2020 – September


Interface presents site-specific performance, experimental music and exhibition, curated around themes of connection by artistic director Alannah Robins. During the COVID19 lockdown, a group of Interface artists began meeting weekly online. The meetings were initially set up with a view towards overcoming isolation and towards mutual support and stimulus. Artists took it in turn to present their work from wherever they were in the world, with experimental music in New York, walking drawing in Bath, and site-specific installation in Tehran.

CONNECT will combine work made in response to the artists’ recent connections and also in in response to the Interface environment.

Alannah Robins; Angela Williams; Anne Marie Deacy; Breda Burns; Bernie Dignam; Brett Sroka; Eileen Ryan; Fay Stevens; Foad Alijani; Geraldine O Brien; Jane Cassidy; Lelia Ní Chaithmhaol; Louise Manifold; Margaret Irwin West; Michael Geddis; Órla Mc Govern.

The exhibition includes a film installation by Laura McMorrow, the outcome of her residency at Interface February-March 2020, which spanned the beginning of lockdown restrictions in Ireland.



Interface will present an exhibition about the project Carrying The Songs.  This project sees a story and a drawing being passed from one person to another, from Inis Mór and across Europe, through Scandinavia to Istanbul. So far, the story has been told nearly 300 times, and is currently in Latvia. It has passed through 22 languages, including the minority languages of Occitan, Catalan, Basque, Kikongo, Friesian, and within the arctic circle, Norrsjö Bonska, Meänkieli and two dialects of Sami. At its core, the project examines the simplicity of oral storytelling across diverse cultures and regions, and explores how we listen – or don’t listen – to one another. It reflects on how language is characterised by place and the experience of individuals. The exhibition reflects on recurring archetypes which are common throughout cultures and how the story adapted itself to each region. Visitors will be able to delve into the wealth of recordings, by scanning a set of QR codes on their phone, and can look at maps tracing the route the story has taken. They will be able to see printed iterations of the drawing as it has developed so far, and watch the stop motion animated film which has resulted from the combined work of these artists.

Read more about the project and trace the route of the story here.

Buy a limited edition print from the collective drawing, at various stages of its development, and in doing so support the project on its journey. Read about the project:

Pass it on: How a Story changed in the Telling between Ireland and France, Manchán Magan in the Irish Times, 12th September

Tickets for this event are free, but strictly limited. Please call Alannah Robins at 086 1993878 to book your place.