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Puppet | Screening at Glor, Ennis   Recently updated !

7 July

Ennis Street Arts Festival is delighted to present and Premiere ‘Puppet’ a Film, at Glór, Ennis. A fascinating study of American puppetry’s fraught history, from its marginalisation as children’s theatre to its sudden explosion in popularity as high art.

David Soll’s Puppet Film tracks the making of New York puppeteer Dan Hurlin’s production ‘Disfamer’, based on the life of eccentric, Depression-era Arkansas photographer, Mike Disfarmer whose stunning body of work was very nearly lost forever. Puppet Film gives a wider view of the art of puppetry, which provides the audiences with an understanding of how puppeteers bring life to these creations and how emotions are projected onto them and into the audience.

If you are an artists, film maker, film producer, art student or just love performance art, this documentary will inspire your creativity and will provide you with a rare networking opportunity with these fantastic artists from New York.

Puppet Film will be followed by a Q+A by David Soll, Film Director (NY), Hannah Rosenzweig, Film Producer (NY), Chris Green, Puppeteer(NY) and Tommy Baker from Your Man Puppets (Ireland).

glór, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co. Clare
T: 065 684 3103

Ag Feachaint Siar | Exhibition at Siamsa Tire, Co. Kerry

26 June to 16 September 2017
Siamsa Tíre, Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry

Almost 50 years ago, the first performance by the National Folk Theatre was presented to an audience in Balloonagh School in Tralee. Now, safely housed in our purposed-built theatre, we take a look at that first production, Fadó Fadó which still features in our Festival of Folk, along with more recent productions. Ag Féachaint Siar presents images, costumes and memorabilia from these shows and gives an insight into how the performances and staging have changes over the years.

The Burren Annual 2017 | Susan Giles and Jeff Carter at Burren College of Art

22 June to 28 July

The Burren Annual 2017 features sculpture, video, and sound art by Chicago-based artists, Susan Giles and Jeff Carter. By physically constructing the moment of recalled experience through material interpretations of gesture, Giles seeks to provide the viewer with the opportunity to reflect on the way multiple individuals’ memories are part of the collective experience of public monuments. In his sound installation, Carter is guided by the idea of the castle as an architectural “body” where history of place and acoustical architecture are explored.

Contact: Lisa Newman

Burren College of Art
Newtown Castle, Newtown, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
T: (065) 707 7200

Lucid Dream | Emma Barone at Middle Country Cafe + Crafts, Co. Tipperary

18 May to 24 June 2017
Middle Country Cafe + Crafts, Main St, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary

Lucid Dream by Emma Barone.
All Barone’s work is connected, strong colours, imagery and the way that they amalgamate are consistent in all her work, past and present. Elements of trees, water, space, sky. The microcosm and macrocosm of nature weren’t intentional, they just appeared in the paintings as if there was a higher power at work.
Barone’s inspiration comes from visions that arise from lucid dreaming, where she becomes conscious when asleep and aware that she is dreaming, manipulating the dream as she desires, taking elements of the dreams, using that imagery and then actually making the work, not to mention the visual intermixture at play, the colour combinations and the way it all works together in creative harmony. |

The Visual Time Traveller | Alison Hackett + Origin Creative, Garter Lane, Waterford

17 June to 26 August 2017
Garter Lane Arts Centre, O’Connell Street, Waterford
Openings: 16 June, 1pm University Hospital Waterford
17 June, 2.30pm  Garter Lane Arts Centre

The Visual Time Traveller encapsulates 500 years of history, art and science in a series of unique designs which emerged from a collaboration between author, Alison Hackett and Origin Creative. Most recently exhibited as part of the Global Irish Design Challenge, The Visual Time Traveller now travels to Waterford where 500 years of history will be told across two venues- from the artistic movements of the 16th to 18th centuries in University Hospital Waterford to the medical discoveries and historic milestones of the 19th and 20th centuries in Garter Lane Arts Centre.
The Visual Time Traveller opens in University Hospital Waterford on Friday June 16th at 1pm and in Garter Lane Arts Centre Waterford on Saturday June 17th at 2.30pm, with live illustrative performances by members of Illustrators Ireland and The Comics Lab from 3.30pm
Opening Hours: Tues- Sat 11am- 5.30pm and during evening performances.

The Visual Time Traveller book will be available from The Book Centre Waterford and Garter Lane Arts Centre.
Image reproduced by permission of 21st Century Renaissance. Copyright Alison Hackett, 21st Century Renaissance. Designed by Origin Creative, Dublin.

Without the Words | Group Show at Garter Lane, Waterford

17 June to 26 August 2017 | Opening: 17 June, 2.30
Garter Lane Arts Centre, O’Connell St, Waterford

In most circumstances, an illustrator will respond to a brief which is communicated either through written or spoken word. As supporters of visual literacy, Illustrators Ireland tell visual stories, putting the pictures first- without the words. Here they tell their stories; visually stimulating the imagination to respond by creating an individual narrative rather than a prescribed story.

Illustrators Ireland is a community of professional illustrators working together to actively raise the profile of Irish illustration as a dynamic and cutting edge art form. Over 30 illustrators feature in Without the Words including Steve Simpson, Alan Clarke and current Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch.

Without the Words opens in Garter Lane Arts Centre on Saturday June 17th at 2.30pm with live illustrative performances by members of Illustrators Ireland and The Comics Lab from 3.30pm. The experience will be a fully immersive storytelling performance which combines music, sound design, projected illustration and live performance in what feels like a cross between theatre and animation. Featuring: Sarah Bowie, Eoin Coveney, Alan Dunne, Katherine Foyle, Debbie Jenkinson, Elida Maiques, Ale Mercado, David McClelland and Fintan Taite. |


Launch of Gaining Ground, Major New Public Art Programme Co. Clare

Thursday 15 June, 2pm

Re-Imagining our Futures through lasting Public Art Encounters
Clare County Council Public Art Programme 2017-2020

Clare County Council’s Arts Office is embarking on a new chapter in its encounter with Public Art. Gaining Ground is a major new Public Art Programme. The aim of the programme will be to utilize the pooled resources of the Per Cent for Art Schemes of Clare County Council and the Office of Public Works to maximise their potential. The programme comprising of four strands will take place in North and West Clare, Shannon and Ennis, between 2017-2020 and includes the projects:

1. ‘Legacy I and II’ – North Clare – 2017-2019 – 4 six-month residency projects will be selected to take place over a 2 year timeframe
2. ‘ Re-imagining the Rural’- West Clare – 2017-2018 –A single residency project will be selected to take place over a 1 year timeframe
3. ‘Dancing Together’ – Shannon – 2017-2018 – A single project will be selected to take place over a 1 year timeframe
4. ‘Reflections’ – Ennis – 2019-2020 – Publication and Symposium

The launch of Gaining Ground will be held at glór, Ennis, with guest speaker Annette Moloney (curator, public art specialist) and Rusangano Family. Following the launch, Siobhán Mulcahy (Arts Officer) and Sally O’Leary (Programme Co-ordinator) will be available to answer questions.

The programme has been devised to have a strong community ethos and therefore it is anticpated that both artists and community groups will be interested in attending the launch to learn more about the details of the programme.

Details available from; and or contact Sally O’Leary

Sticks+Stones | James Horan+Denis Lynch at South Tipperary Arts Centre

6 June to 8 July 2017
South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel

South Tipperary Arts Centre presents Sticks + Stones – an exploration of 3D artwork by James Horan and Denis Lynch.
Denis Lynch is a Cork sculptor who uses wood to create raw sculptural shapes and the medium of paint to portray almost primitive motifs. James Horan works with stone, to form rhythmic compositions and expressive sculptures using Kilkenny marble.  The artists invite the audience to view their take on modern warfare with both the artists’ sculptures; wall mounted and placed on the floor.
The exhibition will continue as part of Clonmel Junction Festival 2017

For further information, contact South Tipperary Arts Centre Manager, Cliona Maher, T: 052 612 7877,
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Nenagh Art Group Annual Exhibition, Nenagh Library, Co. Tipperary

1 to 30 June 2017 | Opening: 10 June, 2pm
Nenagh Library, Co. Tipperary

Nenagh Art Group are hosting their Annual Art Exhibition at Nenagh Library, Co. Tipperary. The participating artists are: Ciara Hoolan, Eileen Kelly, Elaine Bailey, Emma Ryan, Helen O’ Sullivan, John Foley, Shelia Kennedy, Una O’ Shea and Yiuwah Chan.

Nenagh Art Group meets on Monday mornings from 10.00 AM TO 12.30 PM in the Pastoral Centre, Church Road, Nenagh. We encourage members of the public who may be considering taking up Art classes to contact Eileen on 087 2498258 for further information. These classes are strongly recommended for absolute beginners, but improvers and the more experienced artists are very welcome to attend.

Three People in a Room at a Table | Cuislí Performance at Damer House Gallery

10 June, 10.30am

Cuislí: Áilbhe Hines, Bernadette Hopkins and Aodán McCardle, present a performance ‘Three People in a Room at a Table’ at Damer House Gallery, Roscrea, Ireland as part of a series investigating ‘Structuring Structures’ with installations/residues from previous performances ‘Invisible Red Line’, ‘Buried Deeds’ and ‘Administration of Occupation’.

The performance will begin at 10.30am on Saturday 10th June 2017 with public access throughout the day and the opening will take place at 3pm. Residue, video footage and documentation of ‘Three People in a Room at a Table’ and previous performances will remain in the gallery until 30th June 2017.

Damer House
Castle St, Townparks, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary

Place and Time | Vincent Hannon at the Main Guard Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

2 to 16 June 2017
The Main Guard, Sarsfield Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

The Main Guard, Clonmel will host ‘Place, and Time’ by Vincent Hannon. The exhibition will take place upstairs in the great chamber of the Palatinate court.
Western philosophy hinges on two concepts, one from Heraclitus, πάντα ῥεῖ (panta rhei) “everything flows” ,”No man ever steps in the same river twice” and the other, ον είναι (on einai) “Being is” from Parmenides. The flowing and the fixed. Wondering about things, and attempting to put order on them was what the Greeks were about.
Here in Ireland we have two main traditions with similar tensions to those two very contradictory concepts. Which we are attempting to reconcile, and have been for a very long time.

Short Films about Learning | Michael Hanna at Lismore Castle Arts

3 June to 29 July 2017
Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford

In Spring 2015 Belfast Exposed commissioned a programme of archive-themed exhibitions and events produced in response to its collection of community photography. ‘Short films about learning’ is a single channel video installation which juxtaposes a selection of images taken from the Belfast Exposed archive with excerpts from a lecture series entitled ‘Introduction to Psychology’ by Paul Bloom, a professor at Yale University. The work invites the viewer to consider the images, and the subjects they represent, as a series of codes, patterns of learned behaviours and universal tendencies.
In conversation with the artist, Saturday 3 June, 3.30PM

Watershed Series | Susan Weisend at Damer House Gallery, Tipperary

1 May to 1 June 2017
Damer House Gallery, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary

Susan Weisend is a visual artist who works and lives in Ithaca, New York. Weisend is drawn to the concept of art as visual poetry made of images that suggest both memory and mystery. Elements of nature often appear in her work as relics. The images are suggestive, poised between subjectivity and objectivity, between memory and abstraction. Susan has exhibited internationally and is in the collection of Sanbao Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University among others. Professor Weisend is chair of the art department of Ithaca College. The exhibition is supported by Ithaca College, New York.

Canvas | Gerry Davis at The Source Arts Centre, Co. Tipperary

3 June to 29 July 2017 | Opening: 2 June, 7.30pm
The Source Arts Centre, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

‘Canvas’ is the second iteration of a body of work Gerry Davis has been working on since late 2015. These paintings are an exploration of the spaces in the Wickham Street Studios in Limerick, where he works. Seeing the studios as a microcosm from which to explore his own context within a wider art community, the paintings are both autobiographical and outward-looking.
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturdays 2pm to 5pm, open later on performance evenings

T:0504 90204

Mountshannon Arts Festival 2017, Co. Clare

24 May to 5 June

The annual Mountshannon Arts festival takes place in the beautiful lakeside village in East Clare.

Join us for a wonderful eclectic mix of Visual arts, music , drama and more, featuring works by artists Paul Berg, Nathalie El Baba and Donnacha Cahill.

BY Paul Bokslag
Being a very accessible medium, papercuts are deeply rooted in folk culture around the world. In his work Paul Bokslag tries to move away from direct representation, with often not more than the hint of a horizon or the title of a piece as a reference. Bourkes Gallery, Mountshannon, County Clare

by Niamh Hickey
This series of work is about representing the various strong women in my life. I have so much admiration for the women amongst my circle of friends and family who have come through my life; we have gone through many ups and downs together – enriching, supporting, and encouraging each other, and sometimes dragging each other along. The evidence is on our faces, in the lines, and in the gaze. We carry the marks of our lives on our faces and on our bodies. I wanted to capture a moment of contemplation in a busy life, pay tribute to trials endured, and show a tiny glimpse of a life-story.
The Red Space, Mountshannon, County Clare

Layered Stories | Tracy Watson and Joke Buursma at The Courthouse Gallery, Co. Clare

20 May to 24 June

Both textile artists working in the medium of quilt making, Tracy Watson and Joke Buursma live and work in Clare and Waterford respectively. Between them their work represents the finest of its kind, with each artist using their medium to stretch the limits and boundaries of textiles through the use of myriad techniques and processes, from Japanese Shibori to painting on fabric with oil sticks.
Though often historically denigrated as a ‘female craft’, in recent decades the art form has been reclaimed by women artists, whether as a form of Arte Util (‘useful art’) or a means of elevating craft to high art. The embracing of such skills has seen quilting used by feminist artists such as Judy Chicago (‘The Dinner Party’, 1974-79) and Tracey Emin. While Watson and Buursma’s work bridges the personal and political, it is unequivocally beautiful.

Events and workshops on Opening Day:

12 -1pm ‘Painting with Paintstiks’ – workshop with Joke Buursma
Learn how to use a new medium for making marks on textiles. Paintstiks are unique as they are made from an oil and wax mixture which gives a smooth slightly greasy medium to work with. They can be applied to fabric and paper. Joke will demonstrate some methods of applying paintstiks to fabric, for example by stencilling, using masking tape, rubbing, etc. Depending on the effect you are after you can apply paintstik before and/or after quilting.

1.15-2pm ‘The Art of Hand-Stitch Quilting’ – demonstration with Tracy Watson
Tracy Watson illustrates just one of the many techniques employed by the quilter in this short demonstration. Those attending are welcome to bring along any works-in-progress to work alongside Tracy.

The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
T: 065 707 1630

I’ll Meet You There | Sinead O’Connell at The Courthouse Gallery, Co. Clare

20 May to 24 June

Sinead O’Connell brings new ceramic works to The Courthouse, where she exhibited frequently in the past. The title her new ‘mini’ exhibition comes from a Sufi quote she came across many years ago:
‘Between right and wrong there is a field, I’ll meet you there’

She explains, “Sometimes it says garden but I settled on field because it relates perfectly to growing up and living in Ireland. In using the house as a strong image I also explore the age of the building itself. This house, our house, held people, stories happening many times over before my family moved in. The house itself is a being. It’s bright, it’s dark, it’s cold and damp, it’s warm and cosy. It was too small and then when the children left, too big. This house and its constant need for care came to me to represent my family, my parents and their need for care.

To watch a family member see their mortality is a hard thing. The relationship changes dramatically for one and subtly for the other. Restraint, regrets, remorse, frustration and pity are kept hidden to co-exist. This series of works are a way of viewing my family story. Also the history there that predates my part in this family. There’s no real need to know or understand the actions taken. Going back through the family history I have had to realise there is no proper ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ but there is this field and that is where we are.”

The Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
T: 065 707 1630

The Dutch Connection | Group Show at Fairbrook House, Co. Waterford

5 May to 15 September 2017
Fairbrook House Gardens + Museum of Contemporary Figurative Art, Kilmeaden, Co.Waterford.

The Dutch Connection shows Paintings, water colour, objects by Wout Muller, oil paintings by Tamara Muller and prints, pastels and oil paintings of Clary Mastenbroek. An exhibition of unique magic realistic and contemporary art. The artists have been exhibiting world wide with their art in museum and private collections.

Open: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

For info call: 051 384657

OFFSKETCH Waterford National Drawing Day Sketching Tour

Saturday 20 May 2017
Garter Lane Arts Centre, 22A O’Connell Street, Waterford

OFFSKETCH National Drawing Day Sketching Tour.
Join Illustrators Ireland for a sketching tour of Waterford City on National Drawing Day. Meet in Garter Lane Arts Centre at 2pm and collect your FREE drawing materials. Waterford Wall fundraiser in the Parlour Rooms at 7pm.

Book your free place: 051 855038


Samhlaíocht agus Dochinntitheacht | Clare Cashman at Féile na Bealtaine , Co. Kerry

27 April to 1 May 2017
On Main Street, an Daingean, Co. Kerry

Samhlaíocht agus Dochinntitheacht is an exhibition of new works by Clare Cashman. Cashman’s work is concerned with landscape, perception, the imagination and indeterminacy.
As part of Féile na Bealtaine 2017.