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RHA School Life Drawing Days - Open Call to Artists

Responding to demand from artists, the RHA School is delighted to announce an open call to artists to apply for places on the weekly drawing sessions in the RHA School Studio for the Autumn term. The drawing days are a self-directed exercise for professional artists wishing to work directly from observation of life-models. RHA Members facilitate each day. Easels and boards are supplied but artists bring their own paper and preferred drawing or painting materials. The Autumn term will start from Wednesday 14 September and run for 14 weeks. There are two days available weekly, Wednesday or Thursdays.

The costs are:Full day, 10am – 6pm: E25 / Morning, 10am – 1pm: E15 / Afternoon, 2pm – 6pm: E15

To maintain a flexible approach, artists are asked to pay only on the day and are not committed to attending every week. To sustain this, a larger pool of artists will be selected than will be expected to attend on any day.

Artists interested in participating, should apply by sending:- A short CV and up to six images of their work in hard copy documentation format.- Please state if you wish to attend the full day, or morning or afternoon sessions, and which is your preferred day. While every effort will be made to accommodate selected artists first preferences, it may be worth noting a second alternative, should there be an imbalance in demand for one particular day or slot.

The deadline for applications is Friday 19 August 2011.Applications should be sent for the attention of:Academy Co-ordinator, Ciara Timlin, RHA, Gallagher Gallery,

15 Ely Place, Dublin2.T: 01 6612558 or E: Please enclose an SAE if you wish to have your application returned

Theatre of the Oppressed 6 weekend course Oct to March

ALâ, the community, theatre and education organization, in conjunction with NUI Galway and City of Galway VEC are running a 6 weekend course T.O starting on 1st October. The course will be held in Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI, Galway, Ireland. 

Julian Boal, Adrian Jackson and Gavin Crichton are facilitating a weekend each during the course. It will be FETAC level 5 accredited.

The Course Director is Sarah O’Toole, Actor, Director and Lecturer in NUIG, who trained in Moscow in the Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov techniques, worked in Dublin, Glasgow and London

Final arrangements are presently being made but if interested in receiving further info please contact .


Making Overtures

Making Overtures is a professional development course that focuses on two key, non-artistic aspects of a successful career in music: self-promotion and self-management. The course is delivered by Irish and international experienced professionals addressing a range of areas including media, marketing, finance & taxations as well as local, national and international supports.

Music Network is currently seeking applications from Irish and Ireland-based professional musicians and composers interested in participating in Making Overtures. Please download the course application form and brochure at and return the completed form along with a CV/Artist History and any samples of promotional materials used on previous campaigns and the appropriate course fee.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 26th September, 2011 at 5pm.

For more information contact Aisling Roche, Development Programmes Manager: / 01 6719429.


Mary Immaculate College Announces New Masters in Education and The Arts (META)

The Department of Arts Education and Physical Education at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick has just announced that it will run an exciting new postgraduate programme in Education and The Arts. The Masters in Education and the Arts (META) Programme will be offered on a part-time basis over two years.

This innovative programme is designed for practising teachers (both primary and secondary) who have a particular interest and aptitude in the arts and education, artists who specialise in educational practice and policymakers or administrators in the arts in education. The programme will have a collective arts approach i.e. it is neither an integrated arts programme nor a programme in any specific discipline. It will seek to look to the issues, practices and theories that underpin music, visual arts, dance, drama and literature in education.

Applicants will normally hold a 2.2 honours degree (at level 8) with a major subject/component in one of the following areas: education, visual art, music, drama & theatre studies, dance, creative writing.

A range of modules will be offered in year one, examining both practice and theory. They will be offered via a summer school, an online module and weekday evening classes in Mary Immaculate College . Year two of the programme will consist primarily of research and the completion of a dissertation.

This course offers a fresh and imaginative approach to arts education for curriculum leaders and artists interested in education. Course co-ordinator, Dorothy Morrissey, of the Department of Arts Education and Physical Education at MIC, said on behalf of her department, ‘We’re delighted to be offering this innovative programme.’

Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, is a third level College of Education and the Liberal Arts, which promotes excellence in teaching, learning and research.

The appeal of the META programme is evident from the enthusiastic and positive feedback it has received to date:  “Sounds fantastic and I hope to be applying shortly,” “I think it is a wonderful idea and I wish you every success with it. The Arts are all too often overlooked in education” and “I think there will be great interest in this programme. I, for one, would love to hear more about it!”

For further information on the META Programme, please contact:

The Graduate Office at MIC: 061 204556 or

For application forms see:


Training Courses

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Summer Art Courses, Kerry Watercolour Wednesdays

Watercolour Wednesdays will give participating students the experience of painting en plein air, creating watercolours direct from the landscape in the open air. Students will learn to make sketches to use as inspiration for future paintings and make finished paintings on site.

3 courses available: 3 – 24 August, 10am – 2pm

Cost per 4-week session: E 75 (including materials). 20% Non-refundable deposit upon registration (E15). 10% discount on courses paid in full at time of registration (Discounted price E67.50).

Landscape Painting Weekends

Make a personal, lasting memory of your summer on a landscape-painting weekend. During these 3-day courses participants will create finished paintings taking inspiration direct from the Kerry landscape en plein air, using watercolour and acrylic paint.

Course Dates: 19 – 21 AugustCourse Times: 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm, Friday & Saturday, 10am – 1pm Sunday.

Cost per weekend E150 (including materials). 20% Non-refundable deposit upon registration (E30). 10% discount on courses paid in full at time of registration (Discounted price E135).

All courses are open to both beginner and improving students.Contact Roisín: T: 087 6298583E:


Part-time Degree in Art & Design for Mature Students

GMIT Castlebar provides an access programme in drawing, painting, History of Art and research for mature students who wish to return to formal education.  This includes people from all backgrounds and experience.  Returning to education can be a very positive experience in terms of developing yourself as a person and improving your employment prospects.  This course is a fully accredited BA in Art & Design and, on completion, students can apply to enroll in a 1-year BA in Fine Art, which then enables them to go on to further study at Masters or PhD level. 

The course runs for 30 weeks on a Wednesday over 6 years starting in September. 

For further information please contact Life Long Learning on 094-9043156 or email, for an application form and details on assessment portfolio


Write by the Sea

August 15th – 19thth.   Ross Suite, Park Inn Hotel, Mulranny, Co. Mayo.

10 am to 1pm each day.

This workshop offers an encouraging, guided space in which to write freely. It is not a workshop in craft. Attendance each day is required for group cohesion.

Facilitator. Jean Tuomey.

150 euro.    Tea/coffee/ biscuits/ water/pens/paper included.

Payment due before  July 15th

Places are limited so booking is essential. or phone Jean 086 8471097

Jean, a former teacher has been facilitating group in Mayo since 2001 and will be facilitating a week of writing (mornings only) on Inishbofin  island from Sept 5th-9th . Booking and details  through the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar (094) 9023733.

New MA in Arts Management at Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s University is introducing a new MA in Arts Management. This course will take advantage of the strong existing links between Queen’s Drama, Creative Writing, Film Studies, Music and Visual Arts courses and Northern Ireland ’s wider cultural sector. An element of distinctiveness lies in the ability of Queen´s to provide students with in-house practical placements at the Festival at Queen´s, the Queen´s Film Theatre and the Naughton Gallery. It is envisioned that this programme will capitalise on Belfast´s burgeoning arts infrastructure where 2011-12 will see the opening of the MAC, the new Lyric Theatre and Titanic Belfast alongside the Cultural Olympiad, providing a fertile learning environment for the cultural leaders of the future. The MA is designed for graduates and early-career arts managers and is planned for introduction this September.

To register your interest in the course or find out more please contact David Robb:  or call 07799328646.

Deadline: mid September 2011


MA Art in Public: University of Ulster, Belfast Campus

The MA Art in Public has evolved from current complex concerns for the role of art / artists in a changing society. The MA focuses on a wide set of contexts, it is based in and responds to Belfast, where engaged art practices have been developed in various “public” spaces for many years.

The programme seeks to develop testing modes of working that are dialogic, participatory, interventionist or collaborative in intention and structure.

Throughout the programme students will work with formal / informal external partners and be expected to develop self initiated, innovative practice based approaches.

The programme is run full-time over 3 semesters – a period of 18 months including a summer break. Part-time it is run over a 3 year period.

More details here:

The 1st round of applicants will be interviewed in Mar 2011.

The deadline is ongoing.


Arts Participation & Development Course at CIT

Arts, Participation & Development: Creative Approaches to Development Education and Action - CIT approved Special Purpose Award at Level 8 (10 credits) , a part-time course delivered through the Crawford College of Arts & Design.We are now accepting applications until 10 August 2011. You will find all information on the course website: and those who are interested can apply by following the link on the ‘Participate’ page.


Arts Courses at Newtownbarry House

The fully equipped Artists Studio is in the old Kitchen of Newtownbarry House. It has beautiful light from its two roof light windows making it an excellent painting and drawing studio. It has easels, a room with sinks and a separate room for painting boards or still life. It can accommodate 12 people on the art courses. It also has a separate room for lunch and discussions. Newtownbarry also offers B&B with a delicious dinner for anybody who wishes to stay. There are also plenty of opportunities to do landscape painting or drawing around the grounds and parkland of the house.

For more details check out


Leitrim Sculpture Centre – Workshops & Masterclasses

Bronze Casting Using Solid Investment Workshop

Portfolio Development & Professional Practice Workshop

Metal Fabrication Workshop

Stone Lettercutting Workshop

Woodcarving Workshop

Bronze Finishing & Patination Workshop

Stone Carving Workshop

Metal Fabrication Workshop

Woodturning Workshop

Digital Printmaking Workshop

Traditional & Contemporary (Intaglio) Printmaking Workshop

Mouldmaking for Artists & Architects Workshop

Glassblowing for Beginners Workshop

Exploring Form & Colour in Hot Glass Workshop

Advanced Refractory Mouldmaking for Kiln Cast Glass & Bronze Casting Workshop -

Sand Casting with Hot Glass Workshop

Contemporary Printmaking Masterclass

Bronze Casting Using Solid Investment Workshop

Digital Design & Graphics Workshop

Patination and Finishing of Metal Workshop

For more information please contact:

Richard Cavaliero

Telephone: 071 985 5098


Basket Weaving Course at Derryaun Crafts, Westport

Basket Weaving With Joe Hogan, Renowned Master CraftsmanThursday 25 & Friday 26 August 2011This workshop is aimed at both beginners and basket weavers wishing to explore a different shape i.e. a shopper or small turf basket. The aim of the course is to give as thorough an introduction as possible to making a basket, from making the base to finishing the border, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There will also be information about growing a small willow bed.Cost E160.00. (covers two days)Class limited to six students.Closing date for bookings: 11 August 2011Contact Suzie SullivanT: +353 (0) 98 21888E:

New Masters Programme at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design

MA: Art & Process (MA:AP) is an exciting new 12 month taught masters in Fine Art at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, that is delivered over the calendar year from January to December. This intensive programme enables students to investigate, develop and position their art practice, offering city centre studio space, innovative approaches to teaching, and professional experience through collaborative projects.MA:AP offers a vibrant engagement with the expanding discourses of art practice today. The studio is treated as as an open-ended exploratory space – a space for risktaking, experimentation and accident, and also for critical discussion and reflection. The programme configures material and theoretical investigations together, allowing each student to develop a unique working methodology underpinned by critical and theoretical awareness.

Applications are now being accepted.

Closing date: Friday 30 September 2011 

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

Facebook: Mayo Culture Night

Culture Night 2016

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