Hi, I’m Niamh Murphy and I am the festival director of the Dublin Live Art Festival 2013, which will take place from the 25th-29th September this year at The Backloft Dublin 8. My background is as a live performance artist and curator since 2006. My past curations include: 'Straylight' as part of Darklight Film Festival 2008/2009, 'Right Here Right Now', Kilmainham Gaol, November 2010, and last year I presented the first Dublin Live Art Festival (DLAF12) in November.
At DLAF12 visitors had the pleasure of experiencing four nights of live art and performance from some exceptional artists practicing in Ireland and abroad, as well as a series of artist talks, installations and workshops. Both seasoned visitors to live performance art events and people who were unsure exactly what live art is witnessed and experienced this exciting art form in many different ways.
Dublin Live Art Festival 2012 recognised and celebrated the huge surge in interest and production of live art in Ireland and programmed a dynamic series of events with Irish live performance artists and curators working alongside guests from overseas. We monopolised on the outstanding and thrilling work being created at home by working with groups such as LiveStock, UNIT 1 and Performance Art Network. DLAF12 was attended by over 600 people and presented the work of 40 artists over four evening exibitions, as well as our various workshops and audience based events.
This year we are doing all this and more! Dublin Live Art Festival 2013 (DLAF13) 25th-29th September will follow on from DLAF12's huge success last year and continue to cultivate homegrown and international artistic development and make live performance art more accessible to a wider audience.
This year DLAF13 will again bring together Irish & International groups pooling collective expertise and strengthening the live performance art community by creating links nationally and internationally as well as creating the possibility for new collaborations.
We aim to expand knowledge around live performance art through our workshops and cross-disciplinary talks and discussions and provide opportunities for peer to peer support, knowledge exchange and networking for artists, curators and academics through our seminar events.
Our venue costs have been covered by Dublin City Council, but with International artists and curators traveling from overseas we are still short of our target. The money raised in this Fund it campaign is essential for us to continue to present our varied programme of events and will go towards: promotion, press, administration, venue management, travel expenses including flights and transfers and our guests accommodation, per diems, programme design and printing.
We are very grateful to our existing, festival partners, Visual Artists Ireland, Dublin City Council, The Backloft and The Market Studios but we would really appreciate your funding to help us reach our goal of providing the best of contemporary live performance art at Dublin Live Art Festival 2013. Please give what you can, if you can and we’ll see you in September. Be inspired! Be there!
Niamh - Team DLAF