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Olde Norse – Conor Harrington 13 November 2012

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Conor Harrington in Norway Street Art Video


‘Olde Norse’
sees London based Irish artist, Conor Harrington‘s visit to the far reaches of Norway this Summer. The video is the third collaboration between Harrington and cinematographer Andrew Telling. ‘I think this is by far our best film.’ Harrington explains ‘Pared back and super minimal [Telling] really captured the atmosphere of one of the most Northerly and isolated parts of Europe. This is one for the headphones, the music is composed and performed by both Andrew and Lucinda Chua. Watch the film for the music alone, I guarentee it’s worth it.’

For more on Conor Harrington‘s Nordic journey visit ConorSaysBoom!

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Phlegm in Bantry 22 June 2012

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UK based artist, Phlegm, made his first trip to Ireland to paint two murals including the giant submarine salmon above, in the scenic town of Bantry county Cork. Born in North Wales and now residing in Sheffield, street artist, cartoonist and illustrator Phlegm is well known for his self-published comics and amazing graffiti. His blog, Phlegmcomicnews is well with a visit.


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Conor Harrington at Fame 2012 19 June 2012

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Cork street artist, Conor Harrington was in the South of Italy recently to take part in the Fame Festival. ‘Fame’ is the Italian for hunger but Conor joked that he spent most of his time eating there.

The beautiful painting above is a called ‘Dead Meat’. On this ‘black and white biggie’ he tells us ‘I’m not sure how long this will last as we had no permission to paint it. Someone even called the police but Angelino sweet-talked them into allowing us finish, but I guess the fact that it’s on a kiddie school and I painted 2 nude women could be a bit of a problem…’ For a more complete account of Conor‘s work at the Fame Festival visit his blog, ConorSaysBoom.

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Cork’s Crak One 10 May 2012

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Here’s Cork City’s Crak One and his entry to the Livestyles Video Competition.

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Conor Harrington Back in Ireland 28 June 2011

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Conor Harrington is one of the most ambitious and open artists to emerge from Ireland in recent years, with a deep respect for urban street and art culture. The good news is that he is back in Ireland and has already been painting in the capital last weekend. The great people at ANewSpace covered Conor Harrington‘s beautiful painting in Temple Bar in Dublin city centre and by all accounts it was an incredible spectical. Read more here »

The renowned street artist will also be taking part in the Ennis Street Festival, painting another original piece on the Glór building this coming Friday, July 1st.

Conor is originally from Cork, but is currently based in London. His work is an incredibly successful collusion between ‘fine’ art and ‘street’ techniques. According to Conor himself, central to his oil canvasses is “the male figure, referring to the masculinity of urban culture”. The men in Conor‘s paintings allude to the not necessarily heroic, but stoic and pensive male of the modernist painters; however the pieces are plastered with post-modern graffito flourishes in a pertinent clash of styles – “I’m interested in the dynamics between opposing elements” says the artist. Whilst both the male figures and abstract elements of the work are, with out doubt, contemporary, the emotions they transmit are timeless, if currently under-rated – dignity, courage and a quiet sense of duty to oneself and those around us. At a time when men are accused of being somehow redundant within society Conor‘s work is an intelligent and modest reminder of their positive emotional contribution. It also shows that graff doesn’t have to shock – or be soppy – to have substance.

The Clare Youth Service Music Project will be providing a musical backdrop to Conor‘s painting on the day, showcasing some of the young talent amongst the local DJs, producers and rappers in the Clare area. There will also be a breakdancing showcase by Cork based crew The Rhythm Rebels, hosts of the recent Livestylez festival. The Rhythm Rebels are Munster’s most active breakdancing group, taking part in national and international showcases and competitions and acting as one of the main promoters of hiphop culture in Ireland. This event will take place outside the Glór building and will allow the audience to sample both the audio and visual experience of street culture being presented.

The evening’s entertainment is free and open to people of all ages, and in keeping with all CYS events, will be a drug and alcohol free environment.

The event will run from 4pm until 8pm outside Glór, Ennis.

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Rattles the Most, Cork 4 August 2010

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Graffiti Crews at Rattles The Most.

LB Frames covers Cork‘s ‘Rattles the Most’ in HD at the beginning of the summer. Really nice footage and incredible graffiti from the pick of Ireland’s graffiti writers including the prolific RTM, TDA TDS and TNB crews. Check out White Street Car Park’s latest facelift in the doc below.

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Graffiti Jam Cork 29 April 2010

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Rattles the Most Graffiti Jam Cork

This Sunday, Cork plays host to ‘Rattles the Most’ from 12 noon at White Street Car Park. The Jam features Cope2 (KD)the finest Irish graffiti writers including TDA Klan, RTM crew as well as some UK imports like Solo 1 and Bonzai.

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Kieran Hynes, Cork’s Graffiti Photographer 9 November 2009

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From his initial exploits as part of the TNT crew to his more recent role as a street art photographer, Kieran Hynes has been a part of the Cork graffiti scene since the early 90’s.

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Hynes told irishstreetart.com that back in the day ‘Cork had a big scene going on but without proper outlets and cop pressure the scene dried up with most crews at the time disbanding’.

However, Hynes kept up his interest, and in the past five years he has documented the Cork graffiti scene’s return to grace. Hynes has become familiar with most of Ireland‘s top writers and his work is driven by his own writer instinct and passion for finding ‘street art, be it tags,stencils or simply pieces off the beaten track’.

‘Alll respect to the artists for their work and ideas,for trying to brighten up this dull concrete jungle we all live in!’

Check out Kieran Hynes on flickr where there is over 4000 photo’s of local street art from Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and international work from Spain and Australia.

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The Big Wash Up, Cork 28 August 2009

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The Big Wash Up is a series of temporary wall washed murals by Cork Community Art Link offering a glimpse of Shandon past and present. Created as part of a participative arts project and developed through research, workshops and conversations with the wider community. The murals were launched on June 27th during the Shandon Street Festival and remain on display over the summer months. Mural maps can be found at St Mary’s Road Library, the Firkin Crane and shops around Shandon during July and August.

The memories shared with Artlink have inspired over fifty temporary images that were washed onto walls and buildings in and around Shandon. From the buttera (Butter Exchange Brass Band ) circa 1885 to knitwear making in the butter exchange in the late twenties, corner boys playing pitch and toss or delivery boys taking a rest, each wall is set to tell a story. The Firkin Crane and the Butter Exchange feature as two of the principal locations and host some of the more spectacular temporary murals relating the past uses of each building.

The Big Wash Up is part of CCAL’s What if… public space exploration programme.The project was undertaken with the support and participation of St Mary’s road Library, Shandon StreetFestival, Northside Folklore Project, Firkin Crane , Artist Philippe Chevrinais, Artitillerie, Shandon Youth Club and all those who gave their time, memories, materials and even their buildings as canvas.

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Diverse Cork Street Art 19 August 2009

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This summer the streets of the people’s republic are home to some of the most diverse styles this country has ever scene. Cork is brimming with Stencils, wheat pastes, throwies and complete pieces. Most of the pics taken are from Cork‘s White Street car park, thanks to Orla and Brian Cabaiste.

If you have photos from any graffiti jams taking place in your area we’d love to include them. Please email us on streetart@wecancreate.org

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Primetime – Calling All Creatives 13 July 2009

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Primetime

Primetime, in Cork, have announced a great competition for a chance to have your very own graphic printed on a skateboard.

Using a skate deck as your canvas, they want you to create an image or design celebrating the diversity and independence of skating and graffiti culture and its interaction with the surrounding environment. The dealine for submissions is the 31st August. All entries can be handed into the Primetime store at Nos 8&9 Washington Street, Cork or emailed to accounts@prime-time.ie

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White Street Car Park in Fisheye 31 January 2009

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Before a visit to London’s Southbank (Flicks coming soon) I decided to venture down to Ireland’s most colourful car park with my fisheye lomography. The new year has brought with it some really nice stuff down in this end of the country, infact Baqsr, Dex and Rask have put together one of the nicest pieces I’ve seen in a long time. If you’re around the city make sure you drop by and enjoy!

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Cork 2 January 2008

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Home of the legendary Conor Harrington, Cork was only recently the European capital of art and culture. A huge effort was made by Cork’s graff artists to show the rest of Europe that they could compete with any of their peers at street art. Although Dublin and Drogheda hosts Irelands principal graffiti jams, Cork seems to have jams every other week. For a good taste of what the city’s artists have to offer visit White Street car park and if you hang out there long enough you are bound to come across a writer or two.

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Surface Tension Cork’s Graffiti Jam on Tape 23 May 2007

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Surface Tension was Cork‘s premier urban culture festival in 2007. Featuring some of the country’s most prolific writers, Fiasco Films gives us a nice look into this amazing festival.

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