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Association of Local Authority Arts Officers present 30 years | artists | places – Seminar & Exhibition

Monday, December 7th, 2015 glór, Ennis, Co.Clare

Exhibition - 30 years | artists | places – Launch @ 6pm

One of the most significant exhibitions of Irish artists in recent years will be launched on December 7th at 6pm in glór Ennis ahead of an extensive nationwide tour. The exhibition marks 30 years since Local Authorities embarked on providing for the arts locally, featuring 30 artists and 30 places.

This is a must see, not just for the extraordinary line up of Irish artists who rarely find themselves curated into one room, but for the stories of how they each came to be purchased, commissioned or acquired by local authorities, therein lies the real narrative; the quiet, genuine and imaginative support for Irish artists demonstrated by our local government for the past 30 years.

James Harrold Galway City Arts Officer remarked on the early days of being an Arts Officer “No, we weren't going to fund the local heat of the Rose of Tralee, and we didn't do heritage. We would head off, free and untraceable, pioneering into the blue undiscovered hills and suburbs. Unbothered: we hadn't mobile phones, no-one had. In the untethered bliss of communion with the invariably creative communities we encountered we were free to devise residencies, tour theatre, install exhibitions and bring our counties to life.”

Catherine Marshall of IMMA writes in the accompanying catalogue “..arts officers went quietly about their work, not heads of smart new venues, not curators of major festivals, not heads of glamorous collections but the real harbingers of the kind of change that empowers and transforms a society.”

At the heart of all this work are artists, and featuring in the exhibition are renowned artists such as Tony O’Malley, Alice Maher, Robert Ballagh, John Kindness, Norah McGuiness, Sean McSweeney, Sean Lynch and John Shinnors alongside alongside emerging artists such as Jenny Brady, Julie Merriman and David Stephenson and many others. The resulting collection speaks of places, people and home which reflects upon local authority arts development as just that, of a place and of a people, of rural and urban Ireland, of home in a changing island where we are bold with new ideas but rooted in our past.

This touring exhibition, which is being funded by the Arts Council, is the first real public telling of this story. The exhibition will tour well into 2017, beginning with Glor in Ennis (December 7 – Jan 21), Ballina Arts Centre (February) and Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny (March). 30 years, artists, places has been curated by Muireann Ni Chonaill, Laois Arts Officer.

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Seminar 30 years | artists | places 2-6pm

A seminar looking at the work of local authority arts offices will proceed the exhibition launch.

2pm Welcomes followed by screening of commissioned film on the role of Local Authority Arts Officers

2.30pm Panel Discussion 'Celebrating and Sustaining Local Arts Development' chaired by Dr. Ciarán Benson


  • Pat Cooke, Director the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, UCD
  • Martin Drury, Arts Council
  • Traolach O'Fionnáin, Arts Officer, Donegal County Council

3.30 Coffee

4 pm Panel Discussion on 30 years, places, artists chaired by Liz Kelly, acting director of glór

  • Lynn McGrane, Manager of Exhibition and Collection Services at the National Gallery of Ireland
  • Muireann Ní Chonaill, Curator, Arts Officer Laois County Council
  • Lisa Fingleton, artist

5pm Exhibition tour led by Lynn McGrane

6pm Exhibition launch

This is a free event. To register please contact glór at 065 6843103

International Annual Multidisciplinary Conference - Theatre Between Tradition & Contemporaneity:
Theatre - Dance - Music - Visual & Multimedia Art - Arts Administration - Performing Arts Training -Theatre Design & Technology

Dates: December 17 - 21, 2015
Location: Retzhof Education Institute - XVth century castle in Austria

The Conference language is English.

Several partial scholarships announced for participants. Each scholarship covers 200 EUR of the total registration fee.

Scholarship application details & Conference program:

Practical workshops, research presentations, works-in-progress, interactive talks and discussions with performing arts experts:
Theatre Biomechanics, traditional masks, Method Acting, contemporary ballet, multicultural and international arts organization, choreodrama, vocal techniques in stage combat, musical theatre, avant-garde Italian futurists, practical writing for theatre and more!

International Conference in Austria – Calls for proposals
December 17 - 21, 2015
Theatre - Dance - Music - Visual & Multimedia Art - Arts administration - Performing Arts Training -
Theatre Design & Technology
The conference is open to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries: performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers of various genres and techniques, theatre directors, dancers and choreographers, arts administrators and producers, musicians, stage designers costume designers, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theatre critics, arts journalists, etc.

The conference offers a wonderful chance for performers, performing arts educators and teachers
to demonstrate their methods and techniques to the international audience. Presentation formats:

- practical workshop/master class

- work in progress/work demonstration

- performance fragment not requiring special technical conditions

- interactive talk/lecture/discussion

- photo/video demonstration

- exhibition

- research presentation

- other way of demonstration offered by Speaker/Presenter can be considered.

The conference will take place at the XV century castle in one of the most beautiful regions of Austria, surrounded by nature. 

Everything is organized for the group at the territory of the castle - conference space, comfortable accommodation and full board.
The conference working language is English.

For event details,submission guidelines for Presenters & Speakers and

 practical details, please view


Save the date: Arts and Health – Check Up, Check In

artsandhealth.ieCreate and Dublin City Council’s The LAB are delighted to present Arts and Health- Check Up, Check In, a networking event for arts and health care practitioners and artists who work in healthcare settings in The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin on 29 January 2016.

Against the backdrop of 2016, Arts and Health Check Up, Check In will check the pulse of arts and health in Ireland. Check Up Check In will feature:

• A presentation from Clive Parkinson of Arts for Health, Metropolitan Manchester

• A hands-on, manifesto-themed workshop with artists Jesse Jones and Eleanor Philips

• Pecha kucha presentations on aspects of arts and health practice

• A panel discussion exploring creative and collaborative practices of resistance and care.

Lots of coffee and chat!

Join us for this inaugural Arts and Health networking event.

Admission is €20 per person including lunch.
Bookings will open on 1 November 2015.

International conference on the role of the arts in language planning.

Leading Gaeltacht arts practitioners and minority language experts will gather in the Connemara Gaeltacht over a two day period to examine the crucial role the arts can play in language planning, most particularly in the Irish situation.  Models of best practice will be presented by visitors from Scotland, Wales, the Basque Country (hosting City of Culture 2016) and Friesland in The Netherlands (hosting City of Culture 2018). Gaeltacht-based artists and organisations from Ireland will share their stories and experiences, presenting them as case studies so as to provide audiences with insights on how best to organise high quality arts projects.  Information available




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