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Paper Visual Art Journal (PVA) announces art writing workshops at the Galway Arts Centre in February and March 2015

In February and March 2015, Paper Visual Art Journal (PVA) will begin delivery of an innovative programme of events around Ireland, aiming to rejuvenate art writing and connect artists, writers, and audiences around the country. As part of this programme, a series of two day-long workshops will take place at the Galway Arts Centre.

PVA has been in operation since 2009. It has been involved in a number of projects since then, aiming to generate art writing in response to the vital activity taking place in the visual arts around Ireland. With this regional programme, the organisers hope to revitalise debate, providing a crucial supplement to the visual arts infrastructure.

These workshops – for writers at all levels interested in writing about art – will be led by PVA editors and art critics Nathan O'Donnell and Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll. These are open, welcoming sessions, exploring some of the major questions facing the writer on visual art.

Further workshops will take place over the course of 2015 in Derry, Carlow, Drogheda, and Wexford.


Galway Arts Centre

Workshop #1 Saturday, 14 February, 10 am – 5 pm

Workshop #2 Saturday, 14 March, 10 am – 5 pm

Contact meave@galwayartscentre for more information

Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim

 Sat 21st- Sun 22nd February 2015

C4 Clay Modeling: Modeling The Head In Clay - From Life

Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €190

Sat 28th February - Sun 1st March 2015

MF1 Welding

Tutor: Michael O’Hara. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: Course is Full (See June)

Sat 28th February - Sun 1st March 2015

DM2 Digital Photography Graphics

Tutor: David Spence. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 4. Cost: €180

Fri 20th- Sun 22nd March 2015

S2 Stone Carving: Introduction to Stone Conservation

Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 3 Days. 10am-5pm. Cost: €230


Sat 21st - Sun 22nd March 2015

TP3 Traditional Printmaking Relief/Block Printing

Tutor: Deirdre Nolan. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €150


Sat 28th - Sun 29th March 2015

W2 Wood Construction

Tutor: David Spence. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €190


Sat 11th - Sun 12th April 2015

S3 Stone Lettercutting

Tutor: Seamus Dunbar. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 8. Cost: €190


Sat 25th- Sun 26th April 2015

W7 Vernacular Carpentry

Tutor: Niall Walsh. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €170


Sat 25th – Sun 26th April 2015

M3 Mouldmaking & Plaster Casting Of Head

(Stage 2 after participants have done course C4)

Tutor: Jackie McKenna. Duration: 2 Days. Participant: 8 Cost: €190


Sat 25th – Sun 26th April 2015

GB1 Glassblowing For Beginners Workshop

Tutor: Louise Rice Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €260

Mon 27th – Tue 28th April 2015

GB1 Glassblowing For Beginners Workshop

Tutor: Graham Reid. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €260

Sat 25th – Tue 28th April 2015

GB2 Improvers Evening Glassblowing Workshop

Tutor: Graham Reid – Sat & Sun 6-9pm. Louise Rice – Mon & Tue 6-9pm

Duration: 3 hours. Participants: 6. Cost: €65

Wed 29th April – Fri 1st May 2015

G3 Experiments In Mould Blown Glass

Tutor: Louise Rice And Jonathan Ball. Duration: 3 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €420

Sat 2nd – Mon 4th May 2015

G5 Hot Glass-Casting Into Zircar Moulds Workshop

Tutor: Keith Alan Seybert. Duration: 3 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €450

Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd May 2015

G6 Sand Casting With Hot Glass Workshop

Tutor: Keith Alan Seybert. Duration: 1 Day. Participants: 6. Cost: €220

Thur 14th - Fri 15th May 2015

PD1 Portfolio Content Development

Tutor: Christine Mackey. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €120

Sat 16th- Sun 17th May 2015

PD2 Portfolio Design And Information Technology

Tutor: Christine Mackey. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €120

Sat 9th- Sun 10thMay 2015

W4 Musical Instrument Making

Tutor: David Spence. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €190

Sat 30th- Sun 31stMay 2015

MC2 Sand Casting In Bronze and Aluminium

Tutor: Kate Oram. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 8. Cost: €280

Sat 30th- Sun 31st May 2015

IT1 Innovative Technology

Tutor: Leo Scarff And Alistair Farrell. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €130

Sat 13th- Sun 14th June 2015

DLP1 Free Hand Sketching

Tutor: Mary Byrne. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €130

Sat 20th – Sun21st June 2015

MF4/5 Silversmithing And Small Scale Metal Sculpture

Tutor: Fiona Mulholland & Soraya Ricalde. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €170

Sat 27th- Sun 28th June 2015

MF1 Welding

Tutor: Michael O’Hara. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €200

Sat 27th- Sun 28th June 2015

IT2 Innovative Technology

Tutor: Leo Scarff And Alistair Farrell. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €130

Sat 27th- Sun 28thJune 2015

TP4 Traditional Print Letterpress Courses

Tutor: Scott Coombs. Duration: 2 Days. Cost: €170

Leitrim Sculpture Centre, New Line, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim

Telephone: 071 985 5098


National Sculpture Factory Professional Development Programme Spring 2015

As part of its commitment to providing services and resources to visual artists, the National Sculpture Factory programmes an annual series of professional development training events. This programme supports visual artists in their practice by providing training on a range of topics directly relevant to their work. For full details see:


Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Gwangju - 31 August – 6 September 2015: Deadline extended

Are you part of the next generation of artistic festival directors? Do you want to broaden your programming skills and be inspired by experienced leaders in the field? Do you want to join a new network of future festival leaders worldwide?

The Atelier for Young Festival Managers, initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA), will take place for the second time in Asia from 31 August to 6 September 2015 in Gwangju, South Korea, in collaboration with the Chonnam National University and the Asian Arts Theatre (Asian Culture Complex). 10 renowned festival directors will guide 45 participants through the 7-day training programme in this special context of a very ambitious and momentous art project in Korea.

Mission of the Atelier

The Atelier for Young Festival Managers is an intense and rigorous 7-day training platform addressed at emerging artistic festival directors or those who have ambitions to become involved in programming or in programming-related departments within a festival. It is all about sharing experiences and passing on knowledge to a next generation of festival makers: knowledge about programming a festival, while focusing on the very essence of art festivals: the arts and the artist.
It is guided by the motto “The true role of a festival is to help artists to dare, to engage in new projects,” borrowed from Bernard Faivre d'Arcier, longstanding Director of the Avignon Festival and President of the Lyon Biennial (France).

The Atelier will select 45 young festival managers from all over the world. Around 10 distinguished festival directors, renowned festival pioneers, will each attend for at least two full days and guide participants throughout the week. In lectures, one-on-one talks, group discussions as well as intense workshops on case studies, issues such as artistic vision, political and social responsibility, internationalisation, networking, renewal and sustainability will be explored. First presenters will be announced soon. Have a look at the list of presenters of the previous Ateliers.
How to apply

The application form must be submitted by 16 February 2015. All information on the Atelier, selection criteria, application procedure and application form can be found on the Atelier website.

In case of questions please contact or call +32 2 644 48 00.

2-week international intensive workshop at the repertory theatre

Psycho-physical training, Stanislavsky, Meyerhold and M.Chekhov, Biomechanics, Tai-chi for performers, 
training by method of improvisation, scene composition from exercises to performance and more!

Accommodation is provided for participants.

More information:


Core Theatre College

Spring Course | 3rd March – 10th May 2015

We believe that if you are learning to act you have to learn by doing. Books are helpful of course, but they cannot develop performing skills. This does not mean you can only learn by being in plays but by exploration and training, beginning to learn through the body.

Our ten week course involves a strong grounding where ultimately your training is put into practice.  The time frame is short but we feel a student will learn and develop a lot.

The main planks of our work are developing Imagination, Voice and The Body. We will do a mixture of text work, physical theatre and ensemble development. The principle techniques are Chekhov and Lecoq, two techniques that encapsulate this feeling of being a whole performer and artist.

The first five weeks of 15 hrs per week will be taken up by exploring these trainings and working on Voice, the other vital tool to great performance.

One week off.

The second five weeks will concentrate on putting the training into practice by working on a short ensemble play that will be presented on the last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Galway. In these five weeks the students will have workshops in theatre production and design to help them with their design for the play.

The course will run on a Tues, Wed and Thu evening from 6:30pm-9:30pm and a full Sunday 10am-5pm at the Blue Teapot Theatre, Munster Avenue, Galway City. The fee is €750 for the full ten weeks. This breaks down to €6,25 per hour. Payments can be done in installments but a deposit is required. For more information please email us at or contact Judith at 086 382 7082.


Creative Writing Course at Venues Across Ireland

Course available at venues across Ireland

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

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 in Ireland with 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.


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


The MA in Art and Design Education is a blended part-time programme that runs over two years.

The programme operates online through networked platforms with college-based seminars and workshops held during eight days over the two years. The next intake is September 2014 and applications from both national and international candidates are currently being accepted.

The programme is designed to meet the need for critically focused advanced-level study for art and design teachers within the contexts of professional in-career development and life-long learning; extend teachers’ learning in areas of creative art and design practice, research and teaching within an online community of practice; make learning experiences available to teachers that take advantage of Web. 2.0 technologies. The programme provides a platform to network with peers and agencies for the advancement of professional skills, personal capabilities and educational innovation and change in the field of art and design, and to provide teachers with pioneering learning and teaching processes that place a premium on contribution, collaboration, responsibility and autonomy.

This is a new type of MA programme, one that embraces new ideas about learning and the kinds of active social spaces that can be nurtured online. By stressing the importance of fostering a learning community of art and design teachers the new programme endeavors to meet the challenge of providing authentic educational experiences that expose participants to a rich network of content and dialogue.

For further information contact programme leader Maria Finucane (

MFA at the Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster: Call for Applications

The two-year MFA at the Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster seeks to attract outstanding and highly motivated applicants. The MFA was established 1979, is based in Belfast and has a long and proven track record of providing a rigorous studio-based programme with access to the expertise of a core staff of nationally and internationally recognised visiting artists. Within the studio and wider environments the diversity of teaching input by staff and visiting artists reflects the range of approaches and contexts embraced.

We recognise contemporary Art practice as being open and pluralistic and encourages dialogue between diverse disciplines. A multi-disciplinary/ inter-media approach enables students to work in a flexible manner that offers the maximum opportunity for individual practice. Students are asked to engage with systems of enquiry that explore and embrace traditional exhibition formats alongside wider models of production, distribution and dissemination. Critical discourse on practice with an emphasis on analysis and self-reflection contributes to an understanding of contemporary art located within a larger cultural, social and political context.

The MFA supports committed, critically engaged and sustainable professional practice.

The 2010 Turner Prize was won by MFA graduate Susan Phillipsz (1994). Other nominated graduates include Phil Collins, Cathy Wilkes and Christine Borland. Graduates of the MFA have been substantially represented over the years in other high profile events and prizes, including the Venice Biennale, Becks Futures, The Nissan Art Award, New Contemporaries, The John Moores Prize and the Glenn Dimplex Award. Two graduates have been awarded the highly competitive Paul Hamlyn Award. Film production, art writing, gallery management and curation are allied areas where graduates have also been internationally successful.

Deadline: The application process has rolling deadline however we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible as places are allocated to suitable candidates on a first come basis.

For full details see:

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 deadline is ongoing.

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

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing - American College Dublin in association with the Irish Writers' Centre

  • A one-year course examining the process and composition of prose fiction.
  • Critical workshops and one-on-one mentoring guide students to complete a novel or short story collection.
  • The creative writing process considered from intellectual, psychological, economic, and cultural angles.
  • Seminars presented by agents and publishers emphasise the professional environment of writing.
  • Master classes by established writers.   

You can find full details of the MFA in Creative Writing here 

American College, Dublin, a constituent college of Irish American University, is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

For Further discussion and advice on the programme and guidance on submitting: 01-676-8939 ADMISSIONS@AMCD.IE  




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