I created the above ‘These Colours Don’t Run’ graphic as a symbol of unity and resistance after hate attack of Ireland’s oldest gay bar.
On the night of the second year anniversary of Marriage Equality in Ireland, Ireland’s oldest gay bar was scrawled with homophobic and nazi graffiti. The slogans, which were written using chalk, were removed by George staff on Saturday morning on it’s facade South Great George’s Street.
Ireland and it’s people had come along way in recent years in their support and solidarity with Ireland’s LGBT+ community, this was evident from the outpouring of shock and anger against this attack.
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 ofinternational 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.”
Contact; Will St Leger – email@example.com
‘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.
– 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 www.facebook.com/events/688335311346086/– 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. www.actupdublin.com
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.
One year ago, I created a project called Bank of Secrets which culminated with painting a large mural, ‘Troubles Fade Out in the Open’ on Project Arts Centre – During the process a film crew lead by filmmaker, Max Damm documented the planning, the work and my own personal struggles. Here is the trailer for Problem Solver:
There are only 10 prints of ‘Collins Rising‘ available. This contemporary hand pulled screen print by Damn Fine Print is limited to 31 prints only. Click here to buy from Dam Fine Print. Contact Kim@damnfineprint.com for enquires.
Two nights ago, I found out that ADW would be painting the gates of South William to shout for Equality and love as part of Will St Leger’s #WallsOfEquality project.
As a big fan of both artists, I took a detour on my way out of the city to take some pictures of the piece. Quite clearly, it’s beautiful, engaging and it only takes two words to say the right thing “YES EQUALITY”
However, while taking these pictures, I was reminded why we are doing this; why we’re showing #DublinInLove. Minding my own business, an ‘interesting ‘ character looked at me and said “ni**er poof”.
I’m not quite sure why they felt the need to but we need to stomp it out. It’s water off a ducks back and we need to make sure we’re saying yes to love and yes to equality come May 22 ❤️