A Street Art Initiative celebrating Cork city’s traditions, history, resolution, and art.

Featuring seven street murals by seven of Ireland’s most respected and

renowned street artists:

Deirdre Breen – Wandesford Quay 

MASER – The Kino, Washington St

James Earley – Henry Street

Garreth Joyce – Liberty Street 

Peter Martin – Kyle Street 

Shane O’Driscoll – Harley Street

Aches – Anglesea St

Ardú arrived in October 2020 with the intention of injecting colour, vibrancy, and life into the city. Aiming to unite the Leeside community through art, lifting its creative energy at a time when it needs it most, and struggling through the covid 19 pandemic.

This initiative welcomed seven of Ireland’s most respected and renowned street artists: MASER, Shane O’Driscoll, Deirdre Breen, Peter Martin, James Earley, ACHES, and Garreth Joyce, to create works at key city-centre locations, in response to a theme inspired by the 1920 Burning of Cork.

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, and this theme of rising will be reflected through some of these artworks, which you can see on this bright and brilliant Ardú Street Art walking tour.

Join us for a celebration of Cork city’s traditions, history, and resolution.

Providing a safe space for observation, conversation, and inspiration, the murals will add to the cultural landscape of the city centre by revitalising the areas of the city they inhabit. The murals are located at Wandesford Quay, The Kino on Washington Street, Henry Street, Liberty Street, Kyle Street, Harley’s Street, and Anglesea Street,

Ardú was the brainchild of visual artist and designer Shane O’Driscoll, muralist, stained-glass artist and secondary school teacher Peter Martin, and organiser of the annual Cork Graffiti Jam, Paul Gleeson, and made possible with generous support from Cork City Council and the Creative Ireland Jobs Stimulus Package.

Street art is the ideal medium for the times we live in. We’re 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.

Importantly, these pieces of art will serve to remind people that despite what is going on in the world, creativity and art can still bring communities together.

At a time when we face shared and personal challenges, each of our artist’s murals are a rallying cry to the city – a call to remember that we have been through terrible times before and we rose up. We can do it again.

Beginning in December, there are two types of tours to enjoy. Both are FREE, and suitable for all ages:

  1. A Guided Walking Tour of the seven Ardú Street Art locations, led by the artists and organisers. (Admission is FREE but booking is required)
  2. A self-guided audio tour starting from Wandesford Quay. Visit the Ardú map available on their website, and stream information on each of the murals and artists from Soundcloud links (smartphone and headphones required)

(While enjoying the walking tours, please be aware of your surroundings at all times, maintain social distancing, avoid blocking footpaths, and avoid touching any surfaces.)

Visit www.arducork.ie (launching December)

Stay at The Kingsley

Ardú Street Art Initiative – 1-Night City Break 

Ardú Street Art Initiative – 2-Night City Break

Ardú is kindly funded by Cork City Council and Creative Ireland, and the audio and walking tours are generously supported by Fáilte Ireland 

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Twitter: @ArduStreetArt

Instagram: @ArduStreetArt