With just days to go until the St. Patrick’s Festival kicks off, Damn Fine Print have revealed the 30 artists taking place in their Awakening Showcase.

The project will see Irish artists from around the globe releasing a limited edition risograph print that will only be available for the duration of the festival, with a donation from every print sold going to Alone.ie.

Taking place from Friday, March 12 to Wednesday, March 17, the St. Patrick’s Festival will feature more than 100 live events streamed globally on SPF TV - a dedicated TV channel at www.stpatricksfestival.ie.

As part of the six virtual days and nights of arts and entertainment, some of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists and illustrators are taking part in an exciting new collaborative print drop to mark this year’s festival.

The artists, illustrators, painters and creative mavericks involved include: Leah Hewson, Tom McLean, Eileen O'Sullivan, Grace Enemaku, Mark Conlan, Peter Bradley, Rionagh McNamara, Debbie Godsell, Fatti Burke, Ashwin Chacko, James Kirwan, Shane O'Driscoll, Kevin Sweeney, Gavin Feiritear, Fergal Styles, Digital Beast, Kata Kukla, Natalie Winterlich, Isobel Rose Grange, Rory McDonald , Adrian WoJtas, Cara Cleary, Peter Smyth, Nic Flanagan, Sean McGuill, Sona Harrison, Conor Nolan, Dee Walsh, Alice Fitzgerald and Alice Evans.

Their works, created especially in response to this year’s festival theme of Dúisigh Éire (Awaken Ireland), will be available to purchase anywhere around the world before being printed in Dublin at the end of the festival and shipped globally.

All of the prints will be available to buy for just €40 from this Friday at DamnFinePrint.com, with €5 from every print sold going to ALONE, an Irish charity doing amazing work to support and empower older people who might be lonely or isolated during the pandemic.

Speaking about the project, Interim Director of the St. Patrick’s Festival Anna McGowan said: “We’ll be proudly showcasing these artists and their work to Ireland and the world while also giving the public a great opportunity to acquire a fantastic piece of collectible art that celebrates Ireland and some of the amazing talents that live here.

“Working with Damn Fine Print and these incredible artists is just another great example of Irish initiatives coming together to overcome the challenges of running a festival during the pandemic and producing something new and exciting instead.”

Damn Fine Print’s creative director Kim Willougby said: “We’re really impressed with the calibre and quality of artists involved in this amazing project.

“It’s a great way to showcase some of the creative work that’s been happening in Ireland over the past year and also a fantastic opportunity for people to get a limited edition piece of Irish art that can be shared with friends and family around the globe.”

About Damn Fine Print:

Damn Fine Print is an independent screenprint and design studio based in Stoneybatter, Dublin. It promotes emerging Irish artists with a studio space, workshops and online shop at www.damnfineprint.com

About ALONE:

ALONE is a national organisation that supports and empowers older people to age happily and securely at home. They support individuals and their families who might be lonely, isolated or living in poverty and also campaign nationwide to improve the lives of older people in Ireland. www.ALONE.ie