very year the Five Lamps Arts Festival lights up the arts in Dublin’s North Inner City at the beginning of Spring with loads of events happening during a week in various venues around the area. This year we have a hybrid edition with online and in-person events, following the HSE guidelines.
In CHQ Buildings the festival is holding P A L I M P S E S T, an exhibition of work by three artists who live in the area, Katherine Sankey, Laragh Pittman and Rebecca Kehoe and, curated by Róisín Lonergan. This exhibition centres on the character and the historical palimpsest that makes up this transient place, with each artist contributing work in different mediums. This exhibition portrays an experience of Place from the varying perspectives of each of the artists. Artworks by Pittman and Kehoe present specific narratives of individuals in Dublin, while Sankey alludes to a more abstract and universal consideration of Place.
P A L I M P S E S T is taking place at the CHQ Building until 31st July. The venue was formerly an industrial building on the quays of the Liffey, once known to dockland workers as The Tobacco Store. In viewing the artworks shown together in this exhibition, we are invited to observe how various ideas in the works relate to each other, and how our reading of them is influenced by their context.
An exhibition by Tara Kearns will be held in D Light studios from 25th to 30th July. The exhibition, ‘Home is where the Heart is’, about the homeless crisis in Dublin, is beautifully portrayed by the artist and her work in collaboration with Inner City Helping Homeless. The development and the exhibition of this work came about because of commission funding from the Arts Council.