The Druthaib’s Ball | Array Collective at Galway Arts Centre

The Druthaib’s Ball | Array Collective at Galway Arts Centre


3:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Galway Arts Centre
47 Dominick Street, Galway City, Galway

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Galway Arts Centre is delighted to present the opening of  Array Collective’s Turner prize installation “The Druthaib’s Ball” along with a wider exhibition of works across its two venues at 47 Dominick Street and Nuns Island.   This is the first and only time the work will be seen in Ireland before it takes its place in the permanent collection of the National Museums NI.

The installation “The Druthaib’s Ball” is on view in Galway Arts Centre @ Nun’s Island Theatre, while a wider exhibition of works is on display in Galway Arts Centre’s gallery space at 47 Dominick St.

The official opening takes place across both venues at 3pm on Saturday 13th August as part of Galway Community Pride, with special guest speaker Sarah Clancy.

Official Galway Pride Yard Party is hosted by Galway Arts Centre In partnership with Arus Na nGael and local DJ Collective Faigh Síos from 3pm.  All are welcome to attend.

Part of this major installation is The Druthaib’s Ball, centred on an imagined síbín – an illegal bar – with a floating roof made from banners created for protests and demonstrations. The Druthaib’s Ball is a built installation that invites audiences into an immersive experience reflecting the lively community hub of the Irish síbin, a long-established tradition of an illegal bar and space of contradiction, dark humour, and craic.  Audiences will gather in this síbin – populated by semi-mythological drúthaib, along with the Ball’s esteemed guests.

To accompany the installation there is a programme of events with local social justice groups, artists and musicians to animate the sibín with traditional music sessions, dance, storytelling and song.

Array Collective are a group of 11 artists rooted in Belfast who create collaborative actions in response to socio-political issues affecting Northern Ireland

Commenting the Array Collective said, “We are all delighted to be able to show the work in Galway and open up a fresh dialogue with audiences in Ireland following on from the conversations it generated in England. The Galway outing naturally lends itself to explorations of the myths, music and politics inherent in the work.”

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