New York/New Irish | A Diaspora of Artists

  • Wed 15 Mar
  • Times
    Over 18s

    Supported by

    New York/New Irish | A Diaspora of Artists

    I.NY and Guinness Storehouse present

    Lisa Hannigan, Rich Gilligan and Mary Leonard

    In Conversation with author Mark O’Connell 

    plus Lisa Hannigan in Performance 

    and DJ sets from Sally Cinnamon & Arveene

    New York/New Irish | Our Modern Construction, 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 artists, producers and DJs Sally Cinnamon and Arveene play across the evening.

    This event is for an over-18s audience only.

    This event is free but ticketed, please register here. Maximum 4 places per registration.

    • Lisa Hannigan

      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. 



    • Rich Gilligan

      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.


    • Mary Leonard

      Mary Leonard is a Sligo-born, New York-based award-winning multidisciplinary designer and art director. Formerly Design Lead at Google Creative Lab EMEA, and Senior Designer at Construct London, she is Founder & Creative Director of MRLD Studio, an independent design and art practice.  Working with some of the world's biggest brands, she is a former Creative Director for The New York Times, Design Lead at Google Creative Lab and Senior Designer with Construct London. Named as a Google Future Creative Leader in 2020, she is a judge and mentor for several international awards such as D&AD Product Design, D&AD Next Designer, D&AD New Bloods, Creative Circle, Cream, She Says, and FWA.

    • Mark O’Connell

      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 MagazineThe 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.


    • Arveene

      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.


    I.NY and Guinness Storehouse present two shows exploring and celebrating the modern impact & influence of Irish artists and creatives around the world - in particular, the rich and unique relationship between Ireland and New York.  

    Welcoming David Holmes, Lisa Hannigan, Rich Gilligan, Mary Leonard, John Kelly, Arveene, Sally Cinnamon, Billy Scurry and author Mark O’Connell, I.NY and Guinness Storehouse are delighted to present these one-off conversations and performances as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival cultural programme. 

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    These events are for an over-18s audience only.