In the Open | Faoin Spéir is an Arts Council funded programme developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis for 2021 which will see a variety of outdoor arts events taking place in public spaces around Ireland. As we expectantly emerge from the pandemic in the second half of 2021 and into 2022, In the Open | Faoin Spéir will help to bring a renewed spirit of optimism and confidence in a fulsome return to the arts.
The public can expect to experience In the Open | Faoin Spéir events in the following locations, kicking off this summer and continuing in some places to Easter 2022; Dublin (Artane, Rathfarnham and City Parks), Castlebar, Carrick-on-Shannon, Clonmel, Cavan, Cork City, Ennis, Offaly (Birr, Lough Boora and Tullamore), Laois (Abbeyleix, Portarlington, Portlaoise, Rathdowney, Stradbally, Mountmellick, Mountrath), Longford, Louth (Drogheda and Dundalk) and Waterford.
Each area will have a variety of events appealing to a broad range of audiences and interests which will range from performances, film, projections, music, street art, trails, spectacle, installations, visual arts, literature, spoken word and much more.
The scheme encouraged collaborations between arts organisations, festivals, arts centres and local authorities to programme innovative events for local audiences in outdoor public places. It will help to ensure that the public will be able to safely enjoy arts events as we continue to emerge from the pandemic. It will also bring employment to many artists, curators, event and production managers over the coming months.
The wonderful line up of programmes is as follows:
A contemporary arts showcase in the form a community fete. Dublin City Council invites artists and residents of Rockfield Park to collaborate and inspire each other to create a dynamic spectacle in Spring 2022.
Updates on http://www.dublincityartsoffice.ie/
This town wide arts programme running from July 2021 to March 2022, led by Cavan County Council, includes spectacle, outdoor theatre, visual arts and traditional arts responding to the people and place of Cavan, reflecting on recent challenges and looking to the future.
Updates on www.cavanarts.ie
A series of weekend programmes throughout Carrick-on-Shannon curated by The Dock offers audiences the opportunity to engage with literature, music, film and theatre over the winter to reengage with the community and town through the arts. Programme runs between September and December 2021.
Updates on www.thedock.ie
Telling future stories through national collections and the role of artists in the process, this programme on the Castlebar Greenway & at Turlough Park, viewable from early 2022, draws inspiration from the National Folklife Collection and showcases work by artists exploring these themes.
Updates on www.mayo.ie/arts
With an overarching theme of “Come out to Play" this bi-monthly programme focuses on making creativity visible through large scale visual arts events, a light walk trail, performances, music and theatre led by Tipperary County Council with local arts partners from October 2021 to April 2022.
Updates on www.tipperarycoco.ie/arts and In The Open Clonmel. Twitter @intheopenarts
Cork Printmakers and partners 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.
Updates on corkprintmakers.ie/intheopen and @corkprintmakers
The Courtyard of Christchurch at Triskel Arts Centre will be converted to into an outdoor performing, visual and participatory space for summer 2021 presenting events that highlight the diversity, breath and dynamism of the arts in Cork.
Updates on www.triskelartscentre.ie
An urban art trail of five newly commissioned murals, ‘DRAWDA’ by Droichead Arts Centre and partners sets the scene for a three-month-long youth outreach programme and an outdoor celebration over two weekends. The programme kicks off in August 2021 and runs until April 2022.
Updates on www.droichead.com
Dublin City Parks
WhistleBlast Quartet will perform short fun filled free concerts in 12 Dublin City parks and playgrounds between July and November 2021 providing a unique opportunity for families to engage with live music in an open air setting.
Updates on www.whistleblastquartet.com
Fidget Feet’s town based programme of events combines aerial performance, live music, drive in bingo with a difference and activities for young audiences. Events running from August 2021 – April 2022.
Updates on www.fidgetfeet.com
Celebrating a return for audiences to the arts in seven towns across Laois, Dunamaise Arts Centre presents a combination of free, live and digital events between September 2021 and April 2022 led by artists and curators with origins in and strong connections to the county.
Updates on dunamaise.ie and Dunamaise socials.
Presented between August 2021 and April 2022 in the Camlin Quarter in Longford this programme sees the celebration of storytelling, high-quality musical performances, a walking theatrical experience and a large scale light installation.
Updates on www.backstagetheatre.ie
A futuristic app based journey to be launched in March 2022 led by An Táin Arts Centre will send audiences on a mission through the area to rescue 20 of the last surviving artworks in the world, ensuring the future survival of arts and heritage through engagement.
Updates on www.antain.ie
A series of outdoor events, workshops, film, performances and happenings in Birr, Tullamore and Lough Boora running from July 2021 to April 2022 based upon principles of inclusion and diversity and centred on audience and participation.
Updates on https://www.facebook.com/offalyarts and www.offaly.ie/arts
Two parks in Rathfarnham will play host to a carnival-style performing arts spectacle by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality from October this year to April 2022 with site-specific, outdoor theatre, film and literary pop-up events promoting equality, compassion and human rights.
Updates on http://smashingtimes.ie/
Spraoi and partners plan a large scale city centre street arts installation from August to September. With fabrics, visual art, music, spoken-word and radio the project enables ten freelance artists and audiences to re-invigorate familiar streets.
Updates on www.spraoi.com