Body Painting Cork

photo by Petr Starý

We formed in May 2010 when body-painting artists Nina Moore and Niamh Leonard ran a workshop in Cork to train local artists in some basic techniques to body-paint participants in the World Naked Bike Ride. Since then we have met roughly every three months in Cork and Body-painting has spread around the country with an event somewhere every few weeks. It is not a competition. We do it just for the fun; everyone volunteers their time and skill, but we ask for a small donation to Camden Palace for their facilities.
Artists provide their own paints, sponges and brushes. We share our paints with artists who are doing this for the first time.
We are real people, not photoshopped images, so we welcome all ages, all body sizes, and if you have a scar here or a mole there, so what? We are all beautiful in our humanity and enjoy each other’s company whether or not we conform to shallow definitions. Body-painting Cork takes part in the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) every year where dozens of brave cyclists cycle around the city in a colourful display that’s hard to miss.
The WNBR began in Zaragoza, Spain in 2001 when six well known cyclists were killed in separate road accidents. Unhappy with the state’s response to their appeals for a stronger road safety campaign, friends and fellow cyclists pedalled naked through the streets of Zaragoza to protest against the dangers they face on the roads. Their nudity was not just to ensure public attention: it was also to emphasise how vulnerable cyclists are in a collision. It has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, with close to 90 cities now joining the event every year.
2017 is the ninth consecutive year that it is being hosted in Cork.To be kept up to date with bodypainting events in Cork and around Ireland.

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Photos courtesy of David Hegarty