Culture Night 2021

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Friday 17 September - 5pm to 9.30pm

The Hugh Lane Gallery will present an evening of art, music, performance and more inspired by modern and contemporary art through an imaginative programme of online and (subject to current guidelines) in-gallery activity as well as opportunities for enjoying the collection and temporary exhibitions on view. Artists and performers to participate include Asbestos, Felispeaks, Cora Venus Lunny, Teatro Sin Fin, Paul G Smyth, Sorca McGrath (Ships), Djackulate and Méabh Meir (Landless).

Music Programme

Location: Sculpture Hall. Please note: seated only and digital vaccination cert is required.

For our programme for Culture Night, subject to government guidelines, we invite you to a listening experience brought to you by a selection of musical performers…

5-6pm the turntable gymnastics of the current world freestyling scratch champion, DJackulate;

6.05-6.25pm Paul G Smyth creating new sound worlds – music never heard before and never to be heard again;


6.45-7.05pm psychedelic folk duo Teatro Sin Fin

7.10-7.30pm the sublime vocal harmonies of Méabh Meir and Sinéad Lynch as they journey through the Irish folk canon;


7.50-8.10pm the improvising musician Cora Venus Lunny creating new sound worlds – music never heard before and never to be heard again;

8.15-8.35pm the celestial voice of Sorca McGrath – one half of the synth pop duo, Ships.’

Music Programme curated by Matthew Nolan

Asbestos  'Erase My Memories'

Location: Gallery 18, 5-7.30pm

This event by Asbestos is the final stage in the creation of a triptych of drawings about loss of memory and the effects of the disease Alzheimer’s, both for the person with it and for those around them. The artist has created these drawings on the surface of three blackboards, which will be installed in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Culture Night. For Culture Night, the artist invites members of the public to enter Gallery 18  pick up a duster and a piece of chalk, and engage with the process of erasing or adding to the drawings he has made. During this time, the artist will be present to observe, but will have no engagement with the drawings once this process begins. These initial images are related to his mother, who has Alzheimer’s. The first one is a scene of the aftermath of an explosion of a car bomb that his mother walked past, 46 days before he was born, narrowly missing being killed by it. The second is of him as a child with his mother and brother. The final image is a portrait of her from this year. The final triptych will be the result of the encounter between the artwork and the people who choose to take part in this process. Unable to influence how they end up, Asbestos will sign all three as the finished representation of memories that have been erased but still live on in him. No booking required, although numbers are limited. Please note: this event will be filmed.

‘Amongst Ourselves’ by FELISPEAKS with Zeenie Summers, Modinat Bolaji, Aisha Bolaji, Sola Ekeh, Kara Ekeh, Melody Chadamoyo and Siobhan Chinenyanga.

Commissioned by Hugh Lane Gallery especially for Culture Night, ‘Amongst Ourselves’ is a short poetic film that considers the dynamic of the Black Irish mother daughter relationship, through Spoken Word performances, melodies by Zeenie Summers and the rich symbolism of feminine archetypes. FELISPEAKS, Modinat Bolaji, Aisha Bolaji, Sola Ekeh, Kara Ekeh, Melody Chadamoyo and Siobhan Chinenyanga will feature with original poetry that has emerged from a series of workshops ran in collaboration with Mother Tongues Festival. Set within the oldest Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in the world – the Hugh Lane Gallery – this film presents and celebrates the growth of Black Irish history & culture. This film will be screened in the gallery from 8pm, and shared on our YouTube channel here on Culture Night. Director: Felispeaks; Production Manager: Al Bellamy; Cinematographer: Alex Hreharciuc; Stylist: Tobi Bello; Production Designer: Al Bellamy; Music: ZeenieSummers

5-9pm Drawing Inspiration We invite you to draw inspiration from the gallery spaces and art on display! Artists Kimberly Griffith Walsh and Megan Scott will have art materials available to you so can make you own sketches inspired by your favourite artworks as you wander through the Gallery. Please be careful not to touch any of the artworks and please observe social distancing.

5pm onwards  Online Scannáin/Films Bígí ag faire le gearr léachtaí ar ‘The Maggie Man’ le Jack B. Yeats, atá mar chuid de bhailiúchan Dhánlann an Hugh Lane, agus ar an Grianghrafadóireacht de Peter Beard, a shaothar gur thaitin le Francis Bacon. We have two short films on YouTube in Irish for Culture Night. One explores The Maggie Man by Jack B. Yeats and the other looks at the work of photographer Peter Beard. These films as gaeilge are available to view on Culture Night via the Gallery’s YouTube channel here

7pm Online Talk: Join us for this live online talk when Aoife Convery will be discussing our current exhibitions Cecil King: Present in Time Future and Joseph Beuys from Secret Block to Rosc. This free illustrated online talk as part of Culture Night will be presented via the Zoom online platform. Advanced booking is required via Eventbrite here

Delve further into our rich bank of previously recorded talks, art ideas and concerts via the Gallery’s YouTube channel here or listen to a selection of our podcast recordings here