Update – COVID Restrictions and international artists travelling to Ireland:
Due to COVID-19, Waterford Walls has implemented a range of safety protocols, in line with Government guidelines, that we are strictly adhering to in the interest of public safety. This is for the safety of our artists, the public and the team at Waterford Walls.
We have a number of international artists that were due to come to the festival over the coming weeks. Our international headline artist, Case Maclaim, was due to arrive on July 22nd from Germany to start on an exciting project – New Ross Walls – but, given restrictions, has changed his schedule and will arrive Friday, July 24th when he will self-isolate in quarantine for two weeks. He will then join us in New Ross to begin and complete just one of his 3 scheduled walls.
The staggered nature of this year’s festival means that we will continue to adhere to the latest travel updates and guidelines from the Government. The arrival and participation of some of our artists may be postponed where it is not possible for them to observe quarantine for two weeks.
The cultural significance of international artists participating in the festival cannot be underestimated. These artists are funded and commissioned by their respective embassies and cultural institutions to paint at Waterford Walls, in recognition of the importance of cultural exchange between Ireland and other European countries.
The Waterford Walls team have worked tirelessly over the past year to prepare for, and deliver a safe festival. We remain wholly committed to delivering an arts programme to the city. The aim of Waterford Walls is to build community locally and across Ireland, while fuelling international collaboration. The team, the wall owners and all of our partners and sponsors are really looking forward to welcoming the artists and to the creation of artwork around the city and environs.
To our valued Waterford Walls supporters, we ask that you support our festival by booking a tour or buying a Waterford Walls 2019 print or other festival product. All the profits from both of these are invested back into the Waterford Walls festival.
Meanwhile, we are exploring new ways to work with artists in quarantine or from a distance. More news to follow and keep in touch with us here for updated festival schedule details