Meet the Design Artists of UNWRAPPED 2013

Artists Tadashi Kato and Jackie Gray are the designers behind the incredible lanterns and costumes you will see at UNWRAPPED 2013.

Tadashi and Jackie have a lot of experience with this work and have been working with Tallaght Community Arts on similar events for the past few years.


Tadashi Kato is a Wicklow based visual artist and designer who works in costume and 3D construction with young people and adults.  He trained at Setsu Mode Seminar: Fashion Illustration Arts School.Tokyo Japan between 1986 -1989. He worked as a designer facilitator for LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) on a number of site specific projects including Wayan Gulat Balinese Gamelan artists and the French pyrotechnique company Group F. He has worked with Helen Hugel of Helium Theatre Company, Tallaght Youth Theatre, Tallaght Community Arts and The Source Summer School in Thurles. Tadashi designed and made the illuminated cloaks for Unwrapped 2011.  In June 2012 he designed and made kamishibai (Japanese paper theatre) for Message In A Bottle an international youth arts exchange project in June 2012. He was the designer for  Haunted – two simultaneous  Halloween Parades in Clondalkin and Tallaght  in 2012.  He worked in association with Monkeyshine Theatre for Unwrapped 2012. Currently working on design for Unwrapped 2013.


IMG_2442-webJackie Gray (pictured here with one of the creations for UNWRAPPED 2013) is a mixed media artist living and working in Dublin. Her work is concerned with snapshots of the real world and its transient habits. Using sound, video, sculpture and drawing, Gray’s work deliberates on the ambiguous divide between the observed and the imagined. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Visual Art Practice, IADT in 2009.Recent exhibitions; WBMilbank Gallery, New Zealand, 2010, 2011, Ormond Studios 2010, 2011, Wicklow Garden Festival, 2011, OPW, St Enda’s Park, South Dublin, 2011. Curation; Susan Walsh, A Progression of Light, Ormond Studios, The Drawing Project, Dun Laoghaire 2012.  

UNWRAPPED 2013 would like to thank The Square Shopping Centre for its generous support of this year’s programme.

The annual UNWRAPPED programme is developed by a creative partnership between South Dublin County Council Arts Office and Corporate Services Department; South Dublin Libraries; Tallaght Community Arts; Alternative Entertainment; Contact Studio; Civic Theatre, Tallaght; RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre and South Dublin County Music Education Partnership. It is supported by the Arts Council, the Square Shopping Centre and Monastery Music. 

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