Venue: Cultural Corner- No Grants Gallery, Temple bar
Where are you likely to find Robbie Keane, Andrea Corr, Rachel Allen and Jedward together?! Stunning photographs of these celebrities can be found at a quirky gallery exhibition, taking place in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar in No Grant Gallery on 4th October- 24th October. Its Ireland’s FIRST EVER sign language celebrity photography exhibition; you can gain an insight into the beauty of the Irish sign language through the eyes of the celebrities.
"Signs of life" Exhibition features 26 Irish celebrities having a go at Ireland's third language
After a whirlwind tour of Ireland that began in Dublin a year ago and which has already taken in counties Monaghan, Mayo, Kildare and Limerick, a star-studded photography exhibition based on Irish Sign Language (ISL) is to make a welcome return to Dublin’s Temple Bar.
"Signs of life" is organised by the Irish Deaf society and features photos of 26 Irish celebrities, including footballer Robbie Keane, novelist Roddy Doyle, cook Rachel Allen, TV presenter Eamonn Holmes, musician Andrea Corr and TV3 presenter Sinead Desmond.
These photos, snapped by Deaf photographer Johnny Corcoran, provide a glimpse of the beauty of ISL through the eyes of the celebrities, who each sign a letter of the ISL alphabet.
The aim of the exhibition is to encourage public awareness and appreciation of one of only two unique lrish languages. ISL is the native language of the Irish Deaf Community and is used everyday by more than 40,000 people.
Commenting on the exhibition, Kevin Mulqueen, Chairperson of the Irish Deaf Society said: “This exhibition has been a huge success since it was first shown in Temple Bar this time last year, so it gives me great pleasure to see it return to Dublin by popular demand.
“We want to raise awareness about ISL, which many people are amazed to find has its own linguistic structure -- just the same as any other language. Despite its status as one of the most widely-used languages in this country, ISL is not officially recognised by the government, meaning that Deaf people struggle to access basic services in what might be their first language."
The exhibition is a FREE event open to the public at the No Grants Gallery, 12 East Essex Street, Dublin, from 4th -25th October, and all are welcome
The exhibition is educational, interactive and great fun for all. It also features a three-minute rolling video clip of celebrities signing to the camera.