Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival: The Artist Speaks: Arts and Human Rights

How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?

Nina Simone

Event Title: The Artist Speaks: Arts and Human Rights. A panel of artist explore how they use their work to promote human rights

Date and Time

Tuesday 24 September, 6-7.30pm


Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Rotunda, Dublin 1

Artists and guest speakers

Raymond Keane and Pom Boyd, actors, Rionnach Ni Neill, dancer, John Scott, choreographer, Jessie Jones and Hina Khan, Visual Artists, Rosaleen Mc Donagh, writer, Farah Elle, Singer Songwriter, Mary Moynihan, writer, theatre and film-maker and Jane O’Hanlon, Education Officer, Poetry Ireland

Moderator: Ray Yeates, Arts Officer, Dublin City Council

Category: Talk, Music and Poetry

Tickets: Ticketed Event. Free Admission. Open to the public.

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The evening beings with a welcome by moderator Ray Yeates, Arts Officer, Dublin City Council followed by a poetry reading of an original poem Unsettled Woman written and performed by Rosaleen Mc Donagh.

The poetry reading is followed by The Artist Speaks: Arts and Human Rights Panel Discussion. The following artists will talk about their creative practice and links to human rights:

Mary Moynihan, Writer, Theatre and Film-Maker, Artistic Director, Smashing Times. Mary is curator of the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival and co-founder with Freda Manweiler of the Smashing Times International Centre dedicated to the arts, human rights, climate justice and gender equality.

Raymond Keane, Clown, Actor, Director and Teacher. Raymond was a founding member and Artistic Director of the multi-award winning Barabbas Theatre Company and he is a regular collaborator with Sarah Jane Scaife, Artistic Director, Company SJ.

Pom Boyd, Writer and Performer. Pom is an award winning writer, theatre maker, comedian, collaborative artist and film maker. She has written for, and acted extensively in, theatre, film,TV and Radio. Her comedy creations have featured in the Dublin Theatre and Edinburgh festivals.

Ríonach Ní Néill is artistic director of Ciotóg. A choreographer and dancer, her work is inspired by an engagement with human and social issues, viewing dance as a form of civic dialogue.

John Scott, Choreographer and founder of Irish Modern Dance Theatre. The Dublin-based ensemble mixes virtuoso Irish and international dancers with African and Middle Eastern refugees and torture survivors.

Jane O’Hanlon, Education Officer, Poetry Ireland. Jane will speak about the work of Poetry Ireland and links between poetry and human rights.

Hina Khan, Visual Artist. Hina’s work uses a mixture of traditional and innovative techniques to portray social issues, immigration and humanitarian crisis like prostitution, gender discrimination, restrictions, trauma, child abuse and killing. Hina’s experience of living in a Direct Provision Centre has had a marked impact on her work. Hina is an inaugural recipient of a Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios Residency.

Jesse Jones, Visual Artist. Jesse’s practice crosses the media of film, performance and installation. Often working through collaborative structures, she explores how historical instances of communal culture may hold resonance in our current social and political experiences.

The pane discussion is followed by a Q and A session with the audience moderated by Ray Yeates, Arts Officer, Dublin City Arts Office

Closing Music Performance: Farah Elle, artist, singer-songwriter and pianist.