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
Film-maker who isn’t afraid to swim against the tide, and makes hugely effective work that is beautiful and speaks loudly to our society and how we see ourselves.
From little acorns do mighty oaks grow, and Lilliput is going to need more than a few trees if it’s to keep up with its publishing output, especially now Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
It takes a lot of talent to be able to make TV commercials artisic. Finnegan does that with an emphatic high five.
Come On Live Long musician and intriguing graphic designer.
Artistic director of Anu Productions.
Manager of Void, in Derry, which focuses as much on education and community engagement as on exhibiting work. A vital space.
Storyful may now be a completely different animal from what Little started out with, but gradually it’s working, and the big names are starting to take heed.
Party maker, event organiser and one of the people behind the Drop Everything free contemporary cultural event.
A continually evolving street artist.
Michael John Gorman
Founding director and CEO of Science Gallery, now bringing the Trinity College Dublin space to an international level.
Arts and crafts genius with an excellent grasp of popular culture and humour.
Founder of MutantSpace runs one of the best art blogs around, established a skills-exchange bank and runs a DIY arts festival. His projects are endlessly interesting.
Myles O'Reilly The emotional depth of O’Reilly’s work realises the key thing many music film-makers fail to capture: you feel as if you’re there.
Monthly General Meeting organiser and bassist with Delorentos.
A Kindle content developer and writer, O’Mahony has spent nearly three years on the Improving Football Governance through Supporter Involvement and Community Ownership project, and has helped to reinvigorate Cork City FC.
This illustrator and author of children’s books is also a Disney Junior star, thanks to Henry Hugglemonster, and the laureate for children’s literature in Ireland.
Producer and director with Still Films and director of Darklight.
Classic example of a crew who had an idea and ran with it, creating a brilliant festival of ideas.
Oh Yeah Music Centre
Hub of music in Belfast that is as ambitious as it is practical, providing services and inspiration for a generation of new musicians.
One of the most innovative spoken-word artists in recent years, whose theatre-making is getting better and better.
An actor who stops you in your tracks, leading to some of the most interesting work in theatre over nearly four decades. A true tour de force.
Renowned drag artist who shows no signs of slowing down.
The man behind Happenings has embraced the challenges of embarking on community-driven artistic adventures.
Branching into apps with the successful Fairy Magic, Campbell has done captivating work on some of the most groundbreaking video games ever, especially with developer Quantic Dream.
The man who made Other Voices a phenomenon – and he is only just getting started, having spread the Dingle wings towards Derry and London.
Ploughing ahead with DIY releases and gigs, and fostering bands that are on the alternative end of the pop spectrum, Popical Island approaches everything with brilliant positivity.
Project Arts Centre
The genesis for so many creative ventures since its birth, in 1966. It would be unfair to single out one person involved, so we’re throwing them all into the mix. Proper catalysts.
A great gutteral voice in the independent press. It’s a tough job, but these guys are brave enough and smart enough to keep the indie print flame burning.
Labour councillor in Dublin who pushes for a creative use of space for communities.
Katie Nolan and Rosie O’Reilly are an alarm bell in an increasingly apathetic world of fashion.
Rapper from Drumcondra who is heralding a new era of Irish hip hop.
The woman who has brought Dublin Fringe Festival through tough times.
An engineer of spectacular talents at Arup. Look no further than China Central Television HQ in Beijing.
Rosie Lynch, Jo Anne Butler, Hollie Kearns and Tara Kennedy are behind thi s design organisation in Kilkenny.
Underground style icon behind the best disco in Ireland, Together.
His Street Feast project rocks.
Seomra Spraoi collective
In a small building in Dublin’s north inner city, a collective of people continue to plough a DIY furrow, with a diverse group using the space for everything from political meet-ups to vegan dining and bike workshops.
Designer and director whose work is simply beautiful. The net he casts is capturing more and more international clients.