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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.


Mayo Education Centre Active & Relaxing Music in the Primary Classroom 2011 in association with The WhistleBlast Quartet

This 5 day Music Summer Course for teachers will be held at Scoil Raifteirí, Castlebar on July 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th 2011 in association with the WhistleBlast Quartet.

The Course, based on the Quartet’s publication

“A Whistle and a Blast For Your Class” will be both active and relaxing and very much hands on as the musicians in this Quartet have over 10 year’s experience of working with children and music education training.

Participants will receive live performances of relevant pieces and learn how to write “raps and songs”, how to stimulate an appreciation of music, rhythm games and constructing effective music sessions in the classroom. Also included will be sessions on music with computers.

This course will be educational, but above all, good fun and active! Great for teachers of all musical abilities - or none! These workshops will instill confidence in your ability to manage musical sessions with children.

No previous experience necessary, so please come along and enjoy the high calibre of professional musicians, who amongst other vast musical experiences have performed with the RTE Orchestras.

Lunch each day & finale concert will be provided.

The course allows teachers to qualify for 3 EPV days.

An opportunity in 2011 -2012 for your school to avail of the WhistleBlast 3 day schools programme which will involve the children themselves in a live performance with the quartet.

You can enrol now by contacting Mayo Education Centre at 094 9020700.

See website




T: 097 81079


Training in 21st Century Media

Would you like to learn how to use 21st century media? As part of Tógra na Meáin, Áras Inis Gluaire will be hosting a series of workshops over the coming months on new media such as video, podcasts, blogging etc. No previous qualifications necessary. Suitable for anyone interested in creating content for, and making an impact on, the web. The first information evening is being held in Áras Inis Gluaire on Thursday, May 26, from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. All welcome. Tógra na Meáin is a joint initiative of Áras Inis Gluaire and Mayo Ideas Lab and is supported by the Bellacorick Enterprise Fund. For further information call (097) 81079 or (097) 27945.


Yoga with Lucy

Yoga with Lucy on Tuesday and Thursday nights in Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, from 7.30 p.m. to 8.45 p.m. €10 per session. Concessions available. Bring a mat. Call 097 81205 for more info or log onto [last class on Thursday, 9 June].


Container Gardening with Eddie Conway

As part of the Bealtaine Festival, Eddie Conway, local horticulturist, will provide a workshop on Friday, May 27, from 1.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. in Áras Inis Gluaire. Container gardening will give you an insight into sprucing up those hanging baskets, window boxes etc. Make your own display box or basket, with Eddie on hand to give you advice. Admission free. Call 097 81079 for further details.


Sparánacht | Bursary

Tá Ealaín na Gaeltachta agus Theatre Forum ag tairiscint deich sparánacht le deis a thabhairt do rannphairithe ón Ghaeltacht clárú saor in aisce do Chomhdháil Náisiúnta an Fhóraim.

Is é seo an t-ochtú bhliain, go bhfuil an ócáid seo á reachtáil ag Theatre Forum agus aithnítear é mar phríomh imeacht d’earnáil na dtaibh ealaíon.  Tugtar deis do dhaoine casadh ar a chéile agus aithne a chur ar chomhleacaithe ag an ócáid seo, gurb é an t-aon cheann dá shórt in Éirinn.  Tá an comhdháil, a mhairfidh dhá lá, á eagrú sa Ghaillimh don gcéad uair agus táthar ag súil go bhfreastalóidh idir 250 agus 300 duine air.  Ina measc beidh daoine ó chomhlachtaí léiriúcháin, féilte, agus ionaid ealaíon ó gach aird den tír.

Beidh an comhdháil Ar aghaidh Leis an Seó, ar siúl in Ollscoil Éireann Gaillimh (le béile tráthnóna agus siamsaíocht sa Radisson) ar an 9ú & 10ú Meitheamh.  Beidh painéal cainteoirí náisiúnta agus idirnáisiúnta páirteach chomh maith le cairn ama le casadh ar dhaoine agus le smaointí a mhalartú.  Is féidir breis eolas ar an gcomhdháil a fháil anseo     

Tá 10 n-áit saor in aisce á dtairiscint do rannphairtithe ón Ghaeltacht, a bhuíochas le tacaíocht ó Ealaín na Gaeltachta.

San áireamh anseo tá lón ar an dá lá, caifé agus dinnéar tráthnóna chomh maith le deis freastail ar gach seisiún le linn na comhdhála.

Nóta :  ta na háiteanna ar fáil don té is luaithe a ghlacann an deis agus ní miste an áirithint a dhéanamh trín nasc seo.

Cuirfear ceist ort an cód a úsáid, sé sin ealain11. 

An t-aon rud a iarrtar ort ach go mbeidh tú go hiomlán rannphairteach don dá lá.     


Ealaín na Gaeltachta is working with Theatre Forum to facilitate 10 bursaries for Gaeltacht participants to attend the conference for free .  

Now in its eighth year, the Theatre Forum conference is the key networking event for the performing arts sector and the only event of its kind in Ireland . 

2011 sees the two-day conference taking place in Galway for the first time and Theatre Forum is expecting between 250 and 300 delegates to including practitioners from all the production companies, festivals and venues around the country.The  conference On with the Show is taking place in NUIG (and evening dinner and ents in the Radisson) on June 9 & 10.  It will feature a host of national and international speakers as well as plenty of time to network and exchange ideas.  You can read more information about the conference here.   10 free places are being offered to Gaeltacht arts practitioners thanks to funding from Ealaín na Gaeltachta. These places include lunch on both days, scheduled coffee breaks and evening dinner as well as access to all sessions at the conference.

Note these are being issued on a first-come-first-served basis and can only booked through this link. You will be asked to enter a promo code to complete your booking and it’s ealain11. The only thing that we ask is that you commit fully to the conference for the two days.     


Breaking the rules! A Youth Arts Summer School for Youth Workers

University College Cork , Wednesday 15th-Saturday 18th June 2011

Delivered by NYCI’s Youth Arts Programme, Breaking the Rules! is a 3-day residential youth arts practice summer school in Cork ’s UCC, running from the 15th-18th of June 2011. Breaking the Rules! is about approaching your work with young people in a fresh way, it is an opportunity to be inspired, use new art forms and break out of your everyday routine and get creative!

€150.00 for early bird bookings by May 15th.

For more information see below or visit our website

To book a place Download the Application Form and

Please complete and submit to The Training Administrator( by 15th May 2011 for the early bird booking price

For any queries contact

or on 01 4784122


Anuna international choral summer school

The 1st Anuna international choral summer school takes place at the National Concert Hall, Dublin this year, 5-9 July, and  includes lectures and workshops by international facilitators such as Matthew Oltman (of Grammy award winning ensemble Chanticleer) and Dr Stacie Rossow (Florida Atlantic University).   We warmly invite singers and choral directors to participate in this exciting event.Please don't hesitate to contact Stella Konik ( | or Carol Ann McKenna (National Concert Hall Dublin, Tel 01-4170077) for an application form or any further queries.


Kildare Dance and Movement Summer School, 11-15 July 2011

Kildare County Council invites you to join us for the 5th bi-annual Kildare Dance and Movement Summer School, 11-15 July 2011. This year we're once again offering an exciting and diverse 'pick and mix' programme of workshops exploring approaches to choreography, applying Laban to your professional work, and creative dance sessions.

We welcome people of all backgrounds. This programme will enhance the work of teachers, dancers, actors, social workers, academics, therapists and many others who wish do develop expression and communication through movement. 

Previous experience of Laban's work or other dance techniques is not essential. All workshops will be facilitated by experienced tutors, including Anna Carlisle, president of the Laban Guild, Cathy O'Kennedy, who has extensive experience of dance in education and disability contexts, and Wendy Hermelin, who will once again lead the unique experience of a Movement Choir.  

A special addition to this year's programme will be the inclusion on Wednesday 13 July of a day dedicated to dance and older people including a showcase of work by older dancers. If you know older people who may be interested in attending workshops or the showcase on this date, please contact us.

For those who can't attend the full five day programme, we also offer the option to attend one day of the Summer School. 

BOOKING/INFORMATION: Nicola Dunne, Email: or Tel: 045 44 8328.


Core Theatre College will be auditioning for their Main Course

After an exciting and rewarding start last year Core Theatre College is opening their doors again for 10 students to participate in their 11 week intensive part time Main Course starting the 19th of September – 4th December 2011.

This highly focused, part-time professional theatre training course is based in Galway. Experienced theatre professionals will be teaching core theatre skills such as voice, movement, acting technique, text analysis, masks, theatre production and theatre history which concludes with a presentation of work.

The course is for people over 18 who are interested in developing a career in theatre or have serious commitments to theatre.

Students will have to audition for a place. The auditions will be held on the 24th, 25th and 26th of June and require the prospective student to prepare two short contrasting pieces; one from Shakespeare and one contemporary piece.

To apply please email us on for an application form. Deadline for applications is the 5th of June. For more information on the course please go to



Sunday 12th June. Make stunning lanterns with Tom Meskell.

This year’s theme is ‘Birds'.  This is a lantern making workshop using wire as a framework and covering this with tissue, Tom has mainly used willow frames in the past but after spending time with the Liverpool Lantern company last December he is excited by the sculptural possibilities of working with wire. All materials are included, if you bring your favourite wire snips that is all you need. You can except to come out of the workshop with a finished lantern of a life size bird.

Cost €85.00 Class limited to six students - Closing date for bookings 22nd May.

Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th July. Landscape Painting with Acrylics with Artist Jane Dunn. 

This acrylic painting workshop takes place amongst the stunning scenery of South Mayo and aims to inspire confidence and enjoyment in painting the landscape using colour, texture and form.  We will practice some easy exercises and techniques to help you relax and become comfortable using the materials. Our intention is for you to learn to see and work in an exciting, creative way and to complete the course with finished paintings. Cost €150.00 – closing date for bookings 27th may.

Beginners and experienced are welcome and during the workshop each student will receive personal tuition to meet their individual needs.

Please bring - Please bring your own materials to include: - good quality cartridge paper- brown gummed paper strip (2” wide) for stretching paper - a board, 24” x 18” (approx) plywood or similar- pencils- acrylic paints, colour suggestions, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, burnt umber, raw sienna, alizarin crimson, hookers green, titanium white. - a selection of acrylic brushes, large and small, and a cheap 1” house paint brush and a palette knife - an old shirt or overall - toilet roll- cheap sponge- old white plates or mixing palettes- small A 6 sketch book

- charcoal and fixative

If you are on holiday or find it difficult to bring your own Jane can supply all the materials and equipment you will need for a fee of 15 Euros each. Please specify when booking.

Useful information

The cost of each course includes materials & light refreshments, please bring a packed lunch, and a note book will be useful.

All courses run from 10am to 4.30pm.

A 50% deposit is required with bookings. Deposits are non-refundable but your booking can be transferred with 7 days notice. Please pay online, credit card or send a P.O. or a cheque made payable  to Derryaun Crafts with your booking, to Derryaun Crafts, Sheefry House, Drummin, Nr. Westport, Co Mayo.

Any questions, please phone Suzie Sullivan 098 21888 or email;


International Choral Conducting Summer School 14-19 Aug 2011 - Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick

AOIC's 32nd International Annual Choral Conducting Summer School will take place from Sunday 14th to Friday 19th August 2011. Based in the beautiful surroundings of the University of Limerick , this year’s summer school will include the usual exciting menu of choral conducting classes given by dynamic and inspirational tutors. The wide mix of workshops will cover essential and stimulating topics including vocal production, repertoire and reading sessions, developing sight reading for choirs, the use of technology in the classroom and choir and working with young choirs. Masterclasses, daily choir sessions, group warm-ups, an open discussion forum and open rehearsals will round off the week to ensure a varied, vibrant and valuable course is enjoyed by all. The only one of its kind in Ireland, this six-day intensive course offers a wealth of expertise from international and Irish course tutors, all of whom are active conductors and experienced teachers of conducting.With courses designed to meet the needs and abilities of each student — from beginner to the experienced, established conductor — participants at all levels will develop and refine their core conducting skills, with more advanced classes focusing on areas such as rehearsal technique, interpretation, vocal technique, style, and language.

Workshop schedule 2011

An integral part of the course is the workshop programme, which sees course tutors and invited experts sharing their insights and experience on a range of topics, including:

§ The use of technology for the classroom music teacher and choral conductor

§ Working with and developing a youth choir 

§ Vocal production and vocal health for choristers

§ Developing sight reading skills in your choir

§ Selecting repertoire for the school choir

§ Repertoire for adult choirs

§ Essential skills for the choral conductor

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 8 July 2011. Applications received on or before that date will attract the early bird fee.

Early application is advised as places at each level will be strictly limited to 12. To secure your place, compete and return the application form along with the appropriate fee payable by cheque, postal order or bank transfer. Applications may be accepted after the closing date subject to availability of places.

Please contact AOIC at or 061 234823 for further information.


Summer Workshops at Greenacres, Wexford

Running over four weeks in the run up to the Plein Air Festival, Greenacres Art Galleries have organised four established artists to conduct summer workshops for both experienced and aspiring painters.

The artists Eamon Colman, John Dinan, Gearoid Hayes and Mary M. O’Connor will each hold a week long course which will each vary on the artist’s particular style. All the artists have exhibited in Greenacres regularly, particularly well known Wexford abstract artist Mary M. O’Connor who held a very successful course last year. Another abstract artist Eamon Colman has been exhibiting with Greenacres since the gallery opened 10 years ago. Florence trained Gearoid Hayes specialises in portrait painting and also paints landscapes and still life, as does Backlane painter John Dinan.

To view full details and to book, check the gallery’s website .Any queries can be forwarded to


NEW - VISUAL ARTIST CLINICSaturday 4th June (14.00-16.00) @ Lagan Barge, Belfast  

The Clinic is FREE but booking may be required.Contact for info.

Increasing constraints and difficulties as a result of this depleted economy make the present moment appropriate to come together and discuss difficulties.

In the first of a regular program of art clinics, VAI’s Northern Ireland Representatives Damien Duffy and Laura Graham will be chairing a clinic to support and hear from visual artists in Northern Ireland. Visual Artists Ireland - Professional Development Workshops

Limited places still available for:

Peer Critique New Media with Saoirse HigginsThursday 2nd June (10.30 – 16.30) @ Digital Art Studios, Belfast

Sustaining your Practice with Rosie BurrowsThursday 9th June (10.30 – 16.30) @ BX, Belfast

As we conclude the spring season of NI workshops we ask for participants’ cooperation in reviewing the professional development program by completing this short survey:

For further information on booking, registration or workshop content, visit our online registration page:


The 15th Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance takes place in the Irish World Academy building at the University of Limerick from June 20th - July 1st 2011

What is Blas:

Blas is now firmly established as one of Ireland’s most prestigious summer schools, attracting students (16 & over) from around the world to spend two weeks gaining access to the expertise of some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, singers and dancers. Blas attracts musicians, singers and dancers who are already familiar with the Irish traditions and who want to extend their technique, repertoire and knowledge therein. It also attracts many performers from other genres who find it beneficial to study with the Blas Summer School as a form of induction and acculturation in the Irish traditions before diving in at the deep end of the main traditional scene of endless sessions, ceilithe, fleadhanna and festivals.

What is involved?

Apart from tuition and master classes, Blas students can expect a whole range of activities including lectures on Irish Traditional music topics, field-trips, sessions, lunchtime and evening concerts, céilís, and above all, the opportunity to share tunes with some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians. The programme has ample content and contact hours that it can be accredited with 3 Academic credits or 6 ECTS credits towards an international degree ( This makes Blas unique within the world of traditional music summer schools in that the study of Irish traditional music, song and dance can count as a percentage towards a university degree education. By studying Irish traditional music, song and dance on an Irish university campus, students benefit not only from an ‘on the ground experience’ but also from the international network of university connections and accreditation systems.

Along with Irish Traditional Music classes, Blas offers an Irish Language class facilitated through the Aonad na Gaeilge [ ] which is the Irish language promotion office at UL. It provides tutors for the Irish language classes at Blas and offers two levels; to beginners for those who have never studied the language before and at intermediate/advanced level, for those who have a proficient level in Irish.


An exciting development for Blas 2010 was the introduction of the Paul Brady Blas Scholarship. This is providing €20,000 in endowment funds over three years, offering 25 places for deserving musicians, singers & dancers on the Blas programme. The recipients of the scholarships will benefit from master classes and tuition from Ireland’s most distinguished traditional musicians, singers and dancers.

Applications for this year are open until Friday April 8th. For information on the Paul Brady Blas Scholarship & further scholarships see .


Blas is also delighted to announce a new synergy with Meitheal Residential Summer

School and The Online Academy of Irish Music for a number of cooperative projects

(see for details).

Further information:

For further information on the Blas Summer School, see  or contact

Ernestine Healy, Director, Blas Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance, Irish World Academy, University of Limerick. Email: or by

Phone: 061 202653.


MA in Arts & Heritage Management: Call for Applications

Applications are open for the MA in Arts & Heritage Management, at Waterford Institute of Technology. This is a one-year programme run over three semesters, with a term of work placement in a cultural organisation. The closing date for applications is 10 June, 2011 Further details can be found at:\' or by contacting the Programme Leader,

Dr. Rachel Finnegan:  Website:



Prices start from €55 per day and most workshops are open to complete beginners so why not come and learn a new creative skill this year with our excellent tutors.

We also are offering advanced courses and Masterclasses.

For information on times, dates and course outlines please contact:

Richard Cavaliero

Leitrim Sculpture Centre

Telephone: 071 985 5098

1        Digital Printmaking Workshop

2        Contemporary Printmaking Workshop

3        Metal Fabrication Workshop

4        Bronze Casting Using Solid Investment Workshop

5        Bronze Finishing & Patination Workshop

6        Woodcarving Workshop

7        Woodturning Workshop

8        Stone Carving Workshop

9        Stone Lettercutting Workshop

10    Film-making Workshop 

11    Landscape Photography Workshop

12    Stop-Frame Animation Workshop

13    Digital Design & Graphics Workshop

14    Portfolio Development & Professional Practice Workshop

15    Glassblowing for Beginners Workshop

16    Exploring Form & Colour in Hot Glass Workshop

17    Sand Casting with Hot Glass Workshop

18    Mouldmaking for Artists & Architects Workshop

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

20    Patination and Finishing of Glass and Metal Workshop


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 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

Selected Programmes:

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Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

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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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