Share, Connect, Inspire
A new online series of curated arts content, newsletters & events
Smashing Times want to reach out and connect online with all our supporters, friends and citizens in Ireland and around the world. We want to reach out in solidarity and our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic (for helpful information on COVID-19, click here). We hope that we can all work together to find peace, dignity and respect for all people equally and for us all to stand together in our times of separation. We are very grateful to all the incredible people in Ireland and around the world who are working to support others and to provide assistance in these changed times. Although we are all working from home, we are taking calls and emails and we are very much open. We want to be as supportive as we can be.
Smashing Times welcome our fellow citizens and artists to join us from Ireland and around the world as we share a new online series of curated arts content, newsletters and events. Every day from Monday to Saturday, we will send out a daily social media post with recommendations on positive stories and ideas for these new times we are now in. Every Wednesday we will send out Art Connects: At Home with Smashing Times, a weekly themed newsletter with inspiring artworks, poems, ideas, articles, and suggestions, along with news from Smashing Times and a weekly blog on a particular topic that we will talk about each week. Topics include A Reflection on Change, Nature, Time and The Arts for Positive Mental Health and Well-being. Please send in topics you would like to hear us blog and chat about related to the arts, equality and human rights.
We have hosted a series of events online including livestreaming of theatre, film, discussion and chat. Livestream events included Tell Them Our Names, a screening of a film directed by Mary Moynihan, followed by discussion with special guests Clodagh Finn, author of A Time to Risk All, the incredible untold story of Mary Elmes, the Irish woman who saved children from Nazi concentration camps, Bernard Wilson, Historian and Mary Moynihan, writer, theatre and film-maker, Artistic Director, Smashing Times. Our theme was women’s stories of WWII with a focus on inspiring stories of women handling adversity in difficult times in the past and today. Others themes focussed on creative approaches to positive mental health and well-being, the art of self-care and a celebration of the arts and human rights. These events took place on 3, 10 and 17 April and these events were repeated on Friday 15, 22 and 29 May at 7.30pm Irish time and future dates to be planned.
Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality is committed to promoting creative arts practice and research in support of rights and values for all citizens equally across the globe and in support of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all. Do contact us online and tell us who your equality, diversity and human rights heroes are and tell us about your favourite artist or arts project for human rights. We thank you all for your continued support and we look forward to finding new ways to work with our artists, citizens, friends and supporters and to keeping in touch.
From Mary, Freda, Niamh, Larissa, Féilim, Veronica and all of us in Smashing Times.
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Courageous Women Castle to Castle
Using the arts and new digital technologies to remember stories of women in history from 1916 to WWII to today
As part of its cultural heritage and historical memory work, Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality in partnership with Dublin Castle and Rathfarnham Castle are committed to remembering stories of courageous women in history and reflecting on how those stories impact on our lives today, with a focus on courage and vulnerability in a time of crisis.
Smashing Times have created a range of key resources that are available online and reflect on stories of women in Irish history from 1916 to 1923; stories of women from WWII and stories of women in Ireland and Europe today. The resources are in the form of online exhibitions, e-books, films, theatre-based workshop models, blogs and newsletters and are available to the public through the Smashing Times website.
To celebrate National Heritage week and the range of resources created by Smashing Times we will screen two short films on the theme of Courageous Women Castle to Castle featuring chats, storytelling and performances with artists, historians and guest speakers, highlighting the incredible stories of women in history and their impact on our lives today. We have chosen the unique settings of two historic buildings in Dublin to remember and reflect on stories of courageous women from the past and today. The screenings feature scenes from Constance and Her Friends by Mary Moynihan, inspired by women’s stories from 1916 to 1923, recently performed in Dublin Castle and The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII performed in Rathfarnham Castle.
Audiences can access the films during Ireland’s National Heritage Week from the 15 to the 23 August 2020 and the range of digital resources can be viewed on the Smashing Times website and through our social media channels
Smashing Times Creative Arts for Health and Well-Being Hub – read more and access resources here
Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality celebrated Ireland’s Poetry Day and screened a new short film The Art of Witness – Poetry Performances Curated by Smashing Times featuring artists and friends reading various poems on the theme of poetry of witness. To View, click below.
ART CONNECTS: Live Streams
ART CONNECTS: Daily curated art content (click to view)
Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality
– incorporating Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company and Smashing Times Youth Arts Ensemble
Coleraine House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7, Ireland.
Tel: + 353 (0) 1 865 6613 Tel: + 353 (0) 87 221 4245