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Co-Created with Carlow Arts Festival

Woman in the Machine

  • From 4 June 2021

In an industrial site at the edge of a regional town, the rhythm of machines and people stopped a long time ago. A giant landmark – an edifice, sat impatiently, waiting for someone to hit play and turn it on again. Vast spaces were idle and still, air vents flapped and rattled furiously.

We are bringing sound to this place, turning up the bass, lighting the  shadows... the rats have run from their quiet corners, the air has changed and something brand new is vibrating.

A 72 hour lost weekend unfolds...

Always seeking to create stunning and unique Arts experiences for you, VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival have co-created Woman in the Machine - an exciting large scale event at Carlow's landmark former Braun building where a myriad of artists from music, visual arts, performance and dance will take over this giant, abandoned landmark to create a 72 hour lost weekend event.

At VISUAL from 4 June and at former Braun site, and online from 11 - 13 June.

This year’s ARTWORKS open call exhibition invited submissions by artists working at the intersections between art, science, technology and new media. This rich selection of artists’ work captures our current technological moment through electronic music, photography, film, painting and sculpture.

Selectors for Artworks 2021; Kate Butler, Dublin Digital Radio; Rachel O’Dwyer, Lecturer in Digital Culture NCAD, Jo Mangan, Director Carlow Arts Festival and Emma Lucy O’Brien, Artistic Director, VISUAL. Art prizes will be announced on Sunday 13th June.

Nadia Armstrong / Elaine Byrne / Caroline Campbell (Loitering Theatre)  / Kate Fahey / Judy Foley / Fiona Harrington / Jeanette Lowe / Linda McCann / Colin Martin / Eleanor McCaughey / Fiona Mc Donald / Tara McGinn / Niamh McGuinne / Ida Mitrani / Meadbh O’Connor / Paul O ‘Neill / Liliane Puthod / Amanda Rice / Katherine Sankey / George Bolster / Jennifer Moore / Sharon Phelan

ARTWORKS 2021 is part of Woman in the Machine, co-created by VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival, a programme which unfolds through film, exhibitions, sound works, light installations, digital native events, a 360 virtual exhibition space, performances, talks and community engagement projects.

For the latest information on the programme, artists and booking information visit

Woman in the Machine is co-created by VISUAL and Carlow Arts Festival.

Presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit