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The Fifteen Minute Play - Writing for The Fringe


This two-day workshop is aimed at writers who wish to submit a play to the Claremorris Fringe. All aspects of short play writing will be examined.


What makes a Fringe play? And how is it different from other plays?


This is an intensive two-day workshop with limited places. Writers are encouraged to bring their writing materials with them – be it laptop, quill and inkwell or anything in between. The object of the exercise is that each participant will write a fifteen minute play over the two days.


The workshop facilitator is John Corless – Director of the Claremorris Fringe. He has an MA in Creative Writing and has written numerous plays for stage and radio. He is currently touring as one half of Half Solid Productions with ‘The Pull’ a comedy which in which he plays three parts (and a further two implied parts,) and he co-wrote with Liam Horan.


The workshops run on Sat Feb 28 and Sun Mar 1 and cost €20 for the two days and must be booked in advance.


Please note:
In the interest of fairness, any plays written during the workshops will not be eligible for submission the Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama at any time.


Full details and booking form on




“The Director as Artist”


Theatre Workshops on March 7th and 8th 2015 with Poet and Dramatist, Terry McDonagh –


Theatre is an art form. Directing a piece of theatre is an art form. A writer has a pen, a painter has a brush and an actor has a voice and a body in a given space. There are no rights and wrongs but the art in theatre must be teased out by the Director as Artist and the Actor as Artist holding up images that reflect aspects of life as they perceive it.


Set and costume designers pay a huge role, but the final creators of the actual performance are the directors who draw all the pieces together on a space we call a stage. He/she will have awareness of: space, design, music, status, power, focus, body, voice, soundscape, chorus, props, myth, legend, history and improvisation at hers/his disposal.


In this workshop, we will attempt to explore the nature and constitution of an ensemble using theatrical techniques and skills in the pursuit of excellence. 


Please bring along: an old hat, a scarf, a stick, a musical instrument, drum and, most of all, a willingness to risk, explore and question.


N.B: casual clothes, tracksuits, soft shoes or no shoes. Men, don’t forget your lipstick.


Day one: Warmups, drama exercises, Improvisation, some text presentations


Day two: Warmups, drama exercises. Concentration on Tom Stoppard’s Fifteen Minute Hamlet. Be familiar with a summary of the Hamlet story. Film of Fifteen Minute Hamlet is available everywhere on internet.


The cost for the 2 days is €20. Booking essential on



Westport Town Hall 

The fundraising efforts for Westport Town Hall will be up in lights on Monday, 16th March from 7.30pm in The Castlecourt Hotel Dome Suite with a Gala concert. It is designed to give people a one-off unique nights entertainment when a handful of well-known performing arts groups from the Westport Community will come together to give individual performances that will give the lucky audience just a taste of things to come to the stage at Westport Town Hall. This eclectic mix of talented performers will include the Clew Bay Pipe Band, Coda, Comhaltas Junior Branch, The Gráinne Mhaol Show, Frank McCaffrey, St Patrick's Drama Group, Matt Rowley and his band "Dramacode". Full details on the line-up for this Gala event will follow, but audiences are guaranteed a fabulous nights entertainment not to be missed! 
Tickets for this unique nights entertainment cost only €15 with all proceeds going to Westport Town Hall. For any queries please contact Rosaleen Heraty, Manager of Westport Town Hall on 085 877 9796 or email Or Mel Kenny, Director of Fundraising 087 659 8158.



Parke Arts and Drama.


On Friday and Sat 6th and 7th of March Parke Arts and Drama present "The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley" a three act comedy in the Parke Community Center and  in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar on the 19th of March.


Follow the adventures of the farmer Gabriel as he tries to find love in the wrong place and almost misses it under his nose. 


This is a drama within a drama....................


Tickets 10 euro from 094 9031125 or 087 7993129



Belfast Photo Festival – Open submissions

Belfast Photo Festival – Open submissions

Belfast Photo Festival is offering artist’s/photographer’s the opportunity to exhibit their work in the main Festival gallery alongside some of the biggest names in the field.

Individuals and collectives are welcome to apply; individuals should select and enter between two and six photographs from a particular series or body of work and/or submit their Photo-book for exhibition by uploading a single PDF (no image limit).
On the other hand, as a collective, you can submit up to 10 photographs (a £15 submission fee will apply for every 10 images submitted). The winners will be eligible for a number of awards, including a cash prize of £1,000.

The festival will be running from Thursday 4th June to Tuesday 30th June 2015 and the deadline for submissions is Monday 16th March.

More information can be found on the

New Voices of Ireland Series intercultural and multidisciplinary event series

Submission deadline - 30th March

Artists’ fee for each selected project - €500.00 per project

For 2015 New Voices of Ireland Series we are looking for submissions from artists of all disciplines.  The theme for 2015 Series is “Beyond the Obvious, beyond the familiar – from producing things to nurturing the social capital”.

Up to 12 projects will be selected to present their work within the Series. The programme will be accompanied by artists’ talks, Q/A sessions a podcast and the catalogue for the Series.

Background to the 2015 theme:

New Voices of Ireland Series is the 3rd edition of the multidisciplinary, intercultural events featuring artists of all disciplines and from various backgrounds.

Inspired by the Culture Action Europe annual conference 9-11 Oct 2014 and together with the selected artists, we aim to capture outstanding examples of how artists see their role and the role of culture in contributing to social and economic regeneration on a local, national and global level. The theme of the 2015 series: “Beyond the Obvious, beyond the Familiar – from producing things to nurturing the social capital”.

The Series aims at:

1.      Engaging artists to express through their practice how their perceive the role of culture in the society

2.     Giving the less visible artists an opportunity to share their views and works with wide local and international audiences.

Profile of artists especially invited to submit their proposals are: migrants, experimental, emerging artists, changing their living conditions and environment – coming back to Ireland from migration, moving from rural into urban area etc.

The submission is open to artists of all disciplines. 

Please apply with the project outline, your artistic bio and a short statement via email to

The submissions’ deadline is 30th March 2015 6pm.  

Due to the fact that Centre for Creative Practices does not operate as a venue we are investigating various options to present the programme of the Series in Dublin and in other places in Ireland. We would be delighted to hear Your suggestions and ideas for the right venue/s and format of the Series.


The Munster Literature Centre

The Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland, is pleased to announce The Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition, open to both published and emerging writers from around the world. TWO winners will each have their manuscript published, receive €500 in cash (converted into the winner's currency) and fifty complimentary copies of their chapbook. Unique to this competition, at least one of the winners will be a debutante (with no chapbook or book published previously). 25 - 50 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended". The winning chapbooks will be published in February 2016 with striking cover designs, ISBNs, barcodes and will be offered for sale internationally through our own website, Amazon, and selected independent book sellers. The winning poets will be considered for the 2016 Cork Spring Poetry Festival programme and have their chapbooks entered for the UK Forward Prize for best poem and anthology. An entrance fee of €25 will be charged for each manuscript. For guidelines and further information on how to submit your chapbook, please consult . The winners will be selected by a panel chosen by the management board of Southword Editions. Deadline: 31 May 2015.

Livestock Presents Bundles of Mysteries: Call for Performances


Livestock presents Bundles of Mysteries
MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6
“Man is always looking for an object ‘outside’ of himself and this object reflects the innerness of magnetism”


Curators Aine O’Hara and Tara Carroll invite proposals for ‘Bundles of Mysteries’. We are looking for performances ideally no longer than 15 minutes duration. However, please contact us if you have a specific idea for a durational performance that relates well with our title and theme above. Submissions should include a short biography,  website/blogs/, images of previous work and an outline of the proposed performance.


Please email proposals to


Deadline 27 February 2015


Pigtown Scratchings 2015: Open Submission


Pigtown Scratchings is accepting proposals from artists, performers and musicians working in any media or discipline for inclusion in its 2015 live performance event at Dance Limerick, at 7pm on Thursday the 7 May 2015.


Prior experience is not a condition of acceptance. Please refer to and read the guidelines before submitting your proposal.
Pigtown Scratchings is a non-profit, interdisciplinary creative project providing innovative artists working in sound, media, literary, and performing arts with a performance platform to explore, create and present new collaborative and improvised work in a live club-like setting. In collaboration with Dance Limerick, Pigtown Scratchings is an occasional series of experimental music and performance events curated by Softday, (Sean Taylor and Mikael Fernström).


Pigtown Scratchings aims to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas at the intersection of different artistic disciplines and promotes an environment conducive to experimentation and cross-disciplinary explorations.


Deadline for submissions: 27 of March 2015,5.00pm.
For further information and application details: Pigtown Scratchings

Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy: Call for Papers


The Editorial Board of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy is seeking submissions of research articles and proposals for book reviews by academics and practitioners for Volume 3 of the Journal. Submissions should address topics concerning Ireland or Northern Ireland, may focus on any of the following areas:


  • cultural policy
  • arts and cultural management
  • cultural tourism
  • creative industries
  • cultural economics and marketing
  • heritage and museum studies
  • governance and administration
  • audience development and participation
  • philanthropy/fundraising
  • cultural finance
  • production/consumption
  • arts and education


The Journal is published annually and edited by an editorial board comprised of Irish academics. All research-based submissions are blind peer-reviewed by an international panel of academics and practitioners. If you are interested in submitting to the journal, please email a brief abstract and article title to by 1 April 2015. Final submissions, 4,000-5,000 words, will be due 1 June 2015.


Full submission guidelines and further details may be found at:

National Arts-in-Education Portal: Call for Expressions of Interest


Are you an artist or teacher involved in an exciting arts-in-education project? Do you want to be among the first to showcase your work on the new Arts-in-Education portal? Do you want to share your work and your learning to inspire others and be part of an ongoing conversation exploring arts in education practice in Ireland?


We want to hear from you if you are involved in a project that:


  • Involves artists, teachers and children
  • Is underpinned by a strong ethos of arts-in-education practice
  • Has been documented through photography, video or other media
  • Has been developed with child protection policy and other relevant procedures in place


Over the coming year, new features and functions will be launched, but in this first phase, the priority will be on profiling existing projects and partnerships and developing resources that can be of use to support you in your work, as well as current news and opportunities.


Kids’ Own, in partnership with an editorial committee, is leading the development of content for the new national Arts-in-Education Portal, which is due to be launched in May 2015. The portal is being developed subsequent to the publication of the Arts in Education Charter, which was signed by the Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht, and the Minister for Education & Skills, in December 2012. The vision for the portal is to be the key national digital resource of arts and education practice in Ireland.


Deadline for submissions is: Monday, 2 March 2015


Criteria and submission guidelines:

The Hunt Museum Slow Art Day: Call for Submissions


Call for Submissions for  Slow Art Day at The Hunt Museum, Limerick.


Slow Art Day is a global all-volunteer event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. One day each year – April 11 in 2015 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.


The Hunt museum are currently holding open submissions, from now until the 6th of March for Slow Art Day. This year The Hunt Museum would like to take the opportunity to highlight the talent and variety of artists in Limerick with an open call for all Limerick based artists and past and present students of LSAD with the aim to support artists as best we can from around Limerick, we encourage people from all backgrounds and disciplines to submit. This exhibition aims to showcase Limerick’s talent.


Slow Art day at The Hunt Museum will consist of a day-long event with the chosen artists work on show from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm, open to the public with 2 guided sessions of viewing the work at 11am and 2pm and a discussion in The Hunt Café after each. Artists will be notified of selection before the end of the month.


To apply please send:


  • Images of your proposed work (min 3 – max 10) in jpeg format. All files must be max 15MB
  • Artist’s CV/ Biography, PDF format
  • An Artist’s Statement, PDF format




Deadline 6th of March 2015


The Hunt Museum, The Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick, Co. Limerick
T: +353 (0)61 312 833

ForM Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition 2015: Call for Applications


Applications are now open for artists to submit works for consideration for the 2015 edition of ForM. An outdoor sculpture exhibition being held in Bangor Castle Walled Garden, Co. Down, artists are invited to propose site specific works, or pieces inspired by the surroundings. Details on how to apply can be found by clicking the following link .Any enquiries should be directed to Hannah Watson via email:


The deadline is Monday 23 March 2015 at 12 noon.



Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire

Open Call for Exhibition Proposals

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (dlr) is delighted to invite proposals for its 2015/2016 visual art exhibition programme for the new Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Central Library & Cultural Centre, Dún Laoghaire. The callout is open to professional artists, curators and arts organisations to apply.

Facilitated Gallery Visit for interested applicants

The Arts Office will host a site visit to the Gallery on Wednesday 25th February at 6.30 p.m. to introduce the space and answer any specific questions.

To book a place for this, please email Ciara King, Assistant Arts Officer-Arts Programme Development:

Facilitated gallery visits cannot be accommodated outside of this time.

Closing date for applications: Friday 20th March 2015 @ 12 noon

Successful applicants will be notified by: 28th April 2015

Further queries: email

(clearly marking subject line: OPEN CALL QUERY)

March 1st Open Forums in Sligo, Cork & Dublin

Music has always been a vital element of the cultural fabric of Ireland. Its promotion, support, and, especially, the access to music education for all, needs to be driven by an inclusive, diverse and practical National Music Policy.

On Sunday 01 March 2015 from 2 – 4pm, simultaneous “Open Forum” meetings will take place in locations in Cork, Dublin and Sligo. An open invitation is issued to those members of the music public wishing to contribute to the discussion. Musicians (professional and non-professional) in any genre or tradition; members of orchestras, choirs, bands, or community groups; music educators, administrators, promoters, audience members and supporters alike are invited to come along and have their voice heard. Ideas generated at these meetings will be collated for presentation to Government.

Conservatoires Ireland represents the three Irish music conservatoires (CIT Cork School of Music, Cork; DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin; and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin) that provide professional musical training and certification at all levels. In March 2015, Conservatoires Ireland will facilitate a national conversation that will be the first step towards the development of a blueprint for such a National Music Policy.

Date: Sunday 01 March 2015

Time: 2pm-4pm

Venues: CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork
National Concert Hall, Dublin
Sligo Southern Hotel, Strandhill, Sligo

Further information available at

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Mayo

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Mayo are looking for an experienced drama teacher to join our successful teaching team in 2015 after Easter. Experience of working with children essential. Excellent contracts and training available for the right candidates who must be garda vetted and available to work on Saturday mornings in Westport. Please share or post or email a cv to

Giving Voice – An Exhibition of Selected Pieces from Mary Robinson’s Archive

Presented by The Mary Robinson Centre & Curated in Collaboration with Varvara Shavrova

Launch 21 February 2015 at 4pm

Exhibition runs to 31 October 2015

Ballina Library | Pearse Street | Ballina, Co. Mayo 

You are invited to join Mary Robinson for the launch of Giving Voice, an Exhibition of Selected Pieces from her Archive, presented by The Mary Robinson Centre.  Launching February 21st at 4pm at Ballina Library, the exhibition will run to end October 2015. 

Giving Voice will be the first time Mary’s archive has been publicly exhibited, offering an exclusive insight into the life and work of Ireland’s first female President, charting her career championing human rights.  A precious gift of historical material that to helped shape the Ireland we live in today and continues to shape the world, it includes over 500,000 documents, letters, artefacts, books, photographs and much more.

The exhibition will show Mary’s US Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by President Obama, letters from the Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton and Vaclav Havel, personal memories such as paintings gifted by children during her Presidency and of course the light that stood in the window of Áras an Uachtaráin.  Varvara Shavrova, a Ballycastle based visual artist has created The Tree of Voices, a focal piece for the exhibition, illustrating Mary’s work with the United Nations, The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice and The Elders among others - the vital role of giving voice to the voiceless, an enduring theme carried from her Presidential election campaign.

Ireland’s first Presidential Library, The Mary Robinson Centre will be housed in Mary’s childhood home Victoria House on the banks of the River Moy in Ballina.  The Centre will be home to a museum, presidential archive, educational and research facility and events venue.  The inspiration for this project came from the people of Ballina, who, learning that Mary’s archive was available, thought her home town the ideal place to display her archive.  Developed in partnership with Mayo County Council and NUI Galway, the Centre will open in its permanent home at Victoria House in Spring 2017. 

For further information please contact:

Susan Heffernan, Project Manager – The Mary Robinson Centre


Phone: 086 8093965



Jane O’Sullivan: A Passionate Silence (2014)

Curated by Alice Lyons

6th February -28th March

White stoneware sculpture,paper rose,antique glass dome, damask fabric square, transferware plate

From a carefully curated combination of handmade and re-appropriated found objects, Jane O’Sullivan creates works of poignant reflection. A thready impulse is at work here, and part of the fascination is the innovation shown in the methods for stitching and layering together various materials, images and ‘beloved objects’. A delicate Victorian sensibility is countered by a roguish punk ethic in a tough commitment to making, which also includes limited edition artist books, zines and garments.

Jane O’Sullivan was born in England and moved to Ireland in 1990. She has studied as an artist/maker in Theatre and Fashion and graduated with a BA in Fine Art from GMIT.  O’Sullivan lives and works in County Mayo.

The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim

Gallery opening hours:

10am to 5.30pm Tuesday-Friday :

10am to 5pm Saturday



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