Sounds from a Safe Harbour: Dermot Kennedy, Cillian Murphy, Ólafur Arnalds, The Staves & more for 37d03d (PEOPLE) Residency


Sounds From Safe Harbour has revealed the artists who will participate in its 37d03d (PEOPLE) Residency.

Sounds from a Safe Harbour Festival (SFSH), is just two weeks away now from September 7th to 10th in venues across Cork City.

Curated by Festival Director Mary Hickson, Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National, actor Cillian Murphy and playwright Enda Walsh, it offers four days of music, dance, literature, theatre, and conversation, with a combination of free and ticketed events.

37d03d Residency

The 37d03d Residency artists announced today include:

Alexi Murdoch, Bryce Dessner (The National), Cillian Murphy, Christof van der Ven, David Kitt, Dermot Kennedy, Dustin O’Halloran, Elaine Howley, Eoin French, Hana Stretton, Laoise Leahy, Niamh Regan, Ólafur Arnalds, Paddy Keenan, Peadar O’Goill, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Shahzad Ismaily, Sophie Gough, The Space Between, and The Staves.

The 37d03d Residency allows a space and time for the above artists to collaborate, with some of the results aired at previously announced ticketed events (the ones which say ‘special guests’) and in pop-up gigs around the city:

You’ll have to keep an eye on SFSH’s social media for news on venues and locations to be announced. Many of the artists already announced will feature on the residency too.

Previous SFSH announcements.
“The beating heart of SFSH23 is the 37d03d residency.  We have had glimpses of this in previous editions of the festival but this year we are going all in – with almost 50 artists coming to Cork to write, experiment, collaborate and spend time together.  Many of these artists have not yet been named and will be featuring in events that mention “special guests” – for example FEIST, Todd Dahlhoff, Shahzad Ismaily and Elaine Howley will be joining Max Porter for his SHY event.  The results of their time together will also populate the free pop up programme which is yet to be announced. SFSH is all about new experiences for both the artists and the audience – please come with an open mind.” 
Mary Hickson

Ireland x Iceland Food collaboration

Sounds from a Safe Harbour presents an Ireland x Iceland food collaboration The Last Supper with Takashi Miyazaki of Ichigo Ichie (Cork),Rob Krawczyk of Chestnut (Ballydehob), and Georg Arnar Halldórsson previously of Óx (Reykjavik), who will present a unique 7 course menu to close SFSH23 in The Mirror Room at The River Lee Hotel.

Taking inspiration from the collective experiences of Irish, Icelandic, and Japanese cultures, the three chefs have created a meal that will remind you of home while exploring the similarities and differences of ingredients and flavours we all recognise as islanders. Cork artist and researcher Sophie Gough worked with the group to create the painting to represent the event and took her inspiration from seaweeds.  She will also feature in the 37d03d residency.
We are excited to explore the space between the local produce and cooking techniques of these two islands – Ireland and Iceland.  The core motivation behind this event is collaboration, digging into each other’s roots while prioritising food sustainability and ethical consumption.”
Takashi Miyazaki

The service will be split into 3 long table sittings: 7pm, 7:45pm, and 8:30pm.

Tickets are €200 for meal only, and €260 with a natural wine pairing by Le Caveau (Kilkenny). There will also be a wine list available for purchase on the night. (Alternative menu available for both Vegetarians and Coeliacs.)

Limited to 100 people, tickets for this exclusive event will be released on Wednesday 23rd August at midday.


A Cork artist has been chosen for the mysterious Art Riddler’s exhibition

By September 26, 2023

He’s known as ‘Banksy’s rich benevolent twin’.

Now the mysterious Art Riddler, an anonymous patron who is putting together an exhibit at Studio 10 in Dublin this October, has chosen a Cork artist to support.
Sophie Gough has been chosen to participate in the upcoming Art Riddler Exhibit, joining the final 50 artists chosen from over 680 entries.

The final artists were selected through a rigorous and highly confidential process, with the secretive Art Riddler himself overseeing the selection.

The chosen artists represent a wide range of artistic styles, backgrounds, and perspectives, reflecting the Art Riddler’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity within the art community and include David Hamilton, Mary O’Connor, Peter Smyth, Sophie Vigne Welsh, and Andrea Kavanagh.

“My wish is to uncover hidden talents and celebrate the beauty of artistic expression. Choosing the final 50 artists for this exhibit was a journey filled with discovery and awe,” said Art Riddler

“Each artist’s work spoke to me in a unique way, and their dedication to their craft is nothing short of inspiring.”

“I believe that art has the power to connect people, transcend boundaries, and evoke emotions and these 50 artists exemplify that belief. I am excited to share their diverse voices and visions with the Irish public through this upcoming exhibit.”

On the Friday night of the exhibit, one artist will be announced as the overall winner receiving €10,000, and another five will also automatically qualify for the next exhibit in 2024.

Press release and commussioned text by Daire O’Shea for Hot Glue , 2022

                                  Feature in Totally Dublin , 2021  Visual Artists Ireland Feature, 2020