Open Call: Resilient/Resilience Project

12th May 2020

Open Call for Participants to work with artist Joe Caslin for Cruinniú na nÓg South Dublin 2020.

This project is open to young people from South Dublin aged 13 - 18 inclusive. Any eligible person can apply to take part by submitting a response to the following questions in not more than 150 words.

Why would you like to be involved?

What image do you think could represent resilience?

This project is in partnership with Rua Red and Contact Studio. Contact Studio is a South Dublin County Arts Office initiative.

The project will explore and trace the positive idea of being, becoming and belonging to the theme of resilience/resilient. Young people from South Dublin County will create a large scale exhibition in Rua Red's celebrated Gallery 1. Their work will also be used to create a huge piece of street art which will, when circumstances allow, be installed on the outside wall of Rua Red visible to thousands of passers by. It will serve as a beacon of new possibility informed by a new resilient generation of young people as we emerge out of this dark era.

Joe Caslin is a street artist, illustrator, art teacher and activist. Best known for his beautifully rendered drawings which manifest as towering murals, his highly accessible work engages directly with the social issues of modern Ireland. For Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, Joe will work with a group of 6-10 young people from South Dublin County to create a large scale artwork. He will run a series of workshops online with participants, to guide them through the process of creating their own images that they feel reflect the theme. He will then take these pieces and blow them up to a large scale piece which will be exhibited in two ways.

In June 2020, in the week leading up to Cruinniú na nÓg, the first work will be installed in Gallery 1 in Rua Red. This section will be documented by a live camera feed into the space which will allow for a time- lapse video to be created afterwards. The installation will be documented in a short video.

Later in the year, when current restrictions have been eased to an appropriate level, Joe will return to Rua Red to install the design outside of the building on the wall facing the Square. The work inside the gallery will also be open for the public to experience. The work outside the space within the public realm will become a positive visual reference for the reopening of the space, a reawakening of the arts in the area which is visible to all.

Apply Here:

Deadline: 5pm 15th May 202

If you have any questions, please contact Gerry Horan at

Image: Joe Caslin, Yes Equality Mural, Dublin 2015, photo by William Murphy

Joes Caslin, Our Nation’s Sons - Galway

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