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Image of Black and Tan Boot Polish, from The Souvenir Shop

Visual Art: Souvenir Shop Audio Described Tour

4 Jun 2016 (Past)

13 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1

  • Audio Description
  • ISL Interpreted

The Souvenir Shop will examine the shifting meanings and commoditization of gestures and symbols associated with the revolution, examining how the images, objects and themes of the 1916 Easter Rising and conflict more generally become ‘souvenirs’.

Audio described and ISL interpreted tours of The Souvenir Shop by Rita Duffy – marking the 1916 Rebellion

The work also explores how ordinary people and everyday heroes cope with conflict and resolution. Referencing the city centre shops once owned by Proclamation signatory Tom Clarke, Duffy has created a shop in 13 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1 filled with foodstuffs, goods, medicines, with images of the rising and its heroes, woven into everyday things. The artist has transformed the historical and everyday into the magical, and will fundamentally question public attitudes towards violence, commemoration and national identity.

Audio Described Tours:
Saturday 21 May 2016 and Saturday 4 June 2016
2pm & 3pm – duration 30 minutes
Booking is essential (Each tour has a maximum capacity of 6 people)
Book with Arts & Disability Ireland by phone (01) 8509002 or email
The audio described tour is facilitated by Bríd Ní Ghruagáin

Access is facilitated by Arts & Disability Ireland with funding from the Arts Council.

Souvenir Shop 25 April – 11 June 2016
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12-6pm (last visitors 5.30)
Closed Monday (exceptionally open 25 April) and Bank Holidays
13 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1. See Map

The Souvenir Shop by Rita Duffy curated by Helen Carey is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Art 1916-2016, marking the centenary of the 1916 Rebellion, acknowledging the support of Cavan Arts Office, the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Rhonda Tidy.

For further information, please contact Helen Carey on 086 3847022

Photography Stanislav Nikolov

Still image from Souvenir Shop by Rita Duffy

an antidote to taking the centenary too seriously. Prepare to be amused, stimulated, perhaps irritated, but above all intrigued

The Irish Times

Still image from Souvenir Shop by Rita Duffy

Categories: Artists, Audiences, The Arts

Tags: #ART2016, #tours, #visual art, Audio Description

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