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Summer Programme 2021

Summer at VISUAL

  • From 4 June
Book Tickets

We reopen our doors to the public on Friday 4 June at 1pm with a playful, subversive, thought-provoking, boundary-dissolving Summer Season.

Be inspired and challenged by great art, both inside and outside the VISUAL building.

Woman in the Machine, co-created by VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival - takes over VISUAL, the behemoth former Braun factory, and digital platforms, features 50 original arts projects and the work of hundreds of artists. Presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council Ireland. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit The Woman in the Machine exhibition at VISUAL runs until 12 September.

The Braun Archive, as part of Woman in the Machine, will be in place at VISUAL all summer. The archive exhibition is part of a research project led by Emma Geoghegan, architect and TU Dublin lecturer. If you have stories or memorabilia from your time working at Braun, you are invited to come and share them.

Sky Fold, a commission by architects Emmett Scanlon, Jeffrey Bolhuis and Laurence Lord (AP+E), brings the inside out and playfully dissolves parts of VISUAL’s exterior with mirrored surfaces, connecting with the natural world.

Wet Signal Voice Garden is an online landscape, made by Kari Robertson. You are invited to press the big, red button and speak into the microphone. Your sounds are recorded, and the recording is transformed into a colourful shape.

CAre Bot, written and designed by Caroline Sinders and programmed by Alex Fefegha of Comuzi, will be online at This project came out of a specific place of studying harassment online.

Sustainment Experiments: The Plot by Deirdre O’Mahony and VISUAL has been planted outside VISUAL to inspire and change cultural attitudes to farming and climate change.

Making Kin – Imagining Bodies of the Future imagines if we were part machine, part human, part mushroom and part butterfly, what could we do?! This Cruinniú na nÓg, on Saturday 12 June, children and their adults can visit VISUAL for free pre-booked outdoor workshops to produce a shelter that will be used by the public for the rest of the summer.

Doorstep Dances “Let’s get moving!” Are you aged 65 or over? Do you live in Carlow?  Would you like to be part of a free county wide dance project delivered direct to your front door?  Doorstep Dances is a six-week dance and movement programme where you will engage in a series of 1-2-1 'in person' workshops lead by local dance artist Roisin Whelan.

Book your free gallery tickets in advance and learn how VISUAL is ensuring your visit is safe as possible.