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MA in Education and the Arts (META)

Department of Arts Education and Physical Education, are offering a new MA in Education and the Arts (META) in January 2012.

Details of this new programme are outlined in the links below.

Course website:

Course flyer:


Visual Artists Ireland Professional Development Training 
For full details of all training events listed below, please refer to our website:
Small Fires - performance masterclass with Nigel Rolfe
Thurs 8 Dec, 2011
€80 / 40 VAI Members
Places remaining: 7
Art in Public ­ with Sarah Searson & Cliodhna Shaffrey
Feb 2012 (2 sessions offering feedback on projects and peer support)
€ 100/ 60 VAI Members
Places remaining: 5

Professional Development Programme Assistant (WWP1)
A Work Placement within the VAI Professional Development Training Programme open to those who qualify under the FAS Work Placement Scheme. 
Follow this link for further details:
Call for expressions of interest!
We have recently initiated the Common Room Lunch Time Talks series.   The aim of the series is to: create a platform for artists, curators and arts professionals to talk about their work; create opportunities for peer-to-peer networking and information sharing and to provide a relaxed setting in which Visual Artists Ireland can regularly meet our members and other visual arts professionals.  The first of these talks was led by the artist Susanna Caprara  who spoke about the Palazzo Rinaldi Artists' Residency, a Member of Res Artis based in southern Italy.  If you have a project or work that you think would be of interest to visual artists or other peers please do get in touch.  E:
Tell us about your Professional Development Needs!
If there areas of your professional development that you'd like to see addressed please do let us know.  Even better if you are a member of an artists group or studio where specific needs have been collectively identified.  To register interest in a topic (in particular topics we haven't addressed in the programme to date) follow the link below and leave your contact details and details about a topic or area of professional development that you'd like to see addressed.
Booking & Further Details
Concession fees for workshops apply to Visual Artists Ireland members
To register and to see full details for all these events please follow the hyperlinks at:
Early booking is advisable as places on workshops are limited and only guaranteed upon receipt of payment along with advance information. All bookings are on a first come, first served basis.  An online registration system is now in place for all our events.  Artists registering may proceed to payment via PayPal or simply register and then pay by, Cheque or Credit/ Debit Card over the phone. Cheques should be made payable to Visual Artists Ireland.
Unless otherwise stated all training events will take place at Visual Artists Ireland offices.
Monica Flynn / Professional Development Officer
Visual Artists Ireland
Central Hotel Chambers,
7/9 Dame Court, Dublin 2
T: +353 (0)1 672 9488
Twitter: VisArtsIreland
Office hours are part-time and vary week to week so please refer to the information links below and/or contact VAI at the number above.
For full details of our current Professional Development Training for Visual Artists see:

We also post professional development opportunities on our facebook page:


IUGTE and ArtUniverse announce scholarships for postgraduate course 2011-2012

International practical course with the opportunity to take part in a performance project in a Russian repertory theatre together with Russian actors and performers from different countries. 

Practical sessions will take place inItalyandRussia.

The scholarships are announced in the four categories:

  1. For arts managers
  2. For dancers, actors of physical theatre, circus performers
  3. For theatre directors
  4. For video makers

For more details on the scholarship application process and the course participation conditions, please contact Alex Weller, Project Coordinator stating the scholarship category in the subject line.


Theatre of the Oppressed 6 weekend course Oct to March

ALâ, the community, theatre and education organization, in conjunction with NUI Galway and City ofGalway VECare 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 inMoscowin the Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov techniques, worked inDublin,GlasgowandLondon

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


Training Courses

The Wheel's training calendar for autumn 2011 has just been published on our website. Click to browse through 40 different training and other special events on the topics of management, fundraising, leadership, communications & marketing and HR/employment law. (And remember, members of The Wheel receive an average discount of 40%!)

Subscribe to our new weekly Sector Connector newsletter to receive key training updates from relevant trainers, including The Wheel. The newsletter will also feature helpful funding updates, sector-wide news and other resources - click here to subscribe now.


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 toBelfast, 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 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 details, please download the PDF of New Studio Programme 2010 (approx 1mb).

For more details check out


International Youth Fiddle Camp June 27th-30th 2012

UniversityofUlster, Magee Campus,

As part of the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention being h eld, for the first time ever, on the island of Ireland an International Youth Fiddle Camp will be held at the University of Ulster, Magee Campus, City of Derry from June 27th- 30th 2012. Groups of fiddle players aged between 12 and 18 years are invited to submit an Expression of Interest FORM by 5pm on Friday September 30th 2011. Activities during the Youth Fiddle Camp will include workshops with leading international fiddle players, attendance at key NAFCo events, participation in the performance of a newly commissioned fiddle piece by a noted traditional composer and performance opportunities at various NAFCo events including the Youth Day on June 30th.

NAFCo is an international fiddle and dance festival and convention which attracts musicians and dancers from around the North Atlantic such asIreland, theUK,Norway,Sweden,Finland,Denmark, theUSAandCanada. The festival is held every two years and was last held inAberdeen,Scotlandin 2010. While there has always been a strong youth presence at NAFCo, the 2012 International Youth Fiddle Camp is the first NAFCo dedicated youth camp programme.

Criteria for eligibility:

  • Formal or informal fiddle groups/classes involving between 6 and 15 students aged 12-18 years; The term ‘group’ is loosely used here, groups of fiddlers do not need to be a formal band;
  • Groups may include an accompanist and/or dancers;
  • Group leader/fiddle teacher must be available to participate in the project during NAFCo 2012 and also at a Tutor’s Gathering to be held in Derry, 2nd – 4th December 2011;
  • Groups must be based in one of the North Atlantic regions (Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Shetland, Orkney, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Brittany, Gallicia, eastern USA and Canada)

Expression of interest forms:

You may email your expression of interest form in Microsoft Word or Open Word format to and print the form and post the completed form to: Tara Connaghan, North Atlantic Fiddle Convention Youth Camp Co-Ordinator, School of Creative Arts, University of Ulster, Magee Campus, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT48 7JL.

For further queries please contact or phone + 44 (0)28 71375134 (Maggie Maguire, NAFCo Adminstration Assistant)

Groups selected for participation will be notified in early October 2011. While all groups must finance their travel toNorthern Irelandaccommodation, subsistence, local travel and workshops during the tutors gathering and NAFCo itself will be subsidised. Details on this will be available in October.

For fiddlers/accompanists/dancers interested in participating in workshops as part of NAFCo but who may not be eligible for the group element of the youth camp please click here for information on other education opportunities available at NAFCo 2012.


Notice from Dublin Institute of Technology

BA Visual and Critical Studies: New Degree at Dublin Institute of Technology

BA Visual and Critical Studies is a 3 years Honours Degree (Level 8) programme on the study of contemporary visual culture. The programme provides students with up-to-date histories and theories of art and design; methods of research; practical skills of documentation in new media and; real-world experience in sectors that cater to the public mediation of visual and material culture such as publication, heritage, exhibition and design industries. Full information on the curriculum  is available at:

OPEN DAY: If you wish to know more about the BA Visual and Critical Studies, please visit the stand (the School of Art Design & Printing Stand) at the forthcoming DIT Open Day - Friday 2 December & Saturday 3 December, 9am - 3pm at DIT Aungier Street Campus:


European Training Sessions: Music in Health Settings and Songs, Body Percussion and Vocal Improvisation

The European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme offers the opportunity to apply for a Grundtvig In-Service Training Grant to take part in two European courses offered by the Musique & Santé organization.  These grants are open to anyone involved in adult education including adult learners, teachers and trainers from a variety of organisations.

Please contact Musique & Santé at or Leargas who are the national agency inIreland for the Lifelong Learning Programme, for further information:

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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