New Voices of Ireland
Series 10


Soup of the Day

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The Centre for Creative Practices and D-Light Studios present SOUP OF THE DAY, a solo show of short, experimental films, happenings and installations by visual artist, environmentalist and activist – Leia Mocan.

Climate change, human nature and otherness are the main topics of Leia’s recent works in which she presents her commitment to sustainability and ongoing exploration of her Romanian heritage and personal identity.  A sharp wit, exaggeration and visual experiments are the characteristics of Leia’s artistic language. Leia uses only upcycled materials to produce her works.

When: 14 – 21 December, 2023.
Where: D-Light Studio, 46 North Great Clarence Street Dublin 1, D01 K2Y1
Curator: Monika Sapielak, CFCP
Opening: 14 December 2023, 6 – 9 pm, press preview – 4 pm
Daily opening hours: 12 – 6 pm

The show features six experimental films produced between 2019 and 2023, an immersive installation, THE MASS OF DARKNESS and a life performance by the artist THE DIARY OF A COTTON THREAD, to be shown on the opening night, the 14 December, 8 pm and Friday 15 December, at 7.30 pm.

Artist’s talk will take place on Friday 15 December at 8 pm. followed by an artist’s talk.

THE MASS OF DARKNESS is a series of immersive, interactive sculptural works to be experienced through touch only. Visitors will explore the pieces in darkness, relying on senses other than sight and promoting a unique perception and empathy with those who are visually impaired. This initiative strives to forge a deeper connection and dialogue around inclusivity and accessibility.

THE MASS OF DARKNESS installation is open till the 17 December, 2023.


Soup of the Day

Dublin, December 2023


Included films:

Instructions I, 2019, duration: 3 min, 58 sec, depicting the consequences of “not looking back” and our destructive behaviour in relation to the natural world.

Soup of the Day, 2020, 2 min,43 sec. This work focuses on the plastic and microplastic pollution destroying the seas and infiltrating our bodies. 

StopWearingDeadSkin 2019, 3 min, 08 sec and the sculptural installation DEAD SKIN are a protest against the unsustainable practices of the fast fashion industry, simultaneously advocating against the exploitation of child labour. 

Blue/ Albastru / Azul / Neelam, 2023, 16 min, 06 sec, a collaborative piece between Leia Mocan (visual artist), Subhashini Goda (professional dancer, academic, and poet), and Cleide Regina (filmmaker & visual artist) interlaid with original spoken word poems in Romanian/ Portuguese/ Tamizh / English and including a dance piece that using the idiom of Bharatanatyam.

Umbilical Cord,2020, 2019, 14 min, 39 sec. The work explores the metamorphosis of the artist’s self-shifting identity, recalling the unique historical conditions and events in Communist Romania of 1987. It reflects upon the continuous migration of the self, which is expressed through witness testimonials and historical and found imagery.

New Umbilical, 2021,4 min, 37 sec. This work explores an invisible cord linking individual artists through their art. This is also a connection between the two cultures: Romanian and Irish. Leia Mocan and very sadly recently deceased Barbara O’Meara collaborated in 2022 over nine months to create a physical textile piece using recycled material, hand-sewn to represent an umbilical connection.

Press and other queries: or 086-6084020


The New Voices of Ireland Series is a flagship project of integrative, cultural practice between migrant and local artists as well as audiences curated and presented by the Centre for Creative Practices.

The New Voices of Ireland Series aims to:

  • Connect creative talent from new communities and various social groups from all over Ireland
  • Give migrant and culturally diverse artists an opportunity to share their work and talent with a wide local and international audience
  • Engage artists to express their views on social challenges and the role of culture in modern society through artistic practice
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The New Voices of Ireland Series is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Queries: If you have any questions, please contact or call 086-6084020         

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I am a French filmmaker and I worked with the Center for Creative Practices through the “New Voices” programs, featuring the work of international artists based in Dublin. The CFCP is a great place where you can discover, in a very intimate atmosphere, great artists and great stories. My overall experience with the staff and the program was very nice, I totally support the CFCP.

Wissame Cherfi

Filmmaker, New Voices of Ireland - April 2014

As an emerging artist the new voices series provided me the opportunity to showcase my first solo show and supported me just at the transition from student to practicing artist. The staff at the Centre for Creative Practices were fantastic, so helpful, welcoming and enthusiastic, always on the go setting up the next show, (be it visual or musical) yet despite their dedication to work and tight schedule the staff treat anyone who walk through the door as a good friend and take the time to welcome them wholeheartedly. Having such a mix of audience, like the one at CCP is a really uplifting experience.

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Artist, New Voices of Ireland - May 2014

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“Migration – From Burdens to Opportunities”

“Divisions in our Cities – How Can Culture Help To Overcome These Divisions?”

“Beyond The Obvious, Beyond The Familiar – From Producing Things To Nurturing The Social Capital”

“Hybridisation and Blending of Social Identities”

“Migrant Artists On Ireland”

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