News Release: June 17, 2019
Weatherproof Me! - Weatherproofing Galway for 2020
Announcing an international design competition to celebrate Galway’s unique weather as part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture
If ever a European Capital of Culture needed to be prepared for all weathers it’s Galway.
HOPE IT RAINS | SOINEANN NÓ DOINEANN is a Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture project which, through a broad and varied programme of engaging initiatives, from now til the end of 2020, will put our weather to good use to make Galway the place to be in 2020 - because of the wind and rain.
One of the Galway 2020 programme’s stated ambitions is to disrupt the everyday, and here in Galway, where our weather dominates conversation and culture, we’re no strangers to its disruptiveness. And it looks like weather extremes are going to increase, due to climate change.
HOPE IT RAINS | SOINEANN NÓ DOINEANN aims to effect a cultural change in our relationship with weather and make it a source of creativity and communality. We’re going to help make Galway’s people and places more weather and climate resilient, and we’re going to have fun while doing so.
In preparation, we’re launching the Weatherproof Me! International Design Competition, and seeking wearable designs that take advantage of, and even embrace, Galway’s weather.
HOPE IT RAINS | SOINEANN NÓ DOINEANN Artistic Director Ríonach Ní Néill explains “We are looking for designs that transform our behaviour in the wind, the rain and the dark. They can be provocative, innovative, playful – and also challenge our attitudes and actions on climate change and water management.”
Speaking of the competition criteria, Co-lead Weatherproof Me! Artist Jeni Roddy said that "Irish people, including kids, are spending less time outdoors, and this is adversely affecting our physical and mental health. So we welcome unique designs that actively address our decision-making around "the weather’s rotten, will I go out or not?""
Five winners will be selected for commission to produce and deliver their designs, which will be put into use across Galway city and county. As part of HOPE IT RAINS | SOINEANN NÓ DOINEANN’s programme to transform Galway’s everyday weather into performance, Weatherproof Me! will have us going out in the rain and wind to see what’s coming next.
The closing date for online applications is 24.00 GMT on August 10, 2019 and all details are available on www.hopeitrains.ie.
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About HOPE IT RAINS | SOINEANN NÓ DOINEANN
Turning our bad weather to good use, HOPE IT RAINS | SOINEANN NÓ DOINEANN aims to make Galway the place to be because it rains and blows! Using the principles of Play-Change-Exchange, we want to effect a cultural change in our relationship with weather, making it a source of creativity and communality, and Galway’s people and places more weather-proof and climate resilient.
We are inviting Galway people of all ages to join up with experts in art, design, sport, and science and become citizen inventors & makers across 6 multi-disciplinary projects throughout Galway city and county, on renewable energy, weather-proofing, green infrastructure, outdoor play, health and well-being and our unique heritage.
Conceived and directed by Ríonach Ní Néill, HOPE IT RAINS | SOINEANN NÓ DOINEANN is produced by Ciotóg & Milestone Inventive.
HOPE IT RAINS | SOINEANN NÓ DOINEANN is a proudly bilingual programme.
About Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture
Galway will be the European Capital of Culture in 2020. As one of the largest cultural events in the world, Galway 2020 promises to deliver a year of thrilling, life-enhancing experiences through culture and the arts. The exciting pan-European programme for the year will see events in unexpected venues and locations throughout the region on the islands, in remote villages, in fields, mountains and on beaches. From food, music, dance, literature and visual arts to poetry, theatre, sport and largescale spectacle, everyone will get the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
About the Weatherproof Me! International Design Competition jury
Donatella Barbieri is a senior research fellow and principal lecturer in design for performance costume in performance, materiality, culture and the body at Bloomsbury Academic. She is the winner of Best Performance Design and Scenography Publication Award at Prague Quadrennial 2019 and was shortlisted for the Society of Theatre Research Book Prize 2018.
Dr Ríonach Ní Néill has combined a PhD in Geography and landscape related study with a long and distinguished career in dance, performance and choreography, award-winning film making and participatory arts engagement to create the concept of HOPE IT RAINS | SOINEANN NÓ DOINEANN, which is a project within Galway’s European Capital of Culture programme.
Jeni Roddy is an inter-disciplinary artist and designer, who for 20 years has worked on numerous award-winning projects, producing live content in the mediums of theatre, film, live event and performance art in collaboration with some of Ireland’s most formative artists in theatre and art.
Dr Shirley Coyle is a designer, creator and engineer who enjoys tackling innovation challenges. Shirley has a diploma in fashion design and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. She founded Common Ground Design in 2018, a consultancy start-up, providing expertise in wearable technology and UX design.