The Druthaib’s Ball at Galway Arts Centre

Galway Arts Centre is delighted to present Array Collective’s Turner prize installation The Druthaib’s Ball along with a wider exhibition of works across its two venues at 47 Dominick Street and Nuns Island Theatre. This is the first and only time the work will be seen in Ireland before it takes its place in the permanent collection of the National Museums NI.

Part of this major installation is The Druthaib’s Ball, centred on an imagined síbín – an illegal bar – with a floating roof made from banners created for protests and demonstrations. The Druthaib’s Ball is a built installation that invites audiences into an immersive experience reflecting the lively community hub of the Irish síbín, a long-established tradition of an illegal bar and space of contradiction, dark humour, and craic. Audiences will gather in this síbín – populated by semi-mythological drúthaib, along with the Ball’s esteemed guests.

To accompany the installation there is a weekly public programme of events with local social justice groups, artists and musicians to animate the síbín with traditional music sessions, dance, storytelling and song.

Array Collective are a group of 11 artists rooted in Belfast who create collaborative actions in response to socio-political issues affecting Northern Ireland.

The Array Collective’s Turner Prize winning installation The Druthaib’s Ball runs until 1st October.  A wider exhibition of artworks by the Array Collective is on view in Galway Arts Centre’s gallery spaces providing a unique opportunity for audiences in Galway and beyond to experience the prolific and vibrant work of this incredible artist collective.

More info here.

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