Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme
managed by Create | the national development agency for collaborative arts
Information Session with Katherine Atkinson and Michelle Browne
Create in partnership with Galway Arts Centre
Date: May 23rd
Venue: Galway Arts Centre
The information session will be an opportunity to ask questions about the application process and
criteria for the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme.
Scheme is open to artists across all artforms who want to work
collaboratively with communities of place or interest in different
social and community contexts including arts and health, arts and older
people, arts and prisons, arts and cultural diversity.
There are two phases to the Scheme: Research and Development and Project Realisation.
One, Research & Development, is open to artists who wish to
research and develop a project in a community context. Maximum time
frame is 3 months. The maximum amount awarded in Phase One is €1,000.
One, the research and development award of up to €1,000, gives artists
an opportunity to explore and develop a project in a community context.
There is also Research & Development/ Mentoring award of 1500, so
an artist can work with another artist in the same artform or from a
different discipline, on their professional development.
Research and Development/ Mentoring award of the Artist in the
Community Scheme, aims to encourage the development and enhancement of
artists’ creative practice, offering an opportunity to work with a
mentor in order to assist professional skills, take artistic interests
in fresh directions and to acquire new approaches to art making with a
Over the last ten years more than 200 different communities of place and/or interest
have been funded to work with an artist on contemporary and innovative art projects
Further details www.create-ireland.ie
"Dig" John O' Conell 7th June 2013
Galway Arts Centre is proud to present "Dig", John O'
Conell's first solo show in Galway. The show rund from June 7th to July
6th. The show comprises of new work which transforms the gallery space
into an intimate and dreamlike environment. John is a multimedia artist
based in Dublin whose practice extends far beyond the limits of any one
discipline but encompasses a spectrum of processes. Whiel drawing and
installation are the root elements in his work each finished piece is
the end result of a sythesis of sculpture, sound and space.
installations evoke timeless vista's that are at once excavations from
an extinct age and parched wastelands from a post-apocalyptic future.
These terreins are ultimately vehicles for allegory and
symbolism-landscapes that emerge from an imagination that always avows a
fascination with the ruinous, the obsolete and the otherwordly.
of John's animations depart from his drawings and practice of minature
set building. He also composes and plays piano for the animations'
melodicand haunting soundtracks. Straddeling the line between real and
fictional these animated works seem to be involved in their own
imaginary journey, oblivious to the exterior world. They ultimately belong to the artist's poetic, whimsical and lyrical universe.
holds an MA from the Royal College of Art, London and a BA from the
National College of Art, Dublin. He has been awarded several artists
residencies, most recently was a year long fellowship in Location1 New
York Stiftung Starke in Berlin and The Watermill with Robert Wilson in
York. John has been commissioned and supported by Wicklow County
Council. Kildare County Council and The Arts Council of Ireland; New
Work Award 2007 and Visual Artists Bursary award in 2011.
exhibitions include; The Poetry Project, Kinsale Arts Festival (2013)
Tentamen- 13 North Great George's Street, Dublin (2012) Like a Shark in
the Grass -Solo Show at The Dock, Carrick on Shannon (2011) The
Visitor, Riverbank Art Centre, Newbridge (2010) Nothing Matters When
Your Dancing, Stiftung Starke Berlin (2009) Futures 09, Royal Hibernian
Academy, Dublin (2009) Big Pin, Goethe Institute, Dublin (2009) and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, WestGermany, Berlin (2009).
Burning Bright 2013
Galway Arts Centre, in partnership with Galway City Council, Galway County Council, and
Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, are pleased to invite you to the opening of this year's
Burning Bright exhibition.
This is an annual event celebrating the creativity in older age, celebrating its 10th year on
Wednesday May 1st until the 31st in Galway Arts Centre. This is an annual exhibition with a
series of visual art residencies in Care Settings throughout the City and County of Galway.
Burning Bright is part of the Bealtaine Festival, which takes place nationwide throughout
the month of May. Throughout the spring, professional visual artists gave workshops
in residential facilities, exploring creativity with different art materials, focusing on this
year's theme; 'Mapping and Memory'. The artists and residents worked together to create
individual artworks which will be on display in Galway Arts Centre.
This year's participants are St. Francis CNU, St Rita's in University Hospital Galway, Units 5
and 6 in Merlin Park University Hospital Galway, Solas in Mervue, St. Anne's in Clifden, Ionad
Lae in Carraroe, Aras Ronán in Inis Mór, Aras Mhic Dara in Leitir Mealoan, Portumna Day
Centre, Maryfield in Athenry, and Brendan's CNU in Loughrea.
The launch will take place in the Galway Arts Centre on May 1st at 1.30pm, and is opened
by Micheal O Muircheartaigh and Tom Kenny. This will be followed by a tea dance in Nuns
Island with a traditional Irish band formed specially for the occasion.
“Art knows no age.
The body may grow old,
But the imagination
Still burns bright.”
Image by Cecilia Danell
Remember me (Before I forget)
Red Bird Youth Collective will present ‘Remember me (when I forget)’,
an exhibition presenting work by artists Cecilia Danell, Emmet Kierans,
and Red Bird in collaboration with Jonathan Sammon and Ruadhrí Brennan.
‘Remember me (Before I forget)’ opens on the 2nd of May at 6pm, in the
Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street. The exhibition will run for four
weeks, until June 1st. In addition to presenting their debut film
‘Belong’, Red Bird have curated the exhibition and carried out all of the administration work, under the guidance of Galway Arts Centre.
The exhibition and film ‘Belong’ has been funded by the Arts Council’s
Youth Ensemble Scheme 2012–2013. This is Red Bird’s second time
receiving this award. The funding has been used to fulfil Red Bird’s
mission of creating new work in collaboration with professional artists
and also programming and curating visual art. The group is made up of
young people aged 16–24. Red Bird is also supported by Galway County
‘Belong’ is a sci-fi psychological thriller exploring
the themes of societal dislocation, isolation and the role of
companionship and the many forms it can take in our lives. The group
devised the script together and began filming in December 2012. Upon its
completion, work by Danell and Kierans were selected.
Danell is a member of Engage Art Studios, Galway. Her most recent
exhibitions are ‘Secretly, we thirst for reality’ in Wexford Arts
Centre, and ‘The Consoling Dream Necessity’ in Talbot Gallery, Dublin.
Danell has an interest in the way we explore the world around us, often
using landscape and the built environment as metaphors for internal
states and the human condition. She works with a number of mediums
including paint, film/video, installation, and object making.
Image by Emmett Kierans.
Emmet Kierans originally from Limerick, is now living in London
completing a PhD in Practice Based Fine Art. Kierans most recent solo
exhibition entitled ‘Something From Nothing’ focused on reality and
perception, looking at how the mind perceives colour and shape, and
aiming to reveal the plasticity of visual perception. In other work, he
has dealt with the concepts of identity and the unconscious. Kierans has
worked with paint, sculpture, photography and installation.
Red Bird Youth Collective has previously collaborated with artists on
two exhibitions; ‘Sample’ with Louise Manifold in 2012, the collectives
first show that encompassed many art forms and techniques creating a
diverse collection of work, and ‘Shaping Space’ with Blaithin Quinn
earlier this year, which explored the architecture of the West of
Still from Red Bird Youth Collectives film 'Belong'
Gac(h) Duine Galway Arts Centre Music Festival
Hard Core Teaparty: Saturday 4 - 6pm: The Redneck Nuns, Vagrant and Blackmail House. Tickets €5 NO ALCOLHOL
Galway Arts Centre is
proud to present GAC(h) Duine. This three day music event, at 47
Dominick St, showcases many of Ireland and Galway's own treasure trove
of talent. From the 18th until the 20th of April, not only are we are
hosting this unique opportunity to sample a diversity of performances,
there will also be a chance for the aspiring musician to better their
skills. There will be daily workshops with accredited musicians
throughout the event, ready to teach Galway's potential stars singing,
song-writing and guitar. As well as
this, each evening we have a series of popular live acts, performing in a
variety of different musical styles.
creative minds of the Galway Arts Centre and the extreme sounds of this
town get together, the result is worth seeing. As part of GAC(h) Duine,
we thought it was appropriate to have a tea party. Not just any tea
party. This is a Hardcore Tea Party. On Saturday the 20th of April, the
people of Galway will be rocking out to live music while sipping our
finest blend and sampling the most delightful cucumber sandwiches
Our line - up features indie, rock, punk, and
everything in between. Tickets are available from the Galway Arts
Centre, or at the door on the night. We will also have DJing form
Nosician on Thursday and Friday night.
Thursday: Dead Red Light, Noriana Kennedy, Red Eskimo. Tickets €7
Friday: Peter Delaney, Mikey and the Scallywags. Tickets €7
Saturday: Dott, Oh Boland, Hunk, Laminator, Adultrock, Cave Ghost. Tickets €10
These are BYOB events, and doors open from 8:30pm - 11:30pm. Tickets for all three nights cost €22
The workshops run during the day throughout GAC(h)
Duine, with one happening each day. On Thursday at 4:30pm we have Sean
Nós singing with Batsheva Battu, making use of both the English and
Irish language, on Friday at 4:30pm we will have guitar with Des Behan,
and on Friday we will have a singing song-writing workshop with Mikey
McCroy, at 2pm. Tickets are €8, or €20 for 3.
So there's something for everyone, whether you are the music appreciator
or melody creator, GAC(h) Duine promises to deliver. (Even if all you
are looking for is a decent cucumber sandwich). For more information on
the live acts or the master classes, contact Evie in Galway Arts Centre
(091) 568 642
"The Observer & I"
Private view: 6-8pm, Friday 8th March 2013.
Exhibition continues: 9th March- 13th April.
opening hours: Tues-Fri 10.00-17.30, Sat 10.00-14.00.
"Shaping Space" By Blaithin Quinn and Red Bird Youth Collective.
Engaging with Architecture in Galway's West End
Opening 2pm Saturday 9th March. Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway
Bird youth organisation in collaboration with Blaithin Quinn (artist
and architect) present ‘Shaping Space’, an exhibition about architecture
in the West End of Galway city. This project is funded by The Arts
Council of Ireland's 'Engaging with Architecture Award'. Emphasis is
placed on encouraging the public to engage with Galway’s architecture,
with the aim of increasing awareness and appreciation of the built
environment. ‘Shaping Space’ will also feature a walk and talk event: a
member of Red Bird will guide the public through the West End and
explain how aspects of local architecture inspired the show.
Red Bird explore a variety of media in this exhibition to
create individual responses to the built environment. The eleven
participants have created artworks that are directly informed by the
architecture of Galway's West End. The works include a sound piece
evoking the ambient sounds of the area, an interactive game about local
architecture, documentation of an outdoor living room and a photographic
piece about the Nun's Island Theatre building. The artworks were made
during a workshop series facilitated by Quinn, a space where discussion
and experimentation was encouraged.
Quinn is an active practitioner in the emerging field of public
engagement with architecture. She employs contemporary visual art
strategies to open up a public dialogue with architecture. Her recent
group shows include the international ‘Dublin Biennial’ and commissioned
works for ‘Unfolding Narratives’ and ‘Peripheries: Art by Proxy’. Quinn
was recently commissioned by the Irish Museum of Modern Art to design
and deliver a workshop for Open House Dublin. Her upcoming exhibitions
include a show in New York in Spring 2014.
Red Bird Youth collective was founded in 2011 by Galway Arts Centre
as an arts group for young people living in Galway City and County.
Participant's ages range from sixteen to twenty four and their interests
include film, theatre, literature, design, photography and music. Red
Bird aims to encourage and support creativity for young people in the
Galway region. To date the group's accomplishments include an exhibition
entitled ‘Sample’ in collaboration with Louise Manifold, which took
place in Galway Arts Centre in 2012.
Exhibition event: Walk/Talk will take place on the 16th March at 2pm. Meet at Nun's Island Theatre.
Exhibition runs until the 23rd of March 2013 open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5.30 pm. Closed 17th and 18th March.
"So What Now?"
So What Now?
A showcase of art works created by the third year paint and sculpture students from GMIT’s Center for Creative Arts and Media (C_CAM)
Students on the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s BA Art and Design Level Seven programme are proud to announce the opening of So What Now? This is a showcase of art works created by third year paint and sculpture students.
Launch:Tues 12th March at 6.00pm, Fairgreen Galway City by Sarah Searson Head of the Centre for Creative Arts and Media GMIT.
Duration : March 14th- 20th at the Fairgreen, Galway.
Public Opening Hours Mon – Fri: 12am and 6pm; Sat and Sun 2pm to 6pm.
There are thirty-three painters and sculptors in Third year, studying at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media (C_CAM) at GMIT, and we are holding a public exhibition of our work at the Gallery, close to the Radisson Hotel, at the Fairgreen, Galway.
As a student cohort we are responsible for the organisation of the exhibition under the direction of our GMIT lecturers and with the mentorship of curators Maeve Mulrennan and Ramona Burke.
We have spent three years developing our art practice, learning how to create interesting things to both look at, and talk about. Now we present ourselves to the public. For some of us it is the first time our work will be on open display outside the college. This feels like the first true step to being an artist. Many of the issues we try to work through with our art have similar origins, but you will not see the same thing twice at this show. Even to each other our ideas can seem inexplicable and our methods otherworldly.
The Fairgreen has been graciously lent to us by John Hughes for the duration of the exhibition. We have a fantastic venue with space for the largest combined group of fine art students for many years. The space was the main hub for Tulca; a primary fixture of the visual arts calendar in Galway and a significant legacy to follow.
The exhibition is not for our tutors. It is not for the recognition of our family and friends. It is for us to fail at, to learn from, or to get our first glimmer of success, to see a stranger spend more than thirty seconds looking at our work.
We open our door to you, the public on the 12th of March and you have until the 20th to judge us, to admire our skill, to puzzle meanings, or point out our naiveties.
Image by Manuel Vason "Declaration of Human Rights"
Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street.
8th February to the 2nd March 2013
Opening Reception and publication launch Friday 8th February at 6pm
Áine Phillips & Collaborators:
Vivienne Dick (Ireland), Manuel Vason (Italy/UK), Tom Flanagan
(Ireland), Nada Zgank (Slovenia), Rachel Davies (UK), Alex Chaise White
“Invisible Knowledge” is a collection of works made
during collaborations between Áine Phillips and some of the most
prominent artists in Ireland, UK and Europe who are documenting and
interpreting performance and live art. “Invisible Knowledge” entangles
ideas of vanishment, confinement and escape with portraits of lost
girls, elegantly dressed trees and articles of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights.
Collaboration is also a form of ‘invisible
Knowledge’ in that it engages new aspects of creative self in
revealations that happen in the artistic encounter with another. Art
collaborations unravel each partner’s methods and processes forcing new
creative approaches, generating new relationships between ideas and
outcomes. Art collaboration is a form of dialectic: it generates dialoge
as a method of intellectual investigation and enables the expression of
two countering forces, while producing a synthesis of ideas in the form
of a new work. In collaboration, two or more subjectivities meet to
share the invisible knowledge they carry, and to manifest it.
Foucault wrote about madness and unreason as being forms of ‘invisible
knowledge’ and the projects featured in this show all explore aspects of
invisible facts, intelligence or understanding outside of the explicit,
visible world dealing with the vanishing of people, ecological
inter-connection, social confinement and freedom. This exhibition
“Invisible Knowledge” is also a refuge from unbelief. It is a series of
works that evidence belief in the creative relationships that form the
basis of art making to explore relevant and urgent human issues.
These projects are funded by the Arts Council, Galway city council,
Galway County Council, NUI Galway and Clare County Council.
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