Archives for June 2013

Strumpet City Exhibition

In association with James Plunkett’s novel ‘Strumpet City’ being the UNESCO City of Literature 2013 Dublin: One City, One Book, Graphic Studio Gallery will be hosting an exhibition in connection with this epic book. The exhibition, also entitled ‘Strumpet City’, will run from the 11th of July to the 24th of August, and will feature a collection of contemporary fine art prints of various aspects of Dublin city and its history. This year’s choice of ‘Strumpet City’ as Dublin’s One City One Book is especially appropriate as 2013 is the centenary of the Dublin Lockout around which much of the novel is centered. 2013 is also the year that Graphic Studio Gallery celebrates its 25th anniversary. To commemorate this, Graphic Studio Dublin members and gallery artists will create fine art prints that deal with many of the themes explored in Plunkett’s novel: poverty, a generation’s survival and pre-independence Dublin itself.

Using traditional printmaking techniques to explore Plunkett’s novel is highly apt as print would have been the method employed to communicate in the Dublin of Larkin’s time.

Graphic Studio Gallery’s fine art print exhibition will offer a unique opportunity to interact with the novel in the form of visual art.

Throughout the two months we will be hosting a series of talks, printmaking demonstrations and readings based on the exhibition and book. And in September 2013, the exhibition will be hosted by SIPTU in Liberty Hall.

For further information, contact Paula on 01 679 8021 or
Gallery opening hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 5.30pm, Sat: 11am – 5pm



SATURDAY 13TH JULY 2013, 1.30PM – 2.30PM Artist Ruth O’Donnell will give a talk and demonstration on unlocking the secrets of the technique Sugar lift. Ruth will print up sections from her Strumpet City print ‘Dublin 2013 (Words on the Street)’ on our small etching press.

SATURDAY 27TH JULY 2013, 1.30PM – 2.30PM Letterpress printing has a long history from Gutenberg’s developments in the 1450s to the mechanisation of the late 19th century. At the turn of the twentieth century and during the time of ‘Strumpet City’, every newspaper, book, poster or notice would have been set in metal and wooden type and printed letterpress.

Mary Plunkett, designer and print-maker will give a short introduction to letterpress printing and demonstrate some of the processes involved: setting type, arranging in a chase and printing a sample on a small table top press.

THURSDAY 8TH AUGUST 2013, 6.30PM Join us for a great evening of songs, stories and imagery of the 1913 Lockout and ‘Strumpet City’, including historical commentary by Francis Devine and Fergus Russell. Artist and writer, Brian Lalor, will also give a talk and visual presentation on ‘Drawing James Plunkett’s Dublin’. Not to be missed!


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Artists: Yoko Akino, Anne Anderson, Paul Bailey, Margaret Becker, Carmel Benson, Gerard Cox, Aisling Dolan, Susan Early, Camilla Fanning,

Paula Fitzpatrick, Niamh Flanagan, Gerard Greene, Mary Grey, Alice Hanratty, Marianne Heemskerk, Clare Henderson, Gavin Hogg,

Siobhan Hyde, Brian Lalor, Jennifer Lane, Sharon Lee, Louise Leonard, Daniel Lipstein, Tom Macken, Brett Mac Entagart, Niamh Mac Gowan, James McCreary, Niamh McGuinne, Bernadette Madden, Susan Mannion, Fieda Meaney, Liam Ó Broin, Suzannah O’Reilly,

 Ruth O’Donnell, Ciara O’Hara, Gay O’Neill, Mary Plunkett, Paula Pohli, Sarah Rogers, Dermot Ryan, Joe Ryan, Deirdre Shanley,

Constance Short, Adrienne Symes, Elke Thönnes, Marja Van Kampen & Marta Wakula-Mac

The IFI presents the Wanna Fight? Season

The IFI presents the Wanna Fight? Season from August 3rd-31st, a specially curated series of films to accompany the August 2nd release of the controversial and brutal new film by Nicolas Winding Refn Only God Forgives

‘I’m a pornographer’declared Nicolas Winding Refn in a recent interview ‘I make films about what arouses me. What I want to see. Very rarely to understand why I want to see it and I’ve learned not to become obsessed with that part of it’. Though the director of Pusher and Drive has always been an arch provocateur, his new film, the elegant and brutal Only God Forgives starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Scott Thomas, has brought new levels of controversy with the film’s stylised violence becoming one of the major talking points of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Yet Winding Refn’s films are never entirely cold or alienating and the heart of a true cineaste beats through his work. The IFI’s Wanna Fight? season is a selection of Winding Refn’s key influences and references, some directly acknowledged and some suggested. In particular the season contextualises Only God Forgives which audiences are invited to make their own minds up about when it is released at the IFI on August 2nd.

Winding Refn has been keen to invoke the names of other filmmakers in his work. Alejandro Jodorowsky’s name appears on the credits to both Drive and Only God Forgives, the genius filmmaker is represented here by the bizarre, beautiful and brilliant Santa Sangre. Also explicitly referenced by Winding Refn in relation to Only God Forgives is Gaspar Noé, a fellow provocateur, whose Enter the Void proved one of the most divisive of films released at the IFI in 2009. Winding Refn has namechecked Richard Kern, a key member of the 1980s NYC Cinema of Transgression Movement, and a selection of his short works characterised by extreme eroticism and disturbing violence are included in the season.

Other elements in the Wanna Fight? season are more thematic. Kirsten Scott Thomas’s evil matriarch who encourages her son to do despicable things in Only God Forgives has a strong resonance with Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate. With Wong Kar Wai it’s more the richly coloured and textured look of his films such as Ashes of Time Redux that form the link to Winding Refn, while with the Pang Brothers Bangkok Dangerous it’s the terrific low-budget gun-play that warrants its inclusion.

Other highlights of the season include Seijun Suzuki’s Tokyo Drifter and David Lynch’s Wild at Heart. Oh, and if you’re only catching up with the violent swathe Winding Refn has cut through the world of film, there’s another chance to see 2011’s cool and casually gory Drive back on the big screen! Full details of all the films in the season are available at

Wanna Fight? Season – Times and Dates in August

The Manchurian Candidate – John Frankenheimer  – Aug 3rd16.05 & Aug 5th 18.20

Santa Sangre – Alejandro Jodorowsky – Aug 7th 20.30 & Aug 10th 13.30

Ashes of Time Redux – Wong Kar Wai – August 13th20.50

Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn – Aug 14th 18.30

Bangkok Dangerous – The Pang Brothers –  Aug 21st20.45

Wild at Heart – David Lynch – Aug 25th15.30 & Aug 26th 18.15

Enter the Void –  Gaspar Noé – Aug 28th20.15 & Aug 31st 15.15

Tokyo Drifter – Seijun Suzuki – Aug 29th18.30 & Aug 31st 18.30

Richard Kern Programme – Richard Kern – Aug 29th20.30 & Aug 31st 13.15

Tickets go on sale from the IFI Box Office in person, on 01 679 5744 or online at from the 25th July 2013

For more media information, images or interview requests with the IFI’s new Head of Programming Michael Hayden please contact Patrick Stewart at the IFI Press Office on 01 679 5744 or email

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.