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Lola Perrin & Kate Kerrigan

O'Connors Hotel,

Main St.
, Swinford, Sunday, August 14 @ 8pm. €5 entrance

American composer and pianist Lola Perrin is coming to Ireland to perform alongside local novelist and newspaper columnist Kate Kerrigan (aka Morag Prunty). Both women will be performing together pieces they have written about Kate brother Tom who died in 2009 and was a friend of Lola's. Lola's jazz/minimalist piano work has been recorded live and and the accomplished composer interviewed RTE Lyric FM. Her work has been described by The Guardian music critic as "hauntingly compelling."
Bestselling novelist and Irish Mail columnist Kate Kerrigan has written a memoir about her brother, and this will be her first public reading of the yet to be published book.
In the wonderful setting of this charming venue, thanks to the generous patronage of Conor Walsh and his family, this will be a special evening for both women and their families, and we look forward to sharing this intimate, artistic happening with as many of you as possible


Voluntary Arts launches Epic Awards 2011

Voluntary Arts launches the UK- and Ireland-wide Epic Awards 2011 to showcase the excellent work of voluntary and amateur arts groups.

More than 70,000 voluntary and amateur art and craft groups around the UK and Republic of Ireland are invited to apply for the award scheme. Entries for projects or initiatives that combine some or all of the elements that make an epic arts or crafts programme are welcome.

The Awards give groups an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of their work as well as the chance to win a package of prizes including training, equipment and publicity, as well as attending a prestigious winners’ reception in early 2012.

Among the past winners include the Cobweb Orchestra, a Making Music member, who performed a flash-mob Bolero.

The awards are open for entries now at Deadline for application is 5pm on 11 November 2011.


Context Gallery, Derry Seeks New Director
The Context Gallery enjoys a reputation as one of the most vibrant spaces for contemporary art on the island of Ireland. With Derry-Londonderry hosting the first ever UK City of Culture in 2013, it is an exciting time for cultural development in the city. It is also an exciting time for the gallery, which will have a major role to play in this event. The Context Gallery is currently seeking an individual with flair and imagination to curate, manage and administer this public contemporary art space. The successful candidate will inspire innovation and excellence in programming and will enhance the artistic reputation of the gallery and its public profile.
The Director shall report to The Board of Management.
Salary Scale: GBP 24,646 – 26,276
NICVA Senior Officer 1 Payscale
Closing Date: 15 September 2011
By way of application please send: Current CV and letter of application. This should refer to the essential and desirable experience required as outlined in the job description (see
All applications by post clearly marked:
Director-Context Gallery Position, Context Gallery Board Secretary, Mr Tim Webster,

12 Crawford Square
, Derry, BT48 7HR, Northern Ireland.
T: +44 75 963 15163
Closing Date: 15 September 2011

Job Opportunities at Arts Council of Northern Ireland
The Arts Council invites applications for the following positions:-
1. Arts Development Officer: Community Arts (Permanent Job share 22/37)
2. Assistant Finance Officer (Permanent Full time)
3. Policy Development Officer (Maternity cover full time up to 12 months)
4. Arts Development Officer: Traditional Arts (including bands) (maternity cover full time up to 12 months)
5. Assistant Information Technology (IT) Officer (Temporary 12 months contract)
6. CIIF Assistant Programme Officer: Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF) (Temporary post to 31 March 2015 – subject to funding)
The closing date for all positions is Friday 12 August 2011 at 4pm.
Hours of business:
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday (9am to 5.30pm), Friday (9am to 5pm)
Flexi-time: Monday to Thursday (8am to 6.30pm), Friday (8am to 6pm)
(including one hour for lunch every day)
The post holder may be required to work outside the Arts Council’s normal office and flexi-time hours.
Office Location: The post is based at the Arts Council’s headquarters,
77 Malone Road, Belfast
See for full details.

Dublin Contemporary Seeks Sales Manager
Position: Sales Manager
Location: Dublin Contemporary 2011, St. Stephen’s Green House, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
Pay: Full-time role. Remuneration based on experience.
Dates: August to mid-November 2011
Reporting to: Project Director
We are seeking a Sales Manager who is driven to hit targets, hungry to deliver revenues, and who has a burning ambition to succeed. Working in conjunction with marketing and box office, the Sales Manager with have an emphasis on achieving income targets and maximising sales potential through both ticketing and merchandising channels. The successful candidate will be very ambitious, enjoy working to targets and thrive in a fast moving environment. The successful candidate will also possess strong negotiation and customer relationship management skills. Excellent commercial acumen is essential.
To apply please email Daniela Crawley, Marketing Manager, at
Closing date is 12pm, Monday 8 August 2011.

Public Art Commission: Luas Docklands Project Call for Proposals
The Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) wish to commission a new public art work as part of the construction of Luas Docklands Project (extension of the Luas Red Line to the Point).  The vision is to commission an original and innovative artwork that reflects contemporary art practice and responds specifically to the local areas as outlined in the annex of this document.

The competition is open to practitioners in the areas of: Visual Arts; Theatre; Performance; Literature; Film Making, and other art forms as recognized by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Proposals may be made for temporary or permanent artworks.  Proposals must take into consideration the implications of working within the constraints of this document.  It is critical that proposals submitted are simple to understand, realistic in terms of concept, budgets and implementation, and achievable within the given timeframe.
The total budget for the project is E35,000 (Thirty Five Thousand Euro).  This amount to include artists fees, design development, fabrication, supply, foundations, installations and landscaping works, artists insurances (public liability & where appropriate contractor), certifications and training, health and safety costs, VAT, and all other expenses and charges.
This is a two stage process. There is a E500 (five hundred Euro) honorarium for the completion of the second stage, payable upon receipt of a bona fide stage 2 signed submission.  This stage will be through short listing to up to four applicants.  Where requested, site visits will be available to further develop specifics of ideas and plans.

Stage 1: Proposals Deadline

16th September 2011

Stage 1 Shortlisted Applicants Notified

26th September 2011

Stage 2 Shortlist Site Visits

29th September 2011

Stage 2 Shortlist Developed designs submitted

17th October 2011

Stage 2 Artist Notification

31st October 2011

Artwork finalized and in place

Before 31st March 2012

Applications should be made to:
RPA Luas Docklands Project Applications
Visual Artists Ireland
Central Hotel Chambers

7/9 Dame Court
Applications to arrive no later than 5:30pm on 16th September 2011 at the above address.  Late and/or incomplete applications will be deemed to be invalid.  There will be no exceptions to this deadline.
No fax or email submissions will be accepted for this project.
Unsuccessful applications may be collected from Visual Artists Ireland Offices from 31 October 2011 until 4th November 2011.  After this time applications will be disposed of.  Do not send original works, or irreplaceable documentation. RPA do not take responsibility for loss or damage in transit or storage.
For full details and brief, see:

Public Art Commission: C. S. Lewis Square, Belfast
Belfast City Council call for Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Commissioning of an artist to produce public art at the C. S. Lewis Square, Holywood Arches, Belfast.
Belfast City Council are seeking to commission a high quality, permanent, innovative and original work(s) by an artist(s) who will incorporate the context and complement the built fabric of the civic square into the design of the proposed art piece(s). The commission will permit creative input of an artist(s) to the public art piece(s) in the civic square. Positive public perception of the redevelopment will be encouraged with creative communication channels such as media campaigns and local activity. The Connswater Community Greenway Team will oversee the community engagement and involvement that will create a sense of civic ownership and pride in the proposed public art.
C.S Lewis, one of Belfast’s famous sons has been chosen as the inspiration for the design of the square and Public Art specifically focusing on ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. The Contractor has incorporated a C.S.Lewis theme within the layout of the
Civic Square
Successful artists selected will be required at the next stage (Stage 2) to submit their proposals for one or more pieces of Public Art up to the total value of GBP280,000 excluding VAT. All associated costs are to be included within the allocated budget. Successful artists will receive a development grant of GBP1,000 to prepare their maquettes as part of their Stage 2 submission.
Applications to be returned not later than 12 noon on 14 September 2011.
Applicants will need to register with to obtain the full brief and application form:
Bravo support: 0800 368 4850 or
All requests for information or clarification should be submitted by email via the eSourcingNI portal for the attention of the Project Management Unit.

Merrion School of Music: Call for Artwork
Merrion School
of Music is opening it’s doors for the first time this September. We are calling for artists to submit artwork on the theme of ‘Music’. Work can be any size or medium but must be framed. Work will be up for sale to the public. Artists can submit up to 3 pieces. There is no entry fee or commission. The artist can price their work. The artist’s contact details and the price of the work will be displayed with the work to the school visitors. The sale is a contract between the buyer and the artist. The artwork must have the theme “(I love) Music” or “Animals playing instruments.”
Artwork is accepted at the school office from 8 August 2011.
Deadline for receiving work is 10 September 2011.
For more info and a submission form please mail:

Charlestown Arts Centre: Call for Applications for Exhibition Panel
Charlestown Arts Centre is currently inviting applications from artists interested in being included on an exhibition panel.
T: 094 9525812 / 086 8202883

Creative Industries Seminar 3

Infrastructural development — Creating the right environment for the Creative Industries to flourish

Date Wednesday 24th August 2011 @ 9.15am, Conway Mill, Falls Road, Belfast

Topics covered will include:

  •  Growth and Competitiveness

  •  Creative space and developing infrastructure

  •  Best practise examples

Event Outline

9.15 – 9.45 – Registration Tea/ Coffee

9.45am – Opening Welcome Geraldine McAteer, CEO West Belfast Partnership Board

9.50am - The growth of the local creative, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, CEO of Belfast Media Group and Bothar Ard TV. 

10.10am- Creative innovation in the West Of Ireland, the rise of the CI Sector.  Dr James Cunningham ,   Centre for Innovation and Structural Change, NUI Galway

10.25am -  The Importance of a Digital Infrastructure for the Creative Industries - Sinclair Stockman, Founder of Active Minds.

10.45am -   The Dublin Experience, creative industries in Ireland - Stephen Brennan, Director Marketing at the Digital Hub Dublin.

11.00am – Coffee Break

11.15am -  Digal Derry and capitaliting on European City of Culture, Mark Nagursaki, Digital Champion, Derry City of Culture.

11.35am -   Creating a new creative space , the Fumbally Experience.  George Boyle, Founder of Fumbally Exchange, Dublin.

11.55am – Panel Discussion: Q & A  from the Floor   – Chair TBA

12.15pm – Lunch and networking

Exhibition opportunities

Space will be available in the Atrium area, where delegates  will assemble and mingle  for registration and during the networking  breaks.   For further information please contact Patrick on 02890809202.


Selected Programmes:

excel 2016

Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

Bealtaine 2016 cover 


John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

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Culture Night 2016

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