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
As the city grows larger, the diversity of Dublin is growing too. As it stands, around a fifth of the city’s population hails from abroad. Large numbers of people from Poland, Romania, the UK, Brazil, Italy, Spain, France and Lithuania call the city home. Increasingly, migrants from across North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East are settling in the city too.
A new initiative for a changing city
To reflect the city’s increasing diversity, in 2021, Creative Ireland and Dublin City Council – supported by the Gallery of Photography Ireland and D
As restrictions ease and Dublin reopens, it’s a great time to make a day of it with a trip to the city. We’ve featured six, one day itineraries, from different parts of the city, with a wide range of activities, shops and restaurants to choose from.
Whether you’re a family, looking for a way to entertain the kids and take in some culture, or an office worker who hasn’t been back much since lockdown, we’ll show you how it’s not only safe but really enjoyable. Support your city and make a day of it with us!