Following the idea of a ‘cultural-trail’ that the people of Clonmel will be familiar with, this project will include mural/street art and large scale 2D art installations on buildings, walls and streets around the town.
In the Open | Faoin Spéir is an Arts Council funded programme developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis for 2021 which sees a variety of outdoor arts events taking place in public spaces around Ireland. Co-funded and led by Tipperary County Council
This aspect of ‘In the Open Clonmel’, led by South Tipperary Arts Centre, proposes to make the town of Clonmel an outdoor gallery. By bringing the art outdoors to the streets, buildings and footpaths INSIDE/OUT will activate and engage audiences in a new way.
This project will include mural/street art and large scale 2D art installations on buildings, walls and streets around the town. Artists Jonathan Lynn (CANVAZ) and Joe Caslin will be commissioned to respond to the theme of ‘Come out to play’, creating a number temporary works which will be central to the exhibition. A number of local artists will also be will be selected through an Open Call to show existing work and supported to present it outdoors.
Joe Caslin is an Irish street artist, art teacher and activist. Best known for his beautifully rendered pencil drawings, which manifest as towering pieces of street art. His highly accessible work engages directly with the social issues of modern Ireland, on an unavoidable scale. Caslin confronts the subjects of suicide, drug addiction, economic marginalisation, marriage equality, stigma in mental health, direct provision, institutional power, inclusion, consent and most recently, the effects of the Covid19 pandemic on young people. The monochrome drawings Caslin creates live with us and against many of us for some time before washing away. They hold a mirror up to the kind of society that we are, whilst asking us individually what kind of society we want to be a part of.
CANVAZ is an Irish street artist who first took to the streets of Dublin in the late 90s. Since then, his work has been seen internationally from Dublin, Liverpool, Bristol, Berlin, New York, Hong King and Tel Viv. His style combines different street art techniques, including street interventions, figurative paintings, paste up, ad- jacking and stenciling. Deeply rooted in Irish culture and political history, CANVAZ’s work also touches upon more contemporary topics, such as the role of the individual in today’s social media-laden landscape. Throughout, a common thread remains: the willingness to take a stance while remaining hopeful.