A unique short live performance of music, theatre, poetry, opera, circus or dance just for you and your loved ones delivered to your door! Order a free surprise Art Gift for yourself, a friend or a family member performed safely on your doorstep.
From an original concept by Helsinki Festival, 20 Cork artists will deliver over 300 free Art Gifts around specific areas of Cork city. Bookings can be made via the Art Gifts web app at artgifts.ie.
Art Gifts will be available in the following areas:
Blackpool / The Glen; Knocknaheeny / Sunday's Well; Ballyphehane / The Lough; Mahon; Ballincollig; Montenotte / Mayfield; Blarney; Ballintemple / Blackrock; Douglas; Glasheen.
Thanks to Helsinki Festival for the original Art Gifts code and concept: helsinkifestival.fi/artgifts
Presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com
Image: Clare Keogh
How does the Art Gift order work?
You can order an Art Gift for a loved one from the corkmidsummer.com webpage. After placing your order, the Art Gift team will check the availability of the gift and confirm your reservation via email. In connection with your order, you will also receive a personal link to the Art Gift information page where you can always check the status of your Art Gift.
I placed an order using the order page but did not receive an order confirmation. What do I do?
If you placed your order more than 24 hours ago and have not received a single email, contact us via email.
To how many addresses can I order an Art Gift? / How many Art Gifts can I order?
Since the number of Art Gifts is limited, each person may only order a Gift for themselves or a loved one. Cork Midsummer Festival also offers plenty of other programmes to enjoy. See the full Cork Midsummer Festival programme here.
How many Art Gifts are available?
There are a total of about 300 Art Gifts.
Can I order an Art Gift to an address outside of the Cork region?
The Art Gifts can only be ordered within Cork city in the following areas: Blackpool / The Glen; Knocknaheeny / Sunday's Well; Ballyphehane / The Lough; Mahon; Ballincollig; Montenotte / Mayfield; Blarney; Ballintemple / Blackrock; Douglas; Glasheen.
How do I recognise an Art Gift artist? / How does the artist find the right place?
The artist will arrive at the address you have provided at the time specified. You can provide additional information related to the meeting place during the order process. A member of the team will call you before in the days leading up to the schedule Art Gift.
Do I need to contact the artist separately?
You do not need to contact the artist. The artist will arrive on location based on the information you have provided in the order form.
I have ordered an Art Gift for someone else - how will they find out?
If you have booked an Art Gift for a friend / loved one, please ensure that they will be present at the scheduled time & date.
ART GIFT EVENT LOCATION AND TIME
Where and when is the Art Gift performed?
The Art Gift is performed at the address you have provided in the order form at the time specified.
What would be a good event location for an Art Gift?
We recommend the recipient’s street or garden as the Art Gift’s location.
Can the artist be asked to perform the Gift inside the house?
As a rule, an Art Gift is not delivered inside the recipient’s home because it is difficult to maintain safe distances indoors.
How much time should I reserve for an Art Gift?
The duration of an Art Gift is about 5–10 minutes from the specified time.
If it rains, how is an Art Gift performed?
If weather conditions are unsafe for artists to perform, you will be notified as soon as possible. Otherwise, every effort will be made for Art Gifts to go ahead as scheduled.
Can I order an Art Gift to an assisted living facility?
An Art Gift can be ordered to an assisted living facility, but the staff should be notified in advance. We recommend the Gift be performed in a yard or other open space where it is possible to maintain safe distances.
Can all persons living in the same household (for example, the entire family) come out to enjoy an Art Gift?
ART GIFT CONTENT
Do I get to know the Art Gift content and artist beforehand? Can I make a request concerning the content of the Art Gift?
The performer and content of an Art Gift are not revealed in advance. As a rule, the Gifts are about 5-minute-long solo performances by local professional artists.
Do the Art Gifts have an age limit?
Art Gifts are suitable for all ages.
RECORDING AN ART GIFT
Can I film or photograph the performance and share it on social media?
You can, and we encourage it. Use the hashtags #ArtGiftsCork to make it easy for us to find your memories!
Can I and the recipient be photographed / filmed during an Art Gift?
If you have given your permission for photographing or filming during the ordering process, a photographer / videographer may arrive on behalf of the Art Gift production team. The photographs / video will be used in Cork Midsummer Festival communications. We will try to contact the person who ordered the Gift before any potential photographing.
CHANGES TO AND CANCELLATION OF AN ART GIFT
What do I do if I am forced to cancel my Art Gift order?
You can cancel both a reserved and an already confirmed Art Gift through the information page. Please note that the cancellation must be done by 4 p.m. on 11 June.
Oops! I filled in incorrect contact information, what do I do?
The order page only accepts valid Irish phone numbers and addresses in Cork. If you accidentally filled in incorrect contact information, please contact us as soon as possible via email at email@example.com. We will answer within 24 hours.
Can I change the time of an Art Gift?
The time of a confirmed Art Gift cannot be changed. If you wish to cancel an Art Gift, do it on the Art Gift information page by 4 p.m. on 11 June.
Can an Art Gift be delayed/cancelled for reasons I cannot influence?
A member of the team will contact you by phone if the Gift is delayed or faces an insurmountable obstacle. Your Art Gift order may be refused by the production team if the order is incomplete or inappropriate.
ART GIFT SAFETY
How is pandemic safety taken into consideration?
Art Gifts are intimate performances from the gift giver to the recipient. We discourage gatherings outside of the household for the Art Gift moment. The artist is obliged to maintain safe distances during the Art Gift moment. All artists will be briefed on Covid-19 safety protocols prior to the performance.
How is general safety taken into consideration?
The production has provided the artists with instructions on handling different situations, and the artist has the right to withdraw from the performance if they feel the situation is not safe.
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Covid 19 – Public Health Guidelines
Art Gifts will take place in line with current Public Health Government Advice
Safety is a key concern and this activity will adhere to all public health guidelines and best practice as we know it in an ever changing environment. All staff, patrons and artists are asked to wear a face covering until the performance. Patrons will be briefed at the beginning of the visit in the safety announcement outlining the following important points:
- Please maintain social distancing at all times (2M minimum)
- If you feel unwell, please do not participate and let us know
- Avoid touching any surfaces
All Artists and Production Assistants/Stewards
- Will be clearly identifiable as Cork Midsummer Festival Staff
- Will be up to date and briefed on all public health guidelines
- Will maintain social distance between the patrons and themselves at all times (2M minimum)
- Will avoid any physical contact amongst themselves and patrons at all times
- Will wear a face mask at all times (except for performance time)
- Will avoid overly crowded situations (monitored by production crew/stewards
Receiving the Art Gift
Before you receive the ‘Art Gift’
When you book your gift, you will receive an email/directive which outlines the practical information about the visit as well as some safety notes, contact details will be captured at this point and each patron will get a phone call prior to the art gift (in the week leading up to the 18th / 19th of June).There’s a handy FAQ link for patrons to read through ahead of booking and will be sent a link once booked.
Contact details will be taken by the team on location and records will be kept of one member of each party for the purposes of contact tracing, these records will be held for up to 28 days after the last performance (namely the 17th of July 2021) and will then be disposed of safely. We will also capture contact details of at least one resident via the ticketing system.
Safely Performing the Art Gift
Each artist and project team member and household will be asked the following questions in advance of the Art Gifts roll out.
In the last 14 days:
- Do you have symptoms of a cough, fever, high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, breathlessness, flu like symptoms or loss of taste?
- Have you been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected Covid19?
- Are you a close contact of a person with confirmed or suspected Covid19?
- Have you been advised by a doctor to self-isolate at this time?
- Have you been advised by a doctor to cocoon at this time?
Artists and Art Gifts Team will be advised to use their own hand sanitiser and PPE
Artists (in advance of the meet and greet and performance)
All artists/crew will re-sanitise any equipment they may have
- Artists are advised not to make any physical contact with the patrons and to maintain a social distance at all times (of minimum of 2M)
- Artists will advise all patrons of the safety guidelines in advance of the performance
- Artists will constantly aim to re-assure all patrons that safety is their number one priority
During the Art Gift Performance
The art gifts team will be vigilant in relation to Social Distancing (2M minimum) and in maintaining it. Observing overly crowded locations, the Art Gifts team will have a plan for a change of location should such an occasion arise. Artists will be advised to simply leave the environment if they feel uncomfortable with the numbers present at a home/house/location.
Ticket transfer will not be permitted for contact tracing purposes, individuals who do not wish to attend for whatever reason, shall be asked to cancel their booking and to release the tickets to be re-booked by someone else.
Covid 19 Tracker App
In the interest of public safety please download the Covid19 tracker app.