Shakespeare in Galway 2016 (SIG2016)

Shakespeare in Galway 2016 (SIG2016)

2015/2016 Projects

This project will mark the quartercentennary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016 within NUI Galway and Galway City.

All around the world, cultural, creative, and educational organisations are preparing a wide variety of activities to commemorate this momentous year. A connective series of 4-6 public art campaigns will run from January to June of 2016, and will draw on guerrilla art aesthetics and marketing techniques to promote Shakespeare in unanticipated ways and in surprising venues.

The series of guerrilla art projects may include: decorating public spaces (using non-permanent methods in consultation with relevant stakeholders); running a mail art project; leaving ‘branded’ objects in public venues; inserting Shakespearean messages in library books; and holding a community birthday party for Shakespeare on 23 April 2016 (World Book Day as well as Shakespeare’s birth/death date).

Project Team & Links

Lead student partners: Emer McHugh
Lead staff partner: Dr. Lindsay Reid

Student partners:
Emer McHugh
Evan Bourke
Aidan Graham
Ciara Duggan
Laura McGlinchey

Staff partners:
Dr. Lindsay Reid
Dr. Victoria Brownlee
Dr. Kate Harvey

Project Updates

Shakespeare in Galway 2016 is continuing apace! We have chosen our beautiful logo, which can be seen on our project webpage and will be seen all over our campaign materials over the next few months. We also have a Twitter account — search for @shakingalway — and a Facebook page, too. The team have convened for two very productive meetings, in which sub-committees were established and ideas were bashed out. Look forward to surprise performances, travelling Shakespeare editions, a recreation of Juliet’s wall, films, and a lovely birthday party over the next few months!

The first major campaign is Valentine’s Day, where we hope to recreate Juliet’s wall, and to invite NUIG staff, students, and Galwegians alike to be creative and write their own love notes on her wall. You might find a few sonnets and love quotes travelling around campus and town, as well. All in all, it’s shaping up to be a very fun project, and we’re all excited to see where SIG2016 takes us.