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Oiliúint sa Tiomsaíochta d’Eagraíochtaí Ealaíona sa Ghaeltacht  (i gCiarraí & sa Ghaillimh)

Fundraising Training for Gaeltacht Arts Organisations (Kerry &  Galway)

Léargas ar an mbealach is fearr le maoiniú a aimsiú ó fhoinsí príobháídeacha

An introduction on fundraising from private sources for Arts organisations

Faoi stiúir/ Directed by Rowena Neville agus Georgina Neal Business to Arts.  Údarás na Gaeltachta, An Daingean,  Dé Sathairn, 15 Eanair 10.00 r.n..  Údarás na Gaeltachta, Dingle, saturday January 15th , 10.00 a.m.  Údarás na Gaeltachta, na forbacha, DéSathairn,29 Eanair 10.00 r.n. Saturday January 29th, 10.00 a.m.

Le háit a chur in áireamh / To book: 

Don Ghaillimh/  Galway:  Muireann ag 091/503100  nó  

Do Chiarraí / Kerry:  Eibhlín ag 066 9150100  nó  

Táille/Cost : €25 duine aonair/  individual

nó €35 an eagraíocht/ organisation

Líon teoranta le bheith páirteach / Limited numbers participating

National Sculpture Factory

Elma O'Donovan, Administrator, Albert Road, CorkT: 00353 21 4314353, F: 00353 21 4313247 web

Nigel Rolfe: Masterclass - 'Working Out and Working In'

Wednesday 2 March 2011, NSF Cork

Wednesday 9 March 2011, VAI Dublin

Fee: € 60 to non members €55 to VAI/NSF members

No. of Participants 8

Please submit your expression of interest by Tuesday 1 February 2011 – Nigel will make a decision on the appropriateness of each applicant by Monday 14 February (see application procedures below).

Artist Nigel Rolfe will host a Masterclass on Weds 2nd March in Cork and Weds 9th March in Dublin, as part of the Professional Development Workshops organised by the National Sculpture Factory and the Visual Artists Ireland (VAI).  Nigel Rolfe's own art practice encompasses many media that include sound, video and photography but his reputation has been formed through 30 years of working in Live Art and performance at the highest level across Europe, North America and Japan.

His masterclass, ‘Working Out and Working In’, not only describes site as a place but having an identity both outside and or within the self. Rolfe proposes to create a group dynamic which can act both as an audience and a critical mass or platform from which each artist/creative can generate a live work.  The rules are there are no rules; that the work be direct; that something is risked; that what is made is identified as useful to the participant.

Rolfes’ call to action is: Come prepared to make a live work. travel light, think before action really want to do this, work can be short and quick or durational.  The emphasis is not on the final result be rather the learnt experience which will feed directly into your wider creative practice.

The workshop shall begin with a short introduction by Rolfe followed by a roundtable introduction of each participant. Rolfe’s masterclass will extend the practice of the artists and creatives present and develop their potential to include working live in their future practice.

Rolfe will assess the suitability of each applicant for this workshop through a simple screening process of submissions from each artist/creative and he will make a decision on the appropriateness of each applicant. Please send a short bio and/or images, video, audio of your practice. Please send your details to:

‘Working Out and Working In’ Masterclass, National Sculpture Factory, Albert Road, Cork City

Nigel Rolfe was born in the Isle of Wight in 1950 and now lives and works in Dublin. Over the past thirty years he has developed his craft of performance and live art and has perfomed across the global from North America throughout Europe right through to Asia. His practice also includes many other media including video, photography and sound.

Retrospectives of his work have been held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. He is Senior Course Tutor in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art in London and Senior Visiting Critic at the Royal Academy Schools, London, and the University of Pennsylvania in the USA. For the past three years he is making a continuing series of works in the landscape on civil war sites in the South in the USA .In 2008 there were one person exhibitions of new video works in Paris at the Galerie Polaris and in Dublin at the Green On Red Gallery. He was included in the 2008 Bussan Biennale in S Korea. In 2010 He is working on projects for the Bogside in Derry and in Lough Boora Parklands in Co. Offaly.

RHA School Spring Programme. February – May 2011

Bookings and all general enquiries for the drawing marathons, master classes and lectures should be made to the Academy Co-ordinator, Ciara Timlin, phone 01 6612558 or email

Following on from the success of the past year’s activities at the RHA School, a further programme of master classes, drawing marathons and lectures will be offered again in Spring 2011. Drawing MarathonsThese week-long intensive drawing marathons are aimed towards professional artists wishing to develop their drawing skills in a concentrated and informed environment, specifically looking at drawing from life models. The dates for the three marathons are:Marathon 1: March 28th – April 1stMarathon 2: April 26th – April 29th *Marathon 3: May 23rd – May 27th Each drawing marathon runs from 10am – 5pm for 5 days, Monday - Friday. * Marathons 2 is an exception, being a four-day marathon, Tuesday – Friday. The fee for each drawing marathon week is €250 per person or €200 for marathon 2. A Member of the RHA or specially invited artist will facilitate each day. A deposit of €50 is required to secure a place.Master Classes & LecturesThere will be six master classes offered in the spring, each taught by distinguished Members of the Academy. The master classes are designed to provide artists with an intensive and informed workshop in a specialist area, taught by artists with a proven and unique knowledge of each area. These will include a sculpture master class with Eilis O’Connell RHA, an anti master class with Alice Maher ARHA, life painting with Una Sealy ARHA and a still-life class with Stephen McKenna PPRHA. Other classes will be led by John Behan RHA and Brian Bourke HRHA.  Each master class specifies a maximum number of participants so places are limited.  To ensure the professional standard of the series, the master class places will be allocated through an application process.Each of the six master classes will be accompanied by an evening lecture given by the artist.The details and schedule of the master classes and lectures will be available in the New Year.

ALâ “Theatre of the Oppressed” - Facilitation Skills Course

ALâ  ( Adult Community Theatre, Arts and Education ), Ballybane, Galway City, Ireland!/profile.php?id=100000684455530Jim Aherne - Project Director, EMail:, Phone:  086 8461270

Aim of the Course: This course, run in conjunction with NUI Galway, Societies, and City of Galway V.E.C, will provide participants with a thorough grounding of “Theatre of the Oppressed” (T.O) drama facilitation techniques for practical use in all groupwork situations. Where participants have prior experience in T.O. the option for training in Jokering is available to them. This training will introduce participants to the world renowned drama facilitation methods created by Augusto Boal, known as Theatre of the Oppressed. Delivered by Janna Linstrom in a basic groupwork structure as opposed to classroom style and based mainly on image and forum theatre, participants learn by doing. Through the use of stimulating games, exercises and other drama techniques they will explore group dynamics, effective communication and the idea of the reflective practitioner. This course is for people with an interest in TO or people involved in their own community. Previous facilitation or groupwork experience would be an advantage. Prior drama experience is not essential.The course will take place over a series of 5 weekends on the following dates:Jan 21st & 22nd, Feb 4th & 5th, Feb 18th & 19th, March 18th & 19th, April 1st & 2nd. Friday Evening 6pm to 9pm For those learning  Jokering, who have previous T.O. experience.  Sat 10am to 6pm with an hour for lunch.For those who will be introduced to T.O during the course and those learning Jokering. A total of 50hrs.. Cost of course €120 per person for the introduction to T.O. course. For those doing the extra module in Jokering there is an extra fee of €2

Art & Dialogue

Please contact course co-ordinator Valerie Kabov <> for details of the programme and for assistance with the grant applications.

Art & Dialogue is a 5 day long fully EU subsidised course designed for art and education professionals. In 2011 Art & Dialogue will run in Paris 9nd -13th May 2011, with applications closing on 14 January, 2011. The course is designed to assist educators to:• develop new models and approaches for dealing with challenges of bringing contemporary audiences to art and bringing art to general audiences in their own countries and beyond; • build resources, skills and opportunities to develop new approaches and paradigms in addressing new audiences; • work with art as a forum for inter-cultural dialogue and the socio-political importance of art in development of civil society in a culturally heterogeneous Europe. Please find course outline and details here: ( ) Professionals working in institutions involved in art adult and secondary education, in the EU (and other elgible countries* except France) will have their full cost of participation subsidised by the Gruntdtvig mobility grant (this includes cost of travel, accommodation, per diems etc). To be eligible participants must submit an application by 14 January 2011:  <>   The course is intended both as a formal learning programme and an opportunity to share experiences and develop projects with fellow art and education professionals in one of worlds most artistically, culturally and ethnically diverse cities. *Grundtvig eligible countries:Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, United Kingdom

Irish Music Education (IME)

IME will hold a launch event with speaker Gerry Godley, composer Elaine Agnew and a participatory performance of Cardew’s ‘The Great Learning’ on Friday January 21st 2011, 5-7pm in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

SIGGRAPH 2011 Art Gallery: Tracing Home Deadline: 14 January Category: Call Artform: Visual Art, Multi-disciplinaryWebsite: SIGGRAPH 2011 Art Gallery: Tracing Home, seeks exceptional digital and technologically mediated artworks that explore issues around the concept of home in the networked age. Explorations may include but are not limited to examining current functional, structural, cultural, emotional, or metaphorical definitions, or constructing new realities, experiences, and meanings.All forms of digitally mediated art completed in the last two years are eligible for submission. International projects, multimedia installations, three-dimensional works, and kinetic, mobile, or interactive pieces are highly encouraged.Works submitted to Tracing Home will be reviewed in a jury process, and the selected work will be exhibited at a gallery space at SIGGRAPH 2011. In addition, selected works will be published in a special issue of Leonardo, The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology.Artists and scholars are also encouraged to submit proposals for Talks or Art Papers that address themes related to the exhibition.

PHILIPPE GAULIER CLOWN WORKSHOP - Dublin, > 11-15 April 2011

Internationally acclaimed clown and acting teacher Philippe Gaulier will conduct a Clown Workshop in Dublin from 11 till 15 April 2011.Early booking is recommended as places are limited. Philippe Gaulier was a master teacher at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq inParis before starting his own school in 1980. After ten years in Paris, he moved his school to London and finally, in 2002, back to France. The Ecole Philippe Gaulier is an important center for theatre training for students from around the world. Philippe’s unique approach to actor training has influenced performing artists as diverse as Emma Thompson, London’s Theatre de Complicite and Sacha Cohen’s Borat and Ali G. “Philippe Gaulier is the greatest living teacher of clown and modern theatre. He is also the funniest man I have ever met. Students travel from all around the world to spend as little as a month with him.” (From the preface by Sacha Baron Cohen to Philippe Gaulier’s book “Le gégèneur (The Tormentor)”, editions Filmiko,

DATES: starting on Monday 11 April 2011, ending on Friday 15 April 2011. The workshop will start every day at 10am and finish at 4pm, with one hour break for lunch.

VENUE: Studio 1, Dancehouse, Liberty Corner, Foley Street, Dublin 1.

WORKSHOP FEE: The early booking workshop fee is 390€, if booked by 11 January 2011. Otherwise, the workshop fee is 430€TO BOOK A PLACE: please send us an email, and send a deposit of 200€.For payment instructions and bank details, please email 872 645 074+353 833 790 774

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).

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