Culture Night 2020@Garter Lane (7pm & 8pm)

Sep 18th
7:00 pm
Free event but booking in advance advised |

Time: 7pm & 8pm – Booking essential | Price: Free

Garter Lane we are thrilled to share the cultural gifts that were created in lockdown and in some ways in response to lockdown.

These 3 short FILMs are the direct result of commissioned works and specifically funded works. Screening times: 7pm & 8pm

Each piece carries with it its own particular “signature” and its own “message”. We are particularly pleased that these pieces can be shared on the big screen, where they have all are being projected via High Quality digital projection.

Bringing the work of local creative professionals and artists to the screen is what Culture Night is all about, and we are excited about welcoming you in to a safe and socially distant environment to see these stunning, thoughtful, energetic and innovative pieces in the City’s Arts Centre.



Still Far Away was filmed during lockdown entirely on location in Poleberry, Waterford. It would not have been possible without the complete cooperation of its two young actors Charlie Meagher and Gemma Fitzgerald who were fully compliant with social distancing restraints during its making.

This special piece about connecting in difficult times, was the brainchild of Liam Meagher and John Loftus who were commissioned by Garter Lane Arts Centre, and given a difficult task… “Make something that makes young people smile”… they rose to the challenge with “Still Far Away”… The Team at Garter Lane wish to thank all involved, as we say Well Done!, please take a well-deserved bow!

This film was commissioned by Garter Lane Arts Centre during lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and as part of the centre’s Children’s Arts Festival SprÓg.

Written & Directed by: Liam Meagher | Cast: Gemma Fitzgerald & Charlie Meagher | Music: Katie Kim, Dimmer (Cover & Flood) | DOP & Postproduction: John Loftus


The films themes, structure and characterisations were devised entirely by the participants.

This beautiful film was filmed completely on location in Garter Lane Arts Centre.

Subsequent editing occurred during lock-down period where the young people involved worked remotely in order to bring this piece to fruition.

To all involved we say well done and thank you!

This project is part of the Communities Integration Fund 2019 supported by Department of Justice and Equality


It’s a collaboration between the two makers Rachel and Gerard, exploring our maternal lineage, hair, the Catholic imagery of our childhoods, farm life, 90’s punk girlbands, decay, domestic realities and the secrets passed from one generation of Irish women to the next. As first-time collaborators Ní Bhraonáin and O’Keeffe found a shared aesthetic and passion for visual storytelling, as well as a similar approach to filmmaking that allows for chance and spontaneity.

Marian is a short experimental dance film inspired by the exhibition Blue, at Garter Lane Gallery.

About Rachel Ni Bhraonain: Rachel is a Waterford based artist making multidisciplinary shows and short films. With storytelling at the heart of her work, Rachel combines everything from dance and writing to aerial and sound design, to create visually exciting and emotionally honest work. Her short film The Undecided Vote was featured in Dazed Digital and ELLE online, receiving critical acclaim. While her first full-scale live show Losing Your Body won the Wild Card Award at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 and was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Movement Direction.

About Gerard O’ Keeffe: Gerard O’Keeffe is a Waterford born Cinematographer currently based in Dublin. He worked in Ireland for a number of years within the area of visual arts & performance before relocating to Berlin to attend film school. He has shot a number of short films and music videos as well as working with the camera department of large scale tv and film productions. His personal work focuses on the contemporary Queer experience and queer identity. He currently works between Ireland and Germany. This work has been commissioned by Garter Lane Arts Centre as a direct response to BLUE.




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