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Roped in

It’s day three for climber and artist Dan Shipsides who is installing a rope drawing on ACCA’s rusty exterior over the course of this week for upcoming exhibition Desire Lines.

Visiting from Belfast, where it’s currently -2 degrees, the heat is a bit of a shock for poor Dan! He’s experiencing egg frying temperatures out there when the sun hits the face of the metal. But the work is looking amazing and we’re loving watching it unfold each morning.


For Dan climbing is a philosophical pursuit or an art in itself.


The rope is fed through hooks attached to the rusty metal building with small magnetic clips at every point where the drawing changes direction.

We were very confident in the strength of the magnets after they passed the “Irish wind-resistance-test”. This involved Dan creating rope drawing over his van and driving at 100km an hour through a Belfast storm! Yep, ok, they should hold.



Dan’s the man!
Come check out the work.
Let us show you the ropes.
Desire Lines opening Friday 14 December 6pm – 8pm


Photograph: John Gollings



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