Daily Archives: November 9, 2017


Bbeyond Performance Monthly, Belfast

Saturday 18 November, 12 noon

The next Performance Monthly will be part of the BIFPA (Belfast International Festival Performance Art) taking place in the Ulster University from the 13 to 18 November.

Continuing with an extracts from Hugo Ball’s Diary 1917 diary, these excerpts is from 14th November and 18th November 1917, are particularly interesting, the second one reflecting a circularity shift of space/time.

‘Never lose consciousness: we are the last reserve.’

‘When I consider that Germany is cut off from the great stream of life, that we here in Switzerland absorb new things and of course new shocks, too, every day, while over there every free breath is suppressed, then I wonder how we will be able to communicate once the frontiers fall. The West is communicating its experiences, plans, and arrangements more intensively than ever; the world federation has actually already been established, but Germany play a role of the outlaw, with all the terrible consequences.’

Location: Glass Box, Ulster University, York St, Belfast

E: bbeyond@europe.com
W: bbeyond.live


Immerse | Gwen O’Dowd at Graphic Studio Gallery

9 November to 6 December

Gwen O’Dowd has always experimented with materials and methods to develop a language of expression to enable the surfaces and textures of her work to coalesce with her interpretation. She is known consequently for her exploration of print, which has been significant in providing her with opportunities to experiment and push the traditional boundaries of what her media has to offer. Since 1985, she has been working with carborundum printing techniques, taking advantage of the grittiness of the material to produce works with an almost tangible immediacy.

As an artist, O’Dowd seeks to express the emotion evoked by the direct experience of nature, such as the startling impact of a wave crashing against the obdurate surfaces of a rocky shoreline. She responds to the intensity and repetition of the action of water over centuries – rivers, glaciers, oceans – and how they carve their presence into the landscape, an interminable process of erosion that hollows out channels and spaces over time. Her study visits to environments range from the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the icefields and glaciers in Canada, to the coastlines of the west of Ireland.

Graphic Studio Gallery
Through the arch, off Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: +353 1 679 8021
E: gallery@graphicstudiodublin.com
W: graphicstudiodublin.com


Prudence and the Game of Golf | Abigail O’Brien at the RHA

17 November to 20 December

Prudence and the Game of Golf is a new suite of works by artist Abigail O’Brien RHA. The third exploration of The Natural Virtues to which Temperance, 2009 and Fortitude, 2005 contributed the opening chapters; Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude. These are the hinges on which moral virtues were said to depend; “they govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our con- duct according to faith and reason”. The virtues can be achieved through human effort – they are therefore valid, attainable and worthy.

This new series, Prudence and the Game of Golf, combines photography and sculpture into a moulded environment exploring themes that transcend an eighteen-hole game of golf.

Royal Hibernian Academy
Ely Place, Dublin 2
T: (01) 661 2558
E: info@rhagallery.ie
W: rhagallery.ie


All this Surface and Silence | Naomi Sex at the RHA

17 November to 20 December

This show marks the first major solo exhibition by visual artist Naomi Sex. All this Surface and Silence aims to reflect on the ideas and work that have framed her practice throughout the past decade. It connects to a long running body of research concerning the perceived vocational life style choice of the artist – what that supposedly represents and how it contradicts the subtle, social politics of the reputation-based economy within the contemporary art world.

These concerns are manifested in pre-existing works including performance and sound pieces in conjunction with a newly commissioned text piece produced specifically for the RHA. The exhibition attempts to playfully – yet critically – express the tension and pressures to perform not only as an artist, but also as an individual navigating the post-Catholic reign on Irish society. The show uses various materials and guises to articulate these ideas: including a pitch from a used-car salesman, a track from an unknown, Irish hip hop artist and a note to God.

Royal Hibernian Academy
Ely Place, Dublin 2
T: (01) 661 2558
E: info@rhagallery.ie
W: rhagallery.ie


Body Language | David Bolger, CoisCéim Dance Theatre at the RHA

17 November to 10 December

Is it possible to choreograph a work based entirely on body language, being true to the spontaneous nature of our physical behaviour? For Body Language, CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, David Bolger set himself a task with this question.

“It is said that over 65% of all our communication is non-verbal, made up of our gestures, posture, how we sound, how we look. As a choreographer I am naturally inquisitive about body language. The tells and clues that are sent out from our limbic system (the emotional brain) are unplanned, natural, honest. They make up our everyday kinetic conversations, which are naturally organised but not pre-planned.

Choreography is dance-writing. A choreographer is someone who organises and designs sequences of movement patterns and creates choreography by writing with the body.

Dancing is body language and body language is dancing.” David Bolger.

The Body Language project is an exploration and interrogation of non-verbal communication in the digital, aural and physical realms. It is a process.

With choreography, video/photography by artist Christopher Ash, music by Composer Michael Fleming, and dance artists Justine Cooper, Jonathan Mitchell, Ivonne Kalter, Emma O’Kane and Jack Webb, it is a process of detection and consists of three unique cycles made up of Daily, Weekly, and Residual Practices.

Royal Hibernian Academy
Ely Place, Dublin 2
T: (01) 661 2558
E: info@rhagallery.ie
W: rhagallery.ie


9 Walls | Group Exhibition at Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

15 November to 15 December

Exhibiting Artists:
Daniel Chester, Sara Villarreal De Hough, Alison Hunter, Anna Hryniewicz, Dorothee Kölle, Kaye Maahs, Chloe Jo Mcginty, Marilin North, Maureen O’Neill and Julie Potter.

The exhibition is supported by the Sligo County Council, Arts Grant Scheme 2017.

Hyde Bridge Gallery
Yeats Memorial Building
Douglas Hyde Bridge, Sligo
Tel: 071 9142693
E: info@yeatssociety.com
W: yeatssociety.com/the-hyde-bridge


Can You See What I See? | Caroline Hyland at Tallaght Hospital

5 November 2017 to 28 February 2018

The National Centre for Arts and Health is delighted to announce the installation of a new exhibition which is now open to the public on Hospital Street, Tallaght Hospital. ‘Can You See What I See?’ is a series of hand painted illustrations strongly informed by listening to people with dementia and to those who support them; their families, friends and the medical professionals. Through the medium of illustration artist Caroline Hyland is taking an informative approach to the everyday, beautifully depicting supports she has learnt that may help someone to live well or a little better with dementia. The overall purpose of the series is to complement the existing dementia awareness campaigns and add to the general public’s knowledge of dementia so people can understand this disease together and support each other to live well with dementia.

Caroline Hyland is an Illustrator and Artist in Residence in the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital. She believes information can be made more accessible to people through the medium of visual art. Previously having worked as an Occupational Therapist in the intellectual disability services increased her interest in the area of dementia and she is passionate about seeing the person and not just the condition. Through her weekly bedside art sessions, voluntary opportunities and illustrative work Caroline actively strives to highlight the importance of supporting people to maintain interests and stay engaged.

Tallaght Hospital,
Tallaght,
Dublin 24
facebook.com/tallaghthospital


Create Networking Day for Collaborative Arts, NUI Galway

1 December, 10am to 5.30pm

Selina Thompson, Rick Lowe, Seamus Nolan, Eve Olney, Jijo Sebastian, Dr Charlotte McIvor (NUIG) and Chris Baldwin

This year Create’s National Networking Day will focus on art, diversity and transformative practice. At the level of geopolitics globally we are witnessing vulnerable populations on the move at an unprecedented scale. At the same time, at the level of the nation state, we see the consolidation of some familiar exclusionary discourses around notions of national identity. How can artists working collaboratively respond? How can collaborative arts and cultural practices challenge dominant and exclusionary narratives? How can we engage in inclusive ways to democratise public space at the level of the neighbourhood and the city? Over the course of the day we will explore the politics of identity and how it defines our bodies, ways of integrating the narrative of Traveller history, approaches to making large-scale interdisciplinary performance reflecting the diversity of place and collaborative arts practice connected with question of race, neighbourhood and displacement.

The day is interactive, with opportunities to reflect together on ideas of transformative practice that engages with diversity in all its meanings. Additional break out spaces in the afternoon will facilitate further exchange and talks with the programmed artists exploring insights and experiences gained from the day and the latest innovative collaborative arts projects taking place nationally and internationally.

Book here: eventbrite.ie/e/create-networking-day

create-ireland.ie/
info@create-ireland.ie

O’Donoghue Centre for Drama Theatre and Performance,
NUI Galway


Exhibition Tour | Georgina Jackson on Abbas Akhavan at the Douglas Hyde Gallery

15 November, 1.15pm

Dr Georgina Jackson, Director of the Douglas Hyde Gallery, will lead a tour of the current exhibition by Abbas Akhavan, ‘variations on a garden’.

Comprising a series of sculptures, video and photographic works, this is Akhavan’s first solo exhibition in Ireland. In his practice, the domestic sphere, as a forked space between hospitality and hostility, has been an ongoing area of research. Recent works have wandered into spaces just outside the home – the backyard, the garden, and other domesticated landscapes. Here, the garden lingers as both a symbolic site of labour and leisure, private and public, nature and humanity, but furthermore, as a site of sovereignty and war.

Curated by Georgina Jackson, Abbas Akhavan’s ‘variations on a garden’ was originally commissioned by Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, in Toronto in 2015, and is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Admission is free and all are welcome; there is no need to book a place.

The Douglas Hyde Gallery
Trinity College, Dublin 2
T: 01 896 1116
E: dhgallery@tcd.ie
W: douglashydegallery.com


Job Vacancies | Peace IV Art Form Facilitators for Cavan Youth Arts Lab

Closing Date: 23 November

Vacancies have arisen for art form facilitators for a new project entitled Peace IV Cavan Youth Arts Lab at Cavan Arts Office. Successful candidates will be established, community arts facilitator with strong art form expertise, youth and community arts experience and proven track record to deliver within a time frame. The facilitators will work with children, teenagers and young adults and will be experienced working with theses age groups and have knowledge of Child Protection. Art Form areas will include: dance, literature, music, theatre, visual arts including animation and graffiti art.

Project will run from November 2017 to July 2019

To apply please include your CV, working method and budget breakdown which should include:
Artists fee: hourly rate, travel, materials budget (if any) and any other relevant costs. Indicate your ability to deliver within a timeframe and maximum participant workshop numbers and the age group of children and young people you work with.

The successful facilitator/s will be subject to Cavan County Council Garda Vetting Procedures.

Expressions of Interest by post only to:

Santina Burns
Peace IV Expression of Interest
Cavan County Council Arts Office
Farnham Centre
Farnham St
Cavan

For full details visit: cavanarts.ie


Art, Ecology and Urban Spaces | Create / Common Ground – Critical Conversation at IMMA

14 November, 3pm to 5pm

Seoidín O’ Sullivan, Dr. Gregory Sholette, Fiona Woods, Emmanuel Pratt

Create and Common Ground are pleased to partner on this panel discussion which will explore the issue of sustainable cities, land access, food access, and spaces of commoning and public sites in urban space. It will seek to explore the potential of collaborative practice to make critical interventions in the urban landscape in order to reveal alternative futures and propose new forms of collective co-operation among diverse publics.

The event draws on artist, Seoidín O’ Sullivan’s HARD/GRAFT project as part of her Common Ground CITIZEN ARTIST award and her recent experience of the inaugural Hyde Park Art Center and Sweet Water Foundation residency exchange programme with Irish Museum of Modern Art and Create. Chaired by internationally renowned artist educator Dr. Gregory Sholette, the panel comprises of artist Seoidín O’ Sullivan, artist Fiona Woods and Chicago-based artist architect Emmanuel Pratt from the Sweetwater Foundation situated in Chicago.

create-ireland.ie/art-ecology-and-urban-spaces

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
T: 01-612990


Open Call | Custom House Gallery and Studios Exhibition Programme 2019/2020

Application deadline: 30 January

Custom House Gallery and Studios is an artist led studios and gallery in Westport Co Mayo Ireland hosting 7 studios, a print room and a gallery space, funded on a not-for-profit basis by Mayo County Council, POBAL, and The Arts Council of Ireland. These facilities are housed in a historic restored Customs House building on a prominent waterfront street in Westport, Co Mayo Ireland. The galleries are located on street level and upstairs, both with good daylight.

Custom House Gallery and Studios are now inviting submissions for exhibitions for 2019 and 2020.

Submissions by Email – include all letters of interest, CVs and documentation of work maximum 10 images in one attached file only in PDF format, (no JPGS or other image formats accepted). For work on video please provide links for online viewing.
Send to ; customhouse@eircom.net

By post: letters of interest, CVs and documentation to:
The Custom House Gallery and Studios
The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo,

Please note: There is no fee to hire the exhibition space. There is no artist fee paid. The gallery covers installation costs, invitation printing, postage and an opening reception.

W: customhousestudios.ie


Focus On: Photoshop Beginner Course at Belfast Exposed

Photoshop Beginner
This technical course is aimed at beginners to Photoshop and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge. The course will cover the basic Photoshop features and techniques that you can use to adjust, correct and enhance your photographs.

What You Will Need
– No requirements. We provide iMac computers with Photoshop for you to use during the course.

What You Will Learn
– Basic overview of the display, interface and controls of Photoshop.
– How to use and work with layers.
– Adjustments such as levels, colour correction etc.
– How to use tools such as clone stamp.
– How to save your photographs for web use.

Tutor: Mervyn Smyth
Dates: Saturday 9 December 2017
Times: 10am – 4pm
Fee: £80 / £70
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Develop and Review Your Photography Practice: Stage 2 Workshop at Belfast Exposed

This course is aimed at people wishing to further develop their knowledge and practice of photography. Participants will experience, and learn techniques in, studio photography, street photography, print preparation and more.

What You Will Need
– A basic knowledge and experience in photography is required to participate in this course. We would therefore recommend participating in one of our ‘Stage 1: Using Your Digital Camera’ courses first.

What You Will Learn
– Experience practical sessions on studio and street photography.
– Technical skills that you can use during a photo shoot to produce a high standard of photography.
– Techniques for better composition and ideas for expanding your practice and research.
– How to prepare high quality prints from digital files.
– An introduction to digital darkroom techniques, exploring exposure, contrast and colour control.



The final session (4th week) includes a one-to-one session for each participant, allowing you an opportunity to get a review of your work from the Belfast Exposed tutor team. This session, as well as giving an insight into themselves as a photographer, will also provide you with feedback to enable you to explore your interests and skills as a photographer and help you identify the areas of photography that you wish to develop in the future.

Tutor: Chris Barr / Jim Maginn
Dates: Saturday 2, 9, 16 & 23 December 2017
Times: 2pm – 5pm
Fee: £150
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Using Your Digital Camera: Stage 1 Workshop at Belfast Exposed

This practical, hands-on course is designed both for beginners and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge.

You will get an introduction to your camera’s manual controls and will get to know the potential of your camera as well as taking the hit-and-miss out of picture taking. This course will also enable you to apply a practical and theoretical knowledge to help you use a digital camera effectively and creatively.

What You Will Need
– A digital camera with manual controls.

What You Will Learn
– How to work your camera in full manual exposure mode.
– How to use ISO, shutter speed and aperture to create the correct exposure for a given photograph.
– What white balance and metering settings to use in various situations.
– Exposure compensation and good composition– what makes your images interesting and how to get great creative camera effects.
– Histogram and file formats (RAW + JPEG) explained.
– A basic overview of focusing, flash, lenses and filters.

Tutor: Chris Barr
Dates: Wednesday 29 November, 6, 13 & 20 December 2017
Times: 6pm – 9pm
Fee: £150 / £135
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at training@belfastexposed.org
Website: belfastexposed.org/


Screenings at Dublin Art Book Fair 2017, TBG+S

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
23 November

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios have partnered with the Irish Architecture Foundation to deliver a film screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in the IAF theatre as part of Dublin Art Book Fair: Art and Architecture Interwoven, sponsored by Henry J Lyons. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, directed by Robert Wiene, has been selected and will be introduced by David O’Mahony, Head of Programming at the Irish Film Institute.
Book here: templebargallery.com/the-cabinet-of-dr.-caligari

Wings of Desire
25 November

In Wings of Desire, director Wim Wenders’ (Paris, Texas, Alice in the Cities) most metaphysical work, a guardian angel desires nothing more than to be human. Every day, Dammiel (Bruno Ganz, The American Friend, Downfall) listens to the thoughts of mortals who play their lives out on the streets of West Berlin. He finds himself entranced by a trapeze artist (Solveig Dommartin, Until the End of the World) whose eloquent expression of her doubts and fears makes him yearn for a life where he can feel happiness and love.
Book here: templebargallery.com/dabf17


Minister Humphreys announces anti-harassment measures for arts sector workplaces

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD announced a suite of measures on sexual harassment and abuse of power in the workplace in the arts and culture sector, including specific initiatives in conjunction with the Arts Council.

Firstly, the Minister has invited the group of eight leaders from Irish theatre organisations, who recently co-signed a statement condemning sexual harassment and abuse of power in the theatre in Ireland, to meet with her and the Arts Council next week.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ways in which the Department and the Arts Council together can support the sector in creating a safe culture and environment for those working in the industry. The meeting will provide a platform for discussion, debate and ideas.

Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said: “The Arts Council is committed in its strategy, ‘Making Great Art Work’, to improving the living and working conditions of artists. What we have heard over the last number of days is that organisations need to be supported to ensure that the right conditions are in place for all artists and those working in the arts sector.

“We look forward to working together with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the sector to better understand the supports that are needed to ensure best practice in the arts sector.”

Separately, the Minister has identified a number of actions that she proposes to take in relation to bodies reporting directly to her Department. The bodies in question include our National Cultural Institutions and state agencies. While legally, the Boards of National Cultural Institutions and agencies are responsible for good governance practice, the Minister’s intention is to help boards fulfil their functions more effectively, and to support them in ensuring that policies in relation to equality and respect in the workforce operate effectively in line with best practice.

She has instructed her Department to arrange separate dedicated workshops for board members and senior staff of bodies reporting to the Department. The workshops will deal with governance in general, with a particular focus on the role of the board, the board’s relationship with the executive and their respective legal responsibilities. There will be a particular emphasis on issues relating to bullying, abuse of power and sexual harassment in the workplace.

The Minister will also extend an invitation to all other cultural organisations and arts centres around the country to avail of similar training. The training will be delivered to interested parties at a series of regional information days.

Minister Humphreys said: “In recent times, there have been a number of alarming allegations and reports of sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace relating to the arts community. While all workplaces are obliged to comply with employment legislation, I have identified a number of actions that I can take as Minister in relation to the bodies reporting to my Department.

“More broadly, the initiatives I am announcing today with the Arts Council are intended to facilitate the entire sector to work collectively to drive out unacceptable behaviour. Following the engagement between the Department, the Arts Council and the leading theatre organisations next week, I will be happy to address any further issues that are raised in our discussions.”