Mayo County Council logo

Nuacht & Deiseanna Eile | Other News & Opportunities - Workshops/Masterclasses/Training Courses

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



Tutor: Jennifer McCauleyCost: €130 members/€150 non-membersDate: 6 Tuesday Evenings, May 3rd - June 7th 

Places: 6 placesCourse Details: This class will provide an introduction to etching techniques such as hard/soft ground etching along with elements of non-toxic intaglio techniques. If you have any questions about the course, its content or would like to book a place, please email  or phone 086 125 4953 or contact Lorg Printmakers on 085 7550357. 


Continuing Professional Development Workshop with Balbir Singh

Create in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival, May 23, 11.00 -1pm

Location: Centre for Creative Practices, Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin. 

This workshop is aimed at emerging and professional dance artists, and arts practitioners of all disciplines with no dance background, who wish to develop their understanding of composition by transferring ideas, thoughts and skills from classical Indian dance.  Led by Balbir Singh, the focus will be on raising participants’ awareness of the language of rhythm, hand gesture and story-telling, among other aspects of Kathak dance.  The workshop will provide a platform to address multidisciplinary and cross-cultural collaborative processes  

.Participants will have the opportunity to attend Balbir Singh’s performance, Decreasing Infinity, at Project Arts Centre, Cube on Sunday 22, prior to the workshop. Tickets for the workshop and performance are   €25.00

Online booking for the workshop and performance



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.


RHA School Spring Programme. 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 Marathons

These 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 last marathon is:

Marathon 3: May 23rd – May 27th

Each drawing marathon runs from 10am – 5pm for 5 days, Monday - 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 & Lectures

There 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.


Arts Courses at Newtownbarry House

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

For more details check out

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