Matthew Nevin is one of the founders of MART. An artist-led, not for profit arts organisation founded in 2007 with gallery spaces and studios in Rathmines, and more studios in 7 buildings across Dublin. Sebastian Stephenson talks to Mathew about 10 years of running MART, what they are going to do to celebrate it, the different attitudes of artists towards the profession and what they look for when exhibiting artist, how they have to not only survive but expand after many arts spaces have had to close or move and what they have coming up this year and to celebrate the 10 years of MART. We also report on a collective and weekly show called The Circles Sessions, report on the debut play All That We Found Here by Donagh Humphreys and just some out some workshops that might be of interest.
Segment 1: The Circle Sessions
The Circle Session is a weekly regular show in the International Bar and its also a collective of musicians, poets, spoken word artists and comedians. They have been going for 2 and a half years and even have a album to boot. I spoke to the chairperson of the Circle Sessions, David Halpin about the structure of the evening and how they use it to grow the collective, who is in it now and what they have coming up in the future.
Segment 2: All That We Found Here by Donagh Humphreys
All That We Found Here is the debut play by Donagh Humpherys. This dark comic play is inspired by one episode of property developer and former member of the IRA, Tom McFeely life in which a stash of cash was found in his house. The play follows the story of Sophia, the daughter of a property tycoon, after having a party last night to find ghosts of her past woven into the very house she finds herself in. I spoke to the writer and director, Sarah Bradley in the IFI after rehearsals about how the script and the production has changed over time, why Donagh moved the script from a Fishamble playwriting course to up on stage in the New Theatre but first Donagh tells me what appealed to him about this episode.
Segment 3: Workshops for Spring/Summer 2017
Sebastian Stephenson talks about some workshops that you might be of interest to you.