Spraoi and Waterford City and County Council have been selected to receive In The Open – Faoin Spéir funding from The Arts Council.


With creative partners Garter Lane Arts Centre and WLR FM, Spraoi will install an over-street fabric-based sculptural artwork above Michael Street and the Apple Market, accompanied by these online soundtracks.


Faoin Spéir – Morning


Faoin Spéir – Evening


The temporary artwork will be in-situ above Michael Street and the Apple Market from August through September.



Spraoi and contributing artists will use a pallet of fabrics, visual art, music and spoken-word elements. Garter Lane Arts Centre is curating two accompanying soundtracks each themed for day and evening listening. They will be broadcast on WLR FM and will also be available on mobile phones via a QR Code so people can listen as they stroll through the area.

The artwork will offer pedestrians visual, musical and spoken-word experiences. It aims to start conversations about re-invigorating traditional and modern public realm spaces while enhancing audiences’ daily experiences of Waterford.


Project artists include:

Garter Lane Audio Team 

  • Hannah Carberry (Writing)
  • Micko Roche (Musician)
  • Peter Vogelaar (Musician)
  • Anne O’Riordan (Actor)
  • Joe Meagher (Actor)
  • John Loftus (Film/Documentation)


Spraoi Artistic Team 

  • Magda Karol [Visual Art/Construction]
  • James Whelan [Visual Art/Construction]
  • Bridget Ni Dhuinn Belcher (Visual Art/Construction]
  • Graham Phelan [Visual Art/Construction]



It’s fantastic to be working with both the Arts and Waterford Councils plus our friends and colleagues at Garter Lane and WLR to enable this opportunity for ten freelance Waterford artists, visual and musical, to imagine and make an artwork that enhances our city and even inspires conversations about its future look,” said Spraoi Artistic Director Mike Leahy


In The Open – Faoin Spéir is an Arts Council initiative that encourages a curated programme of multi-disciplinary, inclusive arts activity in public or open spaces in towns and communities around Ireland. Arts organisations and local authorities nationally competed for the funding.


Director of Services for Culture at Waterford City and County Kieran Kehoe added: ”Waterford Council sees huge potential in working with artists to improve and reimagine Waterford towns, villages and city. This is a community-centred approach to re-building our places, our morale and our offering for a post-COVID-19 world. We co-fund many such integrated initiatives in various sectors.”

Visual artists have already begun design work at Spraoi Studios and Garter Lane has commenced the creation of accompanying soundtracks with musicians and a writer.

The temporary artwork will be in-situ from August through September.



Project artists:

Hannah Carberry (Writing)

Hannah Carberry is a writer from Waterford city. She wrote her first short play, Chips, while she was a member of Waterford Youth Arts in 2014. Since then, she has written several short plays for local grassroots festivals and college drama societies. Recently, she was a winner of the Theatre Royal’s Creative Shoots Bursary, which allowed to develop a new full-length play, Grasp, which she hopes to create a full production of in the near future. She has also written and performed numerous poems and spoken word pieces for the Modwords spoken word collective, which she has been a member of since 2016. She holds an MA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from NUI Galway. Her writing mainly centres on the complexities of human interaction, and on the wonder that can be found in ordinary aspects of life.

Visit Hannah’s website by CLICKING HERE


Micko Roche (Musician)

Micko Roche is emerging as one of Ireland’s most unique artists and producers on the scene today already supported by Jose Padilla, Chris, Coco, Pete Gooding, Blank & Jones. Hailing from picturesque Waterford on the Southeast coast of the Emerald Isle, his unique blend of chilled out grooves and live instruments come together beautifully to create a soul-soothing Balearic experience. As a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Micko’s background lie in live performance touring most of his life throughout Ireland, the UK, Central Europe and Scandinavia with Irish traditional cross over the group “The Butterfly Band”. It was during a 3-month tour of Iceland with the chart-topping Icelandic group. ‘ Solstraendergayer’ that Micko found his passion for studio production and sound engineering during the recording of a full-length album. Here is what one reviewer has said about Micko’s work.

“His touch is what sunlight would sound like if only you could capture a sunbeam in stereo.”

Visit Micko’s Facebook Page by CLICKING HERE


Peter Vogelaar (Musician)

The daytime music for Faoin Speir was provided by long-time Waterford native, producer & bass player Peter Vogelaar.

Peter’s earthy sounding organic electronica has been licensed to HBO, NBC & MTV, most recently on How To Get Away With Murder. He has remixed many artists from his native Ireland including Wyvern Lingo, & King Kong Company. Last year’s ‘Inner Creatures’ hit a Spotify playlist reach of 1 million on its week of release and was album of the week on Dan Hegarty (2fm). His remix of Susan O’Neill (SON) was Hot Press’ Track Of The Day.

Visit Peters website by CLICKING HERE


Anne O’Riordan (Actor)

Anne trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. 

Theatre credits include Ghosting (Theatre Royal Waterford, Irish Repertory Theatre New York, Katzpace London), King Lear (Theatre Royal, Waterford), I and You(GEST), The Lonesome West (Royal Court, Liverpool), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Octagon Theatre), Gulliver’s Travels (Octagon Theatre), Alice (Theatre in the Quarter), Fallen Angels (Frinton Summer Theatre), Overshadowed(Sunday’s Child Theatre Company), The Merry Wives of Windsor(Merely Theatre), Cinderella (Octagon Theatre),A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Red Kettle Theatre Company). 

Television/film credits include: Call the Midwife(BBC), Doctors (BBC), The Clinic (RTÉ), 32A (Janey Pictures).

View Anne’s Professional Profile by CLICKING HERE


Joe Meagher (Actor)

Joe Meagher is a Waterford based actor, writer and director who has worked and toured extensively with such companies as Red Kettle, Corcadorca, Broken Crow Rigout Productions and Mirador. He is also a singer-songwriter with Waterford band Birds of Burden, and last year, in conjunction with The Remains of Reason Ensemble, he released ‘On Unforgiving Themes’, his first album of solo work. This, along with Birds of Burdens debut album ‘A conspiracy of dust’, is available to sample and purchase on Bandcamp.com.

Joe is excited and delighted to be involved with the Faoin Spéir project.

Visit Joe’s Facebook Page by CLICKING HERE


John Loftus (Film/Documentation)

John A Loftus is a creative visual artist, media and film professional based in Waterford City in Ireland.

Having graduated with an Hons Degree in Visual Communications from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) John furthered his film studies and technique at The National Film School at the Institute of Art, Design + Technology (IDAT).  Johns photographic and graphic artwork subsequently saw him receiving an invitation to the prestigious United Colors of Benetton’s R&D Institute FABRICA, in Treviso Italy on a project entitled “Vision of Change”. From there John has gone on to work for some of the best-known post-production houses in London and Dublin (The Farm Group UK, Screen Scene Dublin, Cartoon Saloon Kilkenny) before eventually settling in Waterford where he works and collaborates with many creative and arts organisations locally and nationally. Garter lane Arts Centre, Spraoi, Theatre Royal Waterford, Animated State, K-Cat Callan, Every Event, Visual Carlow, MUS, KCLS, LRK, WFC, WYA, to name a few.

John enjoys being immersed in the “process”, and he loves to collaborate with individual artists whenever possible.

Visit Johns’s website by CLICKING HERE



Project Artist & Creatives: Micko Roach, Peter Vogelaar, Hannah Carberry, Joe Meagher, Anne O’Roirdan, Magda Karol, Graham Phelan, Bridget Ní Dhuinn Beicher, Sean O’Sullivan, Clare Horgan, Denise Colbert, James Whelan, Kevin Donnelly, Charles Jacob, Shauna Farrell, Bobby Comerford & John Loftus.

Creative Producers: Mike Leahy & Síle Penkert.

Garter Lane Tech-Team: Michael Oates, Lippy Collins & Partick Kerwick.

Waterford Council: Kieran Kehoe, Margaret Organ & Jane Cantwell.

The Arts Council: Sinéad O’Reilly.

WLR FM: Michael Byrne.

EveryEvent: John Grubb & Jamie Roche.

Project Production: T.V. Hanan, Niamh Colbert & Kathleen Merchelewska.