The Trial is an artwork created by Irish visual artist Dr Sinead McCann, made in collaboration with men from the Bridge Project Dublin who have lived prison experiences, and research by UCD historians Catherine Cox and Fiachra Byrne. Script by Sarah Meaney.


On four screens, three characters – Tommy, Charlie and Neili tell the real-life stories of those who have been held or worked in Irish penal institutions during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Sixbetween worked directly with McCann to create this compelling multi screen art installation on healthcare and human rights in the Irish criminal justice system. Following script development through a series of workshops with men from the Bridge Project Dublin, Sixbetween came on board to create video content for the final installation, working closely with McCann across filming and throughout post production until the project’s unveiling.

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, The Wellcome Trust and Dublin City Council, The Trial was first exhibited in April 2018 in the Old Courthouse of the Kilmainham Gaol Museum in Dublin. Read The Irish Times review by Deirdre Falvey here.​

In 2019 as a result of receiving funding from the Arts Council of Ireland's touring and dissemination of work scheme, The Trial was exhibited again in 3 venues throughout Ireland from July to November 2019. 

Beginning in Spike Island, Cork, then the Old Courthouse in Lifford, Co.Donegal and finally The Wedgewood Room in Dublin Castle. 

Sixbetween were commissioned by artist Dr Sinead McCann to create a video which documented the installation in all 3 venues. 

Read an interview with Dr Sinead McCann by Jonathan Carroll in the Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet here, where she explains how The Trial was made. 

I am an Irish visual artist. I employed Sixbetween to work with me on two Arts Council of Ireland funded projects. They are professional, efficient and effective in all of their communication. A reliable company who brought new creative ideas to my project and who delivered high quality outputs. I would highly recommend working with them.

Dr Sinead McCann

Sixbetween Video Production