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Pride in Kilkenny 2021: Expanding Visions of Irish Art and Creativity

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Felicia Olusanya (FELISPEAKS) in discussion with Declan Buckley

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In 2020 Butler Gallery moved to its new location at Evans’ Home on John’s Quay, Kilkenny. This momentous occasion has afforded the gallery the chance to reach out beyond its walls to invite and welcome a vast array of communities and audiences to take part in a new chapter of life for the gallery. June is Pride month and to mark this special occasion the gallery is teaming up with Kilkennny Leader Partnership to programme a series of events and activities which will be just the start of a prolonged process of mutual cultural and artistic engagement with LGBTQ communities across Kilkenny and further afield.‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎

Nigerian-Irish poet, performer and playwright Felicia Olusanya aka FELISPEAKS has captivated Irish and international audiences with her recent works. As someone who self-identifies as a queer black woman she is a champion of promoting diversity within Ireland’s cultural landscapes. This ‘in-conversation’ explores her ongoing artistic practice and considers how increasingly diverse Irish LGBTQ communities are expanding the creativity of the Irish arts scene.

Felispeaks is a Nigerian-Irish poet, performer and playwright from Co. Longford. As well as being a member of Dublin City Council's Culture Company Advisory Panel she is a member of the Board of Members for Poetry Ireland. Felispeaks was nominated ‘Best Performer’ by Dublin Fringe Festival 2018 for her performance in ‘BOYCHILD’, a co-written play with Dagogo Hart. The African Professional Network of Ireland (APNI) recognised Felicia with a special award in 2017 for her unique contribution to the Irish arts scene.

A familiar face and voice on Irish television and radio, Declan Buckley’s career began in the Dublin club scene of the 1990’s. As Shirley Temple Bar, Declan created the massively popular Bingo show in The George, Dublin, which introduced LGBTQ culture to wider audiences and has been entertaining audiences for almost 25 years. As the host of Telly Bingo on RTÉ1, Declan broadcasts to the nation three times a week and is also a weekly contributor on The Moncreiff Show on Newstalk. He is also a writer and a multimedia content creator. Declan’s parents are deaf and he is a lifelong advocate for deaf issues and Irish Sign Language. He is married and his husband thinks he has too many books.

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Inspiring culture seekers since 1943, the Butler Gallery is a not-for-profit organisation that is free of charge and open to the public six days a week year round. We offer our visitors contemporary exhibitions, which reflect the constantly changing nature of visual art practice. Providing a platform for the best of Irish art today and demonstrating a strong commitment to presenting work by artists of international repute, we aim to stimulate, inspire and challenge our audience. 

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