Street art exhibit will show the human side to HIV in Ireland.

(Dublin, Ireland – 10th May) An upcoming art exhibit, ‘All Together Human’ featuring leading artists will highlight the human side of HIV – the human immunodeficiency virus on Irish AIDS day, June 15th 2017

The exhibit is being organised by artist Will St Leger for HIV activist group, ACT UP Dublin. For one day only, the show will feature work by 15 celebrated artists, including MASER, Jim Fitzpatrick, Sean Hillen along with popular illustrators; Aoife Dooley, Fuchsia MacAree and Friz. In addition, there will also be a, ‘Human’ photo project by photographer Hazel Coonagh.

The exhibition will take place in Filmbase, Dublin on Thursday 15th June. where the artwork will be sold by silent auction. Proceeds will be going to Dublin chapter of  international HIV/AIDS activist group, ACT UP.  ACT UP Dublin campaign for a more effective response from government and community organisations as new diagnoses of HIV among gay and bisexual men have increased dramatically in the last decade. (see notes)

Speaking about the upcoming show organiser Will St Leger said,  “I want the show title, ‘All Together Human’ to sum up theme of this exhibit. Across our social, religious, economic and geographical differences, HIV – the human immunodeficiency virus – affects us as people.” Adding, “Altogether human in our weaknesses and strengths, our failures and achievements, our rage and joyfulness. All together, human, in solidarity, defiance and hope.”



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‘All Together Human’ exhibition opens for one day only on Irish AIDS Day. Thursday 15th June 2017 at Filmbase, Curved Street, Dublin. 6pm until 10pm  – Artworks will be sold by silent auction in aid of ACT UP Dublin.

Featured Artists:

– ADW – Aoife Dooley – Adrian & Shane – Emma Blake – Hazel Coonagh –  Jim Fitzpatrick – Friz – Sean Hillen – Maser – Morgan – Fuchsia MacAree – Jess Tobin – Solus – Richard Seabrooke –  Signs of Power

High resolution poster and logo along with selected artworks are available on request: Facebook event page  – Follow ACT UP Dublin on Twitter for updates; @actupdublin

About ACT UP Dublin:

ACT UP Dublin is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the HIV/AIDS crisis.

HIV in Ireland:

Provisional figures from Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre show more new HIV diagnoses were reported in 2016 than in any previous year. The final total showed about a 6% increase over 2015 figures, which had previously been the highest on record.

In 2015, Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) recorded 485 new HIV diagnoses—the highest number ever in the history of the epidemic in this country. Of particular concern, new diagnoses among gay and bisexual men have increased dramatically over the past decade, more than quadrupling since 2005. ACT UP Dublin believes that these figures underscore the compelling need for a more effective response from government and community organisations.


imageIn 1986,  The Silence Equals Death Collective – created the infamous SILENCE = DEATH graphic. Soon the design would be wheat pasted across New York City as a deadly virus killed people in the hundred’s of thousands.  Before the age of social media, the Pink triangle would be worn on badges, tee-shirts and painted on big banners as the symbol and motto of the generation that fought back against AIDS and Government inaction.

From 1996, medical research progressed into HIV/AIDS drugs  (thanks to relentless pressure of groups like ACT UP).  People living with HIV with access to  antiretroviral drugs began to control the virus and in the following years the number of people dying of AIDS began to decline.

In the past number of years through advancement in science – drugs like PrEP can now stop people to acquiring HIV and PEP can prevent HIV taking hold if taken with 72 hours of exposure to HIV.  In addition, a person with HIV who is on effective treatment whose is virally suppressed become will not transmit HIV to a sexual partner.

SILENCE = DEATH – was a succinct and powerful message for it’s time, but we need to move the message on.   I think that today, SCIENCE = HEALTH is a far more fitting slogan. It’s a positive message that gives hope. However, SILENCE still equals DEATH for 15 million people worldwide with no access to lifesaving medicine.  SCIENCE = HEALTH can only be achieved globally when Big Pharma reduces the cost and releases the patents of these drugs so that millions more people can access them.