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The 15th Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance

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.


Workshops at Lorg Printmakers - Galway

Creating the Perfect Print - Date: Saturday 9th of April 2011Time10.30am- 4.30 pmCost:  €85Availability: 8 places 

This one day course is a hands-on workshop showing artists how to control colour in a digital environment. The day starts with photographic capture and scanning of work through post-production with ACR & Photoshop. It finishes with each participant producing an archival fine art print of their work.

Best practice is followed at every step so that the final file can be printed with confidence by any studio using international colour management principles.

This practical workshop demystifies technical issues through doing and explores the creative possibilities digital print making has to offer including using handmade papers and other specialist media.

The course empowers artists to ask questions of a print studio to get the results they want. A full set of course notes is provided.

What do I need to bring:

Laptop with Photoshop ( a trial version can be downloaded from

A digital camera or artwork (A3 or smaller) to scan.

Participants should have a basic familiarity with Photoshop.

If you have any questions about the course, its content or have suggestions to make please email

Documenting Artwork for Artists  - Date:Sunday 10th of April 2011Time10.30am- 4.30 pmCost:€85Availibility: 8 places  is a hands on one day workshop where artists will document their own work with available light. The aim is to empower artists to produce images of quality good enough to include with proposals, use on websites and send to media. Artists are asked to bring a couple of pieces, a 35mm DSLR and a tripod. By being able to competently record their work artist's can respond quickly to deadlines and save considerable cost in the process. At the end of the course there will be an introduction to documenting work with studio lights. The workshop is suitable for 2D, 3D, instalations and performance.

Please contact Lorg at:


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

Digital Printmaking Workshop | Contemporary Printmaking Workshop | Metal Fabrication Workshop | Bronze Casting Using Solid Investment Workshop | Bronze Finishing & Patination Workshop | Woodcarving Workshop | Woodturning Workshop | Stone Carving Workshop | Stone Lettercutting Workshop | Film-making Workshop | Landscape Photography Workshop | Stop-Frame Animation Workshop | Digital Design & Graphics Workshop | Portfolio Development & Professional Practice Workshop | Glassblowing for Beginners Workshop | Exploring Form & Colour in Hot Glass Workshop | Sand Casting with Hot Glass Workshop | Mouldmaking for Artists & Architects Workshop | Advanced Refractory Mouldmaking for Kiln Cast Glass & Bronze Casting Workshop | Patination and Finishing of Glass and Metal Workshop


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.

February – May 2011Bookings 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 ciara@rhagallery.ieFollowing 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 MarathonsThese 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 three marathons are:

Marathon 2: April 26th – April 29th *

Marathon 3: May 23rd – May 27th Each drawing marathon runs from 10am – 5pm for 5 days, Monday - Friday.

* Marathons 2 is an exception, being a four-day marathon, Tuesday – 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.


PHILIPPE GAULIER CLOWN WORKSHOP - Dublin, > 11-15 April 2011

Internationally acclaimed clown and acting teacher Philippe Gaulier will conduct a Clown Workshop in Dublin from 11 till 15 April 2011.Early booking is recommended as places are limited. Philippe Gaulier was a master teacher at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq inParis before starting his own school in 1980. After ten years in Paris, he moved his school to London and finally, in 2002, back to France. The Ecole Philippe Gaulier is an important center for theatre training for students from around the world. Philippe’s unique approach to actor training has influenced performing artists as diverse as Emma Thompson, London’s Theatre de Complicite and Sacha Cohen’s Borat and Ali G. “Philippe Gaulier is the greatest living teacher of clown and modern theatre. He is also the funniest man I have ever met. Students travel from all around the world to spend as little as a month with him.” (From the preface by Sacha Baron Cohen to Philippe Gaulier’s book “Le gégèneur (The Tormentor)”, editions Filmiko,

DATES: starting on Monday 11 April 2011, ending on Friday 15 April 2011. The workshop will start every day at 10am and finish at 4pm, with one hour break for lunch.

VENUE: Studio 1, Dancehouse, Liberty Corner, Foley Street, Dublin 1.

WORKSHOP FEE: The early booking workshop fee is 390€, if booked by 11 January 2011. Otherwise, the workshop fee is 430€TO BOOK A PLACE: please send us an email, and send a deposit of 200€.For payment instructions and bank details, please email 872 645 074+353 833 790 774


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


Professional Development Training for Visual ArtistsVisual Artists Ireland in partnership with Digital Art Studios, Belfast, Arts Office, Ards Arts Centre, the National Sculpture Factory, Dublin City Council and Kerry County Council Arts OfficesArds, Belfast, Cork, Castleisland and Dublin – Spring 2011

For further details see:

Booking and payment information can be found at the bottom of this page. Further details of our Professional Development Training Programme in Northern to be announced soon.

Practical IssuesEuropean Mobility and Exchange in the Visual and Applied ArtsApril 2011 date tbc, A free Common Room discussion event @ Ards Art Centre.


As places are limited early booking is advised.  Places are only guaranteed upon receipt of payment along some background information which we will request from you prior to the workshops.To book Dublin, Kerry and Northern Ireland workshops contact Monica Flynn / Education Officer, Visual Artists Ireland.T: 01 872 2296 E: For both Cork events contact Elma O’Donnovan at the National Sculpture FactoryT: 021 431 4353 E:

Alternatively you can book and pay online using our event registration page

For full details of workshops and events see:


Chekhov/Lecoq Workshop with Max Hafler and Judith Higgins 25th-29th April

This intensive week workshop is an exploration of Chekhov and Lecoq techniques. The two techniques unite in the way they use the body and imagination to create character. In order to focus and give a shape to our exploration the students will use the Chekhov exercises to explore the story, themes and language of Shakespeare’s King Lear,  in order to create together a tragic mini version of Lear.  The performer will develop and explore atmospheres, psychological gesture and centres as they pertain to the play in order to permit the  participant to explore in a practical way.  In the Lecoq sessions the students will explore the collective; approaching the story and its characters as an ensemble and look at how to tell and create a story physically using collaborative chorus work with King Lear as our launch pad/ base/storyline.

Core Theatre College is proud to present this week course with two of their main tutors. Max Hafler, co-founder of Core Theatre College, is a theatre tutor at all levels. He teaches not only in Ireland but also in Switzerland, UK & America. Judith Higgins has trained in Trinity and at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and is well known for her work in Macnas.

The workshop runs from Monday 25th to Friday 29th of April from 10am-5pm in the Blue Teapot Theatre. The fee is €160 for the full week. To apply for the course please email your CV to