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Sé Merry Doyle

On Looking On in conversation with Garrett Phelan

Released in 1983, Looking On is a documentary tracking the 1982 Looking On Festival, an event spearheaded by community activists in Dublin’s north inner city. Combining impromptu interviews, photography, music and archival footage, the observational documentary tells the story of the local working class community’s attempts to negotiate issues of housing and urban development with Dublin Corporation, through the vehicle of an arts festival.

The Artist’s Eye: Sé Merry Doyle, the exhibition currently showing in Gallery 2 of The Douglas Hyde, presents the rushes (unedited footage) from Looking On. In the context of this exhibition, The Douglas Hyde is pleased to welcome Sé Merry Doyle to speak about the making of the documentary and the events that it explores, in conversation with artist Garrett Phelan, who invited Merry Doyle to show his work in Gallery 2.

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