The talented Singaporean-Irish muralist Holly Pereira has created a colourful mural on Charleville Mall featuring her interpretation of mixed race identity, ahead of DesignOpp featuring at the Irish Roots festival celebrating mixed race heritage.
Her pieces can be seen all over the city, from the iconic Stoneybatter mural to her delicate hand-lettering in East Wall. Videographer Dan Dalton created an uplifting timelapse video of the artist at work, which can be seen here: https://youtu.be/uPwSYtZoEEw
Holly Pereira, muralist said: “Ireland is now a vibrant, multi-ethnic and multicultural place. This piece, specifically designed for DesignOpp, is loosely based on Anna Livia, the name of a character in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake who is said to embody the River Liffey. I wanted to embrace the chance to update our understanding of what constitutes Irish identity; to widen our lens of understanding and representation to include Irish people of dual ethnicities, mixed race and biracial heritage.”
DesignOpp is an initiative partnered with IDI to champion diversity in Irish design so that people of colour can fulfil their creative potential. With a focus on creating opportunities for people of colour, diversifying education and creating a community, we launched a directory in March featuring creatives of colour highlighting the Black and POC talent available in Ireland, which can be found at https://www.designopp.ie/directory-intro and we welcome submissions of all people of colour who wish to showcase their work.
With thanks and gratitude to DCC (Dublin City Council) who have supported DesignOpp through the launch event and provided a space and funding for Holly Pereira to create her piece.
The speakers at the Irish Roots event are all members of the diversity-seeking initiative and include DesignOpp founder and brand strategist Greg Osbourne, founder and multidisciplinary designer Grace Enemaku, illustrator Ashwin Chacko, and muralist Holly Pereira. They’ll be talking about the benefits of design and creativity as well as discussing how their multiracial identity has influenced their creative work.
Founding partner Grace Enemaku said: “Being biracial myself I was delighted to collaborate with I Am Irish when they approached us. Mixed race identity is complex and highly individual to each person’s experience. There can often be hesitancy in immigrant families for children to approach a creative career due to a perceived lack of stability. We hope that highlighting the benefits of creativity and our experiences can change that misconception and show how rewarding a creative career can be."