You may have noticed pieces of art appearing on traffic lights boxes in Dublin over the last two Summers. It is the work of an initiative called Dublin Canvas . It seeks to brighten the city by commissioning artists to transform a dull traffic light box into a public work of art. I was lucky enough last year to paint two such boxes.
“The Danger was Half the Excitement” 2016 by Sheila Flaherty located on Merrion Square – photography credit Gary Connolly
The boxes have been brightening up the city for two years now. Check out images of all the artists work so far on the Dublin Canvas website gallery.
“Art inspires the World” 2016 by Sheila Flaherty located in Harold’s Cross. Photo credit: The Harold’s Cross Xpress
The work has been getting great media coverage from both local and national newspapers
The project set to roll out again for Summer/ Autumn 2017. If you would like an artist to paint a box painted in your area, post a photo with location using hashtag #dublincanvas to the Facebook page. If you fancy painting a box yourself, get in touch with David Murtagh on the website and sign up to the news letter with all the information about getting involved. I look forward to spotting new artwork emerge over the course of the Summer and Autumn.
The book for the March Art Academy Bookclub chosen by Nika is “The Art of Rivilary by Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic Sebastian Smee tells the fascinating story of four pairs of artists—Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon—whose fraught, competitive friendships spurred them to new creative heights.”
An ecclectic mix of artists to suit all interests there. Available on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Hodges & F, on sale on the Book depository and all usual suspects I’d imagine. I’ll pop links at the end of the post.
Our bookclub meets on the second Wednesday of the month in Coppa cafe at the RHA. Occasionally we will attend an art exhibition or event together. There is a fun such event on March 3rd in the RHA. All are very welcome. Art Academy Bookclub is a fun, relaxed event enjoying art, reading, a coffee / glass of wine/ bite in great company.
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Rivalry-Friendships-Betrayals-Breakthroughs/dp/0812994809 https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Art-of-Rivalry-Sebastian-Smee/9781781251652?ref=grid-view https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-art-of-rivalry/sebastian-smee/9781781251652
Art Academy run an art themed bookclub once a month on the second Wednesday of the month. We meet at 6pm – 9pm in the lovely Coppa Cafe at the front of the RHA located just off St. Stephen’s Green.
Each month we choose a different art themed book to read for the next month. It’s quite an informal get together, so don’t worry if you don’t finish (or even start) the book you are still welcome along.
Some of the books we have read so far are:
There is no charge of admission or subscription to the bookclub, it’s a fun, free, friendly art event. Each month the new book is posted on Meetup. I will link below. And (if I think of it) I will also post here on the website.
Also if you have read a great art themed novel, please let me know, always on the lookout for a new arty read.