from Dublin Port Communities Exhibit at Dublin City Gallery The
than 30 aspiring artists from Dublin's north and south inner city
currently have their art work displayed in Dublin City Gallery The
Hugh Lane as part of an unique Dublin Port Company project. Drawing
Clubs were held with five community groups in recent months as part
of Port Perspectives, Dublin Port's arts commissioning series for
2017. It is aimed at strengthening the bond between Dublin Port
and the City and bringing Dublin Port to new audiences through the
exhibition will be open to the public on Wednesday, 5th July until
16th July 2017. Opening times: Tuesday to Thursday 9.45am
6pm; Friday 9.45am 5pm; Saturday 10am 5pm; Sunday
11am 5pm. Closed Mondays. Admission is free of charge.
watercolours, pastels and collages capturing images and memories
from life at Dublin Port were created by young and old during the
series of workshops across the capital. The artists range in age
from as young as 11 to almost 80-years-old.
Currie (11) with her brother Sean (8) viewing her art work hung
in Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane as part of Dublin Port's Port
Perspectives Drawing Club Project in East Wall Youth.
Dick Nugent viewing his art work hung in Dublin
City Gallery The Hugh Lane as part of Dublin Port's Port Perspectives
Drawing Club Project in the Sean O'Casey Community Centre.
Drawing Clubs were held in: St Andrew's Resource Centre, Pearse
Street, with artist Ivan Connolly; Ringsend and Irishtown Community
Centre, Ringsend, with artist Chris Maguire; Sean O'Casey Community
Centre, East Wall, with artist Liz Smith; St Andrew's Resource Centre
Youth Club, with artist Genevieve Harden; East Wall Youth Club,
with artist Janine Davidson.
Drawing Club visited Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane for inspiration
from the recent Eugeen Van Mieghem exhibition, which documented
life in the port of Antwerp at the turn of the century. For some
members, it was their first time visiting the gallery. Now, they
have their own works mounted and hung in the gallery on Dublin's
15, viewing her art work hung in Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
as part of Dublin Port's Port Perspectives Drawing Club Project
in St Andrew's Resource Centre.
exhibition was launched by Ardmhéara Mícheál
Mac Donncha (Lord Mayor) on Tuesday 4th July 2017.
ahead of the launch the Ardmhéara said: "I am delighted
to open this exhibition which celebrates the historical life of
Dublin Port brought to life by local artists. This will further
enhance the partnerships between the Port and the City and the Community
and the Arts. Tá sé go hálainn go bhfuil an
ealaín ar taispeáint i measc na mórshaothar
i nDánlann na Cathrach''.
Cullen, 70, attended the Drawing Club in St Andrew's Resource Centre.
Already a keen artist, the class brought her back to her childhood
in Sheriff Street in Dublin's north inner city, when her father
Tommy Byrne was a docker. His nickname was Glimmer Byrne.
said: "I remember my dad going to work every day and one of
us would go down with the billy can filled with tea and bread and
jam for a sandwich. Our job as children was to bring them down on
the bike over the cobble stones and half the tea would be spilt
on the way."
Cullen is a member of Dublin Dock Workers' Preservation Society
and has painted several images of the Port. For this project, she
painted an acrylic of the old Guinness boat on the River Liffey.
love painting and photography. I can't imagine having a piece hanging
in the Hugh Lane," she added.
Felicity Murphy, 65, of Grand Canal Street Upper, also attended
the Drawing Club in St Andrew's Resource Centre.
has been a very nice project, it's great to have a project on the
area. I've really enjoyed doing it. I loved visiting the Hugh Lane.
It is brilliant to have my work hung there.
childhood memory of the Port is going to the boat yard at Ringsend
Bridge. There was an old building there where they made glass bottles.
There was an opening in the building and we could see the molten
glass coming out and being turned into bottles. We were fascinated
as children. Little did I know then that I'd marry someone who worked
there, my husband William."
Nugent, 75, from North Strand, is a member of the Drawing Club in
the Sean O'Casey Community Centre in East Wall. He sketched an image
of a herd of cattle boarding the cattle boat at Dublin Port, which
brought him back to this childhood.
Nugent grew up in Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7, and recalls being
paid "a few bob" to help drive the cattle down to the
port as a child. He later worked at sea with Irish Shipping and
at Dublin Port, where he was a port radio operator. He retired in
2002 and only began drawing earlier this year when he joined his
local art group.
said: "I get terrific enjoyment from the class. My only experience
would have been in mechanical and technical drawing. I loved working
for Dublin Port and it's great to be part of this project. It's
been very interesting. It's very humbling to think one of my pieces
would be hung in the Hugh Lane."
O'Reilly, Dublin Port Company Chief Executive, said: "For decades,
Dublin Port touched almost every family living in the vicinity of
the north and south quays. Now they have brought those memories
back to life through drawing and painting.
has always been well known as a port city, but up to now we've had
no pictorial representation of that. This is the start of that process.
has been a very special project. Not only are we bringing the arts
into the Port communities, but we are bringing their works created
to the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. It is amazing to have
this exhibition in such a prestigious gallery."
O'Donnell, Head of Education and Community Outreach at Dublin City
Gallery The Hugh Lane, said: "We are delighted to exhibit the
artwork made by the Port Perspectives community clubs and to congratulate
all involved for embracing the theme so successfully. The opportunity
of seeing the participants' responses to the Eugeen van Mieghem
exhibition and their personal reflections of port life in Dublin
city will be greatly enjoyed by all our visitors.'