CALL FOR WORK: V*A*P*I*D! Video Art Salon

La Cat Explore is proud to announce a one-of-a-kind salon of Video Artistic Photographic Imagery Displays - V*A*P*I*D! lighting up the depths of winter with screenings of short experimental films, video art, animations and visual explorations on Sunday, December 8th.

We are looking for:
Visually Amazing Picturesque Imaginative Dioramas!
Virtual Animated Pixellated Innovative Displays!
Va-va-voom! Alternative, Panoramic, Intriguing Delights!

vapid (ˈvæpɪd ) - adjective

offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging; bland.

synonyms:uninspired,colourless, uninteresting, feeble, flat, dead, dull, boring, tedious, tired, unexciting, unimaginative, lifeless, zestless, spiritless, sterile, anaemic, tame, bloodless, jejune, vacuous, bland, stale, trite, pallid, wishy-washy, watery, tasteless, milk-and-water, flavourless

So if your vid's not vapid, submit it to V*A*P*I*D!

Submission deadline: Sunday 24th November
Maximum length - 15 minutes approx
Email your submissions to with either a link to an on-line screener of the film (e.g. vimeo / youtube), or sending the film in .mp4 or .mov format via a file-sharing programme.

Dinner de los Muertos

Gruel Guerilla and Hunt & Gather
Dinner De los Muertos

Day of the Dead also called "Dia de los Muertos," is a celebration of life and of those who have passed. Although this celebration is associated with the dead, it is not portrayed as a morbid or depressing time, but rather a period full of life, happiness, color, food, friend’s, and fun.

Our celebration takes place on Friday the 1st of November, in the tucked away and bewildering surrounds of The Back Loft, Dublin 8. From dusk will we be inviting you and yours to join us for an evening of sharing a plentiful feast with the deceased.

We are drawing savory inspirations from New Orleans and Deep South dishes as well as sweet inspirations from Mexico to create our Menu.

New Orleans inspired canapés
Irish wild bird gumbo
Creole dish of duck, with mango marmalade
Pan de muertos (Mexican sweet dead bread)
Home made sugar skulls

Mademoiselle Fabiana will be channeling spirits and reading our guest’s tarot cards on the evening. There will also be a live moody musical performance from Rufus Coates and the Blackened Trees.

As a special treat for our guests we will have some whiskey tasting on the evening from Teeling Whiskey. Brewed locally by brothers Jack and Stephen who are keen to support art and culture in Dublin.

As part of the evening’s celebrations we hope to see our guests disguised as the living dead, in costume and decorations of their choice. We are confident this evening of food, festivies and performance will inspire your taste buds and imagination.

We do hope you can join us on the evening to welcome the souls of the dead.
Location: Back Loft Gallery, Dublin 8.
BYOB (we are encouraging bring your own bottle of wine or beer)
Fancy dress
RSVP for tickets:

Storysmelling Salon lineup

La Cat Explore, proudly presents the Story-smelling Salon on Tuesday 12 November, at 7pm! A unique multi-sensory storytelling experience, we implore you to smell, feel and hear the tales come to life all around you. Featuring the delicate Gothic eeriness of Nadia Gativa, the uncanny jolt of Ken McGrath's short fiction, the narrative windings of James Moran (of the BlueBottle Collective), tales from West Cork by Johnny 'Donkey' Morrissey, and a lyrical Celtic folktale given a new spin by Brigit McCone. Also featuring special surprise guests and one piece of frankly filthy and reprehensible pornographic smut offering fifty shades of farce.

So don't miss it ... only €5 entry to help fund a bowl of soup for our starving artists (this is not a joke, their children need wine).


Mamuska Dublin

Mamuska Dublin swings back into action on Friday 8th November, featuring a packed line-up of live performance and video screenings to challenge and inspire. Audience and artists mingle in an atmosphere of play and discovery. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 7.30 sharp.

Mamuska Dublin is a free event supported by the Arts Council Small Festivals Scheme and curated by the La Cat Salons inhouse programme of La Catedral Studios. Come one, come all!


1. EL Putnam  - 'Tea for Two' - PERFORMANCE
2. Tommie Soro (dir) - 'Branded'  and Katya Torres (dir) 'Honey' - VIDEO ART
4. Ciara Lindsey - 'Regret' - VIDEO ART / LIVE MUSIC
5. Marcus & Marco - 'Why the Stars Hold Their Peace' - MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING
6. John Freeman (dir.) - 'Murder of Crows' / Roland Gomez - 'Duo Hang & Tabla' VIDEO ART / LIVE MUSIC
 7. Boaz and Vered Zur - 'Relationships' -  PERFORMANCE
8. John Freeman (dir) 'You're the One That I'm Thinking of' followed by Odette 'Sleeping Beauty' - VIDEO ART / DANCE - MIME
9David Bickley (dir.) 'Under' and Lesley-Ann Daley 'Primary Narcissism' - VIDEO ART

FEATURED IMAGE: a still from 'Primary Narcissism' by Lesley Ann Daley.



Art Wave's photo.

ArtWave has the pleasure to invite you to their  3rd Splash Art Festival and launch of their brand new on-line platform

Splash Art Festival is a 2-day festival of art, music and dance and is a very popular annual art event. As this may be ArtWave's last show for a while, this year the organisers want to honour their artistic friends who supported ArtWave's throughout the years by presenting their work.

ArtWave 2013 will feature: 

  •  A visual art exhibition.

  • A digital presentation of works from their friends, previous events and ArtWave’s future plans.

  •  A camera set-up on the back loft's mezzanine to document the entire first day of the show with the aim of creating a time lapse video.

  • A few more surprises for the ArtWave’s online platform launch...

Opening times:
Saturday 9th November – 6pm to 10.30pm
Sunday 10th November – 2pm to 8pm

Tickets: €5 for 2-day pass (available at the door)

Splash Art Sponsors and Partners:
·         La Catedral Studios/The Back Loft:
·         John Lemon & Yerbata

Come and enjoy the art on display with a complimentary John Lemon’s Lemonade and a glass of wine!



A magic two-day play and improvisational clowning workshop will take place at the Back Loft on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of October. It will be facilitated by Susan Coughlan (Dublin) and Carol Thompson (London). Place are limited to 12 people. 
To book call Susan on 0879875180 
or email:
 Photo: A two-day play and improvisational clowning workshop will take place at the Back Loft  on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of October. It will be facilitated by Susan Coughlan (Dublin) and Carol Thompson (London). Place are limited to 12 people. To book call Susan on 0879875180 or email