Phoenix Rising: Art and Civic Imagination

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Éirigh an Fhéinics: Ealaín agus Samhlaíocht Cathartha

This exhibition and related events explore the current place of civic ideals in urban life and contemporary art practice. It references Dublin's 1914 Civic Exhibition which was inspired by the work of Scottish biologist, sociologist and planner Patrick Geddes and which attempted to re-imagine Dublin as "the phoenix of cities" during a period of economic, social and political strife. The exhibition showcases contemporary artists' responses to the urban environment using different strategies to understand and represent the city. It includes work by Stephen Brandes, Mark Clare, Cliona Harmey, Vagabond Reviews, Stéphanie Nava and Mary-Ruth Walsh.

An accompanying newsletter presents research generated in the lead-up to and during the exhibition. Printed copies are available in the exhibition and pdfs can be downloaded from the links on the right of this page. Most content is also available at:

With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland

Read more about the exhibition in Totally Dublin.

Interview with Cliona Harmey

Interview with Mary-Ruth Walsh

Link to Mary-Ruth Walsh's film 'Take a deep breath now' on Vimeo

Interview with Mark Clare

Interview with Stéphanie Nava

Article on Vagabond Reviews' 'Scientia Civitatis: Missing Titles' from 'The Blue Notebook'