Words at Wilton Park

16th May 2022

IPUT Real Estate, Ireland’s leading property company and supporter of the arts has launched Words at Wilton Park on its Living Canvas digital screen sited on the banks of the Grand Canal, Dublin 2. Poetry Ireland is delighted to contribute to this incredibly rich programme, with film poems featuring prominently.  

Words at Wilton Park celebrates the heritage of Dublin as a UNESCO City of Literature, showcasing the work of writers, artists, poets and filmmakers. It marks Wilton Park’s place at the heart of Dublin, famous for its writers and literary associations. Coinciding with the International Literature Festival, Dublin 2022, the programme is scheduled to run until 30 June. 

Living Canvas, Europe's largest outdoor digital art screen, and only the second of its type in the world, presents a free public programme showcasing the work of writers, artists, poets and filmmakers.

Starting Monday 16 May 2022, Words at Wilton Park includes:

Eight stunning films commissioned by the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation and produced by Poetry Ireland. Matthew Thompson’s beautiful films feature Dagogo Hart, Nithy Kasa, Ciara Ní É, Dawn Watson, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Padraig Regan, and Stephen Sexton bringing life to new and beloved poems. Combining language, performance, music, and moving image, the films build an immersive experience that invites viewers to reconnect with an ancient art form in a wholly contemporary way.

Extracts from The Poetry Project. Created to mark Ireland's EU Presidency in 2013, in partnership with Poetry Ireland, the project features artists including Nigel Rolfe, Grace Weir, Nick Miller and Katherine Beug responding to poems by poets including Brendan Kennelly, Derek Mahon, Paula Meehan and Eavan Boland. On its original run, the Poetry Project was viewed and enjoyed in more than 100 countries around the world.

Other events on the programme include:

Alan Gilsenan's haunting film, Ulysses | Film. Commissioned by the Museum of Literature Ireland, MoLI, the film marks the Centenary of Ulysses in 2022.

Canal Water, a new short film by Anthony Woods inspired by a piece of prose, commissioned by IPUT Real Estate, from acclaimed writer Colm Tóibín.

Luke McManus's film Circular Line. Commissioned by Waterways Ireland, the film celebrates the life of the Canal that defines the Wilton Park area and its legacy of literary associations.

Something in the Water commissioned by IPUT Real Estate Dublin is a series of films curated by Algorithm and Louisa Carroll for Living Canvas and explores the literary connections between writers and this unique part of Dublin.

Weekend Mornings are Family Story Telling Time, with Irish animator, Lorraine Lordan's award-winning enchanting short film, A Cat Called Jam.

Programmed with support from the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Museum of Literature Ireland, and the Arts Office of Dublin City Council, and realised by Algorithm, Living Canvas is part of IPUT Real Estate’s commitment to creating a layered city where space for the arts and culture is valued alongside places to work and to live.

Words at Wilton Park runs until 30 June. 

Full programme: www.iput.com/living-canvas