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Rockforest, The Burren, Tubber, Co. Clare
August 26th to 30th – 10am to 4pm
Fee: €500. Concessions: €350

Art to Heart is offering a unique opportunity to participate in a programme of collective art making, personal exploration and debate.
This training programme is for adults. If you are a parent, youth leader, social or health worker, teacher, child care worker or artist who wants to learn more about how to nurture, foster and develop your own creative potential, this training programme is for you.

Bookings: 085 1532220 email:


Full details of Cork Printmakers’ Adult Education Programme for the remainder of 2013, are now available. There are a wide range of courses, in various print techniques, which are suitable for the complete beginner to intermediate level.


Photo Intaglio combined with Hard Cover Book Binding Techniques
Sat & Sun, 17 & 18 and 24 & 25 August, Fee: €345

An Exploration in Etching
Sat & Sun, 14 & 15 September, Fee: €190

Papermaking & Casting
Sat & Sun, 28 & 29 September, Fee: €190

Cardmaking with Letterpress & Linocut
Sat & Sun, 12 & 13 October, Fee: €165

Photo Intaglio with Riston Film
Sat & Sun, 19 & 20 October, Fee: €190

Introduction to Stone Lithography
Sat & Sun, 2 & 3 and 9 & 10 November, Fee: €325


Introduction to Waterbased Photo Screen-printing
Beginning Thursday 26 September for 10 weeks, Fee: €340

Discover the World of Etching
Beginning Tuesday 1 October for 7 weeks, Fee: €295

Mixed Media
Beginning Thursday 10 October for 7 weeks, Fee: €295

For more information on course content or to book a place, please contact Cork Printmakers at (021) 4322422, by email: <> or check out our website

RHA School | Tutored Life Drawing sessions 2013/2014

RoyalHibernianAcademy,Ely Place,Dublin2

TheRHASchoolis delighted to announce an open call to artists to apply for places on the weekly tutored life-drawing sessions in the RHA School Studio 2013/2014. The format of the 2013/2014 Wednesday Life Drawing Sessions will be a tutored exercise for artists wishing to work directly from observation of life-models. Easels and boards are supplied and artists bring their own paper and preferred drawing materials. Sessions are being offered on a weekly basis on Wednesdays over three terms. The terms are structured as follows:

Autumn Term: 10 Week Term starting on Wednesday 18th of September 2013 with a week midterm break occurring on the week of the 21st of October 2013.
Tutors: Sahoko Blake and Colin Martin ARHA

Winter Term: 10 Week Term starting on Wednesday 15th of January 2014 with a week midterm break occurring on the week of the 19th of February 2014.
Tutors: Una Sealy ARHA and Joe Dunne RHA

Spring Term: 10 Week Term starting on Wednesday 23rd of April 2014 with a week midterm break occurring on the week of the 28th of May 2014.
Tutors: Blaise Smith ARHA and PJ Lynch

Artists interested in participating, should apply by completing the application form on the RHA’s website including:
• A short CV (Word or PDF documents only. Maximum file size 500K).
• Up to three low resolution images of their work (JPG format only. Maximum file size 500K).
• Please also state which term or terms you wish to attend.

Please note that application is only available on-line.

The Deadline for application is Friday, 16th of August 2013.

Observation, Experimental Drawing and Self Discovery Workshop at the Burren College of Art

How To Use Your Eyes: Observation, Experimental Drawing and Self Discovery
5th – 9th August
Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

This is the fourth year that Timothy Emlyn Jones is offering this very popular and intensive 5 day workshop in the wilds of the Burren and in the studios of Burren College of Art. The act of observation through drawing is taken as a starting point for artists to revisit the core of creative process and self recognition. Each year this workshop has filled up with participants at the last moment, but there are still some places available at the time of writing.

Details at
Enquiries to


Now accepting applications

JOLT is running a new theatre development programme in Galway called Volition, made possible by funding from the Arts Council’s Theatre Development Fund. The programme centres around creating original work and explores a range of styles, methods and ideas through workshops, festival events,  discussions and on-going mentoring and support.

Participants will be mentored as they develop their own original idea and will present a short performance at the end of the project. Volition will run from September 2013 – May 2014.

What Volition offers

A fully mentored programme of development over nine months with on-going contact from JOLT Producers

Tickets to a selection of events as part of Galway Theatre Festival, TULCA Festival of Visual Art and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children (Delegate Programme)

Workshops and discussions with acclaimed theatre makers. Facilitators include: Junk Ensemble, PanPan, WillFredd, Little John Nee, Noeline Kavanagh (Macnas), Conor Hanratty and Thomas Conway (subject to change)

A week (six days) of rehearsal space in a Galway venue and the opportunity to present a work in progress to an audience of peers

The chance to discuss, create and develop new theatre with a small group of like-minded theatre makers

See our website for full details and how to apply to Volition.

We are accepting applications until Monday 26th August at 5pm.


We will be holding an information evening in the Town Hall Theatre, Galway on Wednesday 7th August at 6pm sharp so we can answer all your lovely questions about Volition then. In the meantime, feel free to email us with any queries.

Creative Writing Course at Venues Across Ireland

Course available at venues acrossIreland

Writing for Publishing is the title of a new educational initiative being spearheaded by The Manuscript Publisher and designed specifically for authors, writers, independent publishers. It aims to equip authors and writers with both the tools and the skills necessary to write and reach a public audience in today’s publishing environment.

It is a creative writing course for the modern publishing age, emphasising the all -important connection between writing and publishing: how one informs the other and how the two operate in today’s era of digital media and mass communication. Prospective authors and writers will learn how to develop their writing skills with a view to getting published. They will learn to seek out, identify and take advantages of writing and publishing opportunities that present themselves.

A complete course outline, including contact details and how to book a group seminar or presentation is available from the Writing for Publishing website –

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

Burren Painting Centre - Programme

Saturday 31st and Sunday September 1st

Your opportunity to paint ‘en plein air’ in the Burren in your favourite locations, alongside professional artists, friends, painters and past tutors of The Burren Painting Centre.

Sunday 13th – Sunday 20th - ** OVERSEAS **
Annelise Pio Hansen - An escorted painting trip to Alghero, Sardinia with tutor ANNELISE PIO HANSEN painting landscapes and seascapes in watercolour, pen and ink. Details – Chris O’Neill.



Special and unique workshop which will take place in August (Workshop 1: 5th-9th Workshop 2 – 12th – 16th)in Kilkenny, Saad R.Mikhaiel is a world renowned micro mosaicist master based in Cairo, Egypt, this will his first time in Ireland.

Contact Colette O Brien 086 3691443

Professional Development Training Programme 2013
For further details and registration of events in Republic of Ireland see:
For further details and registration of events in Northern Ireland see:

Spring/Summer | Republic of Ireland - Dublin

Summer Briefing Sessions

Autumn/Winter | Republic of Ireland - Dublin

Web & Social Media Marketing Clinic with Mary Carty
In partnership with Crafts Council of Ireland
Sat 12th Oct (10.00 - 14.00)
@VAI, Dame Court, Dublin 2
Documenting your Work with Tim Durham
In partnership with the Crafts Council
Thurs 12th Sept (10.00 - 17.00)
@ Galway venue
Costing & Pricing your Work with Patricia Clyne-Kelly
In partnership with the Crafts Council

Sustaining a Performance Art Practice Discussion with Nigel Rolfe and Jonas Stampe
in conjunction with the Dublin Live Art Festival
September 2013
Performance Art Masterclass with Nigel Rolfe 
in conjunction with the Dublin Live Art Festival
September 2013

blueSCI: social entrepreneurial approaches to arts and mental health

A one day workshop at the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health, Waterford Regional Hospital with Stuart Webster
Monday, 7 October 2013 from 10am – 4pm

This one-day workshop presented by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust and Cork Arts + Health programme, HSE South and led by Stuart Webster, founder director of blueSCI Arts and Culture Mental Health and Wellbeing service, Manchester, will explore social enterprise in the context of arts and mental health practice.

In particular, it will ask

  • What is social enterprise?
  • How can the principals of social enterprise apply to engaging people with mental health difficulties in arts experiences?
  • Navigating multidisciplinary and multi agency working and delivering arts projects from non-arts budgets. What skills are needed? How is integrity maintained?
  • How to work in an inclusive and sustainable way
  • How to ensure high quality arts experiences
  • Understanding the role of arts and cultural practice  in achieving health and wellbeing outcomes from non health interventions

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop will be of interest to arts and health practitioners, arts managers, healthcare and community development workers who are interested in social entrepreneurial approaches to mental health and the arts.

What is blueSCI?

blueSCI is a Arts and Culture Mental Health and Wellbeing service commissioned by Trafford Council and NHS Trafford inManchesterwhich employs a dynamic, multi-agency approach to connecting people to resources which support wellbeing.

Who is Stuart Webster?

A graduate of the Royal College of Art and qualified community education youth worker, Stuart Webster is a founder Director of blueSCI Social Enterprise service. He previously worked with LIME where he managed a range of arts projects in healthcare contexts, specialising in the adult acute mental health arena. He was a Community Consultant on Single Regeneration Benefit (SRB) projects which enabled community participation in local decision-making through cultural activity.        

How can I book my place?

E-mail  your name, job title / professional role, address and telephone number to Put ‘blueSci’ into the subject line of your email.

Admission is free and lunch will be provided.  Places are limited.

Funded by the Cork Arts + Health programme, HSE South and the Waterford Healing Arts Trust


RIAM Diploma in Community & Group Music Teaching

The RIAM is delighted to present our Diploma in Community & Group Music Teaching programme. This Diploma is unique to the RIAM and is our way of supporting the vision of Music Generation of bringing music education to every community inIrelandwith the generous support of U2 and the Ireland Funds.

The prospectus outlines a range of information from entry requirements, application procedures to assessments and academic components.  The aim of the programme is to equip musicians with the attitude and skills required to teach effectively in the community and classroom setting.

If you require any further information please contact the General Office.


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 deadline is ongoing.


Applications are invited for the 2013–2015 eva International Curatorial Scholarship

MA Practice-Based Research in Curatorial Studies at eva International in partnership with Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT

The eva International Curatorial Scholarship is a unique opportunity to undertake practice-based research within eva International Biennial of Visual Art, working closely with the Curator, Director and international artists towards the 36th edition of eva International in 2014. The successful candidate will receive a Scholarship to undertake a 2-year MA by Practice-Based Research through Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT based within eva International. The Scholarship Award will cover Student Fees, a monthly stipend as well as travel and training allowance, provided by eva International in partnership with Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT.

For further information see:

General Enquiries:



The Department of Arts Education and Physical Education in association with the Department of Music offer this specialised MA degree in Music Education. The degree involves an exploration of music teaching and learning processes from a range of social science perspectives and involves interdisciplinary studies in Education, Music and other related fields.

Who the course is for?

Anyone with an interest in music education including:

  • teachers (at primary, post-primary and music school/college levels)
  • policymakers
  • community/outreach workers
  • curriculum support personnel
  • professional/community musicians

How long is the course?

  • A one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme that requires completion of six modules and a dissertation

Are there entry requirements?

Applicants will normally hold either:

a) an honours primary degree with Music along with a post-graduate qualification in Education, or

b) an honours primary degree in Education with Music.

Applicants with equivalent, appropriate qualifications along with relevant professional experience may also be considered on a case by case basis.

How do I apply?

Please read application guidelines on the postgraduate application page.

You must fill in an application form which can be accessed from:

Admissions Office ,
Student Services
Mary Immaculate College,
South Circular Road,
Tel: +353 61 204348
Tel: +353 61 204348

Or you can access the form here.

Further information on the course is available from:

Dr Ailbhe Kenny,
Course Coordinator,
Mary Immaculate College,
South Circular Road,
Tel: +353 61 774721


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:


BA Degree in Contemporary Art Practices at GMIT

GMIT is delighted to offer a new four-year part-time BA degree in Contemporary Art Practices in its Mayo campus, commencing next January (2014).

The new Level 7 programme will be delivered over one full day and one evening class per week, incorporating a summer school and online learning, over four years. Students will have the option of gaining a Higher Certificate exit award (Level 6) after two and a half years.

The new degree integrates the three strands of fine art, community engagement and the creative industries together with a theoretical understanding of contemporary art, rooted in the rural context of the West of Ireland. It builds on the success of the existing part-time BA in Art and Design programme which has been delivered in the Mayo campus since 2006, producing 78 graduates, many of whom have won both national and international awards and pursued careers and further studies in the visual arts.

“The flexible delivery mode, its integration of several strands of contemporary art practice and the focus on art-making in a rural context will make it a unique, innovative and exciting course.” says Dr Deirdre Garvey, co-ordinator of GMIT Mayo campus Lifelong Learning.

“It will explore fine art techniques in the studio located in St Mary’s Hall on campus, a fabulous light-filled space at the heart of the historical building,” adds Ms Garvey.

The programme will focus on traditional skills of drawing, painting and print-making, complemented by studies in art history, contemporary art theory and an introduction to sociology and psychology. Students will also be introduced to computing skills, social media and the digital manipulation of images which they will be encouraged to develop as part of their studio work.

Graduates can expect to build careers as fine artists working mainly in community settings, including public art commissions, or working in arts-based community development, heritage and cultural tourism sectors, curation, working in museums, arts centres and festival organisation.

Applications for this programme are made directly to the Institute using the “Direct Mature Application Form” which is available from the GMIT website at:

Completed application forms are to be returned to Lifelong Learning, GMIT Mayo Campus, Westport Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, by 30 September 2013 for entry to first year, starting in January 2014. Applications are open to students who have previously deferred their studies in Art & Design at GMIT or any third-level institute. Applicants will be invited for interview and are assessed on their portfolio.


Masters in Creative Documentary Production

Masters in Creative Documentary Production aims to assist aspiring filmmakers interested in developing their skills in the area of feature length documentary production.  Irish feature documentaries have enjoyed unprecedented success in recent years, with many documentaries achieving cinema release and winning critical awards. Digital technologies have removed many of the barriers to documentary production and have allowed creative filmmakers new opportunities to create work of real importance and artistic merit.

The new MSc Creative Documentary Production has been designed to equip students with the essential skills necessary for future roles in documentary production while offering students the opportunity to engage with this new wave of digital documentary filmmaking.
The course builds on the MSc Digital Feature Film Production programme run by Filmbase andStaffordshireUniversity, which is currently completing its first year and has seen the students shoot a full-length feature film Keys to the City as part of their course. The film, starring Rory Keenan, Conor Mullen, Una Kavanagh, David Murray and Natalia Kostrzewa is currently in post-production.


Postgraduate and Part-Time Programmes in IADT Dun Laoghaire
IADT: Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology have postgraduate and part-time programmes in the following areas: • Business: Postgraduate Diploma in Business in Cultural Event Management. • Humanities: -MA in Public Culture Studies. -Certificate in Creative Writing. -Certificate in Citizenship and Society. • Visual and Media Arts: MA in Visual Arts Practices. MA in Screenwriting for Film and Television | MA in Broadcast Production for Radio and Television.  IADT is also offering a number of scholarships for Masters by Research on the basis of research proposals in Creative Arts and Media, and Public Cultures / Entrepreneurship. More information on , or contact our Admissions Office on (01) 239 4621 or at


Crawford College: Arts Participation and Development Programme

Crawford College of Art and Design are accepting applications for their training programme ‘Arts Participation and Development: Creative Approaches to Global Education and Action’. The programme brings together Artists , Community Artists, youth workers, Community workers, Activist, teachers, educators Volunteers and anyone interested in engaging with the issues that affect us in the rapidly changing interdependent and unequal world in which we live. The programme takes place 2/3 days a month October  to April. You can find out more about the programme at Please email Jessica /Nora on for enquiries.

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