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Culture Night 2019


Join us in D-Light Studios this Culture Night for a multi-disciplinary evening exploring creative projects and activities undertaken within the studio and local area.

In Studio A, peruse a pop-up market, take part in a “Craftivism” workshop, gaze up to the rafters at installations by our artist and designer in residency, view new photographic works by local artists, pull up an armchair and have a drink while our in-house DJ plays an eclectic mix of Deep House, Afro/Latin and Ambient music then visit the dance studio on the ground floor for a gravity defying performance.

Studio B will be taken over by The Centre For Creative Practices who will present a group exhibition as part of their New Voices Of Ireland Series entitled Cultural Memory - Transition, Temporality, Transcultures. Expect a variety of urban art forms by ten intercultural artists of various disciplines including performance, video, photography, sound, literature, sculpture, visual arts.

Limited complimentary drinks will be provided by Glendalough Distillery and 5 Lamps Brewery.


Tell me more I hear you say! Take a look below at all the wonderful contributors who will be taking part.

Pop-Up Sustainable Fashion Market Traders:

Simon Community:

Dublin Simon Community work to prevent and address homelessness in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan. We provide services at all stages of homelessness and enable people to move to a place they can call home.

Our shops two primary functions are to raise much needed funds and to provide a working environment in which people can receive training and support.

There are many environmental benefits of reuse, recycle. Shopping in and donating to Dublin Simon Community Charity Shops means customers have a low carbon footprint and no further energy or resources are required to create these goods. Reusing goods such as textiles and books prevents them from being sent to landfill: instead, they can be sold on to raise money for Dublin Community’s range of services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. For more information please visit


Irish ethical clothing company that is inspired by the sea, coast and wildlife of Ireland. We only use organic, post-consumer and earth friendly materials. As a proud product of Ireland, GROWN are deeply involved in changing ocean awareness in order to make people aware of the role the ocean plays in all our lives and the role our lives are playing in destroying it.

Everything we make, every action we take and every system we have, goes through rigorous life cycle and sustainability auditing because we strongly believe that clothes shouldn't cost the earth. That’s why we are committed to make it better.

Re-Tale Vintage:

ReTale vintage is the place to go for all things colourful, bright and funky. An eclectic mix of vintage clothes and accessories makes this stall a one stop shop. Check out the Instagram ReTale_Vintage

Attention Attire:

Attention Attire creates limited edition, handmade outerwear and accessories from upcycled camping gear. Each piece is hand crafted in Dublin using recycled materials that would otherwise end up in landfill. This isn’t fast fashion, this is forward thinking fashion.

Craftivism Workshop: Síofra, Jump The Hedges

Studio A, 7pm (aprx 60 mins)

Max 15 Participants. To book your spot email

Craftivism is the art of gentle activism through craft. Activism need not be loud or aggressive. Through craftivism we have the opportunity to create craft whilst discussing our views and opinions in a comfortable and welcoming space. In this workshop we will discuss what the sustainability movement means to you, whether you find it liberating or isolating, inclusive or excluding. We will have our discussion whilst creating accessories from recycled banner cloth material with sustainable design studio Jump The Hedges.

Installation: Claire McCluskey

Claire McCluskey is a visual artist from Co Monaghan, living in the Ballybough area. Recipient of the D-Light Studio Residency Award 2019, she has recently received an MFA in Digital Art from NCAD, which involved a sustained research project with the National Forensic Mental Health Service. Claire's practice investigates the connections that tether us to the world and each other, through sculpture, installation and collaborative engagement. For Culture Night at D-Light Studios Claire will be hosting an open studio and presenting a new installation made in response to the building, which will form the backdrop for an exciting collaborative workshop with community-powered organisation 'Uplift'. In 2020 Claire will travel to the Pacific Ocean with the eXXpedition Round the World sailing voyage, to develop new research into ocean pollution.

Installation: Sorcha O’Raghallaigh

Born in County Offaly, Ireland, where she grew up strongly influenced by her mother’s innate sense of style, Sorcha moved to London to specialise in knitwear at the internationally renowned Central Saint Martins. She interned at both John Galliano in Paris and Diane Von Furstenberg in New York, before graduating in 2010 to critical acclaim.

With a love of handmade craft and ornamental detailing, her designs are grand poetic gestures, imbued with a sense of ceremony. Sorcha blurs the parameters between art and fashion, an approach that has garnered her an elite following; her clothes have been worn by Beyoncé, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, M.I.A, Grimes, Florence Welch and Kiesza. For Culture Night, Sorcha will be creating an installation of her unique handcrafted designs.

Sorcha is a recipient of the D-Light Studios Residency Award 2019.

Photography Exhibition, Local Artists: Aaron Connolly & Gaurav Ramsurn

Gaurav Ramsurn

Lighting the Darkness

This self-portrait photographic series uses long exposure night photography to write with light and partially expose the photographer. His work is an exploration of mental health.

Aaron Connolly

Torn Down

Photography series documenting demotion and regeneration across the city over the last two years.

Both Artists previously worked as part of the "Colourful Youth" collaborative arts project involving young artists from Swan Youth Service, Crinan Youth Project and LYCS (Lourdes Youth & Community Services).

DJ: Booties Alder

Coming off the back of recent gigs with Homebeat in The Bernard Shaw and the Sunrise "Disco-to-Deep house" set with Papaya's (selected as one of Nialler9's 10 highlights from Body & Soul Festival 2019). Booties Alder is making waves all around Dublin with his eclectic mix of Deep House, Afro/Latin, and Ambient music.

Performance: Irish Pole Dance Academy

Ground Floor I.P.D.A Studio

8.30pm - 9:00pm

Irish Pole Dance Academy is the leading boutique pole dance studio for busy Dublin individuals to put the fun back into fitness and find a new sense of strength and confidence.

Our structured group fitness classes, friendly world-class professional instructors and safe and non-judgmental environment empowers you to become the best possible version of yourself and to break old paradigms.

Irish Pole Dance Academy will be holding demonstrations of just exactly how we help our students to empower themselves, with live performances showcasing students skills and creativity.

Studio B Takeover: Centre For Creative Practices

The Centre For Creative Practices will celebrate its 10th year by taking over Studio B and presenting their New Voice Of Ireland exhibition. The exhibition will showcase a variety of urban art forms by ten intercultural artists of various disciplines including performance, video, photography, sound, literature, sculpture, visual arts. This event series is entitled CULTURAL MEMORY – TRANSITION, TEMPORALITY, TRANSCULTURES & explores how the cultural memories of the newcomers to Irish cities are transformed, combining pre-existing with the current elements and forming something new.

Participating Artists: Anca Danila; Csilla Toldy; Joe Ryan; Leia Mocan; Nasrin Golden; Nicola Anthony; Mirjana Rendulic; Romi Cruanas; Vukasin Nedelijkovic; Curator: Monika Sapielak, Production: Ian Oliver