Ardú arrived in Cork last month injecting a burst of colour, vibrancy, and life into the city in lockdown. Uniting the Leeside community through art, lifting its creative and community spirit at a time when it needed it most.
Seven of Ireland’s most respected and renowned street artists were invited to create works at key city-centre locations, in response to a theme inspired by the 1920 Burning of Cork. Six of these works are now complete. Discover work by Deirdre Breen at Wandesford Quay, Maser at The Kino, James Earley at Henry Street, Peter Martin at Kyle Street, Shane O’Driscoll at Harley Street, and Aches at Anglesea Street, with the final piece by Garreth Joyce coming early December, on Liberty Street.
Ardú - the Irish for ‘Rise’ - bases itself on a theme of nostalgia and celebration. Cork City rose from the ashes 100 years ago following the Burning of Cork, and now faces the challenge to rise again. As we soon rise gently out of lockdown, visitors to the city centre are invited to visit the Ardú Street Art trail through December.
Street art is the ideal medium for the times we live in. Cork City Council, Creative Ireland and Fáilte Ireland are delighted to present Ardú to the public, in a safe space where you can interpret the murals outdoors, and at a social distance from each other.
Self-Guided Audio Tours of Ardú Street Art Initiative
New self-guided audio tours of the Ardú Street Art Initiative in Cork City will be available from the 5th of December on www.arducork.ie The tour can be accessed free of charge and is suitable for all ages. Visit the Ardú map available on the website (or ask your hotel for a printed copy) and find the free audio tour page to stream information on each of the murals and artists from soundcloud links (smartphone and headphones required).
Ardú Street Art Guided Tours
To celebrate the launch of Ardú, some of the artists will take small groups on a walking tour of the murals. This unique opportunity to experience the murals with the Ardú crew is available on Saturday the 5th & Sunday 6th of December, Saturday the 12th & Sunday 13 of December.
Admission is free however booking in advance through your hotel is required for the artist-led guided tours