Newly launched Artist-in-Residence Programme at The Digital Hub

Initiative supports creative digital arts in the Liberties Area.

  • Filmmaker, Mia Mullarkey to deliver Screen8 after school programme to teens
  • Photographer, Mandy O’Neill is working towards an exhibition in March 2019

The Digital Hub, Ireland’s largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses, has announced an Artist-in-Residence Programme at The Digital Hub.  The programme represents the first such initiative by The Digital Hub and will comprise of a residency for both a filmmaker and a photographer.   Filmmaker, Mia Mullarkey, and photographer, Mandy O’Neill, will bring their unique perspectives to life at The Digital Hub and will contribute to the organisation’s learning and community initiatives, as well as the artistic and cultural life of the area.  Both artists will be provided with office space in The Digital Hub for the duration of their residency.

Fiach Mac Conghail, Chief Executive Officer of The Digital Hub said: “We are very excited to launch an Artist-in-Residence programme, which represents another first for The Digital Hub, but also builds on our recent re-engagement with the artistic and creative community.  Both Mia and Mandy are hugely talented artists and we are excited about the projects they are each working on, the programmes they are delivering to the community and their reflections on life at The Digital Hub and Liberties area.”

The filmmaker residency is also supported by the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.  Mia Mullarkey will be located at The Digital Hub until February 2019.  One of the first projects already undertaken by Mia in her new role was the production of a documentary film ‘Dublin 8: Portrait.’  This short film, which premiered last month at The Digital Hub on Culture Night, offers an insider’s perspective on the energy and character of the Dublin 8 community through people, events and activities.

As part of her residency, Mia has developed and is delivering a new learning initiative for The Digital Hub called ‘Screen8,’ an out-of-school programme for 14-to-16-year olds living in Dublin 8 and its surroundings.  The free programme will give budding young filmmakers hands-on experience of making movies and is designed to give young people an opportunity to be creative and develop skills and talents for a future career in film.

Photo: Peter Houlihan

Commenting on her appointment to the Artist-in-Residence programme at The Digital Hub, Mia Mullarkey said: “I’m delighted to be selected as filmmaker in residence for the 2018 programme at The Digital Hub in conjunction with Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival. I have been given a lovely office space on Thomas Street, where I’m now working daily. And I’m teaching film to teens from Dublin 8. The students are so bright and engaged and already have a great idea for the short documentary we plan to make. We have a big task ahead learning all the creative and logistical aspects of film making and then beginning our project. The student short film will have its world premiere at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival in 2019.”

Mia, a psychologist by training, completed a Masters in Film Production and Theory in 2009.  In 2011, Mia set up a production company called Ishka Films. Her award-winning work has been screened at film festivals worldwide.  Mia was the winner of the ADIFF Discovery Award in 2017.

Photographer and visual artist, Mandy O’Neill is taking up her residency at The Digital Hub until March 2019.  During her time at The Digital Hub, Mandy will explore the themes of education, youth and community within the context of the unique Liberties area of Dublin 8.  She will present her work at an exhibition to be held in The Digital Hub in March 2019.

In response to her new role, Mandy O’Neill said: “I’m really excited to be one of the first Artists-in-Residence at The Digital Hub and to be responding to such a unique and fascinating area of Dublin. Much of my work has been based in and around the city, engaging particularly with young people, schools, clubs and institutions. I welcome the opportunity to expand on these themes, within the context of The Digital Hub and the wider Dublin 8 community.”

Mandy O’Neill holds a Masters in Public Culture Studies from IADT and a BA in Photography from DIT.   Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is held in public and private collections.

This Artist-in-Residence programme builds on the ongoing work of The Digital Hub to provide an intersection between innovation, art and technology to the benefit of enterprises at The Digital Hub  and the residents of the Liberties Community.  Other recent arts initiatives undertaken by The Digital Hub include: The Liber8 Music Project in partnership with the BIMM Institute Dublin, a free outdoor music and film event as part of Culture Night and digital art exhibitions including ‘This is not a table’ by artist, Robin Price and RESONATE, a video installation, by video artist and motion graphics designer, Riona Long.

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