Saturday 24 June - Wednesday 28 June 2023
Sean McDermott Street Pool, 34 Sean McDermott Street Lower, Mountjoy, Dublin 1, D01 T0H9
Opening hours: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free, no booking required!
All ages welcome, children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
Community/group bookings are also welcome outside these times but must be pre-booked. To book, please contact Evan Musgrave at neighbourhood@dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie or call/text 083 010 5287.

Access and Family Friendly

The venue is wheelchair accessible, however, there is a small part of the exhibition on the first floor that is only accessible via stairs.

Large print text is available

Families with young children are welcome

There is a variety of interactive sensory experiences

Culture Club

Wednesday 28 June, 12 pm
Culture Club is a series of hosted talks and tours that introduce and encourage people to connect with the cultural spaces of the city. We invite people to see, experience and learn about Dublin’s cultural places.

Join us for a tour of Mami Wata: Mmiri niile.

Book Culture Club here.

Community Visits

We invite community groups and sports clubs to visit the exhibition at a time that suits you.

To book, please contact Evan Musgrave at neighbourhood@dublincitycouncilculturecompany.ie or 083 010 5287.

About the Project

Mami Wata: Mmiri niile is part of our Creative Residency in Art and Sport, a Creative Residency made by Dublin City Council Culture Company in partnership with the Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership.

Five artists were selected in 2021 to take part in this project and work with sports clubs, with its members and the wider club community. The selected artists are Chinedum Muotto who works in poetry, visual, performance and theatre; visual artist, facilitator and theatre maker Áine O’Hara; visual artist Sharon Kelly; actor, writer and theatre-maker Timmy Creed; and Karen Aguiar who works through dance and movement.

The Creative Residency programme creates partnerships to try out ideas, test new approaches and add to the cultural story of the city, encouraging makers and experts to pilot new partnerships with organisations.

About the Artist

Poet and performance artist Chinedum Muotto conjures magic through various creative means as he takes his audiences on journeys concertedly to places known and unknown. Muotto invites the utilization of voice and body as means through which, we as people, can re-establish ourselves and respective communities beyond space and time.

He is a multi-disciplined artist ranging from poetry, visual arts, performance and sculpture.

His work has been presented in a variety of spaces in both Dublin, Ireland and Lagos, Nigeria. To find out more about his work visit his website, muotto.com.

Mami Wata: Mmiri niile is an exhibition made with African women from across Dublin about barriers to swimming, by artist Chinedum Muotto.

In 2021, as part of a Creative Residency in Art & Sport, Muotto issued a callout to women of African descent from across Dublin, with an invitation to join a learn-to-swim group with a difference. The aim was to address some of the racial, ethnic and cultural barriers faced by many people when it comes to accessing Dublin's public swimming pools.

Not only would the group receive free weekly lessons but there would also be a creative element, where the women could share their experiences of water, their fears, and their journey to becoming swimmers.

Eight participants joined, all women of African descent, from countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Togo. Many of them had never been in a pool or swam in the sea before.

Working with the artist and a professional instructor, the women gradually learned to swim at bespoke lessons in Ballymun pool and Clontarf Baths. They documented their experiences in creative ways and shared stories of their relationship to water.

The exhibition ‘Mami Wata: Mmiri niile’ weaves their voices together with traditional folklore, in a unique and immersive experience that brings the sea to Sean McDermott Street.

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Partners

Mami Wata: Mmiri niile is part of our Creative Residency in Art and Sport, a Creative Residency made by Dublin City Council Culture Company in partnership with the Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership.

Thank you to Dublin City Council for facilitating this use of Sean McDermott Street Swimming Pool while they complete final preparations for its reopening as a public pool.