101% Funded


Target: €5500


€5,590 Raised


193 Funders

Solstice 2012

By Solstice


Solstice is a 5 day arts event, taking place as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2012. Since we began in 2010, we have worked to create a platform for some of the most exciting Irish and European emerging artists to share their work with Cork city, and with you, the audience.
Solstice 2012 will include the work of over 100 individual artists, that’s 15 productions and an incredible visual arts exhibition curated by emerging curator Aoife Flynn. We will bring together artists from Ireland, Holland, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Palestine, UK and US.many more! This will be a truly unique experience from start to finish where audience and artists experience new work together, socialise and share opinions.

TITLE (This Is Tough Love Everybody) is a residency we are running throughout June this year. We are bringing 6 artists together, to share a home and develop their practice here in Cork for one month. They will be sharing the results as part of Solstice 2012.

Solstice: a 4 person collective made up of Ruairí Donovan, Dawn Mac Allister, Eszter Némethi and Shirley Somers, who are working closely alongside Tom Creed (Artistic Director, CMF) and the wonderful team at Cork Midsummer Festival. Thomas Conway (Literary Manager, Druid and Director in Residence, NUIG) is the mentor for the TITLE residents.
Solstice are the Irish winner of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize.

June 27th to July 1st 2012

We’re tired of downturn, decline, departures and decay. We’re taking control and making our own rules. We’re having a real conversation with our city and our generation about where we are and what comes next…

Solstice is a collective of young practitioners, unified by a desire to bring together an artistic community. We strive to create open, accessible venues, with no preconceptions or pretension, to showcase the work of fellow emerging artists from around the country. We offer a platform at an international arts festival for the most exciting and provocative work created by a new generation of Irish and European artists.

We aim to enhance and inform the artistic practice of all our participating artists and bring delight and debate to our audience.

Solstice is about celebration, about joy, about coming together, sharing, learning and creating an experience that will leave people changed.

How? ….
That’s where you come in!
Solstice is kindly supported by the EU Youth in Action, Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork City Arts Office and countless other supporters across the country. We’ve got big ambitions and strong foundations to build on from last year.

With your help, we can once again give artists a cost neutral platform for presenting their work, Solstice providing travel, accommodation and production costs. Your help will allow us to provide these supports and kit out our new venue to show you the best emerging artists out there. We are building something special, a new way of being together. We really value your support.

Thanks so much! Ruairí, Dawn, Eszter and Shirley.