Nudity beyond the mirror – Life and Art face to face naked in Dublin’s In-Spire Gallery

 

 

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The Body / Le Corps

 Inspire Gallery Tuesday, 29th May

In collaboration with a collective of nude photography artists, Irish Naturist Association had organised a private viewing of their art for an evening in late May. The appeal of the event took the organisers by surprise: Over 100 people registered to attend a extraordinary nude visit to the Art Nude Ireland exhibition The Body” on 29th May 2018, which forced the Event Team of Irish Naturist Association to split the audience into two groups, allocating them different time slots.

The images on display were representing the gamut of the genre of art nude photography: a series of 48 pieces with essentially equal representation of the work of the models and photographers of the Irish and French collectives, covering a wide range of contemporary nude themes.

But on this particular occasion, both the art and the view would meet eye to eye in the same setting – in the nude. Photographer Paul Brady undressed as well for this unique event. With his presentation he explained to his naked audience some details concerning the making of his collective and their art. And also the challenge that Ireland has yet to embrace the beauty of nude photography, which is something this exhibition aims to fix.

He explained that while nudity has long been accepted in other art forms, such as painting and sculpture, when presented as a photograph, the nude is too often associated only with sexuality. By showing the highly varied work of its members to a wide audience Art Nude Ireland aims to show that nudity in photography can be portrayed in as many ways as in any other form of creative expression. ANI Members create work individually and also work together as a collective.

The members of Irish Naturist Association had already enjoyed the pleasure of an artistic talk -also in their birthday suits- on “Finding a valued place for the body in our culture” by photographer Doug Ross, co-founder of Art Nude Ireland.

The managers of In-spire Gallery, where the exhibition took place, showed themselves equally delighted for the opportunity of this naked collaboration.

Undoubtedly, venue, artists and audience will soon surprise us with further ventures, we’ll keep you posted!

 

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“If the Spanish Naturist Federation did not exist, nudism would already be banned from nearly all Spanish beaches” – Ismael Rodrigo, President of the Spanish Naturist Federation

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24  July 2016, Day Without a Swimsuit, in an outdoor pool in Madrid

 

INTERVIEW WITH ISMAEL RODRIGO, PRESIDENT OF THE SPANISH NATURIST FEDERATION

 

1) Hi Ismael! Could you please explain about the history of Spanish naturism? How did it all start? 

FEN (Federación Española de Naturismo) was founded in 1981 through the amalgamation of the Catalan Naturist Club (CCN), a disbanded Mediterranean association, a Basque association (ANV), and a disbanded Andalusian Association.

2) When did Spain get its first nudist beach?

Up to 1988 there was the offense of “PUBLIC INDECENCY” in Spanish Criminal Law. However, since the end of Franco’s dictatorship there were already isolated beaches which had a nudist tradition. With the arrival of democracy these beaches were included on a list by the Department of Ministry of the Environment that classified them as nudist beaches.

The legal change that allowed the decriminalization of nudity came along after some problems on beaches in Galicia that led to a ruling by the Supreme Court condemning a nudist. The Spanish legislators realized that the problem was with the Law.

The ruling of the Supreme Court showed the need to amend the Spanish Criminal Law, abolishing the offense of public indecency. For this, the Act 122/000046 of March 17, 1987 deemed the concept of public indecency “completely incompatible with a democratic and pluralistic system”. As a consequence, public indecency was ruled out as unconstitutional.

The Spanish Parliament passed a law in 1988 specifically removing the element of public indecency and also amended the existing ‘Coastal Act’.

In the new Coastal Act the previous reference to competencies with moral content that the old Coastal Law of April 26, 1969 made in its article 17 attributed to it by the so-called “morality police” disappeared.   Therefore, as early as 1988 and with the new Coastal Law, it was clear that   the municipal competences on the beaches do not enable the Town Councils (or anyone) to   act as “morality police”, since this function was found in the old Coastal Law and has been specifically suppressed in the current one . We are not therefore faced with a case of legal vacuum that can be left to the discretion of the Council, but a   specific and desired suppression.

This resulted in the removal of the nudist classification on beaches made by the coastal website. From then on, all beaches were deemed for free use (naturist or textile) by all the citizens.

3) Is it true that it is totally legal to be naked everywhere on the Spanish coastline?

In a democratic state of law “everything that is not expressly prohibited by law, is allowed.” It is the so-called “principle of legality”. The security forces and bodies of the state and the courts cannot force anyone to act in a certain way based on their personal opinions, but only on the basis of the Law. This principle is incorporated in the European Charter of Human Rights and in all the Constitutions (in the Spanish in article 25). After the above it is clear that you cannot persecute anyone for bathing naked (after the abolition of article 577.1 on public indecency on beaches), but it is also clear that you cannot even criminalise nudity anywhere in the national territory, since the offense of general public indecency was also abolished (articles 431 and 432).

FEN only promotes nudity when clothing is clearly unnecessary and even harmful, that is, especially for bathing and sunbathing, but also defends the right of being naked on any other environment, for example on the street, should someone wishes to be naked.

For this reason we contact the city councils that try to issue bye-laws or any other type of dress code regulations and we explain to them that they are illegal. Generally, their legal advisors confirm that we are right and withdraw the prohibitions in draft phase. If they persist in continuing with the prohibitions, we submit our appeals, and if they reject them, we file a suit against the particular councils.

In recent years we have lost court cases in three important councils: Barcelona, ​​Cádiz and Valladolid. The Supreme Court is composed almost entirely of very conservative judges (the speaker who was allocated the case is a recognised member of Opus Dei).

The Supreme realised that we were right to say that fundamental freedoms cannot be regulated by mere local bye-laws, since they are constitutionally allocated to Laws. However, the Supreme Court chose to declare that if any council wishes to regulate the nudity on its beaches, it may do so. For this purpose, the only argument they based it on was to state that Naturism is not an ideology, since if it were so, it could only be regulated by an Organic/Constitutional Law or Act.

It is evident that no Court can decide that an ideology ceases to be so, and this is the opinion of all the jurists who have pronounced themselves on this matter. Furthermore, Cádiz Council, for example, banned nudism on the beaches of the capital, but said nothing about the city, so there could be a situation where people could go naked from their houses to the beach and only there they would have to get dressed, and could only get undressed again after leaving the beach to go home.

The current situation and the actions taken by our Spanish Naturist Federation and Associations are as follows:

We have appealed to the Ombudsman, who has fully agreed with us.  Same as all the consulted jurists, the Ombudsman keeps advocating that Naturism or Nudism is an ideology and therefore the Judgements of the Supreme are incorrect.

The FEN appealed to the Supreme Court, basing its arguments on “ideological freedom“, but during the process the case of Stephen Gough, based on “freedom of expression “, came to the European Court of Human Rights, which stated the following:

“The applicant has chosen to be naked public in order to give expression to his opinion as to the inoffensive nature of the human body …. The Court is therefore satisfied that the applicant’s   public nudity can be seen as a form of expression which falls within the ambit of Article 10 of the Convention   and that his arrest, prosecution, conviction and detention constituted repressive measures taken in reaction to that form of expression of his opinions by the applicant. There has therefore been an interference with   his exercise of his right to freedom of expression.”

The European Court of Human Rights continues by noting that the only restriction to the Right to Freedom of Expression is the one established in the second section of Article 10, and that any restriction on freedom of expression must be established by Law:

“An interference with the right to freedom of expression can only be justified under Article 10 § 2 if it is prescribed   by law “,

(source: http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/pages/search.aspx?i=001-147623)

 

For this reason, the Spanish Naturist Federation uses before the city councils this ECHR ruling, which is above any European national Court.

The Federation works with the purpose of getting withdrawn such illegal bye-laws in the few town councils where they are in force. Thus, on March 26 2018, the new “Bye-law for the Protection of the Urban Environment” came into force in Valladolid, replacing the former “protection of citizen coexistence and prevention of antisocial actions”. The prohibition of nudism is removed and Valladolid recovers the normality enjoyed by the majority of town and city councils, where nobody would come to the idea that the clothes of citizens could be regulated by mere local bye-laws.

This constitutes a very important victory for Naturism, since Valladolid is a city without coastline, which makes the concepts even clearer. And of great importance to the Spanish Federation of Naturism, which has fought for years for this achievement.

Cádiz and Barcelona have committed to withdraw their Bye-laws too.

The Spanish Naturist Federation encourages the submission of motions in the autonomous parliaments. Thus, recently the Parliament of the Region of Murcia approved on 27th September 2017 a motion accepting the text that we proposed without modifications, and that we reproduce here for its importance and brevity:

The Regional Assembly urges the Governing Council to take the necessary measures in its area of ​​competence to:

 . Promote the elimination of regulatory obstacles that prevent the practice of nudism, encouraging the   elimination of municipal bye-laws   that might refer to the clothing of citizens, understood as the right to freedom of   expression, since the exercise of this right is   reserved to the law and can not be the direct object of regulation by municipal bye-law, and instead protect and / or promote the values ​​of Naturism, as values ​​of our society.

 . Create in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, along with the eight   municipalities with beaches of the Region and the Federation of Municipalities, a commission of   study and evaluation for the declaration of “Naturist tradition zone”, in order to   facilitate sports and recreational naturist practice in the Region of Murcia.

 . Study the feasibility and possible exploitation of the growth potential of the   naturist tourism, in order to make it a factor for the regional development of zones   that preserve their natural environment, working with associations and entrepreneurs of the   tourism sector to attract tourism that respects the environment, sustainability   and respect for the human body.

4th. Signposting as “Beach of naturist tradition” those beaches where  historically, some users do not use clothing for their use and   enjoy them, and with information about “respect for values” with indication   of the police, so that both those who wear clothes and those who do not wear   they can denounce behaviors contemplated in the Spanish Criminal Law “.

4) How many naturist associations do you have in Spain? How many members have you got altogether? How many naturist resorts? How many nudist beaches?

The Spanish Naturist Federation is made up of 17 associations (http://naturismo.org/asociaciones-naturistas/ ) with about 3000 members with an annual ID card and stamp of the International Naturist Federation. On our website are reflected the holiday resorts that we have approved and which are about 12 (http://naturismo.org/vacaciones/). As for nudist beaches, in reality all beaches are clothing optional unless there is an illegal bye-law against which we would be working. On our website we point out quality beaches with established nudist tradition, which are close to 500 (http://naturismo.org/playas-nudistas/), all of them with their position in Google Map to make it very easy to reach.

 

5) Does naturism also happen in inland Spain?

Of course. ADN, Madrid Naturist Association, organises nudist excursions in the mountains. In the summer, ADN arranges with Madrid City Council the clothes-free use in some swimming pools some days: At least the “Naturist’s Day” (first Sunday in June) and the “Day without a Swimsuit” (third Sunday in July, Spanish initiative approved by the International Naturist Federation). The “Day without a Swimsuit” encourages people not to wear a swimsuit on any beach, river, lake or public pool, and there are concrete meetups in Madrid and other cities. The mixture of naked families with a majority of textile families does not cause any problems, and the media report on it naturally, pointing out that the use of a swimsuit should not be imposed in all bathing places as it happens with the top-less practice.

We also have inland naturist campsites such as “Las Grullas”.

6) Which are the most popular events the naturist associations organize in Spain? How many people can you reach out to?

The South European Family Meeting, held every year in “El Portus” (http://naturismo.org/actividad/vacaciones-naturistas-portus-2018/) with funding from the International Naturist Federation brings together more than 200 people from all over Europe, including Ireland. Another meeting that brings together many members is the one on Bank Holiday May in “The Temple of the Sun”, during which a race is held, also funded from this year onwards by INF (http://naturismo.org/actividad/30-aniversario -adn-aapnt-temple-of-the-sun /).

The awareness raising events as the aforementioned “Day without a Swimsuit” also bring together more than 200 “brave” people in the agreed public pools of Madrid. The naked bike rides of Madrid, Valencia, Valladolid… also appeal to many nudists, although this activity is not organised by our collective.

7) We can hear from time to time about court cases in relation to naturism in Spain. Tell us what that is all about.

The Spanish Naturist Federation is always alert (through Google alerts, press, partners, politicians…) of any attempt to criminalise nudity. Despite our continued presence in the media (see https://vimeo.com/naturismo), from time to time, a city council announces a bye-law with nudophobic contents. As soon as we have knowledge of it, we contact that council by phone and send them the legal documentation of the European Court of Human Rights, the Ombudsman etc. and we explain how other City and Town Councils have eliminated such regulations and have even decided to promote naturism in view of the tourism data we also provide. If they do not accept the evidence, we submit legal appeals against the City/Town Council decision and we put pressure on them with shame campaigns in the media. If they still go ahead with their bye-law, we have two months to go to the Regional Court. When we lose the court cases, we resort to the Supreme Court. All this costs money, so after having suffered some economic problems we now insist more on the phase of allegations and pressure via the media. We threaten with criminal demands, where they would face potential jail sentences, on impeachment grounds against the mayor and even councillors voting in favour, for once warned by means of allegations it is impossible to ignore that the intended bye-law is illegal. Criminal demands are free of charge and more frightening.

8) Can you explain the role of the Spanish naturist federation and associations in the development of naturism in Spain? Is there a ‘free scene’ too, informal groups of naturists?

FEN works with other NGOs that defend freedoms. For example, it has an agreement with the “International Human Rights Foundation”, which is the NGO with the most followers on Twitter (@ declaration, with 673,000 followers, ahead of Green Peace Spain). We encourage the creation of groups based around the defense of a natural environment or beach, putting them in contact with each other and encouraging them to form as an association and join the FEN. This year this work has led to the birth of a new association to protect Cantarriján Beach, and two other ongoing projects, in Racó del Conil and Mazarrón. The FEN has been working since 2005 with the Ministry of the Environment for the care of traditional beaches. The ministry considers us a reliable organisation when it comes to establishing which beaches have the most nudist tradition. We work with the regional parliaments: Our goal is to achieve this year the existence of Proposition no Law in all regions declaring that nudism cannot be prohibited and asking the city and town councils to collaborate with us to spread positive values ​​towards the human body brought about by Naturism and the tourism potential that it can entail.

More than half of Spaniards have tried nudism at some stage, according to surveys. Only between 1% and 7% oppose free nudism on all beaches. Joining a naturist association would not appear too essential in this context. Therefore, we try to disseminate the message that if our Spanish Naturist Federation did not exist, nudism would already be banned from nearly all beaches, since through our work we have managed to remove over a hundred bye-laws in the draft phase and most likely several hundred councils have not considered following the same path because they avail of the information we have been spreading since at least the year 2000. This protection and promotion work of our ideology contributes to the growth again in Naturism -after a brief lapse of time with diminishing membership due to the global economic recession.

Activism, and not only recreational activities, is a key element for membership acquisition in our country.

9) Do you believe social acceptance towards naturism is increasing in Spain and internationally?

In general yes, with small ups and downs. We are concerned to note how American censorship of social networks is normalising the concealment and the pixilation of nudity. In Spain nudity had never been censored before in the context of beaches, naturist events, awareness raising actions (bike rides, nudist races, animalistic rallies, feminist movements…) and in general, all nudity not linked to sex. At any time they could appear naked on television. However, in recent times self-censorship has been taking place in some television channels -and I’m saying self-censorship because the laws have not changed. This censorship does not fit into our culture and is being introduced little by little, by infection of what is being exerted in American and Anglo-Saxon media.

Another worrying matter is the fact that nowadays everyone has a video camera in their pocket, that is, their mobile phone, with instant access to social media. Some people are afraid of enjoying naturism on the beach because of the possibility of being photographed and posted on some website. It is impossible to fight against this, hence the only solution is to normalise naked bathing so that eventually there is no social difference between a picture in your birthday suit or in swimming wear, and people do not mind if it ends up on the Internet, since you are not doing nothing wrong, but quite the opposite. Fighting from the naturist movement against the photography of natural nudes, of our nudes, is an impossible battle. Our efforts should therefore be directed towards education on two levels: it is not correct to photograph strangers on a beach (whether they are naked or not), and we should not obsess over if someone takes a naked picture of us, as it is a pride to belong to that minority that does not use clothes when it is not needed and only harms the human being, sexualising his body and depriving him of a freedom without any rational cause whatsoever.

 

10) Have you ever encountered problems, like confrontations with the Spanish police, opposition from local residents, etc.?

On very few occasions. Sometimes there is an uninformed policeman/woman, but the problem is over as soon as they are asked to call their headquarters and consult with their superiors (usually better informed).

That 1% of the population that opposes nudity does not usually go to the beaches because the mere sight of people with little clothes causes them mental problems. Their work against nudism is usually limited to trying to influence politicians from platforms organised via the Internet. The few fines that have been issued against some nudists could easily be withdrawn if the affected party has contacted our federation. It is easy for any lawyer to win cases, given the amount of legal material available to us, even if there is an illegal bye-law, as it has happened in Cádiz in which the council was ordered to pay the costs of the trial.

11) Ireland is struggling now to get its first nudist signage. Can you comment on it? 

We note with satisfaction that developments in Ireland are not emerging alone, but due to the direct work of Irish Naturist Association. This proves once again how necessary it is to join naturist associations.

In manifold general meetings of the European Federations and the International Naturist Federation we have requested -without any success so far- the creation of a common fund so that the national federations are encouraged to face legally anti-nudist bye-laws. We are advocating the creation of a Legality Commission that can compile the diverse legal works, focusing in the advances in Spain, Holland, New Zealand, etc… and analysing the setbacks to learn of them. A commission that can explore advances at the level of the European institutions, that compile and elaborate material that defends nudity as a human right, one of the most basic ones. Irish Naturist Association, British Naturism, French Naturist Federation, Portuguese Naturist Federation, New Zealand Naturist Federation, Belgian Naturist Federation…, they all support this line, which we hope will end up by becoming a majority.

Regarding beach signage, we are not sure it is a good idea: when a beach is designated as “nudist”, people tend to interpret that it is prohibited in the rest of the beaches and they would say “go to your beach” if they see you on another one. And even if a beach is designated as a nudist area, dressed people will keep coming, for it is a public space and you cannot force anyone to undress.

The problem is that if it is not signposted, spaces of naturist tradition can be lost. The solution we have agreed upon in the Spanish Naturist Federation is to let each local association decide its policy according to the specific problems in their areas. When the non-existence of a nudist sign does not restrict naturist practice, it is best not to ask for it to be signposted. If, on the other side, there seems to be problems, it is good to put a sign that does not exclude other beaches. Usually it is requested to put a sign reading “Beach of Nudist Tradition”, and sometimes it is added: “respect our values”, and a police phone number in case somebody interprets that it is a place allowing for sexual acts in public, which it is prohibited in Spanish legislation if there are minors around.

Some city councils promote some beaches for nudism, but we always ask them to clarify in their promotional writing that you can be naked on all the beaches. You cannot force anyone to undress for the same reason that you cannot force anyone to get dressed.

1432208444_984727_1432228582_sumario_normal The beach of Es Caragol, in Mallorca

Women-in-Naturism Action in Ireland – June 2018

Women-in-Naturism Action in Ireland – June 2018

 

We hide our personalities behind our outfits but being naked allows you to be your real self. When you get dressed again you feel as though you’re putting on a disguise, to make yourself respectable for the rest of the world.

Whenever you’re putting on a different outfit, whether you’re going out, putting on a uniform, or staying at home, you’re wearing something to reflect the behaviour and personality you think you should have in that environment. When you’re naked, you don’t need to do any of that, you can be what you feel. You don’t have to pander to whatever you think everyone else expects and it gets rid of class distinctions.

Like any hobby, naturism brings diverse groups of people together. You interact whole range of people you wouldn’t necessarily interact with in your day to day life and everyone is so genuine.

There’s nothing particularly interesting about looking at a naked body really, so when you’re talking to someone you’re actually listening to what they’re saying and trying to understand it, rather than getting distracted by their body or clothes. The conversations are more profound and genuine that way. Being naked removes all artifice and pretence, and so you can connect with people on a deeper, more honest level.

However, women face much greater pressure with regards to body image and sexual objectification than men do. Women may feel particularly nervous about participating because of the way that the female body is sexualised in the modern world. but it’s actually clothing that sexualises everything.

The fact is there are an array of sociocultural factors lined up to make women feel insecure about their bodies and as a consequence are less enthusiastic about the prospect of spending time naked around other people. Unfairly men simply aren’t subjected to this to nearly the same degree. They have less to fear from being objectified, and there’s much less pressure on them to look a certain way.

Naturism promotes messages of body acceptance and is against objectification at every level. While negative body image is indeed a barrier, naturism itself offers an alternative to the men and women who are made miserable by this culture of body shaming. It’s one of the great things about this lifestyle and one of the best reasons to participate and support it.

After you go to a swim or event you’ll feel so good about yourself, women become more and more accepting of their bodies. And become more confident in general, if one can take my clothes off in front of complete strangers, you’ll feel you can do pretty much anything. Half the time you forget you’re actually naked, you just feel so natural and comfortable. You can just be yourself – it’s so freeing.

Also, by seeing how many different bodies there are out there you realise how ridiculous it is to compare yourself to other people – we are all so different. Why would you compare yourself to someone else when you are so unique?” Everyone is on an equal footing, being nude is extremely relaxing. You feel comfortable in your own skin and it feels normal, organic, liberating, empowering.

 

Women in naturism June 2018

Irish Naturist Association firmly believes  in the positive benefits of naturism and with our Women-in-Naturism Action seeks to encourage women to try it out:

Therefore, we are delighted to be offering free entry for women to all our nude indoor swims in June 2018:

Dublin 4 on Saturday 2 June 2018 from 5pm to 6pm – Book here your free place

Cahir on Saturday 2 June 2018 from 7.30pm to 9pm – Book here your free place

Wicklow on Sunday 3 June 2018 from 6pm to 8pm – Book here your free place

Ballinasloe on Sunday 10 June 2018 from 6pm to 8pm – Book here your free place

Cahir on Saturday 16 June 2018 from 7.30pm to 9pm – Book here your free place

Dublin 10 on Sunday 17 June 2018 from 4pm to 6pm – Book here your free place

Monaghan 24 June 2018 from 6pm to 8pm – Book here your free place

Secret Garden – World Naked Garden(ing) Day 2018 in Ireland

World Naked Gardening Day 2018

In our preparation for World Naked Gardening Day, members of the event team visited Corke Lodge to assess its suitability as a venue. Alfred Cochrane, the owner was unfortunately abroad, however he had instructed his head gardener to show us around. We were immediately struck by its homely intimate character. Everything about it seemed to tick all the boxes: location, discreetness, layout.

This ‘ancient garden’ of box parterres was punctuated by architectural follies which emerge mysteriously from the dense boscage of evergreen oaks and American cedars. The writhing cork oak tree with deeply corrugated bark was the garden centre piece. We were informed that it’s apparently the oldest known cork oak tree in Ireland. On the northern side of the garden I came across a Sequoiadendron giganteum (Giant Redwood) which is rare in Ireland.

Also, avenues of cordyline palms and tree ferns, dense planting of sword-leaved New Zealand flax, and clumps of whispering bamboos lend a magical atmosphere to this radiant imaginative creation – there and then we decided this was the venue for our World Naked Gardening Day 2018.

On the morning of the 5th May the weather could not have been better. We had 40 people pre-booked to attend. As I arrived at Corke Lodge the gardens looked more impressive since our first visit. Three weeks of early summer growth had sprung the garden into life. Refreshments were on offer and much appreciated by those who had made the long arduous journey.

After undressing and with initial greetings over with we mixed freely and at ease. The feeling of being naked whilst wandering through this beautiful horticultural paradise was real harmony with nature. Some lay on the grass to embrace the sun’s rays while others were feeling more energetic and engaged in some improvised volleyball. The sounds of nature were interrupted by the humming noise of a ‘drone’. One of our members had brought one along, which provided splendid photographic opportunities.

For the first time we had an unusual special guest: a 6-year-old pet rabbit named Lilou. I have to admit I hadn’t come across a rabbit on a leash before. But nonetheless she was most welcome proving to be popular amongst some of our members.

Our host then appeared to welcome and wish us well. We invited him to address us. He explained about the Dublin Garden Group and gave us a full account of the gardens history. He told us how the architectural follies were salvaged from the demolition of Glendalough House which had been owned by Erskine Childers.

The house and gardens as it presents itself today was restored and furnished in 1980 by Alfred, who is an architect by profession. It pioneered the current trends in historicist restoration of country houses and was featured in a number of local and international publications.

Overall it was truly a magical day, great to catch up with fellow members who I haven’t seen in a long time. I did manage a minute little gardening activity with the means of a trowel that I found. This particular venue was perfect for us and no doubt enhanced by the fantastic weather we had on the day.

A video of our naked tour:

 

Cork – naturist paradise on 16 June 2018

16th June is a special day in the naturist calender – Two extraordinary naturist related events will take place in Cork: the Cork Naked Bike Ride and the Spencer Tunick 10th year Anniversary photo shoot.

 

INA member Art Davey, who is part of both coordinating teams, kindly answered questions posed by the INA Event team:

1. Naked Bike Ride – how do I enrol?

Send an email to NakedBikeCork@gmail.com

2. How many expected?

150 to 200

3. Assembly area?

Cork city centre. Exact location to be advised by text on the day.

4. During body painting what does one do with one’s belongings?

Kept with you at an indoor location.

5. How long is the route?

Three miles on a mostly flat route starting and ending in or near the city centre.

6. How long does it take?

Including stops for traffic lights, about 1 hour and 45 minutes. The slow pace is necessary to facilitate people using skates, wheel chairs, etc.

7. Start /end location the same?

Yes.

8. Is it legal?

Yes, so long as clothes are removed out of sight of the public. Being naked is legal so long as you do nothing designed to frighten or intimidate. We have clothed stewards riding ahead warning people who may be sensitive about nudity.

9. Any incidents at last bike ride?

None any year since we started in 2009.

10. Concerns regarding being photographed

The entire route is visible to the public. We cannot stop the public or the media taking photos. We advise riders who are nervous about this either to disguise themselves or to cover the bare essentials.


 

For the tenth anniversary of Spencer Tunick’s visit to Ireland a collective of artists is arranging a not-for-profit art installation involving one thousand people posing naked for a series of photos.

Called One Thousand Bodies, the installation will involve arranging the participants to stand and lie in carefully planned patterns.

11. Will Spencer be there?

No. The only connection is that it marks the ten year anniversary. However the artists who are leading the event are committed to creating something special from the installation, and to make it as safe and enjoyable for everyone as it was in 2008.

12. How do I enroll in the 1000 Bodies mass art nude photo installation?

Send an email to OneThousandBodies@gmail.com

13. Will it be at the same location as 10 years ago?

We are not revealing the location until the day of the event, and then only to participants by text. For people not familiar with Cork, a number of people will be met by guides who will show them to the exact location.

14. I’d like to try it but nervous. What can you say to put me more at ease?

You will probably be terrified for the first ten seconds, like most others. After that, it will be one of your best life experiences. You may even find it life changing.

15. Any other useful information?

There are two other Clothing Optional events in Cork that day! BodyPainting Cork has kindly arranged one of their events to coincide with the WNBR and 1000 Bodies. Participants who are attending the Bike Ride can get fully Body painted for a donation. Also there is a Clothing Optional after party for all three events in a popular city Centre lounge bar, starting at 6.00pm. Location is not being published.

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Naked Art meets Naked Audience in Dublin

Oscar Wilde — ‘Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.’

Art Nude Ireland In-Spire Gallery 2018

 

For the first time in Ireland members of the public will have the opportunity to attend an exhibition of nude art photography in their birthday suit. This will be a unique pioneering occasion for Dublin, as only a handful of cities around the world can claim the same accolade.

The Palais de Tokyo contemporary Art Museum on Avenue President Wilson in the city’s lush 16th arrondissement will become the first gallery in Paris to welcome visitors keen to bare all for a one-off naturists’ day on May 5th 2018.

Also, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts held a special evening tour in 2016 where over 100 patrons checked out the late Robert Mapplethorpe’s work while strutting their stuff in the buff.

Vienna’s prestigious Leopold Museum seemed to be wanting to emulate the scandal effect of erotica art in the past by having naked visitors at its exhibitions in 2013 and 2005.

At the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney the naked initiative in 2012 would have striven to help “remove the material barriers between artist and audience (literally),” according to the museum.

Our Dublin exhibition –The Body/Le Corps, as part of the Photo Ireland Festival 2018- is being hosted by Art Nude Ireland (http://artnudeireland.ie/), a collective of photographers and models working to develop the art nude photography genre in Ireland, and Échiquier, an international association representing the trends of photographic art across 35 nations.

The exhibition, which will run from 24th May 2018 to 30th May 2018, consists of 48 images with essentially equal representation of the work of the models and photographers of the Irish and French collectives. The exhibition, by covering the gamut of the genre, will allow viewers to experience the range of imagery that constitutes the canon of art nude photography.

On Tuesday 29th May 2018 from 7pm to 9pm one of the artists will offer a private guided viewing to nude visitors, who will undress inside the premises. No pictures of the attendees will be taken without explicit consent.

As the event is an avant-garde, leading, ground-breaking approach to art appreciation great interest has been shown thus far, particularly amongst the younger generation.

Irish Naturist Association (INA) expects around 80 people – the gallery capacity doesn’t allow for more.  INA members will come along and mix freely with other genuine naturists (no exhibitionists, no voyeurs, just non-sexual social nudity for body acceptance and physical/mental freedom).

Refreshments will be available at this free event but early booking essential through Eventbrite or directly through Irish Naturist Association.

At time of writing some free tickets were still remaining:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/private-nude-viewing-of-art-nude-ireland-photography-exhibition-tickets-45208585095?aff=es2

(Private Nude Viewing of Art Nude Ireland Photography Exhibition)

Venue: In-Spire Gallery, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1

in-spire gallery

 

Naturist activities in Connaught, Ireland

I must admit that when I was first approached to put something in print about naturism in Galway I honestly did not know where to start. Naturism is around us, wherever we wish to find the opportunity. For me my home and my back garden present the ideal opportunities and as a result I spend most of my time nude. That is very easy for me, my house and garden are relatively private and being a naturist all of my life I am not really too upset if a neighbour just happens to see me from a distance from an upstairs bedroom window or whatever. I have lived in my present house for almost fifteen years and nobody has thus far objected or complained.

However most naturists are not as lucky as I and do not have the privacy. So how and where do they do to get that all over tan for themselves! They must travel to discrete and secluded places to enjoy their recreation and freedom. The Galway coastline is a rugged one, being constantly battered by the Atlantic Ocean. As a result the coast is in the main a rocky one and to a great extent devoid of sand. Those sandy areas that do exist are, in comparison to those on the sheltered eastern coast, small short stretches. However we also have numerous lakes that are suitable for naturism and nude recreation and I shall include these as well, ones that I have tried out on occasions.

On a word of caution we should always remember that, whilst it is no longer illegal to be naked in public, we should be careful to not cause offence or distress to others and be mindful that not everyone thinks or feels the same way as us about our beautiful lifestyle.

So, what does county Galway have to offer the discerning naturist? Well, its coastline extends from Ballyvaughan in the south to Leenaun in the north. The principal beaches frequented by naturists are Barna, just outside Galway city, and Puppy’s Cove at Dog’s Bay near Roundstone. These are the most used but there are also a number of others that I have used from time to time. However discretion must be used at these latter places. West of the village of Ballyconneely there are many deserted beaches that are suitable for sunbathing and for swimming. I have also used a beach at Gowlan, Renvyle to the right of the campsite there [across a small stream] When the tide is out this small beach is cut off from the public so one can have it to ones-self.

The naturist area at Barna is about half way between Silver Strand and the Pier at Barna village along the shoreline and can be reached from two directions. The first, park at Silver Strand, Barna and walk to the right over the stones along the shore towards Barna Pier. Secondly, drive towards Barna village. Pass the road for Silver Strand, pass the church [Barna parish church] and take the next turn to the left. At the end of this short road park your car and walk towards the sea. There walk to the left where you will see a rocky point in the distance. That is the naturist area. Hopefully, in the not too distant future the area may be signed ‘clothing optional’ and this will make the area easier to locate. The area is a rocky outcrop but I for swimming I use the sandy area immediately beside the rocks on the Barna side. When the tide is in there is a nice swimming area off the rocks.Barna

Dog’s Bay, or Cuan an Madra, is a small beach about 2 ½ miles on the Ballyconneely road [Clifden coast road] from Roundstone. On the way you pass the entrance for Gurteen Bay Caravan Park. Take the next turn left after Gurteen Bay Park. Walk through a gate at the end of the carpark and continue to the far end of the lovely sandy beach. At the beach end climb slope to the right where you will come to a fence with a gate. Go through and walk along the cliff and you will come to a small secluded sandy cove. This is your dream area, Puppy’s Cove.

Mannin Bay has many beautiful beaches and a number of these are very suitable for naturist activities. Coming from Roundstone, towards Clifden, you pass through the village of Ballyconneely (passing Keoghs Pub on your left), and take the left after Ballyconneely village down the road for Connemara Sands hotel. Drive past this hotel and keep going for a few miles down a narrow road until you come to a fork – you go to the right and then watch out for a gate on your right hand side. You park here on the side of the road and through the gate there is a well-worn track which leads you to the first beach. From there, just walk west and you will find multiple long uninhabited beaches where are perfect for naturism and beautiful pristine waters for a swim (if you dare).

I have also used a beach at Gowlan, Renvyle to the right of the campsite there [across a small stream] When the tide is out this small beach is cut off from the public so one can have it to ones-self. As this beach can be busy at times due to the proximity of the Caravan & Camping Park discretion is required.

Another beach I have used twice is Bishop’s Quarter which is about 3 km on the Galway side of the village of Ballyvaughan. However this beach is used by locals for walking and on occasions swimming so, again discretion.

 There are a number of lakeside areas in Galway. The county is the lake district of Ireland. The one I know best is Lough Graney which is just across the border in Co. Clare near the village of Flagmount. The co-ordinates for entry to the venue are 53*00’18.57”N and 8*38’52.09”W. If the forestry gate is closed one must walk the driveway to the first beach. Here walk to the right and follow the path until you come to a stream which you must cross. The naturist area is on the other side of the stream.

There are many lake shore places on Lough Corrib. These areas have to be investigated some more before they can be recommended. But the possibilities here are enormous and exciting.

Galway is also proud of the fact that we have a naturist monthly swim in the Coral Ballinasloe Leisure Centre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. This takes place on the second Sunday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a great modern venue. The facilities consist of a 25m 6 lane swimming pool, separate children’s pool and a splash pool and a sauna and steam room. An extremely attractive bright and airy venue to which all are most welcome, male and female, young and old[er].

Ballinasloe

Just a thought! Galway does have a rocky and battered coastline and the few sandy beaches that it does have are frequented by our ‘textile’ neighbours who are very possessive of their places. Perhaps we could make more use of our rocky areas. After all countries like Croatia do make a lot more use of theirs. And Hawk Cliff in Dalkey, Co. Dublin is such a place and has been developed nicely by the local authority there to make a great venue. Perhaps other authorities could follow suit.