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Monday 16 September 2019

Powerful new mural by street artist Joe Caslin covers Trinity College’s front square

The Volunteers mural at Trinity by Joe Caslin
The Volunteers mural at Trinity by Joe Caslin
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Trinity College's front square has been decorated with a powerful large scale work by street artist Joe Caslin.

The mural, commissioned by the Trinity Creative Challenge, is the first of a three part series called The Volunteers which aims to highlight the importance of volunteering in areas including drug addiction, mental health, and direct provision.

“The project aims to highlight endemic issues that impact Irish society and her people through the portrayal of emblematic volunteers," says Joe.

The Volunteers mural at Trinity by Joe Caslin

"I believe the artist has a valued place in Irish society and that we are ‘cultivators of empathy’. Our role is to be observant at all times and to do our best to create and feedback. To hold a mirror up; to advocate and to provoke.

“This particular drawing, like all projects I have undertaken, has been personally poignant. I am driven by what I believe in and by the life I have been given.

The Volunteers mural at Trinity by Joe Caslin

"Addiction courses through my family and circle of friends in various guises. I would consider this to be true to most Irish households. Some addictions are tolerated and some are not. Some celebrated and some made criminal and suffer life-long punishment.

"Addiction is an illness and has no place in the courts. We can do better.”

The artwork features Rachel Keogh, an activist in recovery from heroin addiction, Independent Senator and activist Lynn Ruane, and Fiona O'Reilly, the managing director of SafetyNet.

A short film will accompany the artwork will be released in the coming weeks.

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