Katie Kavanagh, a Dublin 8 based photographer, had an idea. As we’re generally stuck indoors due to COVID-19 restrictions, she’d take portrait shots of her neighbours at their doors. The idea grew legs and she’s linked up with Purple House Cancer Support Centre for the project, Doors Closed, Hearts Open. Their aim is to create a gallery of 200,000 ‘Doortraits’ to support the 200,000 people living with Cancer in Ireland today.
Purple House are encouraging the public to get involved by taking a photo of their family at their front door, and sending it to their online gallery. They’re also asking that you Text PURPLE to 50300 to donate €4, which will help Purple House to support Cancer patients nationwide.
Three feelings sum up the Arts Sector’s response to COVID–19. Firstly, a feeling of doom and nothing seeming to work. Secondly, a sense of paralysis, coupled with a curiosity about what might work. Thirdly, there’s an optimism about the future, and a fierce determination to survive and thrive in this trying time.
I don’t think these feelings are confined to the Arts Sector, of course, and these feelings alternate with each other even over a single day. Arts organisations are faring better than individual artists. Jobs have some protection, but freelance work sadly does not. Individual artists that have very low incomes, in any case, have lost al
Communities across the county are coming together to do whatever they can to help in the current crisis. We’ve collected a few of the initiatives here but if we’ve missed yours, please drop us a line at together [at] dublin.ie!
Feed the Heroes: A nationwide initiative to provide essential and nutritious meals to frontline heroes. Has served over 100k meals and raised over a million euro.
On Call for Ireland: Over 60k people have responded to the HSE’s COVID-19 recruitment drive.
Businesses, museums, galleries and attractions in Dublin have taken a further step to re-open in line with phase three of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. Hotels, cafés, restaurants, hairdressers, salons, gyms and pubs which serve food are amongst the businesses that have re-opened.
Here’s our FAQs for getting the most out of a trip to town:
Can I take public transport to the city?
At present, the government is advising to avoid using public transport where possible. If you can walk or cycle, please do. If you’re bringing the car,