100% Funded


Target: €6000


€6,030 Raised


58 Funders

Hall of Mirrors

By Cleary + Connolly


What is Hall of Mirrors?

An exhibition that offers a deeply engaging, enjoyable, educational, exploratory, aesthetic experience to art lovers, science lovers, families, schools, and everybody else. Created by an international team of artists and scientists, it will run from March to July 2012 at Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park, Dublin before touring around Ireland from August 2012 to January 2013.

How it came about

In 2008 we (Anne Cleary + Denis Connolly) exhibited a series of interactive video installations at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, allowing people to play with parameters such as colour, light, and time as they walked around the exhibition. Patrick Cavanagh, a professor and researcher, recently arrived at Université Paris Descartes from Harvard School of Psychology,  was struck by the close parallels between the artworks and his own research in visual perception. We met, and the idea of Hall of Mirrors was born—an exhibition of artworks mirroring scientific research, but inspired by the popular notion of a hall of mirrors, a place where people of all ages can look, laugh and learn all at the same time.

Through a series of chance meetings in 2010 our team grew: Vincent O’Shea joined us as curator and project manager; Professor Noel O’Connor from CLARITY as scientific advisor along with Professor Cavanagh, Dr. Sally Duensing (King’s College, London) as education advisor and Dr. Bridget Kelly (CLARITY) as outreach officer. From then on things fell into place. The Office of Public Works offered the gallery at Farmleigh as a venue, and in late 2010 Denis and I received a project award from the Arts Council covering our travel and research through 2011, and some of the equipment costs. In summer 2011 CLARITY engaged a dedicated intern, Daniel Finnegan, who worked with us in Dublin on the technical aspects of the show, building prototypes, testing installations and writing software. Finally Mary Immaculate Teacher Training College in Limerick offered to take on development of educational workshop material as a final year project for their students.

Why we need you

For over two years this international team has been working tirelessly and voluntarily to make Hall of Mirrors a reality, and now, as we approach the finish line, we need your help to get there. All the new works are complete, we have 75% of the equipment needed, we have friends and collaborators to help run the educational and outreach aspects of the show. We lack funding to cover a small number of essential aspects of the exhibition. These include purchasing outstanding computer equipment, travel, shipping, insurance, and space preparation. The funding you give will go towards these costs only.

Our thanks

We will be eternally grateful for all contributions to our Fund it campaign, and in recognition you will be listed as a friend of the exhibition at Farmleigh. We have also compiled a series of great rewards for those who support our project including signed and dedicated publications, DVD’s, and limited series prints from our Moving Dublin, Entanglements and Psycle series. Visit our website for more information about us and our work.

Thank you so much for your help.

Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly



Hall of Mirrors.

Dear friends I've finally found time to send out all your rewards, they left yesterday, in snail mail I'm afraid, so they make take a little time to get to you. The exhibition is going wonderfully well, 600 visitors a day at the weekends, and lots of schools during the week. There was a nice wee review from a junior reporter on Elev8 on RTE2 yesterday at 4pm. You can still watch on http://www.rte.ie/player/#!v=1145635 (Go to 3min40sec) Many thanks again for all your help Best wishes Anne + Denis

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Hall of Mirrors is finally up and running. It opened last Thursday and so far is having a really good response. We had this nice review in New Scientist yesterday. http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2012/03/visual-illusions-that-change-how-you-think.html and 160 school principles are booked to visit this wednesday, so it's all go. Now that things have quietened down I'll be sending out your books/DVD's etc over the next few weeks. Thanks again for your help — Anne

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Dear friends, as you know we reached our funding target for Hall of Mirrors, and we've been very busy since working on the show, with less than a month to go now. I haven't yet received the final list from the Fundit people with all your emails, but once I do I will be in touch to organise your books and DVD’s. In the meantime I need all your names for the list of “Friends of Hall of Mirrors” which will go on the wall in printed text. Farmleigh hope to print that this week. So if you sponsored the exhibition anonymously, or under an abbreviated name, would you mind emailing me with the details that you would like listed. connollycleary@noos.fr Many thanks Anne

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Dear friends, just to let you know that we reached our funding target for Hall of Mirrors today, just about 5 minutes ago. Thanks to you all so much for you support, I really hope the exhibition lives up to your expectations now, but I think it will. Now I can stop fund raising and get down to work. Very much looking forward to seeing you at the opening in Farmleigh on March 15th, 6.30 pm. Warmest wishes Anne + Denis

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Nice mention of the exhibition in today’s Irish Times, hopefully this will help us reach our target. We're still a little short with four days to go, so if you can remember to keep posting and tweeting http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2012/0204/1224311237775.html Thanks so much Anne

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With one week to go things are looking up, we are almost 80 % funded, so I’m sure we’ll make it over the finish line, thank goodness. Denis and I are both really overwhelmed to have had such support from friends and family for this exhibition, so thank you all very much. We still have a bit of ground to cover though, so please continue to post and twitter about Hall of Mirrors. Things are speeding up on the exhibition front too, the press release is almost ready to go, Denis is finalising a few more “patches” and we’re ordering the last of the equipment. The Farmleigh people have been painting and building partitions, so it’s all starting to seem real. I’ll keep you posted on how things go next week. Sleep well—Anne

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Live video of Joining the Dots in Tralee, with Irish dancers going dotty... can't wait to see the interactive version in action at Farmleigh in March. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMhklTeNYao&feature=youtu.be

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2 new sponsors, thank you so much Donall and Joanna. Had a very good meeting at Farmleigh yesterday, we picked a site for a new binocular vision installation in front of the house, (lovely, a field of daffodils), and went through all the installation details. Just got an email from "The Gloss" magazine, who want to profile the project, so thing are looking good. I think we'll get there - thanks again A & D

Hall of Mirrors - The Tour

Very exciting news, the arts council are supporting Hall of Mirrors to tour to the following venues, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Solstice Arts Centre and Ballina Arts Centre from September 2012 to January 2013. We still need that last bit of funding though, so if you could all keep posting and twittering it would really help to get there, many thanks Anne + Denis

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Short clip from Joining the Dots, an installation we're working on with kids from Ardfert National School for Hall of Mirrors. Inspired by Gunnar Johansson's work on Biological Motion, there will be an interactive version of this piece in the exhibition, with software designed by CLARITY using a KINECT camera. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXrLtPqAJA8&feature=youtu.be

Dublin City of Science Public Engagement Programme.

We just received official confirmation that Hall of Mirrors is approved for inclusion in the Dublin City of Science Public Engagement Programme. This is really good news, because it means that the Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser will be directing schools to the show, plus all those international scientists that should be arriving mid-July. Thanks again for all your help A+D

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Doing well, everybody. After a quiet spell over Christmas we've passed the 25% mark. It would be really great if you could twitter/post a little, to try to keep the momentum going. Thanks so much A+D

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We've reached the €1000 mark, 16% funded. Thank you all so much and have a wonderful Christmas — Anne + Denis

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Thank you so much, we're already 8% funded after only 3 days, so fingers crossed

funders (58)

There are 52 public funders of this project

There are 6 anonymous funders of this project