Remote Art Experience

The Rest Rooms

Áine O’Hara
An abstract illustration in purple and green

Presented in association with the National Concert Hall

There is nothing more powerful than community. Sick crip community. There is strength in simply knowing one another exists. The Rest Rooms are a creative gathering of hope, joy and togetherness for, by and with disabled, D/deaf, chronically ill, neurodiverse people and anyone who wants to relax with us. It’s a living installation, a communal gathering, a space for conversation and a programme of events.

This is a space for anyone else who’s exhausted, who needs a rest.  Get together in an atmosphere of communal care, consideration and survival. 

Ireland is hostile and we are tired. This is a space to:

  • teach each other how to survive and resist
  • connect, strategise and recharge
  • dream and find a way to save us all.

The installation runs from September 10 – 14, 11:00 – 19:00 daily, with in-person and online events. Quiet time and space is at the centre of this installation, with designated quiet space scheduled each day in our joyful, creative in-person rest room. The events programme features:  panel discussions around creating more accessible spaces; talks on disabled joy, resistance, history and legacy; creative workshops on poetry, visual art and zine-making; great performances and a day-time disco.

View the full programme here.

We’re working with care on this programme, ensuring its safe for participants and presenters in whatever context September brings us.

Co-commissioned by the Abbey Theatre and Dublin Fringe Festival. Supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect Scheme managed by Arts & Disability Ireland

Please note: These are relaxed spaces and you can come and go as you please. Events will be in person and online as well as dedicated online rest space each day. All events will be free and travel allowance will be made available for those who need it, you can apply for a travel stipend here. Should you wish to discuss your access requirements ahead of time please contact or 1800 374 643.

10 – 14 September
11:00 – 19:00
In-person and online


National Concert Hall - Kevin Barry Room