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In_spire Galerie
56 Lower Gardiner Street
Dublin 1

Music, Art and Synaesthesia

Art Exhibition Opening

Thursday 7 February, 6–9pm


A chance for audiences to preview Jane Mackay’s series of paintings based on String Quartet works by Mendelssohn and Britten.
Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.


Evening Concert and Q&A Session

Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February, 7pm*

The Lir String Quartet will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Quartet in D major and Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet No.3. The former is a spirited and uplifting work full of light and joy; the latter an expressive work of poignancy written at the end of the composer’s life. These contrasting works will come to life on the walls around the performers in paintings by Jane Mackay.
This will be followed by a Q&A session where audiences will have the chance to ask questions to Siobhán Doyle, Jane Mackay and the Lir String Quartet about the neurological condition, artistic processes and collaboration.

*Each concert features the same programme.

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Panel Discussion
Saturday 9 February, 2.30 pm

Panel discussion with leading researchers in the fields of neuro-psychology and music. Contributors include Fiona Newell (Professor of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin), Ciarán Crilly (Head of School of Music, UCD), Jane Mackay (artist, synaesthete) and Andrew Plant (musicologist, synaesthete). The panel will be chaired by Tay Aziz.

Tickets free, available here









Short Film Screening

Saturday 9 February, 10.00 am and 11.30 am


A selection of short films will be shown based on the theme of synaesthesia. Co-ordinated by Sophie Lee, these films will range from the quirky and entertaining to the informative showing the wide range of synaesthetic experiences people can have and how it influences their lives and art. Films to include ‘The Colour of Wednesday’, an award-winning featurette about Jane Mackay by Tay Aziz. The filmmaker will be present to give a short talk about the making of her film.

Tickets free, available here


Meet the Artist – Open Day
Sunday 10 February, 11–1pm, 3-5pm

Jane Mackay will be available to meet with visitors to the exhibition to discuss her work.






Aesynth Exhibition

12–28 February 2019

Opening hours: 11am–5pm, Tues–Sat


The exhibition of paintings by Jane Mackay will continue for the month of February. Excerpts of music that correspond with the paintings will be available for audiences to listen to while experiencing the artwork. These excerpts will be taken from live recordings of the Lir String Quartet at the evening concerts during the festival.