that, as a consequence, the centre is in breach of the Charities Act 2009.
Ms Coppinger, and fellow TD Paul Murphy, held up copies of the mural, as she said:
“I would just like to know what the Taoiseach and others think is so offensive about this – that it should be banned by a State body. And would you agree with me, that we should challenge that… and we should say ‘no, there’s nothing wrong with a heart that calls for repeal’ and there’s nothing… we should not allow political censorship.”
Before Taoiseach Leo Varadkar could respond, Tánaiste Simon Coveney could be heard saying across the chamber:
“Stupid stunts like that do nothing to inform…”
Varadkar says he has no doubt a pro-life or Vote No mural would also have been subject to the same decision, and suggests that another private building owner might commission it to appear there instead #Dail
Recent murals in London (corner of Brick Lane, pix 4-6) Germany and Italy by Spanish artist David de la Mano. Ahead of an upcoming show in London entitled ‘Adrift’Hang Up Pictures sez of him;
In a world of those forced to flee, of poverty, of war and violence, David de la Mano paints his haunting figures as shadows looking for their place in the world. All united, they are travelling to a destination unknown. Boats with broken sails and women with animal heads drift without direction but are all linked by an uncertain journey.