Sean Carver - Alchemy of Skin

Opening reception Thursday 9th December 6-9pm.
Daily viewings til Sunday 12th December.

The Back Loft is delighted to host the first exhibition, in Ireland, of recent works by Cork artist Sean Carver, also a resident artist of la Catedral Studios. A graduate of the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork & Limerick School of Art & Design, Carver's solo exhibition will also feature works that span from across the last decade.

Carver’s use of disparate imagery & fragments sacrificed from sketch books and works from over the years, have been sublimated into larger paintings. Thus creating a diversity of imagery woven within each canvas: featuring recurring motifs and sometimes religious undertones set against Carver's signature palette of sepia. The initial impact is visceral and stuns the mind, allowing a slow unfolding of a more rational communication as the forms and symbols emerge to reveal themselves. Carver’s work reflects the creative impetus to showcase honest representations of both the reality of his consciousness fused with his escapist unconsciousness. Each painting is a generation.

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Opening reception for one night only - Monday 13th december, 6-9pm.

Established in 1948, Dublin University Photography Association (DUPA) is the photography society of Trinity College Dublin. We offer members the opportunity to improve their photography skills, while providing a forum for exhibiting their work. The annual Christmas Exhibition is a much anticipated event.
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MIMESIS THEATER COMPANY - "What the Dickens is Wilde doing here?"

Mimesis Theatre Company following the success of their first production 'MORT' presents to you "What the Dickens is Wilde doing here?". This is a theatrical regaling of some of Charles Dickens and Oscar Wildes most memorable tales. From one very excitable Remarkable Rocket to some rather terrifying Christmas Goblins, climb into the books with us for a warm and hearty night of entertainment with hot beverages, baked goods and stories to suit everyones taste.

Runs Dec 15th-18th at 7.30pm.
Doors open at 7pm.



246 Letters is a play about love, war, and destroying all trace of people you used to know.
A new play written by Jane Madden, 246 Letters is the latest production from critically acclaimed production company Daguerreotype.
Staring Barry Morgan and Bri Fitzpatrick and Directed by Dan Bergin.
The show runs from November 25th to December 2nd.
Doors open at 7pm, show starts 8pm. Tickets are priced at €10 (€8 concession).
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360 Days
A Unique Art Event & Book Launch by Margot Quinn
A series of paintings for each day
and a book containing all the images with text for 2009

Opening at 6pm sharp on Friday 3rd December
and from 12pm to 6pm on Saturday 4th December

Come along on Friday for an evening of entertainment
by Mr Art and The Artettes with event launch by Gavin Friday
plus mince pies and Mr Art

please RSVP to

Robot by Margot Quinn


Mamuska Dublin: 28th November

MAMUSKA DUBLIN Sunday 28th November 2010 @ THE BACK LOFT, Starts 8pm

Mamuska Dublin rides again! The unique blend of experimentation, play, risk and recklessness is back on Sunday 28th November. Audience and artists mingle in a raw, informal setting where 10 minute experimental performances and screenings are mixed with plenty of breaks for discussion, music and relaxation.

Complimentary drinks will be on offer with a raffle at the end of the night.

28th November line-up

Carlo Jacucci - 'Grzegorz' - CLOWNING
Wojtek Bratus & Rachel Devlyn - IMPROVISED DANCE
Lemeh42 - 'Inner Klänge' - SHORT FILM
Terence Erraught & Darren Caffrey - 'Gentleman's Picnic' - LIVE DRAWING
Roisin Corrigan - 'Tribal Body Projections' - DANCE
Anastasia Artemeva & Elena Bezborodova - 'Psychogeography' - PERFORMANCE
Keith Mannix, Conor Doonan 'IT(ch)'/Sinead Curran 'Running Time'/Hilary Williams 'My Mother/Myself' - 3 FILMS
Ann Gildea & Sean Frayne - 'Joie de Vivre' - MUSIC/COMEDY
*Raffle during break*

FREE ADMISSION. Mamuska Dublin is supported by the Arts Council.


The Myth Machine

picture byAndy Maranzi from "The suitacase Milonguera"

The Myth Machine presents

An Eclectic night of comedic tales......Not one, not two but three performances to warm the heart and tickle the ribs.

Date: Saturday, 13th November @ 7.30 Sharp (Show will be followed by a Milonga Tango salon until 11pm)

  • The Suitcase Milonguera written and performed by Nicole Rourke and featuring tango dancer Hernan Catvin.
  • A volatile character escapes the page and things quickly get out of hand in this torrid journey into the underworld of tango. The sultry passion and blistering wit of this one woman show will leave you gasping for air. Be sure to check for your nearest fire exit!
  • See trailer on this link!
  • Attack in the morning written and performed by Roddy Mc Devitt and John Bela Reilly.
  • A rambunctious telling of Kerry cycling Legend Mick Murphy's attempt to beat the best in the 1000 mile RAS TAILLTEANN of 1958. With raw steak, cow's blood, broken bones, concussion-induced hallucinations and a dash of the super-heroic, this two-wheeled, one act, two-hander quickly accelerates into adrenaline-fueled hilarity!
* Only The Lonely/Space Ship Chip Shop
  • written/told by Mrs Nellie Murphy - 'equal parts comedy, pathos, joy, erotica and train wreck'. Mrs Murphy is also MC for the evening. First Prize winner at Listowel Writers’ Week, ‘Only The Lonely’ is a delightful, heartwarming, and bittersweet recount of discovering true love, in a time more innocent than now. Space Ship Chip shop is a surreal tale involving bras, batterburgers and space travel, all tossed together in the noble pursuit of happiness. The pieces will be supported and woven together by the wonderful original music of Niceol Blue
  • Cost: 10 Euro/ 8 Euro concession.
For further details check
or contact Nicole Rourke on 086 8576705.

All tickets will be sold at the door so please come early to avoid bitter disappointment!


Jewellery Box - Irelands Hidden Gems

Daragh Muldowney’s up and coming photographic exhibition Rocks

Jewellery Box - Irelands Hidden Gems

Opening Wednesday, 10th November, (6-9pm)
from Thursday 11th – Sunday 21st of November.

Daragh Muldowney of Dúlra Photography renowned nature photographer, will be opening his art exhibition and launch of his book, “Jewellery Box – Irelands Hidden Gems” on Wednesday 10th of November from 6-9pm at the Back , c/o La Catedral Studios, Dublin 8.

Colin Stafford-Johnson from RTE's 'Living the Wildlife', who will be launching the exhibition said, “Daragh’s work captures a modern take on Ireland ’s wonderful marine resource at our doorstep. The outstanding collection of photographs from rock pools taken in seventeen coastal counties of Ireland , shows his exceptional photographic technique and ability to see beyond the norm”.

The book also entitled Jewellery Box – Irelands Hidden Gems, will feature over thirty images taken in rock pools throughout Ireland and will be available to purchase at the exhibition. As an inspiration for everyone interested in rock pooling, Daragh said, “The photographs for the exhibition and book have brought back wonderful childhood memories, exploring pools where tiny creatures in their own magical world kept me entertained for hours. I now am looking forward to sharing the images with those that are interested in our shores”.

Dr. Prannie Rhatigan, author of Irish Seaweed Kitchen, will be also be giving a presentation at the Jewellery Box – Irelands Hidden Gems exhibition on Thursday the 18th November about the Secret Rock Pool Life and a demonstration on seaweed and their nutritional values. The presentation is from 7-10pm. All are welcome. Bookings for the presentation are recommended by contacting

For more information about Daragh Muldowney and Dúlra Photography see

Daragh Muldowney

087 2939374



Exhibition Launch – October 27th 2010 at 6pm Runs from October 27th – 31st 2010 from 1-5pm daily
‘they’ve seen us..... they’re staring this way......’
Ideas of fear, fate and foreboding, omens, signs and intuition are central to this collection of work in textiles, print, animation, photography and sound inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s short story and Nicholas Roeg’s 1973 film adaptation.

Don’t Look Now features work by Sam Boyd, Grainne Finn, Giita Hammond, Lorna Melody, Hannah Mullan, Sarah Verdon, Eoin Williams, Patrick Wall, and Robert Parkinson.

An unintentional beauty born out of Interruption

'An Unintentional Beauty Borne Out Of Interruption’
Opening Reception: Wednesday 20th Oct,
6pm – 8pm

Daily Viewing: Thurs 21st Oct – Saturday 23rd Oct, 12pm - 8pm daily

Auction: Sunday 24th Oct 4pm - 7pm

An Unintentional Beauty Borne Out Of Interruption is the first solo exhibition by Jenny Watkins featuring large-scale paintings that explore the artists' affiliation with burnt out vans and cars dumped on top of Mt. Leinster. Jenny was inspired by Eckhart Tolles theory in A New Earth that we, as human beings, can contemplate the beauty in almost anything, once we are aware of our own inner essence. Manifest throughout this series of work is the relationship between the subject and the environment, and the journey therein.

Jenny graduated with a BA in Ceramics from West Wales School of the Arts, Carmarthen, in 2007; culminating with a MA in Ceramics at the International Ceramics Centre, Cardiff School of Art and Design, UWIC, in 2008. On her current work she says;

Perhaps it’s my background in Ceramics, but when the sun shines on vehicles that have been dumped and burnt out on top of Mt. Leinster, the earthy colours emanating are truly beautiful. Being from the countryside, we see the contrast of nature and man co- existing in rural settings and the beauty of these things when nature gets her hands on them. An Unintentional Beauty Borne out of Interruption which could easily go unnoticed through quick dismissal when regarded as rubbish or ugly is an essence I hope to captivate within my work.

Jenny has teamed up with the SCOOP (Save Children Out Of Poverty) Foundation to exhibit and sell her work in the hope of raising money to fund Jenny to volunteer and teach art at ‘The Save Children in Asia Orphanage,’ Cambodia. All pieces will go under the hammer of George Mealy in an exciting auction that will be held on Sunday 24th Oct. Bids will be accepted all week and pieces can even be sold before the auction at reserve prices.

The SCOOP (Save Children Out Of Poverty) Foundation are a new and exciting Irish charity who support children's education in the developing world. At present they are raising funds to build a brand new school in Cambodia which will act as a tangible and user friendly link between Irish volunteers and the Cambodian children. They also encourage as many different people from as many different walks of life to volunteer and ask YOU to get involved. For more info please see


What do you want out of life?

A fundraising exhibition presented by Costanzo Idini

Opening Reception: 15th October 6pm – late

Gallery Events: Sat 16th/ Sun 17th, 2-8pm

Tango milonga: Sat 16th, 7.30-11.30

Suggested donation E 5 per day, E 12 for the 3 days.
For PROGRAMME details see below

"What do you want out of life"
is a solo exhibit by Costanzo Idini and is part of a fund raising event featuring also performances and a tango milonga closing with a raffle.

From his travels to Buenos Aires in 2002 Costanzo Idini decided that he had to do more for the poverty stricken children and with this in mind he began the long process of documenting their lives. The objective of this fundraising event is to collect funds to publish a photographic documentary book, with the aim of funding the education of children in order to provide a way out of poverty for themselves and subsequently for their families.

The event will also feature an itinerant VJ piece which will be hosted in various peer venues in Dublin with the aim of networking and raise awareness on human rights and children’s condition in South America through visual art.

For more information on the project "FROM PATAGONIA TO BRAZIL" or if you would like to get involved and contribute in any way please contact us at:



The Back Loft will be yet again the dance lounge of an unforgettable tango Milonga, Buenos Aires Style, in conjunction with Compadrito Tango.
Four hours of non stop tango dance and more in the atmospheric setting of the Back Loft surrounded by the evocative photographs shot by Costanzo Idini in a recent trip from Patagonia to Brazil. Entrance fee is 5 Euro only. Donations are welcome and raffle tickets will be on sale throughout thew.e which will entitle the audience to participate to the final raffle prize draw on Sunday at 7pm and also to a complimentary glass of wine!
Join numerous, this is one not to be missed for tangueros and tango appreciators!



Friday 15th, 6.00pm - 7.30pm Opening wine reception

7:30pm - 8.00pm Nicole Rourke & Hernan Catvin

(The Suitcase Milonguera - Theatrical Performance)

8:30pm - 9.00pm Costanzo Idini (VJ)

Saturday 16th

2-8pm Exhibition viewing

4.00pm - 5.00pm Kazemi Sandoval Y Compania (Tango songs and Spanish music)

5.30pm - 6.30pm Trisha O'Keeffe - Singer songwriter

6.30 pm - 7.30pm mingle break

7.30pm - 11.30pm Tango milonga In conjunction with Compadrito Tango

Sunday 17th

2-8pm Exhibition Viewing

3.30pm - 4.30pm Alberto Gariglio (Pianist)

4.45pm - 5.30pm Keith Burke – (singer songwriter)

6.00- 6.30 Michael Cooney (Contemporary Dance performer)

7pm Raffle prize draw


CALL FOR WORK: Mamuska Dublin


MAMUSKA DUBLIN Sunday 28th November 2010 @ THE BACK LOFT, 8pm

La Catedral Studios calls local, national and international artists to participate in the upcoming Mamuska Dublin. This is a unique occasion to present and view evolving works, raw ideas, unrehearsed visions, trials and errors, short masterpieces, playful nonsense, first steps... all in the context of an informal environment where like minded people meet and receive feedback from the audience. Be a part of it!
A maximum of ten artists will present their work while a unique sound environment will permeate through out the evening.

To submit your work, fill out the attached form and return to this address.

Submission criteria:

* open to works in the fields of dance, live performance, live installation, sound and video art
* all works must be under 10 minutes long
* all works must have very simple technical set up and requirements
* send title, duration and brief description of work submitted
* send short CV of people involved
* inclusion of supporting material is recommended

Closing Date For Submissions: Monday 8th November 2010

Email all submissions to La Cat Salons curator Brigit McCone at Mamuska Dublin is supported by the Arts Council.



Exhibition opening - Wedn 6th October, 6-8 pm.

To be opened by Catherine Boland, Hon., Secretary, C.I.A.S.
Featuring storyteller Coilín “The" Oh-Aissieux

Daily viewing Thur 7th - Sunday 10th october, 11am-8pm
Curated by Tony Strickland

A two person exhibition of paintings, prints and installation by Leila Pedersen and Daniel Lipstein. These two artists create a myriad of works gleaned from experience
both real, embellished and symbolic. Using different techniques such as drawing, painting and print-making they try to illicit imaginative and emotive response by weaving narrative, dream and theater to provoke a powerful portrait of the human condition.

This show is a celebration of the spoken tale, drawing from the obscure, visionary, intangible; symbolism that is inherent in the folklore of all cultures and that which is expressed in the dreams and desires of the human psyche.

The opening night of this show will incorporate a performance by
professional storyteller Coilín “The Oh-Aissieux” in conjunction and
sympathy with the visual art works featured in the exhibition.


Doors open 19:30 Performance 20:00
Tickets €10

The Sun, the Moon and the Apple
Inspired by a series of poems by Ted Hughes entitled ‘The Epilogue Poems‘ this project conveys free structure of poetry generating a dreamy and sensual atmosphere. The idea is to combine visual arts and video installation with a theatrical performance based on poetry and not on a dramatic text/play. The production plays with both textual and visual qualities of theatre a...nd explores elements of Greek theatre and of physical and dance theatre.

The main theme of the production is the male – female dichotomy of the universe and the never-ending quest for balance and harmony. The inspiration is in mythologies and poetry, and the rendering is impressionistic, oniric and poetic. The project aims to be a poetic extravaganza rather than a traditional play, in which lyricism is laced with suggestive stage images and where missives from the edge of extreme experience are laced with a wry humour.

The Kaleidoscope Project is a theatre group with an alternative approach to theatre, literature and art based in Co. Kildare.We experiment with poetry on stage, multimedia and physical theatre.

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Opening reception: Wednesday, 3rd November. 6-8pm

Daily viewing times: Thursday 4th, 12 – 8pm, Friday 5th – Sunday 7th, 12 – 6pm

An exhibition of new work by a group of Dublin based artists:

Natalie Byrne, Kate O’Donnell, Marina O’Loughlin and Fiona Bean Uí Chadhla.

The four artists are all returning to their creative endeavours after a period of reflection.

The exhibition explores the artists individual responses to the creative process.





New Dublin Voices & Open Studios at CULTURE NIGHT

New Dublin Voices

Friday 24th September, between 5 and 11pm.

A unique opportunity to meet and talk to the La Catedral Studios' artists from their workspaces and understand the process behind creating art work. Feel free to stroll around the studios, buy great artwork at competitive prices and chill out at the Back Loft entertained by New Dublin Voices Choir...

Up there with Ireland’s best and most exciting chamber choirs, the brilliant New Dublin Voices has chosen Culture Night at the Back Loft to launch its eagerly anticipated debut CD, “Something Beginning With B”. The event takes place early on Culture Night – 6pm til 8pm in the Back Loft. Come along for the buzz and a glass of wine – NDV will be there to sing a track or two from “Something Beginning With B”. The rule for New Dublin Voices’ debut CD was that every track had to have a “B” in it: this means the Beatles are rubbing shoulders with Brahms and Benjamin Britten is neighbours with a barbershop quartet! “Something Beginning With B” has a wide, wide mix of sounds and styles, something for everyone, and is a great sample of the world of New Dublin Voices to have on disc at home or in the car.