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In the Open - Faoin Spéir

Cork Printmakers, the Lavit Gallery and Backwater Artists Group with the support of Cork City Council Arts Office open up their courtyard to the public at Wandesford Quay between July 2021 and April 2022, presenting events across multiple artforms focusing on community and arts education, performance and more.

In the Open - Faoin Spéir is an initiative of the Arts Council of Ireland to generate a sustained and curated programme of multidisciplinary, inclusive arts activity in public or open spaces in towns and communities around Ireland between July 2021 and April 2022.  

 Image: Design Pop Festival Hub, August 2021, Photo credit: Daragh McSweeney of Provision

Schedule of Events for April 2022

Your Breath, a contemporary dance event by Sara Hernandez
Friday 15 April 6pm
Performance free and open to all.
Workshop requires booking here 

World Circus Day with Circus Factory
Saturday 16 April 1pm-9pm
Book tickets here 

Existing in Dialogue, The Paper Cork
Art Writing Workshop Series 9, 11 & 18 April (Booking required)
Open MIC Event 29th April (free and open to all)

Pulsating P(lace), a multi-media installation and projection mapping event by
in partnership with Sample-Studios
Thursday 28th April (From Dusk)

Bloomers X Rachel Botha
Publication Launch Event, talks by Eve Olney (The Radical Institute) & Workshop
Saturday 30 April, 12pm - 3pm
Event and talks free and open to all
Workshop requires booking here

M A K E Space
An outreach workshop and talks series 

Multiple dates

See below for futher details on all events and booking information

Your Breath
Sara Hernandez
6.00 pm Friday April 15th 2022 

“Your Breath” is a new dance piece created and performed by dancer Sara Hernandez with live music composed by cello player Ilse de Ziah. This piece takes an explorative journey with a multisensorial aproche investigating the air in an open space, the air that moves in and moves through, connecting directly with the deep current of things that move us emotionally. Breath as the gateway to expression in movement. In this choreography Sara responds to invisible natural qualities, considering the space, time, environment, perception and interconnections of visual and sensory inputs. This piece invites the audience to think, feel, imagine and re-awaken their emotions. 

As part of this event Sara will be delivering a creative dance workshop with an invited cohort of 12 participants. Sara will facilitate a session combining improvisation with some pre-prepared dance sequences. Sara will invite the participants to take a journey of self-discovery, using the senses and the imagination to create movement and body expression. This workshop will be open to all levels with no prior experience required. Performance is open to the public, limited free tickets for the workshop can booked on Eventbrite

World Circus Day with Circus Factory 
April 16th, 2022

Circus Factory is taking over the courtyard at Wandesford Quay for World Circus Day. Ready, Steady, Hup it’s time for some super cool circus for young people with our “Super Star Circus” followed by a “Circus Disco”. Bring your kids, or borrow some kids, expect amazing tricks, monumental failures, and even a chance to try out your own hula hoop skills. 

It’s been a long hot minute since we’ve put on a circus cabaret, and as the night draws in, we invite you to Ready, Steady, Pop and enjoy some home-grown high-flying talent. The perfect start to an evening out in the city. 

Times and Cost of tickets: 
  • Super Star Circus & Circus Disco 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm €5 per ticket (except under 2’s) Capacity 40 
  • Under the Stars: An Evening Circus Cabaret 6pm, 8pm €12/€10 unwaged or student Capacity 100

Tickets can be purchased here

Existing in Dialogue, The Paper Cork

Workshop Series and Open MIC Event

9th April- 29th April 2022

The aim of this three-part workshop is to create a dialogue around a work of art. The workshop is open to all interested participants, regardless of experience. The workshop’s output will be an amalgamation of the groups’ response to Roseanne Lynch’s exhibition Semblance at the Lavit Gallery. The first workshop will involve a gallery visit to the Lavit Gallery, the second and third workshop we will be exploring key readings, discussing the Cork Art Scene, engaging in writing exercises and exploring modes of dissemination. Participants are invited to take part in the Open mic night event on Friday the 29th of April as part of Faoin Spéir art events at Wandesford Quay. The first workshop will take place Saturday 9th April at Wandesford Quay from 1pm-3pm. The second and third workshop will take place online on Monday 11th and 18th of April from 6pm-8pm. Email to book your place. 

The Paper is an online forum that discusses and responds to contemporary visual art events in Cork city and county. We recognise the effectiveness of the online world as an outlet and a space for open discussion. We aim to champion the real life art experience and foster a culture of reflection and engagement with the Cork Art Scene. Created by artists Sarah Long and Niamh Murphy, The Paper engages with a variety of different creatives and writers. 


Pulsating P(lace)

Opening Reception 8pm

28th April 2022

Inter_Site’s Padraic Barrett, Aoife Claffey and Kate McElroy present, Pulsating, P(l)ace a multilayered projection and sound installation. Together they examine the accelerating speed at which climatic, technological, and infrastructural changes are happening in our landscape. They explore the increased pace of our surroundings, as it shifts and strains, transforming our encounters with the world.

Collapsing our sense of linearity, Inter_site invite you to experience through embodied encounter and become immersed in a sense of alternating rhythms.

INTER_SITE is an artist collective based in Cork City formed by Padraic Barrett, Deirdre Breen, Aoife Claffey and Kate McElroy. They are a group of recent graduates from the MA in Art and Process, MTU Crawford College of Art and Design. (2020).

INTER_SITE create interventions and exhibitions, utilising unique venues and display mechanisms responding to the precarious and ever shifting nature of our current reality.

In partnership with Sample-Studios. 

Bloomers X Rachel Botha

Launch Event & Workshop

12pm - 3pm

Saturday 30th April 2022 

Free public event  

Rachel Botha is an early-career curator who, with support from Bloomers editorial team, has brought together perspectives from artists, writers and activists exploring community, care and collaborative practices to produce a print publication. This year, Bloomers Emerging Editor Award is held in partnership with Wandesford Quay and responds to themes resonant with the Living Commons'  The Self Assembly structure, installed as part of the Arts Council's In the Open | Faoin Spéir programme.

This event will welcome The Radical Institute’s co-founder Eve Olney, who will be speaking about holistic, ecosystemic, feminist and collaborative methods of making, cultures of care and anti-burnout practices.

Following this public talk a 1-hour workshop with limited places will ensue, allowing participants to generate a creative response to themes explored by this project.

Book a place on the workshop here

Cork Printmakers, Backwater Artists Group and The Lavit Gallery are pleased to present: 

M A K E Space, an outreach workshop and talks series hosted by member artists from Cork Printmakers and Backwater Artists Group.


COLLECT / CUT / COMPOSE / PASTE Practical Collage Workshop by artist Tom Doig

Thursday 14th April 2-3.30pm

For anybody interested in exploring the possibilities of the collage process, this workshop will introduce ways to approach the collection of collage material, composition in a variety of pictorial spaces, as well as demystifying the tools, materials and practical techniques used in the collage process.

The workshop will last from 90 to 120 minutes and participants can expect to complete a finished 8x8 inch collage on board.

Participants are welcome to bring their own collage material or work with imagery from the artists collection

Limited places.

Book here

COLLECT / CUT / COMPOSE / PASTE is supported by Backwater Artists Group, Cork Printmakers, the Lavit Gallery and Cork City Council Arts Office through the Arts Council of Ireland's In The Open – Faoin Spéir award: A curated programme of multi-disciplinary, inclusive arts activities in community outdoor spaces running from July 2021-April 2022 


Talk and Workshop on preparing/ working with organic, natural materials for Indo-Persian miniature paintingwith artist Amna Walayat.

Tuesday 19 April 2-4pm


Amna will discuss the process of her 40th Eva International Proposal success. How she began working to respond the idea of Eva theme “Citizenship”, how her proposal evolved from application to long list, short list to final selection.


Methods that Amna uses for her Indo-Persian materials such as squirrel hair tail brushes, wash technique, gold leaf application, making colours from natural resources, such as plants, minerals and earth metals, tea washes, coffee washes, grinding natural pigments, making wali/ joining papers to make water absorbent paper, burnishing and illumination.

Practical Workshop:

Preparing the natural pigment such as “Gold” and lapis lazuli / Illumination and gilding artwork on paper. The participants will grind gold leaves mix with gum Arabic and apply with brush on paper.

Limited places.

Book here 


Tile Making Workshop

Friday 29 April 3.30-5pm

Sculptors Bernadette Tuitte and Oisin Burke host an outdoor Tile Making Workshop in The Self-Assembly Pavilion in the Courtyard. All Welcome. 

Participants will have an opportunity to learn, explore and get tactile with stoneware clay in this have-a-go, fun tile making workshop. Workshop participants will be provided with modelling tools and stencils, coloured slips and patterns and be encouraged to explore, mark make and draw, embellish and emboss the tiles, transferring their creativity onto the clay surface.

If participants would like to keep their tile and have it fired and glazed, that can be accommodated for a small additional fee from the participant.

These workshops and talks are supported by Backwater Artists Group, Cork Printmakers, the Lavit Gallery and Cork City Council Arts Office through the Arts Council of Ireland's In The Open – Faoin Spéir award: A curated programme of multi-disciplinary, inclusive arts activities in community outdoor spaces running from July 2021-April 2022 

Self Assembly Structure by The Living Commons

Past Events Include:
Design Pop Festival, talks, demos and workshops & a pavillion by Play Nice & Currabinny Foods. August 2021
Ardu Street Art Festival, workshops and tours, October 2021