Italian Contemporary Art Day- Street Art Tours in Dublin
The Italian Institute of Culture in Dublin is proud to celebrate Italian Contemporary Art Day 2023, a globally recognised event taking place from October 7th to 13th, by showcasing Italian Street Art in Ireland. This celebration includes engaging street art tours in Dublin to launch the photographic exhibition titled ‘Vedo a Colori – Saluti dal Porto’ at the Irish Architectural Archive, curated by Giulio Vesprini and Cristina Ciampaglione.
In anticipation of ‘Vedo a Colori,’ we extend a cordial invitation to participate in the free street art tours scheduled to take place in Dublin from October 10th to 13th.
These tours are scheduled in English on Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and on Thursday 12th, and in Italian Friday 13th October.
While participation is offered at no cost, advanced booking is essential. (see links below)
The street art walking tour allows guests to discover and learn some of Ireland’s unknown and anonymous talented individuals and it will also provide an opportunity to discover the local culture and stories of some of Dublin’s most eccentric characters.
The meeting point is Proper Order in Haymarket, where the tour will begin highlighting the area’s illustrative street art & graffiti, starting with the mural painted by Italian artists Danilo Vadis & Tilf. Leaving Smithfield, we would move toward Church Street and then Ormond Quay. Following on from the story of a Dubliner character (Billy in the Bowl), we would then make our way to Temple Bar, as this area provides different examples of street art and art installations.
➢ English Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
➢ Italian Friday
➢ Tour capacity: 20 people max
➢ Time: Tuesday 10th October, Thursday 12th October and Friday 13th October at 2 pm, Wednesday 11th October at 11 am
FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOURS BOOK HERE (EVENTBRITE)
FOR ITALIAN LANGUAGE TOURS BOOK HERE (EVENTBRITE)
Aurora Procopio has been living in Ireland for almost 16 years. Her love for the people, the Irish history, myths, and legends led her to attend a course on Irish folklore and mythology, along with training in tour guiding certified by the recognised official training authority in Ireland. Over the last few years, she has been running historical walking tours for small and large groups, and for the last 3 years, she has loved to show people a different side of the city through its street art and graffiti work, which is a genuinely public art form accessible to everybody!
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA AND CONTEMPORARY ART
The Institute’s dedicated commitment to the promotion of Italian street art dates back to 2022, when it commenced its support for Italian artists participating in the Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival, featuring acclaimed talents such as Iena Cruz last year, and Chekos this year. In partnership with Cristina Ciampaglione, the Institute also conceived and executed short-term residencies in Dublin. During these residencies, Iena Cruz and Chekos, in addition to painting murals in Waterford, produced two captivating canvas works, generously donated to the Institute. These artworks now constitute a miniature collection of all-Italian contemporary art, nestled in the heart of Dublin. One piece centers on the theme of environmental sustainability, crafted by Iena Cruz, while the other pays homage to the Italian literary luminary Italo Calvino, through the artistry of Chekos.
VEDO A COLORI EXHIBITION
Within this context, the Institute is pleased to announce that from November 6th to November 24th, 2023, the renowned street artist and printmaker, Giulio Vesprini – whose graphic works and photographic documentation of his murals were exhibited at the Institute in 2022 as part of the ‘Italian Fusion’ exhibition – will return to Ireland with the photographic exhibition, ‘Vedo a Colori – Greetings from the Harbour’.
The show will be held at the Irish Architectural Archive and seeks to showcase the urban regeneration project which he led as the Artistic Director of Vedo a Colori in the city of Civitanova Marche (Italy). Over the past decade, this initiative has revitalized the harbour through the medium of street art. The exhibition will feature 120 photographs showcasing the artistic creations of Italian street artists, thoughtfully captured by five distinguished photographers.
The opening event on November 6th will be enriched by the screening of the documentary film ‘A Documentary at the Port’ at the Institute’s headquarters, followed by the vernissage of the photo exhibition at the neighbouring premises of the Irish Architectural Archive.
The exhibition will be open for public viewing at the Irish Architectural Archive every Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with complimentary admission for all art enthusiasts.