Street artists return to Dún Laoghaire this August

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Dún Laoghaire Anseo 2022 will see some of the best practitioners of street art from Ireland and further afield take to the streets of Dún Laoghaire again from 3rd -14th August.

Now in its second year, the Street Art festival will welcome ten artists to the town over the course of 12 days in August.

Speaking at the launch, An Cathaoirleach Councillor Mary Hanafin said:

“We’re delighted to be bringing Dún Laoghaire Anseo to local residents and visitors again this year. We’re looking forward to expanding the town’s open-air gallery, and watching the artists bring their bold and bright designs to the walls of our town. Dún Laoghaire Anseo will showcase all this vibrant town has to offer and there’ll be a warm welcome for young and old who come to see these creations take shape.”

Emma Loo, Communications Manager of The Walls Project adds:

“We at The Walls Project are excited to return as project-manager for a second edition of DL Anseo. After the 2021 festival, we witnessed the impact of community inspired murals in Dún Laoghaire and what they mean to the local residents. The team at The Walls Project has worked closely with DLR County Council to curate a vibrant line-up of international street artists. We look forward to seeing their sketches come to life in the coming weeks.”

This year’s festival, which has been curated by The Walls Project on behalf of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, will also see two pieces produced by emerging artists, mentored by two of our established artists. 

Katie Whelan and Éilis O’Neill are graduates of IADT (Institute of Art, Design and Technology) and they will be mentored by James Kirwan and Shane Sutton, whose work will be familiar to anyone who has been a recent visitor to Dún Laoghaire. James’ puffin was one of the most photographed pieces of DL Anseo 2021, and Shane’s tribute to the work of the RNLI struck a chord with many visitors to the town.

The festival is funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, with support from Creative Ireland.

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