Seven of Ireland’s most respected and renowned street artists were invited to create works at key city-centre locations, in response to a theme inspired by the 1920 Burning of Cork.
Ardú - the Irish for ‘Rise’ - bases itself on a theme of nostalgia and celebration. Cork City rose from the ashes 100 years ago following the Burning of Cork, and now faces the challenge to rise again. As we soon rise gently out of lockdown, visitors to the city centre are invited to visit the Ardú Street Art trail through December. Street art is the ideal medium for the times we live in. Cork City Council, Creative Ireland and Fáilte Ireland are delighted to present Ardú to the public, in a safe space where you can interpret the murals outdoors.
|Deirdre Breen||Wandesford Quay|
|MASER||The Kino, Washington St|
|James Earley||Henry Street|
|Peter Martin||Kyle Street|
|Shane O’Driscoll||Harley Street|
|Garreth Joyce||Liberty Street|
Ardú have developed a free self-guided audio tour of the seven Ardú Street Art locations.
Starting at Wandesford Quay, these brilliant audio tours, are narrated by Ray ‘Wingnut’ Cuddihy, and feature music by DJ Colm K, and are suitable for all ages.
At a time when we face shared and personal challenges, each of our artist’s murals are a rallying cry to the city - a call to remember that we have been through terrible times before and we rose up. We can do it again. Join us for a celebration of Cork city’s traditions, history, and resolution.
Co-organiser and artist Shane O’Driscoll said “The response to these murals in the city has been phenomenal, it has surpassed our expectations, instilling a new pride in Cork. The tours will give further insight into the project as they will be led by the team that created and painted in the initiative. This will be a unique and rare experience to walk with the artists and gain new understandings to the murals.”
“We are truly inspired by the response to Ardú - the people of Cork have been so supportive of this new creative initiative. The overwhelming response is a reflection of the value of the arts at times of great challenge and a testament to the hard work of each artist involved, who have injected our streets with vibrancy and excitement. The upcoming tours will provide the opportunity for you to experience these spectacular pieces of work and furthermore, to get an insight into the creative process involved.” (Michelle Carew, Arts Officer, Cork City Council)
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Ardú Street Art Initiative is made possible with generous support from Cork City Council, the Creative Ireland Jobs Stimulus Package, and Fáilte Ireland.