Farouk Alao is a multi-disciplinary visual artist born in Lagos Nigeria and raised in Dublin Ireland and is currently working as an Art Director at Stink Studios in London
Farouk is a recent graduate of Graphic Design Communication at Limerick School of Art and Design and you can find more of his work here.
Commissioned by St. Patrick's Festival 2022
FELISPEAKS is a Nigerian-Irish Poet, Performer, Playwright from Co. Longford currently based in Dublin City. Nominated ‘Best Performer’ by Dublin Fringe Festival Sep. 2018 and a Member of the Poetry Ireland Board of Directors, she is a member of the Poetry Collective, WeAreGriot. Her poem: ‘For Our Mothers’ is in the English Ordinary Level Leaving Cert Curriculum for examination year 2023. FELISPEAKS is currently enjoying creating poetry and performance pieces that always promise to introduce her audience to the journey of emotion in every story. Honoured to share her thought processes about life’s experiences and her passions on stage; FELISPEAKS hopes to inspire thought, excitement and perspective.
She has graced some prestigious stages including National Concert Hall, Dublin Castle, opening for THISISPOPBABY’S RIOT show and Kate Tempest on the Vicar St stage, and Saul Williams at the Sugar Club, Olympia Theatre in response to Repeal the 8th, Theatre Stage at Electric Picnic, Smock Alley Theatre. She has participated in festivals such as Mother Tongues Festival (Talkatives, February 2020 Tallaght); Women and Children First in Ghent, Belgium, March 2020: St. Patrick’s Festival 2018, 2019, 2020; First Fortnight Festival, Dublin 2018, 2020; Dublin Fringe Festival 2018, 2019; Wexford Literary Festival 2019, Cuirt International Galway Festival 2019, Electric Picnic 2018, O’Bheal Winter Warmer Festival Cork 2018, and Waterford Writers Weekend 2020.
This creative showcase for St. Patrick’s Festival, made in collaboration with DesignOpp, is an IDI initiative championing diversity for People of Colour in the Irish design and creative industries. The showcase features 5 diverse creatives across different disciplines depicting their experiences as People of Colour in Ireland and is narrated by the talented writer and poet FeliSpeaks.
The creatives featured in the showcase include Illustrator & Co-founder of DesignOpp Grace Enemaku, 3D & Motion Designer Farouk Alao, Illustrator Kate Escolin (TinyGreens), 2D Artist & Illustrator Carolina Coroa and Photographer & Filmographer FINDJORDY. Illustrations animated by Digital Beast.
The videos can be viewed from 16-18 March on SPFTV with a new video available each day. They can also be viewed on the SPF website as well as DesignOpp and SPF social media pages.
From February 17th, DesignOpp will also be holding a hashtag challenge on IG & Twitter using the hashtag #SPFIrelandInColour, encouraging other creatives of colour in Ireland to share their story and create pieces based on their own experiences as a person of colour in Ireland. They will be reposting all pieces on their IG stories. And from the start of the festival on March 16th the best of the bunch will be highlighted on their IG feed, Twitter as well as the official SPF pages too.
Our hope is that this project will foster unity and understanding between People of Colour and everyone who calls Ireland home. Both by making People of Colour feel part of St. Patrick’s Festival and Ireland’s story, as well as fostering understanding of the POC experience for the people of Ireland.