Performance in St. Stephen’s Green, 7 April 2017, 1-2pm

Photo: Ruby Wallis, AQC, 2017

Photo: Ruby Wallis, AQC, 2017


On Friday the 7th of April from 1-2pm, Debbie Paul and Ruby Wallis will present A Question of Communication, in the intimate surroundings of the Main Bandstand at St. Stephens Green Park, Dublin, Ireland. A participatory performance in which we will think about the various guises of this city centre park. The park was in 1663 a private dwelling with plots of land that were rented to local families for farming, then in 1880 re-landscaped and gifted to the state by Lord Ardilaun as an oasis of rest in the city centre. Later, the Bandstand was improvised as a field hospital during the 1916 uprising and so it became a place known for care and recuperation.

A Question of Communication is the first in a series of meditations on park life; this is a site-specific dynamic performance that is rooted in place; curator Debbie Paul in collaboration with artist Ruby Wallis will reimagine the architecture of a public park in order to unearth and gently challenge how people embody the underused space of the bandstand.  Acknowledging that we are increasingly disconnected from our physical environment, Paul and Wallis will create a situation for spontaneous collective engagement.  The performance will explore whether it is possible to cause a shift in how a familiar place can be experienced anew.

You are invited to begin by finding human bird welcomers at the Central Victorian Flower Garden; they will guide you towards the Main Bandstand to spread seeds of connection.

St. Stephens Green

Victorian Flower Gardens

Main Bandstand

Debbie Paul is a curator and sculptor,  her interest lies in the interaction between bodies and place. She works with artists, makers, and dancers to explore phenomena of connection. Chance encounters, as well as movement, are integral to her work. Recent projects include; A Fair Land, Irish Museum of Modern Art (2016); statecraft, IMMA project spaces (2016); Osmosis, Filmbase (2015).

Ruby Wallis is a visual artist, her work uses movement, through “seeing” and walking in Unfixed Landscape “sensing” through swimming in Turlough Swim, and “touching” through her photographic work Contact. Recent exhibitions include; Post-Picturesque: Photographing Ireland, Perlman Teaching Museum (2017); Interactions, Belfast Exposed Gallery (2017); Unfixed Landscape, Burren College of Art (2015)

This event is made possible through the kind support of the MA in Art & Research Collaboration (ARC) at IADT and The Office Of Public Works. Special thanks to Eavan Aiken, Tracey Behan, Eileen Brennan, Lucia Bonazzelli, Fiona Gannon, Michael Herbert, John Paul O’Brien, Paul Moore and Brian Young.

For further inquiries please contact Debbie Paul |