Dublin Port announces Pumphouse Art and Engagement Programme 2023

by Rose Barrett
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Dublin Port Company last week announced details of its Art and Engagement programme 22/23 at the Pumphouse, Alexandra Road writes Rose Barrett.

The Pumphouse formerly housed the steam engine which powered the gates of Graving Dock 1 but has been repurposed by Dublin port into an artistic and cultural venue and is a key part of the Heritage Zone at Dublin Port.

The theme for this year’s Dublin Port Art and Engagement programme is ‘Connections: The Port, the City, Arts and Education’. Dublin Port’s plans for the Heritage Zone at the Pumphouse include expanding its use for public exhibitions, events and performances creating a distinct and unique destination in the heart of the working port as part of port-city integration plans up to 2040.

The Art and Engagement programme has been underway since mid-2022. It includes completed art and design outputs, such as large-scale projections incorporating live and still imagery as well as workshops led by experienced artists with pupils from St Laurence O’Toole Primary School and second level art students from Ringsend College. 

Highlights of the current programme include:

  • Artworks by Transition Students from Ringsend College and ‘Works in Progress’ Prints and Photographs by 5th Year Students (April 2023). TY students engage in a new round of workshops with artist Janine Davidson using a range of art media to explore Port – City themes.
  • ‘Mappings of East Wall’, by the Sean O’Casey Community Centre Art Group and artist, Silvia Leoffler (May 2023). These small scale and intimate mappings amount to a creative portrait of the streets, homes and people who constitute the local neighbourhood of East Wall.
  • NCAD STUDIO+ Programme (May 2023). The Pumphouse provides a studio space as part of the National College of Art & Design’s STUDIO + programme during which a series of micro-residencies for specific student groups take place.
  • Temporary Pleasure (Summer 2023) a large-scale architectural installation and event space in the Pumphouse Plaza, offering perspectives/appreciations of life and work at Dublin Port.
  • States of Independence’ by Smashing Times, International Centre for Arts and Equality (October 2023). Celebrating the stories of ten changemakers from the Decade of Centenaries, and stories of ten changemakers today, told through performances, visual arts, creative billboards and online exhibitions.

The Pumphouse has been developing dynamic theatre and music projects for several years.

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