About

Welcome to the Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Human Rights

As part of the centre, Smashing Times have launched a world-class international Smashing Times Online Centre for the Arts and Human Rights that is a key resource service and networking forum providing information, training and a platform for discussion on using the arts to promote and protect gender equality and human rights. This online centre is kindly funded by the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Human Rights encompass a theoretical, philosophical, practical and legal system, which advocates the position that individuals are the bearers of basic rights fundamental to human dignity. The online centre provides a platform for sharing ideas and identifying synergies between various disciplines including art, literature, music, dance, human rights and community development, finding ways to develop links between artistic processes and issues such as social justice, cultural expression and cultural freedom. The arts, particularly collaborative arts practice, play a vital role in promoting gender equality, human rights, intercultural, diversity and peace. Following this, the centre advocates for tactical and strategic approaches to social justice and human rights through the lens of artistic and cultural practice.

Smashing Times is a professional theatre and film company involved in performance, training and participation. The work of the company is underpinned by a rights-based approach and a commitment to artistic excellence and social engagement.

As a leading professional arts organisation the company develops cutting edge projects that promote social justice, peace, gender equality, human rights, positive mental health, anti-racism, and more through high quality artistic processes, merging art, culture and politics to interact and engage with contemporary society and the world we live in.

The company was established in 1991 by a group of women actors who met at the Focus Theatre Dublin. Today the work takes place at local, national, and international levels in a range of settings – on screen, on stage from the professional arts and theatre space to local schools and communities where we are invited to work with people collaboratively, and at European and international levels.