5TH – 8TH MAY 2022
IMPILO (LIFE) is an audio visual work produced by Mark Sebata on residency as part of our We Only Want the Earth Programme. The work comprises a 6 chapter film work and album. Working through RnB, Hip Hop, Soul Jazz, and AfroPop and drawing on Southern African and Irish influences. IMPILO explores social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of life. Through song and visuals Mark aims to tell stories that move between the personal and the universal human experience.
Mark Sebata AKA Blaq Apollo is an artist & musician living and working in County Galway working in music and video production. Mark began making music in 2006 in Zimbabwe where he received numerous awards including the Bulawayo Da grape vine Top 5 and was nominated as Best Zimbabwe hip hop newcomer in 2012 for his EP Bheka Thina Jo. In his work he uses music to tell stories about the struggles and joys of life. Mark writes in a vernacular combination of English and Ndebele and has performed extensively in Zimbabwe and Ireland including festivals such as Shoko (Zim) and Electric Picnic. He also works as a DJ and graphic designer. In 2021 he was the recipient of a Galway County Council Artist Bursary and an Artist in the Community Scheme Research & Development Award from Create.
Mark is the recipient of the A4 Sounds’ We Only Want the Earth Residency Award 3, 2020-2021
Social distancing measures and your safety:
To ensure the health and safety of visitors to the gallery, our viewing will limit visitors to 1 booking at a time. You may bring up to 5 friends with you for your booking (max 6 persons total per booking). Gallery visits are 30 mins in duration, please ensure to arrive on time so you can fully enjoy the show.
What you should know before your visit:
All of the A4 Team are fully vaccinated and are adhering to social distancing rules. To ensure the health and safety of our team and visitors we are asking anyone who has not been able to receive their vaccination or booster yet to wear an N95 mask. We reccommend taking an antigen test on the day before coming along to keep others in attendance safe. See here for antigen tests for €2 per test.
If you are able to, please consider walking or cycling to the studio to avoid increasing numbers on public transport.
- We will ask you to wear a mask indoors. Please bring along your own if possible. If you do not have a mask, you may purchase one with your booking or at the front desk on arrival for €2. You will not be allowed entry to the gallery without a mask.
- A sanitization station will be available at the front desk. We will ask you to sanitize your hands when you arrive.
- We will confirm your name and contact information for contact tracing purposes. This information will remain confidential and will be deleted after 30 days.
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General Accessibility Information:
This event will take place in our gallery which is wheelchair accessible.
The gallery is approx a 5m walk from the front door.
There is a garden with benches and stool adjacent to the gallery for breaks if needed.
Installation Specific Information:
The exhibition consists of a large projected film work and some objects on a stage and hanging from the ceiling.
There is a video piece playing in the gallery which has audio. It is an hiphop and electronic music playing on a PA. It will be played at a reasonable loud volume but not obnoxious. If needed we can accomodate the sound piece being turned down or off for your visit.
The gallery is low lit overall with coloured bright LED spot lights. These lights will flash and change colour in time with the sound piece in the video. If needed we can accommodate the flashing lights being turned off for your visit.
There is seating in the gallery. If you require a comfortable chair please let us know at the time of booking or email email@example.com You can request a more comfortable chair at any time from staff at the front door if you need one while visiting.
Our bathrooms are gender-neutral.
Our bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible. They are located on the first floor via a flight of stairs (approx 22 steps) so may also be inaccessible for people with movement impairments.
If you have specific needs that are not included in this information please get in touch via and we will work with you to ensure you are comfortable on your visit. You can email us via firstname.lastname@example.org.