Creative catalysts: 100 people making things happen in Ireland right now
In the first part of our Catalysts series, we take a look at the people driving creativity in Ireland today
Fin DAC: beauty is at the heart of his new street-art aesthetic
Coderdojo. Photograph: Eric Luke
James Earley: wall art
Stefanie Preissner. Photograph: Maciej Staroniewicz
Rebacca Moynihan (in yellow). Photograph: Matt Kavanagh
Last month we started a conversation on our Pop Life blog about the most creative people in Ireland. The list started with 30 entries, then grew to 50, and now it encompasses 100 of the most creative people, organisations and collectives in Ireland.
The initial list generated a lot of discussion, online and off. We handed it over to you, to comment and expand on, and you did so in huge numbers, by email, on Twitter and Facebook and on the original post.
Our criteria for creativity are quite loose, but all 100 entries have some things in common: they all innovate, have a diversity of skills, break new ground, or are doers or hubs for other creative people.
This is a list to explore and add to. We don’t touch on plenty of industries that allow for creativity, so let us know who you think people should check out by emailing email@example.com.
The idea of “right now” is important, too. These are people who are exciting us in 2013. Ireland has a huge number of established creative people, but we have slightly shied away from those. Many of the people on the list have seen their creativity flourish during a time of economic difficulty. Many are also multifaceted, as we’re talking about creativity, not just one amazing talent in one specific area.
There are, of course, multiple types of creativity. Our list is heavy on those exploring work within art and culture, but the point is to continue a conversation about creative doers – as we’ll be doing during this series. Join in, contribute, debate, inform.
Hiding fascinating installations around the country.
10 Days in Dublin
The result of providing something for a community when a couple of friends saw a gap in the cultural calendar for a more open-format festival. This year saw it grow in quality, with artists using the event as a lightning rod for work that is more fringe than Fringe.
Fashion stylist and editor of Thread magazine.
Aisling Rogerson and Luca D'Alfonso
Founders of the Fumbally cafe, in Dublin 8.
City architect with big ideas that look beyond Dublin as a place for big developers or for buildings whose sole purpose is to generate rates and rents.
And So I Watch You From Afar
A Band who live to bring their music to the far-flung corners of the world.
Fairy godmother of independent Irish music, head of First Music Contact, Hard Working Class Heroes and Music from Ireland, and founder of Breaking Tunes.
Ángel Luis González Fernández
At the helm of PhotoIreland, pushing photography in Ireland forwards, and overseeing great photography festivals.
Stunning artist who is currently working with Wes Anderson. Everything she makes is beautiful.
Artistic director of Corn Exchange steers brilliant theatre productions into the fast lane of critical acclaim.
Creative heart of Tieranniesaur, one of the most interesting bands to come out of Ireland in recent years.
Festival director of Body & Soul who manages to bring together a team of people to create the best music festival in Ireland.
Chair of the Dublin branch of the 50:50 Group, and women and equality officer for the Labour Party.
Promoters, venue managers, party organisers and so much more.
With Conal Thomson, Canty runs Feel Good Lost, a production house in Cork.
Brown Bread Mixtape
Spoken word, comedy, music and more, creating a live experience that Kalle Ryan and Enda Roche can be truly proud of.
Business to Arts
Stuart McLaughlin, Rowena Neville and Andrew Hetherington provide advice and hook-ups between artistic endeavours and corporate entities.
Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O'Connell
Founders of Brown Bag Films.
An illustrator of such brilliance he should be treasured, and an innovator whose iPad app is in Apple ads on the New York subway.
Of One Wild Life and the Trailblazery.
James Whelton and Bill Liao started with a computer club in Cork and have gone on to create a global network of free, not-for-profit coding and tech education for young people.
Man behind Mabos and Kings of Concrete.
Editor of the Stinging Fly literary journal.
Illustrator of phenomenal talent.
Diet of Worms
Comedy troupe and theatre-makers who are now branching into television.
Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe
Directors of Element Pictures produce film and television and reinvigorated the Light House Cinema.
An artist who is full of surprises. His performances and installations perch on the edge of what it means to be alive.
Artist who is ripping up the aesthetic of urban street art and starting again. Beauty is at the heart of all of his work.
Possibly the greatest Irish stage actor of her generation. Smart, challenging and an insightful director to boot.
The First Fortnight crew excels at the almost impossible task of amplifying the cause of mental health through engaging with audiences using visual art, music, comedy, theatre and more. A remarkable achievement that, regardless of the cause, also has its place as a creative hub.
Architect and founder of Fumbally Exchange.
Apart from overseeing one of the best programmed live-music spaces in the country – the Róisín Dubh in Galway – Gugai is one of the best at bigging up Irish talent, and has guided Daithí and Elaine Mai to the fore.
Architects who constantly surprise with their playful and beautiful aesthetic.
A project that brings music into homes, redefining both house parties and house shows and providing those in attendance with a night to remember.
Otherwise known as the musician Mmoths.
Earley’s amazing large-scale street art is an intriguing mix of anatomy and nature, expanding the medium in a freeform, visceral way.
Irish Times journalist and the ball of energy behind Banter. He starts conversations and then leads them.
Ireland’s most interesting artist. His work is nothing short of stunning. A true innovator.