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A generation of friends stood still in the sunlight yesterday. They stood to mourn the untimely loss of a friend and to celebrate the life of an amazing person – Cian Hallinan. Eloquent, heartfelt and humourous stories were recounted about this gifted person who wore many cloaks of talent – comedian, critic and teacher to name but a few.

Like so many others we knew Cian too. From clubs, pubs and parties to walking by Grogans on a summer evening, he dipped in and out of so many of our lives. He occasionally wrote for us and we covered some of his magnificent Voicebox shows in the Twisted Pepper.
 
His voracious appetite for knowledge, his sparkling presence and general aura of soundness were just a few of the foundations that cemented so many great relationships in his life.
 
Someone truly great is gone. This issue is dedicated to the memory of Cian
 
I've always had a fascination with curious toys for kids - Steve Simpson
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March 01 2012


where
Gallery Zozimus, 56, Francis st, Dublin 8
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when
6pm - 8pm

how much
Free

launch
Now That's What I Call Streetart

Fink, Solus, Littleman, ADW, Adrian+Shane, Karma, Heid. These people declare the world as their canvas. Gallery Zozimus, following the motto of ‘we don’t care who makes art, as long as it looks great’, displays the work of these Irish street artists in this unique exhibition. It may be edgy, punk, provoking, underground, and often unsanctioned, but don’t confuse it with graffiti and vandalism. For those who never heard of Banksy and think this art form has no tradition - what do you think those prehistoric wall paintings and Egyptian tomb decorations were? There are two giant framed pieces of street art at the Kilmacud Luas stop and they look great. I hope there comes a day when dull concrete jungle of urban dystopia flourishes with colours and ideas, turning cities into something more than just places to inhabit. / Nadia Gativa

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March 01 2012


where
Lost Weekend, 25 Rockhill, Main Street Blackrock, Co. Dublin


when
6pm

how much
Free

demonstration
Birth of an Egg Chair

Whilst I read the Grimm Brothers classic The Shoemaker & the Elves to the three-year-old one night, I was struck by its tactile description of sewn leather and the arduous process of making things by hand, beautifully conveyed in this fairytale. It made me reflect on our relationship with everyday objects: how one is now far removed from the wonder of manufacture, and no surprises then that the act of disposal consumption has become too easy. Here's a chance to revitalize the wonder of how things are made by watching Hans Mannerhagen, the Master upholsterer for Fritz Hansen, sew the classic Arne Jacobsen Egg chair by hand (traditionally using 1200 stitches per chair). You can also hand-pick a beautiful Sorensen leather hide to be sewn onto your own Egg whilst having clever design conversation with the designerati present. / Elish Bul-Godly

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March 01 2012


where
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Runs til March 8th

how much
Free

exhibition
Pivot Dublin Talks

We didn't win. We aren't going to be World Design Capital in 2014. That accolade went to Cape Town and good luck to them. But we were shortlisted in the final three. Pride? Yes, End of the road? Certainly not. Pivot Dublin is the group that oversaw Dublin's so-agonisingly-close bid to become WDC, and although the decision has been made, the work is far from over. Rather than curl up in the corner and think of what could have been, Pivot continue to promote, drive, demonstrate and celebrate design's role in Dublin development. They return with a week long programme of events including an exhibition, workshops and lunchtime discussions that try to provoke and urge action rather than lecture and pontificate. Today, sustainable products is the theme with the 'Re-Make' talk. If you are passionate about design then pivot your hips towards Filmbase. / Anna Blogg

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March 01 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
6.45pm

how much
€15

theatre
The Comedy of Errors: Live

Smart money goes on Dominic Cooke as a favourite to succeed Nick Hytner as artistic director of The National after his success at the Royal Court. And thus he makes his National debut with one of Willy’s earliest, and if not finest and funniest plays. The Comedy of Errors tells the typical Shakespearean story of mistaken identities, chaos, love, loss and tearful reunion, in the story of two sets of lost twins. The modern production is said to have been loudened, pop-ified, sped up and spread out in order to create a heaving spectacle set to the sound of English pop songs in Romanian. I’m not sure what to think about that bit myself. Added to this, Antipholus of Syracuse is played by Lenny Henry, who apparently played an excellent stage Othello in 2009. So high expectations for this hybrid theatre-cinema experience. / Róisín Agnew

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March 02 2012


where
Whelan's Upstairs, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€7

ep launch
Glimmermen

Glimmermen are a different sort of band. In a sea of Spector-like indie landfill fodder, they wear their honesty and integrity on their black sleeves. Satellite People EP is their first physical release. The sound they make with their stripped back guitar / drum / double bass kit is blues based, but with the influences of post-rock clearly audible. It's not a fashionable sound, neither is it one that you'll want to dance to, but it is a sound that goes straight to the heart. Satellite People will be their first physical release. Online, Guide You and Good Man show an economy of lyric and instrument born of serious pedigree: Gavin Cowley (Willie Cleary 666 and Boxes), J. Bassetti (Jackbeast) and Phil Murray (Holy Ghost Fathers) know exactly the sound they want to make. And that's something we want to hear. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

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March 02 2012


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€5

dj set
The Horrors DJ Set

The five skinniest pairs of legs in music right now. Even Vince Noir couldn't wither down his chicken drummers to join this band of bandy brothers. The Horrors have mutated from a deafeningly gothic ode to the seedier side of life to a band that occupies the occult with their synthetic oozy, woozy dreamlike sound as explored in Primary Colours and perfected in Skying. Any credibility the boys may have lost through Faris Badwan's dalliances with Peaches Geldof has been regained with two Mercury nominations and oodles of amazing music. I don't know what they'll be spinning on the decks, but hopefully there'll be some nod to Suicide's sweet sexy lady...Shadazz and a death or two at the chapel. Not gonna lie though, I'll be going mainly to ask Joshua what hairspray he uses and marvel at Rhys 'Spider' Webb's always exemplary barnet. / Kate Coleman

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March 02 2012


where
Hugh Lane Gallery, 1 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.
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when
Runs til May 6th

how much
Free

exhibition
Sleepwalkers

In spite of calling itself an 'investigational programming format' (Stan Laurel-style-head-scratch) Walker and Walker's Sleepwalkers piece is not to be scoffed at. Exploring the interaction between viewer and museum space, the layout of the work has a way of making you stumble upon it unexpectedly. So when I ended up in Gallery 10 watching their film Mount Analogue Revisited on my own in the middle of the afternoon, I felt like I had just stepped through the wardrobe into Narnia. Based on Rene Daumal's book Mount Analogue, the film explores G.I.Gurdjieff’s idea that people exist in a state of 'waking sleep' from which they need to be spiritually awakened. The heavy-metal subject combined with the Irish actors creates a Beckettian piece that is quite beautifully filmed and well acted. Go on your own at a bizarre time on a weird day. / Róisín Agnew

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March 02 2012


where
Axis Ballymun, Main Street, Ballymun Dublin 9.
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when
8pm (ends Sat.)

how much
€12/10

comedy
Wheelchair on My Face

Sometimes an evening’s entertainment leaves you enlightened, sometimes amused, sometimes invigorated, sometimes with a new view on very familiar things. Sonya Kelly, in her thoroughly lovely biographical account of a visually-impaired childhood, does all of the above. The Wheelchair on my Face, currently on tour following a hugely successful run at the ABSOLUT Fringe, is a lovely hour of seeing through another person's eyes. Told with a naively childlike voice, this is the tale of growing up with severe vision problems that no one seemed to notice. We are led by great writing and sweet performances - there are tales which she will tell of magic Rolos and Swedish popbands who live in closets to replace young mates that never appear, but I’ll let Kelly tell you those. €5 discount tickets here / Sarah Murphy
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March 02 2012


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€12/€15

theatre
Bouncers

Make sure you've left the white Reeboks at home and haven’t overindulged in the Devil's Bit as Bouncers take to the stage to tell things from their side. Rightly or wrongly, we’ve all had a run in with a bouncer at some time or another and come out of it feeling rather hard done by, but few of us have ever given any thought to what it’s like for them. This play depicts the realities of life on the door beautifully, with tales ranging from the funny to the shocking, all paced so that it hits you like a ton-weight hits Wiley Coyote. Four actors play over 20 roles, from the eponymous Bouncers to the giggly girls and guys they encounter;  this is a riveting play that really gives the audience pause for thought and ensuing guilt... / Frances Winston

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March 03 2012


where
6 Great Strand St,
(Few doors down from Panti Bar)
Dublin 1

when
8.30pm

how much
€25, BYOB

pop-up
Sett Food Club

Out of the seven courses for this meal I think the one I'm most excited to try is the turnip sorbet with prosecco. I'm a huge sorbet fan and supposedly this unity just works. There's also the big attraction of table smoked mackerel with lemon floss - If you went to Tom Lynn's edible talk, you may have seen his demonstration of how to 'table smoke'. Either way, you'll be amused. This will be my first dinner here but I've actually been many times to the Supafast building for other events, so I have a fair idea of what to expect atmospherically. The walls are crumbly and all those in company sit around one long banquet table decorated with white table cloths and candle sticks. The event is BYOB and you just have to ring to reserve a place if you want to be a guest. This is purely charming dining. / Georgia

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March 03 2012


where


when
Until April 14th

how much
Free

opening
Luminous Flux - Andreas Kindler von Knobloch

Sometimes you encounter the work of an artist and you know immediately that there are correspondences in your thinking. Ultimately, I think it’s important to state that this project is less an exhibition and more an immersive sensory experience. In fact, visitors to the gallery might be surprised that the exhibition is to be experienced with eyes closed. Alongside this sculptural installation is Dorje deBurgh's photographic documentation of an action that took place in the days preceding the exhibition opening in which the artist gathered a group of people together with the purpose of overturning a car using only their combined bodily strength. I believe that this action was instigated as a kind of  symbolic ritual - one in which the cathartic potential of collective human force is emphasised through destruction. / Padraic E.Moore

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March 03 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
2:20pm/6:50pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Khodorkovsky

There's a rot at the heart of modern Russia and Mikhail Khodorkovsky is just one story wrapped up in it. Flipping $300m into $8bn with the purchase and sale of the Yukos gas company in Yeltsin's time of free-market crony capitalism, Khodorkovsky ran foul of Putin as he started displaying notions of independence both in business and politics. In 2003, he was sent to a Siberian prison on trumped up charges of fraud and tax evasion. In late 2010, he was sentenced to a further six years. German filmmaker Cyril Tuschi delivers a sympathetic documentary portrait of the man who describes his existence as "Gulag Lite". Culled from over 180 hours of interviews and interspersed with some nifty graphics, Khodorkovsky is a story worth worth telling and watching. That it didn't screen in Moscow movies theatres is a sad and familiar indictment of the current oppression rife in Russia. / Michael McDermott

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March 03 2012


where
Unit 10A,
Trinity Enterprise Center,
Pearse Street,  
Dublin 2


when
8pm

how much
Free

jazz
Wine Cave at KC Peaches

KC Peaches, a name synonymous with quality lunchtime grub, hosts the first of many live jazz gigs in its basement this Saturday. Not exactly the smokey sultry basement club you’d find in NYC, but Dublin’s quirky alternative with plenty of splendid vinos to choose from. It opens with Michael Nielsen, a performer who has a musical legacy that counts tours and recordings with international superstars such as Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler and Larry Coryell. He’s the absolute cream of the jazz guitar crop in Ireland, with an endlessly-searching improvisatory ability. He’ll share the stage with jazz scenesters Cormac O'Brien (bass), James Mackin (drums) and an astonishing young sax player, Sam Comerford, who not only has the youthful looks of Harry Potter but much of the same wizardry - just replace the wand with a tenor sax. / Rebecca Halliday

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March 03 2012


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€28

gig
Lambchop

Nashville’s shifting Lambchop collective may have slimmed down considerably since a decade ago, when fully 29 musicians took an unusually crowded Vicar Street stage, but their signature post-lounge/alt-country/white-soul hybrid sound hasn't shrunk in the least. Mainman Kurt Wagner, who continued fitting carpets through most of the band’s career (gig fees split that many ways don't stretch very far...) provides a counterpoint to the band's polished, orchestral sound with his low, grizzled croon of a voice and oddly reflective lyrics. After nearly two decades of warped, distracted, brilliantly curious albums, this year's Mr. M may be their grouchiest, most slow-burningly magnificent yet. We’ll be looking forward to oldies The Man Who Loved Beer, Up With People, and the customary Curtis Mayfield cover; so, if you've any sense, will you. / Shane Glackin

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March 04 2012


where
CityWest Hotel,
Saggart,
Co Dublin.

when
9.30am - 8pm

how much
€25

competition
Irish Hairdressing Championships

Snip. Snip. Snip. 'Where ya going on yer holidays?' NatterNatterNatter. Rhianna on the radio. Shampoo, cut and blow-dry. Gossip. Gossip. Gossip...There's always a bit of two-bit therapy built into the hair-dressing experience. We know what we want, struggle to articulate it or deny that we lack the follicles to realise it and then as the mirror pans around the back of our head, we nod and mumble 'that's grand, thanks." Today is our chance to sit in the gallery, point, giggle and gawk. Gag on the Elenett fumes as 300 hairdressers sharpen their scissors at the Hairdressing Championships. Fantasy styles will be created on models and while I really really want either Christopher Guest (high camp) or Darren Aronovsky (high camp) to take on this spectacle in their next film, this is a serious business with more than "that's grand, thanks" being sought by those competing. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

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March 04 2012


where
The Third Policeman, 
121 Lr Rathmines Road
Dublin 6.


when
Open Tues - Sunday, Noon - 7pm

how much
Depends

le other
The Third Policeman

I'm torn between telling everyone to go to this brand new curiosity shop, or to keep the secret close and jealously guarded. But I suspect it's not going to stay secret for long. It's a shop without parallel in Dublin. It unfolds like an old traveling case: filled with beautiful handbags, luxurious furs, old hat boxes brimming with silk scarves, binoculars in battered cases, delicately patterned teacups, old tweeds and shooting sticks. The lovely lady who owns it lives in Paris and has been buying and storing treasures from around Europe with the idea of one day opening a Dublin shop. It's the perfect mix of good quality vintage clothes and unusual and beautiful curios. Make a pilgrimage, you won't regret it. (For anyone out there with a size 6 foot there's a pair of perfect Escada mint green pumps.) / Alex Calder

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March 04 2012


where
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq W & Clare St, Dublin 2.
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when
3pm

how much
Free

talk
The Yeats Sisters

Sometimes, ignorance is bliss, especially when it comes to Irish families. Sometimes though, that ancestral closet hiding so many skeletons can also reveal a treasure trove of achievements, often overshadowed by more famous forebears. The Yeats family is a case in point. W.B. Yeats, one of the apples of Ireland’s artistic eye, was only one sibling in a dysfunctional group of talented offspring. The lives of Lily and Lolly - Joyce called them ‘the weird sisters’ in Ulysses - is the subject of this talk, given by Pauline Swords. Joyce’s jibe was a reaction typical of the time, towards two women who fostered great art, published great art and created great art in their own right. Ignorance may be bliss, but it’s always wrong. / Hugh Torpey

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March 05 2012


where
Neon, 17 Camden Street, Dublin 2


when
12am - 11pm

how much
Depends

le other
Neon

Neon has been flirting with me for a few weeks now. At first I noticed her neat architecture and subtle colour scheme. Then I saw her shutters being adorned with a bespoke piece of street-art, it seemed like she had eyes only for me. When finally she posted her menu on the wall and the finishing touches were put to her industrial but chic interior, I was chomping at the bit to try her take on Asian street food. Whilst the feel is casual, the food is good and keenly priced. The giant table down the centre apparently took seven people to lift it into place, and when it's crowded with people daintily choosing morsels from takeaway boxes with chopsticks it makes the place feel like it has been running for years. The free pull-your-own ice-cream machine was the final touch which won me over. / Jessica Hayden

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March 05 2012


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7:30pm

how much
€15

gig
Earth

I wouldn't say Earth have mellowed with age exactly (they're still one of the heaviest bands around) but the second incarnation of the group that came into its own on 2008's The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull is certainly a more approachable beast than the howling, feedback drenched monster that emerged from Seattle two decades ago. Lone original member Dylan Carlson is still ploughing his own particular furrow, but there's a lot more light and shade on show these days, with piano, organ, and cello all making their presence felt in the midst of the band's signature doom-laden drone. Recent albums have brought in elements of gospel and folk (they cite Fairport Convention as an influence on their latest record), but the sound remains Earth's own; as vast and foreboding as the desert at dusk. / Conor McDevitt

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March 05 2012


where
The Winding Stair Bookshop,
40 Lower Ormond Quay,
Dublin 1

when
7pm

how much
Free


Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts in Dublin

On 5th March 2007 a bomb exploded on Baghdad's Al-Mutanabbi Street, killing more than 30 people and wounding over 100. The street is the historic centre of bookselling in Baghdad and has been the core of its literary and intellectual community for centuries. The Al-Mutanabbi Street coalition was formed in response by poet Beau Beausoleil, and they are now in the process of compiling 'An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street', a project for which over 250 writers and artists worldwide have committed to producing three books each in a symbolic attempt to "re-assemble" the "inventory" of what was lost in the bombing. This is part of a series of events taking place across the globe to mark the 5th anniversary of the bombing and will feature readings, performances and exhibitions by the Ireland-based participants. / Anna Blogg

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March 06 2012


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Exhibition runs til April 1st

how much
Free

exhibition
Sebastiao Salgado - Amazon

I first saw Sebastiao Salgado's photographs in a magazine at 15 and quickly plastered my room with them. The images were from his ongoing project Genesis - my favourite showed a large black and white whale's tale disappearing into a vast rippling ocean somewhere around Antartica. His signature black and white film photography is mesmerising, whether it is portrait or landscape, it seems to endow its subject with a sort of prehistoric stillness. This is never more apparent than in his latest project Amazon. A Sky and WWF collaboration, the Sky Rainforest Rescue is a three year project that aims to save one billion trees in Acre, north-west Brazil. Family portraits and stills of rituals and festivals capture the life of the Kamayura and Kuikuro tribes alongside breathtaking sweeps of Amazonian landscape. Unmissable. / Róisín Agnew

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March 06 2012


where
Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8
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when
Until March 17th

how much
Free

exhibition
Margaret Corcoran

My mother. The artist. The artist is my mother. As a result I can tell you a thing or two about her and the work. One thing is it's notable how much drawing features. Leading up to this exhibit she really returned to the practice of drawing and consequently there are some really fine charcoals and watercolour has even been used. Shockingly indulgent. Studies were a huge part of all her earlier works, though rarely shown, so this is really back to basics, a return to her beginnings. The imagery, on the other hand, is more complex then ever, lessons learned, ideas and issues layer together all set into representations of classical imagery that is the starting point, visually and consciously, of so many of her pieces. Also new are indulgent delights. The canvasses hold diamonds and peacocks and other items that should make you happy to look within them. / Georgia

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March 07 2012


where
 

when
6pm

how much
€6

sport
Laughter Yoga

"Bizarrely terrifying" is how Yvonne described Laughter Yoga. Yvonne being my long suffering friend who I had cajoled into joining me. Yvonne and I persuade each other to jump into, off of and onto a variety of different things, and this seemed the next obvious step. Laughter Yoga is a fabulously freeing hour run by the radiant Sharyn Cunneen. The bizarrely terrifying bit being that you are in a room of strangers...all laughing. Just in case you get the wrong idea, it's not rib tickling one liners told as you wobble your way through the downward facing dog. To explain it would be like retelling a good joke, badly, suffice to say we came out smiling rather than sweating.  After the class I asked Sharyn if she enjoyed what she did.  "How could I not?" she replied. "I get to make people laugh all day." / Amo Downey

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Olivier Cornet

le cool converges on the new Olivier Cornet gallery ahead of its launch and opening group show...

I'm originally from France but have been living in Ireland a long time. My first curated art show was in Malawi in 1991 while I was there doing military service. I say 'curated' in the loosest terms.

I have big plans for the space. One thing we want to do in the summer is to offer a graduate the chance to curate for the first time here with our guidance. 
 
The idea behind this show, Convergence, is to showcase the artists I've been working with for years. They are so versatile, combining different techniques. There are 12 artists in total for the show.
 
I've actually been looking for a gallery space for about seven years now. There is a misconception in the arts that places come cheap, this is not the case, especially for a gallery space. For me, this is the right space at the right time. 
 
Convergence Group Show open Thursday March 1st, 1 The Wooden Building,  Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar. PHOTO: Eoin Holland