I.NY & Guinness Storehouse present

New York/New Irish | A Diaspora of Artists

Lisa Hannigan, Rich Gilligan and Mary Leonard in conversation with author Mark O’Connell

+ Lisa Hannigan in Performance and DJ sets from Sally Cinnamon and Arveene

6.30pm, Wednesday, March 15th, 2023

7pm : Lisa, Rich and Mary In Conversation
8.45pm : Lisa Hannigan in Performance
9.45pm : Sally Cinnamon & Arveene DJ sets

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

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New York/New Irish | A Diaspora of Artists

Forever established as the builders of New York, as its police, its politicians, its tradesmen and businesswomen, the city’s modern Irish community has been changing, utterly.

As the century turned, the plays of Druid and Landmark, the writing of O’Connor & McCann, the music from Sin E, and the Sheridans’ ‘In America’, were among the work signalling that change – the new Irish diaspora making the city their home would be our creatives. Our photographers, actors & graphic designers. Our architects, painters, musicians and writers. The Irish would continue to build the city. But from the heart out now, as well as the ground up.

I.NY and Guinness Storehouse welcome three artists from that creative diaspora – photographer Rich Gilligan, designer & former Creative Director at The New York Times Mary Leonard, and singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & composer Lisa Hannigan.

In conversation with author Mark O’Connell, they will discuss their sense of the artist’s place in the past, present and future story of Ireland and New York, the challenge, joy and necessary courage as an Irish creative in New York City, and how the Irish artist abroad is evolving at pace, yet mattering and resonating as much today as ever before.

This conversation will be followed by a full solo performance from Lisa, while I.NY & Guinness Storehouse also welcome artist and DJs Sally Cinnamon & Arveene to play across the evening.

Lisa Hannigan is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and voice actor. Having first came to light singing harmonies alongside Damien Rice, it was on the release of her solo debut Sea Sew in 2008 that the full spectrum of her abilities became apparent. Since then Lisa has released Passenger (2011) and At Swim (2016) to huge critical acclaim in Ireland and the United States. 2019 saw the release of Live in Dublin recorded in the National Concert Hall with the contemporary-classical orchestra, s t a r g a z e.
Website | Instagram

Rich Gilligan is a photographer from Dublin working between Ireland & NYC. His clients include The New York Times, Adidas Originals, H&M, The New Yorker, Carhartt WIP, Vans, Domino Records, Rough Trade, DFA, Pentagram and The Guardian, and he has taken portraits for Cillian Murphy, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Marling, Rejjie Snow George Ezra, Barry Keoghan and Saoirse Ronan among many others.
Website | Instagram | OFFSET Festival

Mary Leonard Mary is a Sligo-born, New York-based, multi-award winning Creative Director who works at the intersection of design, brand and technology.

While working with some of the world’s biggest organisations—including Google, Nike, the United Nations, Waymo, and WWF—her work has gained wide recognition from industry and press, including D&AD, Cannes Lion, Forbes, ADC, The One Show and FWA. In 2018, she was named a prestigious ADC Young Gun global finalist.

Formerly Creative Director at the New York Times, Depop and Mother Design, and Creative and Design Lead at Google Creative Lab EMEA; she is the Founder & Creative Director of MRLD (More Reason — Less Decoration);
an independent creative studio combining thoughtful ideas with beautiful design.

She has been honoured to be a judge and mentor for several international awards such as D&AD, Creative Circle, Cream, AIGA, Creative Lives in Progress, She Says, and FWA. She is also an Associate Lecturer at University of Arts, London and a guest critic at School of Visual Arts, New York and Parsons School of Design, New York.

Mark O’Connell is the author of Notes from an Apocalypse, and To Be a Machine, which was awarded the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize, the 2019 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. He is a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Slate, and The Guardian. His next book, A Thread of Violence, about Malcolm Macarthur and the murders he committed in 1982, is out in July. Website

Arveene is a DJ, music producer, presenter across various media, and a booker and consultant with brands and organisations. In addition to a host of remix credits across a ‘who’s who’ of electronic music, Arveene has also toured with and supported Liam Gallagher, Nightmares on Wax, The Prodigy, Daft Punk, Leftfield, and Underworld. He has been a host for the Irish Music Week since 2019, and is a keen promoter of Irish talent around the UK and internationally. Currently, the Dublin native is a Board member of First Music Contact, a member of the emigrant services advisory committee who make recommendations on applications from British-based organisations for funding from the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme, and a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Office of the Mayor of London advising on the annual St Patrick’s Festival. Arveene also serves on the Board of IamIrish, an organisation celebrating multi-heritage Irish-ness around the globe.
Twitter | London Irish Stories

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