Public Call: A Call for Stories and Poems inspired by people who have helped Shape Our Lives – closing 10 Sept

We are all formed and shaped by the people who pass through our lives. A key part of the project is to directly engage the local community through an open call for stories and poems based on the theme ‘people who inspire or have shaped us in some way’.

This open call is asking members of the public to tell us who has inspired you, a person from the past or present who has inspired or shaped you in some way and who has promoted equality, compassion and rights in your life and the lives of others.

A selection of 100 stories and poems will be displayed in a ‘digital book’ online via the Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality gallery and digital arts platform, set up to promote the arts for equality, human rights and diversity and supported by The Arts Council.

Artists involved in the project will be given the stories and poems to read. A selection of stories, poems, words and themes will inspire the creation of new artworks generating a ‘gathering space’ to celebrate stories of care and compassion and to act as a catalyst to generate creative conversations on visions for a better world.

Stories and poems will be used to create a digital book, to be projected onto the walls of Rathfarnham Castle with a page of the book turning very slowly every few minutes, and live performances taking place in Rathfarnham Castle Park for the annual Dublin Arts and Human Rights festival running from the 15 to the 24 October 2021 and in St Enda’s Park in April 2022.

In keeping with our themes of equality, compassion and rights and the metaphor of a river (both parks feature ponds and have strong connections with rivers) where we can create a flow of equality, compassion and rights in the wider society, the organisation is asking all citizens to tell us stories of the people who have helped carry you forward, to share a story of how you have been formed or shaped by the people who pass through your life. The stories and poems are a celebration of all that is good and kind in the world, a reflection on life and a celebration of connections made, the interconnectedness of people as no person is an island.

The final artworks will tell stories of people in the past and today who shaped society in a positive way and will be a mix of stories of well-known people with an association to South County Dublin as well as a mix of words and stories gathered from the general public through the open call.

How to Submit:

Please submit using the online form. Submission is free. The submission deadline is Friday 10 September 2021, 5pm.

About Smashing Times

Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality incorporating Smashing Times Theatre and Film company and Smashing Times Youth Arts Ensemble is an award-winning arts organisation dedicated to the promotion, study and practice of the arts, human rights, climate justice and gender equality. Led by Artistic Director Mary Moynihan and producer Freda Manweiler, the centre operates as a world class arts space and digital hub for artists, citizens, communities and the general public across Ireland, Northern Ireland and internationally, providing a resource service and networking agency, and an annual inter-disciplinary arts programme.


Our Work

In Time – A Poem Film by Mary Moynihan
Reflecting on a Vision for the Future

‘In Time’ is a poem film written and created by artist Mary Moynihan. The artist says ‘In Time is my personal response to the changing landscape of our world today in a time of pandemic and is my dream for the future’. Mary wrote ‘In Time’ as a poem after experiencing a serious form of Covid-19. Shortly afterwards, the poem was transformed into a poem film, co-directed with Mark Quinn, performed by Carla Ryan and Kwasie Boyce (pictured above) with original music composed and performed by Lisa McLoughlin-Gnemmi. ‘In Time’ was presented as part of the Emotional Landscapes exhibition in the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival 2020.

Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality
Coleraine House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7

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