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Irish National 

Welcome to the new Irish National  - monthly articles and news on events, activities, conferences, and businesses providing sustainable products and services all overIreland. We hope you enjoy it ! Please click on

News on Food, Renewable Energy, Arts, Education, and lots more.

Hopefully Irelandis very close to approval on 'feed-in-tariffs' for electricity generation from renewables. Information from the Irish Bioenergy Association in the Irish National.

If you are organising any national events please email them to us on for next months issue which will come out in early December.

The December issue will also have a special for businesses selling Christmas gifts online! Advertising is extremely good value, from €20. 

The Irish National is produced by Local Campus , a movement to help develop local and national charities and businesses, to promote self-reliance, food and energy security.

Please add to the Irish National as much as you can to promote national events around the Country.Your views are much appreciated.


E-bulletin Submissions: We Need Your Google Coordinates!
We have been working very hard on the development of a smart phone app for the visual arts. The app, an initiative of Mayo County Council Arts Office, will platform a nationwide ‘Artist’s Network’ and be an extension of our listings service (an integrated service comprising our e-bulletin, VAI website, Facebook & Twitter).
In order for the app to be searchable by location, county or venue we require your Google coordinates as part of your listing submission. Full details on how to find your coordinates is available here:
Submissions for events and exhibitions sent using our online form, which facilitates the inclusion of images, Google maps and direct web links, will be prioritised. You will find the submission form here:
The addition of maps will provide users with a GPS like location service to your venue.


Fáilte Ireland Launches Major Tourism Initiative

The Gathering will involve a year-long programme of events, festivals and initiatives designed to bring record numbers of visitors to Ireland.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar announced plans for The Gathering and extended an open invitation to prospective visitors around the world.
It is imagined that the eventual programme will comprise of three distinct strands:
A flagship festivals programme featuring unique headline festivals;
A special interest events programme featuring smaller, intimate special interest, business or sporting events and festivals;
A community-led (fringe) events programme comprising events and happenings devised and organised by community groups at national and local level. Ideally the larger of these would take place in conjunction with the flagship programmes.

New music promotion website has joined forces with the iNTERTAIN Group and Walkabout Bars to create a new way for unsigned bands to promote themselves. launched their Live Streaming service in May 2011, and have been broadcasting live gigs and events straight onto their own website or their clients websites ever since.

Co-founder of, Jason Bedington said: When the idea for was initially discussed, we wanted to provide a platform for unsigned bands to use that was radically different from the current social networks we are all familiar with. So we set about creating, a platform that a band can log onto from anywhere in the world and using a laptop and video camera, play a live gig to a global audience.

This new service has seen bands playing gigs live throughoutEuropeandAmericawhilst simultaneously streaming their performance live to new fans around the world.

From October 20th will be booking, promoting and broadcasting live shows every Thursday night from the Walkabout bar inTemple, on Londons Embankment. The Walkabout venue has always showcased original music and unsigned artists, but this deal will see the bands reach a larger audience.

The deal strengthens Walkabouts commitment to live music and showcasing fresh talent. If successful, the partnership will see the scheduling of more broadcast events throughout 2012 as the programme is rolled out across other Walkabout venues.

Walkabout UK Brand Manager, Gareth Bull said: Working in partnership with will allow Walkabout to book exciting unsigned bands and artists and help nurture them into fully fledged recording artists. This exciting initiative will see our brand exposed in new and exciting areas and allow acts to reach new fans both on a local level and globally, as the shows are live streamed across the world.

Extending this service through partnerships with larger brands like Walkabout was the logical next step in the growth of

Bedington said: Our aim is to partner with large brands to bring together the massive audience that follow unsigned artists with the products and services that larger brands can offer. This alliance offers our partners long term brand awareness as unsigned artists harness the community of influencers within their social networks and help to grow a brands reputation through peer to peer marketing.

For further information on booking bands to play at Walkabout venues, or how GotSeeN work with brands by creating events to broadcast, please contact For further information on Walkabout, please contact the Walkabout press office on 020 7079 9222.


The Painting Imperative Online Magazine Launches
The Painting Imperative is a new online magazine dedicated to the discussion of all aspects of contemporary painting from around the globe. Each issue will look at the work made by today’s painters; it will be critical and appreciative, highlighting successes, problems and inspirations, and hopefully give a taste of what’s going on in the studios and galleries of contemporary practitioners. The Painting Imperative also aims to become a platform for emerging critical voices, and to spread the word about the huge diversity of painting practice alive today.
The first issue is available now at


Arts & Disability Ireland Launch Strategic Plan

Arts & DisabilityIreland(ADI) has launched its inaugural strategy and policy document, Becoming a National Resource: ADI’s Policy and Strategic Direction 2011–2016. The document is the first of its kind inIrelandand sets out ADI’s aim to create lasting change in the way people with disabilities are involved with, and engage in, artistic and cultural life. 

The Strategic Plan was launched by Senator Catherine Noone, Seanad Spokesperson for Arts and Heritage.

To celebrate the launch, Blue Teapot Theatre Company performed a reading of 84 by Len Collin, a screen play written for and with a cast of actors with intellectual disabilities, along with a screening of Soundscape’s Johnny Dreams an animation devised in collaboration with visual artist Aideen Barry.

Becoming a National Resource marks a new phase of maturity in the organisation’s history and a shift in direction. The emphasis will change from localised delivery to asserting a clear national role, seeking to maximise impact through strategic partnerships and action learning.

Over 8 percent of Irish people have a disability and ADI aims to create the conditions for people with disabilities and the wider disability community to connect with mainstream arts. ADI’s challenge is to work towards removing barriers and improving access, despite recessionary funding cuts, to ensure that people with disabilities can fully experience and contribute to Irish artistic and cultural life and be an integral part of it. To link to the strategy pdf click


Social Media Tip: Get Noticed on Facebook With Facebook News Feed Optimization

Did you know that 90% of the people who click your Facebook fan page don’t come back to your Facebook page? They are more likely to read your content in their own Facebook news feed IF you know how to make sure it shows up there…
However, Facebook, like Google, uses a complex algorithm to determine which content rates at the highest of someones news feed. Follow the 5 tips below to ensure your posts get seen by your fans.
#1 Less is more:
Too many posts will make people unlike your page. Try to not post more than twice per day. (Once in the morning, and once in the afternoon would be ideal).
#2 Shorter character count:
The shorter you can make your update the better. Studies show that posts with 80 characters or less get the most engagement!
#3 Type of content:
Photos, videos, questions and links will get you more engagement and thus a higher news feed ranking.
#4 Use full links:
Contrary to Twitter, posting full links will get you up to 3 times more engagement from your fans!
#5 Besy days to post
Thursdays and Fridays are the best days to post content with engagement up an average of 18% on these days.
You can find us on Facebook at


New Site Goes Live

The new is the space for artists promoting their work with children and young people. It provides a platform for artists to share all their work and give it greater visibility.

The new site offers increased functionality, the new member profiles and project profiles, pages with improved search capacity  and the new design will make it easier to see and demonstrate best practice, highlighting the work in a more appealing and visual way. In addition, new areas will allow members to select and feature projects. Members will also be able to track projects and also ‘follow’ and contact other members. Check out to see the new site

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust has been busy working with Create the national development agency for collaborative arts, in developing a new independent national Arts and Health website. The development phase of the website is funded is by the Arts Council.

The new website will be launched in September 2011 and will provide a resource and focal point for the Arts and Health sector, providing information, support, advice and news, and generating discussion between artists, arts organisations, health service users, carers, healthcare professionals and others interested in the dynamic area of Arts and Health inIreland.


Arm yourself with a funding toolkit

Arts and Business offer a free fundraising toolkit for download from their website. The kit includes averything from the basic essentials that you need to know; like tips from industry experts and links to online funding opportunities.There are even useful case studies and examples of modern organisations using the toolkit to good effect.To download your own fundraising toolkit visit the arts and business website  


Join the ‘we are more’ campaign

Do you still believe in the power of culture?

ECF does. And we are now calling on you to actively join the we are more campaign.

An initiative of Culture Action Europe in partnership with ECF.

In July, the European Commission will officially launch its discussions on how much will be spent on culture in the next EU budget. They will also be questioning the shape and content of the EU Culture Programme

The resulting decisions by national governments and EU policymakers will influence the next ten years of support for cultural activities. It will directly affect everyone who lives inEurope.

Currently, direct support for arts and culture represents 0.05% of the total EU budget.

we  are more believes this does not properly reflect the importance of arts and culture in the development of all European societies. We seek increased support for culture in the next EU budget.

We cannot wait another decade. We need as many signatures as possible before July to have our voices heard by governments and policymakers. Make a difference by actively supporting we are more!

Read more about the goals of the campaign at

General enquiries: Jeske van Vossen Press enquiries: Mascha Ihwe


Social Media Tip: 5 Ways to Promote Your Offline Event Using Social Media

Promote your event with some smart social media marketing. Here are five ways you can maximize exposure of your event using online tools. If you don't have the time or resources to use all of these tools, using one of two of them can also be very effective.
1. Put it on YouTube:
Recent findings show that video content is the most effective way of reaching your audience. If you have some home-made videos of previous events you have run, post it up on YouTube and Facebook. If you don't, make sure you video some short clips of your event on the day as these will allow people who were not able to make it feel connected and will be more likely to attend future events. Having this content will also give you something to use to help promte your event next year.
2. Use Flickr:
Everyone loves seeing photos of themselves (as long as they’re flattering). By posting photos of your event on Flickr and tagging them with people’s names, you can generate interest in your event from the people who attended and those who follow them on various social media channels.
3. Put it on Facebook:
You can also post the photos and tag them on Facebook. The added benefit of doing so on Facebook is that when you tag someone, it appears on their wall. Anyone who is a friend of someone you tagged can see the photo. The idea is that it will lead them to want to learn more about the event (because hey, they want their photo put on Facebook from a cool local event too). Note that you’ll only be able to tag people that you’re connected to.
If your event or company has a Facebook Page, you can include highlights from the event, like quotes from keynotes, activities, awards or even faux pas from speakers.
4. Tweet the event:
Don’t overlook the best real-time tool in social media for your event. Sending tweets out to your followers is a great way to keep everyone updated on what’s happening. Twitter is a great tool for connecting people online and offline to your event.
5. Use hashtags:
The easiest way to track tweets and other mentions of your events on social media platforms is to ask all participants to use a # with a designated keyword or phrase when discussing it.
For example, Voluntary Arts Ireland used the hashtag #ArtsHustingsNI to help track all mentions of the recent Arts Hustings event we helped organise in Belfast . For those unable to attend, following the hashtag was a great way to stay updated and to join the debate
If you are running a small event and would like some guidance on how best to use social media to help promote it get in touch with us. Alternatively if you have any feedback on this tip, or suggestions for future social media tip's, you can email us at


Visual Artists Ireland Launches New Online Events and Deadlines Calendar
Visual Artists Ireland launched today a new events and deadlines calendar feature in its comprehensive guide to what’s on in the Visual Arts in Ireland.
The new calendar features details on forthcoming deadlines, visual art exhibitions, events, festivals, talks and conferences across Ireland.  The calendar is broken down across regions, and provides details of exhibitions openings and what’s on across Ireland on a day to day basis.
The feature is yet another free service provided by Visual Artists Ireland to increase awareness of the visual arts across Ireland .
Visual Artists Ireland’s information is also available through Twitter (@VisArtsIreland), Facebook (Visual Artists Ireland), an eMailing list, and Newsfeeds so that people can easily find out what is going on around the country.



Culturefox is a new Irish cultural events website and app which functions globally on PCs and all mobile phone platforms. It is extremely user friendly and is aimed to appeal to individuals and families, across all age groups. Culturefox has been designed to recognise that trends show that tourists are increasingly travelling with a 'cultural experience' in mind, that they are taking more frequent, shorter breaks and that they want instant information on the move which they can view at with ease. They also want to be able to go to a single reliable and authoritative source and that is our ambition for Culturefox.
In practical terms, Culturefox now replaces the What’s on Guide, which the Arts Council has managed to date. What this means for your organisation is that we now require you upload details of your events and activities onto the Culturefox site, for which a guideline manual is attached. The success of this site is dependent upon your co-operation; upon the systematic uploading of all your events so that we can make sure the guide is comprehensive.
A user handbook with details of how to do this is attached. In order to ensure consistency and that the site becomes the most comprehensive available, I would ask you to bring it to the attention of the person who is responsible for marketing and promoting the activities of your organisation, so that they can now use it as a resource in this regard. You might find it useful to log onto the prelaunch address and the mobile site is: for an initial review of the website. The official launch date is 1 June, details of which will follow.


Ideias do Levante

Ideias do Levante - Lagoa's Cultural Association (Algarve,Portugal) and Crowntek, Lda. (Algarve,Portugal) are proud to announce that (an international choral classifieds and links directory Web site) is online!

The idea behind is to provide an online meeting place where people could exchange information regarding Choral Music via a modular online platform. Through, members will be able to post ads/links (related to Choral Music) regarding: Choirs, Performances, Organizations, Education, Choral related Market, Employment, Web, Conductors, Vocal, Soloists, Composers, Accompanists, etc.

We would like to invite you to visit at and post/share your Choral related ads/links.

Please feel free to leave any comment(s)/suggestion(s) at's "Contact" page.

This Web project was created by Crowntek, Lda. ( ) in a partnership with Ideias do Levante ( regarding a mutual agreement of IT development for cultural purposes.


New strategic overview from Arts Council Ireland

Developing the Arts in Ireland: Arts Council Strategic Overview 2011 – 2013


Temple Lane Recording Studios in Dublin

We feel that it is in all our interests to help musicians, and artists to counter-act the recession. Following a meeting with all our studios we would like to offer a 30% discount to all your members.

Temple Lane Recording Studios comprises of Sun, Apollo, and Elektra studios, all located in Temple Bar,Dublin. Also Grouse Lodge Studios, in Moate Co Westmeath.

Michael Jackson, Muse, Rihanna, Snow Patrol, and REM are just a few of the many names that have recorded with us over the past 25years.

You can find more information about our studios online at and, or feel free to call or email us.


Custom framing service on offer to Artists


Invitation to join Breaking Tunes - a project of First Music Contact

We are getting in touch to let you about Ireland's only dedicated Irish music showcase site

Breaking Tunes is a free online music portal for Irish bands and artists aimed at and sent to the greater music industry and fans every month.

Register as industry here for regular updates and to browse the site.


Production for Arts Events: A PLANNING CHECKLIST

First time events organisers and those wishing to produce more ambitious events – this new guide from Voluntary Arts Ireland will help you plan the logistics of putting on your event; whether a theatre piece, exhibition or arts festival.
Find at (38 pages)
Author: Brenda Kent, Voluntary Arts Ireland, 2009
Supported by: Production Services Ireland for technical support and sponsorship
Further information: – 028 / 048 4483 9327 /
Read the Event Planning Guide at


The Ireland Funds’ Philanthropy and Fundraising Toolkit

The Toolkit is an essential practical guide to fundraising and philanthropy for any non-profit. It looks at many key areas such as: board development, running a successful campaign, the 4 fundraising steps: research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, how to run successful meetings, collaborating and merging with other non profits, how to approach companies for CSR support, how to build a brand for your nonprofit, how to write a case statement, and lots more.  It steps out practical and feasible tips for ensuring your non-profit can survive and thrive during these uncertain times.  The toolkit contains 5 main sections, 4 focus inserts, actions plans, useful tips and lots more. If you wish to purchase a copy of  The Toolkit, please click on the following link or contact Nicki at (01)6627878 or


Guidelines for Good Practice for Participatory Arts in Healthcare Contexts

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust and the Health Service Executive South (Cork) Arts and Health Programme, with financial support from the Arts Council, recently published Guidelines for Good Practice for Participatory Arts in Healthcare Contexts, which were produced by the Centre for Medical Humanities atDurhamUniversity.

The Guidelines are designed to present clear, concise and user-friendly direction to those working in the area of participatory arts in healthcare contexts. The partnership of arts and health can bring new challenges to artists, healthcare professionals, clients and those working in the health-related community and voluntary sector, and it is hoped that these guidelines will help successfully negotiate these partnerships.

The Guidelines were developed through consultation with those currently working in the field of arts and health. They can be downloaded from and/or–_New_Guidelines.html

Those of you working in the field of arts and health are invited to take time to consider and interpret the Guidelines in the context of your own practice, and send feedback by the 31 October 2010. The Guidelines will be reviewed in the light of feedback received.

Further information

Contact the Waterford Healing Arts Trust at 051 842664 or email

or the HSE South (Cork) Arts and Health Programme at 086 7872061/021 4923136 or email


Artist in the Community Scheme: Four Essays

A new publication from Create and the Arts Council highlights the exciting practice of artists working with diverse communities.

In the publication, Artist in the Community Scheme: Four Essays, artists - Rhona Byrne, Susan Gogan, Declan Gorman and Ríonach Ní Néill, describe their collaboration with communities of interest and place, and document the work produced through the Artist in the Community Scheme, which Create manages on behalf of the Arts Council.

The book shows how the Scheme has become a key mechanism through which collaborative arts is now understood as a vibrant and dynamic contemporary art practice.

Further information

The publication is free - to order a copy call Create on +353 1 4736600

More information on the Artist in the Community Scheme:


Young People, Creative Action and Social Change - Now available to download!!

This is an important piece of research, commissioned by the National Youth Council of Ireland’s Arts Programme. Through a specific sample group and through focused questions, Anna Fiona Keogh (researcher) has tried to follow the sometimes faint, often mercurial line of young people’s engagement with an art form. We have tried to ascertain (in as much as we can ever quantify these things) what is unique and special about youth arts, what exactly happens in the life of a young person when they engage with an art form and what begins to happen in their creative and imaginative processes. We don’t suggest that this research is exhaustive or conclusive, but it maps a patch of ground in the landscape.

The study involved conducting in-depth research with approximately 50 young people, between the ages of 10 and 18, involved in five youth arts projects or programmes. The projects were selected on a number of criteria including diverse art forms and geographical location. Also, we aimed for a sample which reflects the views of young people from different social backgrounds.

Download the research at


Visual Artist's Ireland launches Social Networking site for Visual Artists

Visual Artists Ireland (VAI) has launched a new social networking site for the visual arts – Visual Artists Ireland has been helping professional visual artists since 1980 with an ever widening group of services.
Following discussion and research, VAI wished to supply a further level of public service to the visual arts. Noting the benefits of social networking sites for increasing a person's circle of contacts and connecting users to familiar and new people through mutual acquaintances and common interests, VAI created The Common Room Social Network for the Visual Arts.
With forums, blogs, image & video galleries, special interest group creation, and links to other networking sites such as Twitter, provides a convenient one stop area for people working in the visual arts to keep in contact, as well as providing a free platform for presentation, discussion and group support.


Reminder: CCP Ireland website

You will find all the latest news and info on EU culture funding opportunities on the CCP Ireland website:


Ireland: Launch of Plein Air Painters Community Site
PLEIN EIRE, a website for plein air painters in Ireland has been launched. For information on outdoor painting, equipment, paint outs and to make new friends and keep in touch, sign up. Free.
Contact Name: Tony Robinson
Venue Address:


Professional Photo/Video Documentation for Artists

Professional, high quality and economical photographic and video documentation is now availabe at a special, discounted rate for artists by the award winning lens-based media artist Mike Hannon. Mike has many years of expertise in photography and video, as an artist in his own right and in the provision of documentation for others’ projects. He understands that artists often require top quality documentation of their work for websites, applications and catalogues, but that this may not always be economically viable. He is offering a heavily discounted rate for individuals working in the visual arts.

Please see for examples of his work, and to contact him for a quote.

087 678 2962



Have Your Artists Books and Monographs Listed in the VAN

The Visual Artists News Sheet runs regular listings of artists books and monographs – in order to assist artists with distribution and publicity for their publications.

If you are an artist and have recently produced (in the last 12 months) a monographic publication, simply email the following details to – date of publication; title; dimensions; number of pages; format (eg: spiral, stitched perfect bound, hard-back / soft-back etc.); list of contributors; ISBN number (if relevant); short description (two or three lines).


New Irish Internet TV - An Làr TV

An Làr TV is a new Irish Internet TV channel, broadcasting 24/7 over the internet. As the name suggests, An Làr TV is about all things Irish. The programme schedule reflects that. Communities, groups and individuals around the country are invited to engage with An Làr TV, using the channel as a platform to educate, entertain and inform.

An Làr TV has produced a documentary called “Civil Partnership and Pride 2010 – We are family too”. Made with co-operation from the LGBTQ community inIreland, this ground breaking documentary explores new Irish legislation on Civil Partnership and its impact on families, from legal and personal perspectives. The documentary includes extensive coverage of the LGBTQ Pride Festival held inDublinin June 2010.

“Civil Partnership and Pride 2010 – We are family too”  is currently being broadcast on An Làr TV daily, at 9am, 1pm, 7pm and 9pm (GMT). An Làr TV would recommend viewing for anyone with an interest in the Pride Festival or Civil Partnership - the channel can be found at, or

An Làr TV is currently calling for submissions from groups and individuals. If you are interested in making a show, please contact Susanne Carpenter at


Advice from the Wheel on cost cutting measures and making ends meet during the recession

The devastating effects of this recession on all aspects of Irish society need no introduction. However, tough as times undoubtedly are, there are still a number of practical steps that all non-profit organisations can introduce to alleviate the strain on operations.

Practical Steps for Cutting Costs:

Staffing costs - while staff working in non-profit organisations are not usually highly paid in general, staff costs tend to be our largest expense. If times are really hard and you are considering having to consider redundancies, perhaps you could consider some alternative ways of reducing staff costs e.g. pay cuts (heavier at the top than at the bottom, and voluntary), short term working, shorter hours etc. 

Fundraising costs – can they be reduced or should they be increased to do more of what you are doing at present or something different to bring in more funds? Do you always do the same things? Is your message dated?

Service providers - your costs with various service providers (e.g. utility companies etc) may be limited, but there still may be some worthwhile savings to be obtained by reviewing offerings for utilities and rent, bank charges etc.

Mergers - could you merge your organisation with another and save funds? If so, this may be an excellent route, but it is a longer term option, not a short-term fix.

Back-office services - a less ambitious target and one which might be a stepping stone to longer term merger would be to merge back-office services – accounting/admin support etc.

Further information 

This article comprises edited highlights of a full article which can be read at


Visual Artists Ireland Student Pack

A resource pack for visual and applied art students and recent graduates.

This pack has been put together for the benefit of visual and applied arts students and recent graduates making the transition into professional  practice inIreland.  With more visual and applied arts courses available than ever before, the number of aspiring artists continues to grow. The visual arts attract many talented and creative people so the sector can be very competitive.

This pack is intended to give students and recent graduates an idea of the practical areas they will need to consider and the options open to them following graduation.

Your qualification is just your first step to becoming a professional artist.

You can download the VAI Student Pack on our website here:


Shift in Perspective - an arts and disability resource pack

The resource pack is designed to assist arts organisations to develop innovative approaches in high-quality contemporary arts and disability practice and to make their events more accessible to artists and audiences with disabilities. The pack has been put together by a partnership group, which includes the Arts Council, Arts and Disability Ireland, theIrishMuseumof Modern Art, Mayo County Council and South Tipperary County Council


Na Píobairí Uilleann launches a new on-line resource

Na Píobairí Uilleann launched a new extensive on-line resource entitled SOURCE this month.  
SOURCE provides access to an underlying digital media database comprising thousands of video clips of the best of Irish traditional music built up from our monthly recital series over the last five years. SOURCE also provides a new platform for our instructional tutor video series covering beginner, intermediate and advanced tunes. Other material includes selections from their audio and photo archive including thousands of high quality photographs of classic instruments.
Also available are the Irish Music Collections On-line (IMCO) Galleries consisting of over 1,600 pieces of music from 24 significant historical music collections dating from as early as 1724. These tune collections have been transcribed by Na Píobairí Uilleann from the originals and are available to review or listen to using the freeware Sibelius Scorch player. In deploying the site they also took the opportunity to merge some of their existing web based resources such as their on-line library into the SOURCE.
Further information


Irish Music Education

An exciting new initiative for the music education community – Irish Music Education ( IME is an innovative resource for the music education community in Ireland that has been set up to connect the diverse strands of music education in Ireland, foster the exchange of ideas, knowledge, resources and expertise and be a flexible resource that can respond to the emerging support needs of research and practice in music education.

IME is most importantly a ‘doing’ organisation. Its strength will be driven by its participants. Through wide ranging activities as the interactive website, monthly lead articles, practice group, reading group, voicing conference and mapping music project, this initiative aims to connect the diverse aspects of music education, whether it is practice or research, formal or informal, based in school, studio, university, cultural organisation or wider community, and with people of whatever age or professional level within a multitude of music genres.

Go to to get involved, find out more and be a part of this new departure for Irish music education. Please circulate this email and flyer to ensure maximum access and participation to this resource.


New eBook: Playing the Baroque Harpsichord
Bray Baroque has now launched this new eBook, recently written in Ireland. A review is to appear shortly in a British magazine. Full details on the book\'s webpage 
Contact Tel.: 012764713
Admission Fee: €9.90


Work Plan for Culture 2011 – 2014

The European Union’s Council of Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Ministers adopted the Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014 during their meeting on 18-19 November inBrussels.

This plan sets up 6 priority areas.

  • Priority area A: Cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and accessible and inclusive culture.
  • Priority area B: Cultural and creative industries.
  • Priority area C: Skills and mobility.
  • Priority area D: Cultural heritage, including mobility of collections.
  • Priority area E: Culture in external relations.
  • Priority area F: Culture statistics.

Further information




Literature for instrumental music teaching to download from the internet

Our instrumental music teaching method for beginners to advanced has many advantages. Just to explain a couple:

1. RUGERI offers the most detailed search machine for sheet music to match the students skills.

- On our homepage,, you may flip through

  more than 20,000 teaching pieces until you find what you are

  looking for, free of charge!

2. RUGERI offers the perfect possibility to diagnose the student's progress, thanks to automatically recorded downloading of music pieces being designated to each student.



The Visual Artists Ireland Daily - the perfect read over a cup of coffee
Having a quiet moment with a cup of coffee and want to catch up with events around the world?
Today, Visual Artists Ireland announced The Visual Artists Ireland Daily; the perfect way to catch up on world events when taking a moment out from the work day.
Combining news from the Visual Artists Ireland website with art world and other business news, The Visual Artists Ireland Daily is the ideal read.
The Visual Artists Ireland Daily is in addition to Visual Artists Ireland eBulletin that provides detailed news and opportunities for professional Visual Artists.  Combined with The Visual Artists News Sheet, the Visual Artists Ireland website, VAI Facebook, Twitter and Linked In pages, Visual Artists Ireland has continued to increase the number of ways that Visual Artists can keep up to date with what is current in the world around them.
Keep an eye open for an two more exciting new projects to be launched in September and October…  More details later in the year…


Textile Artists Collective Call for New Members
Print Block is a collective of textile artists and designers working predominantly in the field of screen print. Print Block originated in 2010 to collaborate on exhibitions, to share information, to gain access to printing facilities in Dublin, and to elevate the medium of textiles within Ireland . At present we are looking to expand our membership and are looking for new members.
For full information please visit


Return of Members’ Contact Listings on Visual Artists Ireland website
As part of our on-going development, we are pleased to announce the return of a long missed feature to our website. We are re-introducing the ability for members of Visual Artists Ireland to list their website and contact details. Already we have had over 150 members listings added to the site with another hundred being processed at the moment.
To add your listing, simply follow this link and enter your details. Items marked with an * are obligatory fields. As with all public forums, we advise caution on the amount of detail that you provide.
Available to Visual Artists Ireland members only, once you have entered your details, these will be verified and your listing approved. The details will then go live on our website. In the listing you will be able to feature details of the disciplines in which you work; details of your practice, and contact details.  Your email address will not be displayed, but the site gives viewers the possibility of making contact with you through your profile page.
This is one of many features and new services that we will announce over the coming months, in answer to comments and feedback from our membership.
If you are not a member, or wish to renew your membership, then follow the instructions on our site.


Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe

This is a new initiative that aims to support collaborative artistic projects in the framework of the Asia-Europe dialogue. Artists, cultural workers, arts organisations and arts networks of Asia andEuropeare invited to apply.

Arts Network Asia (ANA) and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in collaboration with the European network Trans Europe Halles, will jointly promote this initiative for projects taking place between November 2011 and November 2012.

ANA and ASEF have maintained active roles in fostering connectivity and engagement across cultures through artistic collaborations, exchanges and dialogues. Through this programme they aim to reinforce Asia-Europe exchanges with the objective of deepening mutual understanding between cultural communities in the two regions.

To find out more you can download this pdf document:


Arts Council’s mobile app to boost creative sector and draw more tourists to Ireland

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD, together with Arts Council Chairman Pat Moylan, have launched Culturefox, a pioneering new Irish cultural events guide that can be downloaded as a mobile phone app or used online, as part of Government efforts to boost the creative sector and draw more tourists toIreland.

It is the latest high-tech enabler forIreland’s arts and tourism sector which is key to our economic recovery.

Culturefox, which is available online and downloadable free for iPhone, Android and Blackberry, was developed by the Arts Council, in collaboration with FáilteIrelandand funded by the Government.

The app version of Culturefox uses location-aware technology to provide an instant map for what is on nearby and everything you need to know about an event.

Minister Deenihan described Culturefox as an "exciting new initiative forIreland’s arts and tourism sectors.

"The Government is delighted to support Culturefox which combines technology and the arts to create a new window on the cultural world for individuals, families, locals and visitors.

"Culturefox is an important high-tech addition toIreland’s vibrant and talented arts community which is key to restoring sustainable economic growth and our global reputation. I want to pay tribute to the Arts Council, in particular, for developing the project," said Minister Deenihan.

In recent weeks, the Arts Council has written to its funded organisations alerting them to Culturefox and, already, over 715 venues and over 2,000 festivals and events have been uploaded to the platform.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, said Culturefox would be very useful forIreland’s growing tourism sector.

"Cultural tourism is worth more than €2 billion in direct spending each year. Culturefox is a simple and effective way of providing visitors with this information on the move," said Minister Varadkar.


Register your Art Criticism Blogs & Websites with Visual Artists Ireland
As part of our on-going policy supporting the development of art criticism, Visual Artists Ireland has created a space where people who are active in the delivery of art criticism blogs and websites can advertise their site to visitors to Ireland’s most comprehensive visual arts resource.
This service is for Visual Artists Ireland members.   If you are not a professional visual artist, there are other levels of membership that will allow you to avail of this service, and be eligible for other benefits.  If in doubt, call us and we can make sure that you are guided to the right category.
To add your site simply enter your details here.
After entering your details, our staff will check that you are a member.  If not, they will make contact with you to guide you through the membership options.

Please note that VAI’s website is changing at the moment and although this section is live, we are still in the middle of processing the content of our practical listings for artists to this area


The Poethead Site.

A this site is promoting and discussing women poets, editors, writers and translators .  

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

  More Mayo County Council and Local Government Websites