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Mieke Vanmechelen Announced as Kerry Filmmaker in Residence 2017

Mieke Vanmechelen has been appointed by Kerry County Council as the new Kerry Filmmaker in Residence 2017. Her residency will focus on reaching out to secondary school students through a collaborative project, as well as her own professional development as an artist.

The Filmmaker in Residence is a partnership between Kerry County Council and The Arts Council. It is supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Trustees of Muckross House. As an expanded partnership it demonstrates the ethos of Creative Ireland, enabling creativity in every community.

Nominations Open for the Northern Ireland Creative and Cultural Skills Awards

Deadline for all nominations: Friday 6 October, 5pm

Nominations are now open for the annual awards which celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Northern Ireland. Every year they recognise unsung heroes who invest in the next generation and young people who are excelling and contributing to the creative industries.

Do you know an exceptional apprentice, intern or student? Are you impressed by a company who has passed on their skills and knowledge? Have you had your career shaped by an incredible mentor or tutor?

This year’s categories are:

  • Northern Ireland Creative Industry Skills Award
  • Northern Ireland Creative Tutor Award
  • Northern Ireland Education & Industry Partnership Award
  • Northern Ireland Apprentice of the Year Award
  • Northern Ireland Intern of the Year Award
  • Northern Ireland Creative Student Award

All information about the awards can be found on their website here:

The award ceremony will be in Belfast on 7 December 2017.

Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 7 September

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.


Fully guided bus tour departs from outside the front of the Linenhall Library at 6.30pm and finishes approx. 9.15pm. Join this tour by booking through paypal on or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.


Or make your way around the galleries at your own pace. Here are just some of the highlights of this Late Night Art:


Golden Thread Gallery

The Really Wild Show | Iain Griffin
Signs and Ciphers | Alistair Wilson

84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920


Fenderesky Gallery
Graham Gingles: New Boxes and Drawings, Gallery 2
Helen Blake – Tony Hill: Works on Paper, Gallery 1

31 North Street


Platform Arts Gallery

Deflated Capital | Doireann Ni Ghrioghair
Opening 7 September 6-9pm
Gallery 1.

Roaming Around the City | Bilu Blich
Opening 7 September 6-9pm
Gallery 2

1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301


QSS Bedford Street Gallery
Unafraid Blue
Artists: Colm Clarke | Angela Hackett | Catherine McLaughlin | Grace McMurray | David Turner

31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45


Pollen Studios and Gallery
All That Sits Unsaid | Stuart Cairns
Opening 6.30pm – 9pm
Also open Saturday 9th September 12pm – 4pm

37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA

The Green Room @ The Black Box
Tonya McMullan

18-22 Hill St, Belfast BT1 2LA, UK


Real Sketchy
The Green Room @ The Black Box

When Late Night Art just isn’t late enough, Real Sketchy is here for you. (I mean 9pm isn’t really that late is it but ‘Early Night, Tucked Up in Bed with an Ovaltine by Nine Art’ doesn’t really scan does it)

InkMonkey Art Supplies provide the pens and paper, Black Box serve up the booze & pizza and we scan the hell out of everything while playing you the finest tunage.

You’d be surprised the amount of fun you can have with a pencil, a scanner and a premium Spotify account.

Oh and it’s free in like!

Changing Arts and Minds: It’s time to talk about mental health and wellbeing in the creative sector

Ulster University ( and wellbeing charity Inspire ( have come together on the SHoWCaSE: A snapshot of health and well-being in the creative sector project. This is designed to understand the health and wellbeing of people in the creative industries. It is well known that those in the creative sector make a vital and varied contribution to the health and wellbeing of society; however, little attention is paid to the health and wellbeing of those working in the creative sector.

We want to survey people working in the creative industry to find out more about how they work, how they feel and how they cope with the challenges and rewards that the industry offers. This is an important piece of work because we want to use the results of this research to provide recommendation and resources to improve the support available to people working right across the creative industries.

Full information is given on the link below, and if you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the lead researcher (Gillian) on

This text and the study to which it refers have been approved by the School of Psychology Ethics Filter Committee, Ulster University. Please feel free to forward on to any of your friends or colleagues in the sector who you feel might wish their views to be heard.

You can find out more and access the survey at

TBG+S and RHA Appoints Katy Fitzpatrick as Learning and Public Engagement Curator

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Royal Hibernian Academy are delighted to announce Katy Fitzpatrick as their shared Learning and Public Engagement Curator. This new position has been made possible through Arts Council funding in 2017. The role brings specialist expertise and knowledge to audience development and public engagement programmes at both institutions. It will support the deepening and expansion of our existing audience programmes, as well as developing new strands of programming including cross-institutional learning and exchange, and enable us to build and nurture new and diverse audiences. It is an exciting new development that prioritises how we think about audiences and the many possibilities there can be for encountering and experiencing contemporary visual art and artistic practices.

Katy Fitzpatrick has worked for over fourteen years in arts education, in particular in gallery and visual arts education, and has held positions in Tate London, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane, as Acting Adviser to The Arts Council’s Young People Children and Education team. She was a co-opted member for the National Council for Curriculum’s Junior Cycle Art, Craft, Design Development Group and is currently on the NCCA’s Senior Cycle Development Group, both on behalf of the Arts Council. She has also lectured at Marino Institute of Education and tutored on the Professional Masters in Education programme at Maynooth University.

Yvonne McGuinness Commissioned for Amharc Fhine Gall 11th Edition

Draíocht, in collaboration with Fingal County Council Arts Office, is delighted to announce a new commission from visual artist Yvonne McGuinness for the 11th edition of Amharc Fhine Gall. McGuinness’ practice encompasses performance, video, photography, sewing, writing, sculpture and context-specific installations. She has an interest in embodied experience of place and in re-imagining the everyday by devising projects that create dynamic moments of connection to place and community. Her work is immersive, collaborative and is often a catalyst to generate other narratives for its participants.

For this commission, McGuinness will work with a culturally diverse group of local young people, exploring themes of identity, place and their connection to it. This collaboration during the autumn months will result in a site-specific performance and film installation to be shown in Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery – itself a two-way mirror between ‘the art world’ and ‘the real world’
Amharc Fhine Gall (Fingal Gaze) is an annual exhibition funded by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office, in collaboration with Draíocht. The exhibition was initiated in 2004 to provide a platform for visual artists from or living in Fingal. Yvonne McGuinness grew up in Portmarnock, Co Fingal.

Heather Humphreys announces funding of almost €750,000 for voluntary arts organisations nationwide

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht announces capital funding of more than €745,000 for voluntary arts organisations nationwide

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced funding of almost €750,000 for more than 60 local arts organisations around the country. The funding is being made available under Stream 3 of the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018. Earlier this year, Minister Humphreys announced funding of over €9 million under Stream 1 and 2 of the Scheme.

The maximum grant being awarded under this round of funding is €20,000.

Some of the visual arts organisations that received funding in this round include:
Eigse Carlow Arts Festival (13,228), Sirius Arts Centre (5,054), Triskel Arts Centre (11,960), Graphic Studio Dublin (14,763), Arts & Disability Ireland (6,932), Black Church Print Studio (20,000), Galway Arts Centre (17,172), Ormston House (12,510), South Tipperary Arts Centre (8,261), Helium Arts (14,000).

To view the full list see:

Invitation to Visual Artists | Belfast City Council European Capital of Culture 2023 Bid Discussion Dinners

Belfast City Council is holding a number of sessions to facilitate the sector to come together to respond to and further shape the emerging themes for the European Capital of Culture 2023 bid.

Dinner discussion 3
Tues 1 Aug

Dinner discussion 4
Wed 2 Aug

Dinner discussion 5
Tues 8 Aug

Dinner discussion 6
Wed 9 Aug

All events take place from 5-7pm. Sessions will take place at a range of venues across Belfast and a light dinner will be served.

The purpose of these sessions is to meet peers from across the cultural sector including arts, heritage, food, sport and science to begin to respond to emerging themes and identify opportunities for collaboration and partnership that can be part of the cultural programme to be presented within the bid for European Capital of Culture 2023.

This is one of a number of opportunities to harness the creativity across individuals and organisations to develop a potentially transformative bid.

Places at each session are limited so please RSVP as soon as possible to choosing your date. We will confirm your attendance and provide details of your venue. If required we will be happy to support additional sessions.

RUA RED announce partnership and exhibition series with a/political

Rua Red has announced a major partnership with a/political. Over the next year, a series of exhibitions will see many of the contemporary art world’s foremost socially and politically engaged artists respond to the unique context of South Dublin County. The partnership will mark the beginning of the new programme at Rua Red, under the Directorship of Maolíosa Boyle.

a/political collaborates with artists on projects previously thought unrealisable due to their scale, logistics or uncompromising subject matter. For the inaugrual exhibition, opening this Autumn, Rua Red will host the first public presentation of works from the a/political collection, curated by the pioneering performance artist Franko B. The exhibition will include key works from artists such as Barbara Kruger, Kendell Geers, Gustav Metzger and Santiago Sierra, on display in Ireland for the first time.

Rua Red serves a dynamic, multicultural and predominantly young population; an exciting space to draw out dialogues between some of the most engaging artists operating today and our communities, many of whom are unlikely to encounter these works in another context. Through this partnership, we will bring challenging, engaging and thought provoking contemporary art that reflects the concerns and the everyday realities of the audiences we serve.

“Our programme will be distinct as it will engage full-force with real and sometimes raw issues that affect people locally, nationally and internationally. Our education programme will also reflect the organisations interests with place, politics and people through a challenging programme of events, workshops, screenings and performances that will enable audiences and visitors to engage with the exhibitions through the mediums of film, music, dance, theatre and visual art.”
 – Maoliosa Boyle, Rua Red, Director

RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
T: 01 451 5860

a-n launches five-year Valuing Artists strategy, UK

a-n is the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK with over 21,000 members. On behalf of its members, a-n has launched a five-year strategy to tackle the growing challenges they face in sustaining their careers as they contribute to the UK’s £1.9bn visual arts success.

The Valuing Artists strategy was developed with input from a-n’s members and AIR Council. The strategy has a fundamental aim of ensuring policy makers and commissioners value the artist as well as the art.

The strategy will build support for:

  • A Brexit that works for visual artists in the UK, focusing on freedom of movement, residency and rights and, beyond 2019, will continue to promote the rights of artists as they are affected by our withdrawal from the EU by exploring solutions to the issues our members face.
  • More sustainable livelihoods for visual artists by building on a-n’s core advocacy work to make the case for fair payment of artists; to understand and articulate the wider range of issues which impact on artists’ livelihoods and the nature of their practice today; and promote credible solutions to these issues to government.
  • Greater diversity in the visual arts sector by using a-n’s unique position as the largest grassroots visual arts membership organisation in the UK to deliver valuable, nuanced intelligence around the scale and impact of diversity as it is reflected in artist-led practice today, while promoting greater diversity at all levels of the sector.

a-n Director Jeanie Scott said: “As a sector, the visual arts make a significant contribution to our economy and our international reputation. However, as a nation we do not place the same value on the artists that create the work and reputation we cherish.”

“Artists are resilient but we have got to recognise and find solutions to the unique set of challenges they face. The Valuing Artists strategy is about working with our members, our partners with shared interests and with local, regional and national policy makers to do just that.”

a-n will also partner with a variety of membership organisations to build the case for change on shared issues. This week sees the launch of the first Valuing Artists project and partnership, with a-n working alongside the Incorporated Society of Musicians to highlight key Brexit issues impacting on self-employed artists.

The core members of a-n’s new Paying Artists Working Group will be announced over the summer and a research and advocacy partnership with Visual Artists Ireland around social security for artists will be announced in the autumn, followed by details of further campaigns and projects into 2018.

Survey | Belfast, Derry and Strabane European Capital of Culture 2023 Bid

Belfast City and Derry City and Strabane District Council are working together to submit a joint bid to become the 2023 European Capital of Culture.

In order for us to prepare for stage one, they invite you to tell them of any EU or international project or partnership that you are involved in, and what future opportunities you feel could be developed. They will then use this information to shape the bid.

They would appreciate if you could take ten minutes to complete the online survey.

Galway 2020 announces appointment of Chris Baldwin as Creative Director

Chairperson, Aideen McGinley and board members of Galway 2020 are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Baldwin as Creative Director of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

As Creative Director, Chris will be responsible for the delivery of the programme of events for 2020 for Galway City & County. Chris comes from a very strong Artistic and Cultural background with a proven track record in the delivery of international cultural events and programmes.

Chris will work with Hannah Kiely, Chief Executive Officer at Galway 2020 and together they will build the creative team that leads Galway City and County on this extraordinary journey towards the European Capital of Culture in 2020 and beyond.

Chris has become widely known for Teatro de Creacion (TdC) – an approach to making large scale interdisciplinary performance designed for a place, about that place – its history and relationship to local people and usually made in deep collaboration with the people of that place. For over thirty years he has been directing and writing for companies in Spain, UK, Poland, Bulgaria and Germany and elsewhere.

Laura Fitzgerald, Richard John Jones Bridget O’Gorman and Sue Rainsford Awarded IMMA Freud Project Residencies

IMMA has announced three new Freud Project Residencies which have been awarded as the result of a recent Open Call. They will be working with artists Laura Fitzgerald and Richard John Jones and a collaborative project with artist Bridget O’Gorman and writer and researcher Sue Rainsford. Each project has its own unique perspective on Lucian Freud and his work and we are excited by the potential in each selected proposal.

Launched in October 2016, the IMMA Collection: Freud Project, 2016 – 2021 centres around a significant five-year loan of 50 works by one of the greatest realist painters of the 20th century, Lucian Freud (1922-2011). Renowned for his portrayal of the human form, Freud is best known for his intimate, honest, often visceral portraits. The works, on loan from private collections, are presented in a dedicated Freud Centre in IMMA’s Garden Galleries for five years. With this extraordinary resource IMMA is creating a centre for Freud research with a programme of special exhibitions, education partnerships, symposia and research that will maximise this important opportunity for schools, third level students, artists and audiences all over Ireland and beyond.

A key element in this exploration is engagement with contemporary artists and art practitioners in response to Freud, revealing exciting new perspectives on this major artist today. IMMA are particularly interested in supporting process-based research though the IMMA Residency Programme. Earlier this year IMMA invited interested candidates to propose contexts and research within their own practice which would explore, contest, expand, complement or radicalise the resonance and impact of the work on show in the Freud Centre. Through this opportunity IMMA wants to support the development of studio practice and artistic production to open new possibilities around the work, and to explore with residents new ways of working with IMMA’s many audiences.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios announces four new Membership Studio Artists 2017

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios announces four artists who have been awarded three-year Membership Studios for the year 2017. TBG+S is delighted to welcome these artists to the studios and looks forward to supporting them in their time at the studios.

Artists’ awarded membership are Gary Coyle, Ronan McCrea, Sibyl Montague and Marcel Vidal. These artists will begin their tenancy at TBG+S in July 2017, December 2017 and in January 2018, and will maintain their studios for a three-year period.

TBG+S is an artist-governed organisation. Membership Studios give artists full membership status and voting rights at the AGM and are awarded for a period of three years with the possibility of a one year extension.

The four artist members were awarded their studios by a selection panel, following an open submission application process which took place in May 2017. This year, the selection panel for studio membership consisted of Mary Cremin (Programme Curator, TBG+S), Clíodhna Shaffrey (Director, TBG+S), Habda Rashid (Curator, Whitechapel Gallery), and Jaki Irvine (TBG+S Studio Artist).

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
5 – 9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T: 01 671 0073

Emma McKeagney Announced as Winner of Talbot Studios Most Promising Graduate Award 2017

Talbot Studios are delighted to announce that Emma McKeagney is the recipient of the Most Promising Graduate Award 2017.  McKeagney recently graduated from IADT. As the winner of the award she will receive a studio for a year at Talbot Studios she will join the eleven other members at Talbot Studios.

Emma McKeagney
McKeagney works closely with material processes to create bodies of work which incorporate the idea that a process is made up of not only the artist but the material they use and the impending idea of exhibiting. Her concerns are that of respecting all matter, and to utilise materials that can return to the churning expanse of earthly matter without causing substantial harm.
The work in the last few months leading to her grad show looked at how she could harness locally sourced clay and allow the refining process to become part of the final artworks. The corresponding materials used were mostly steel and glass which can be re-assembled and re-appropriated.
Mc Keagney would like to continue this idea throughout her practice experimenting with bio-materials such as mycelium and cellulose which have started to take hold in the design world as alternatives for plastics and packaging. She would like to challenge the presumption that artists create as sole individuals, crafting matter as they wish it to be,  McKeagney would rather like to work towards a symbiotic relationship with materials, being more of a catalyst for certain processes rather than a ‘master’ of materials.

Director Sarah Glennie to leave IMMA and become Director of NCAD in January 2018

IMMA today (20 June) announced that Director Sarah Glennie will leave the organisation at the end of the year to take up a new position as Director of NCAD, (National College of Art and Design) in January 2018.

Glennie has been Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art since 2012 and during her tenure has grown IMMA’s audiences to the most significant levels in the museum’s history, making IMMA the 2nd most visited free attraction in Ireland in 2016. She has ensured the financial viability of the Museum through one of the most difficult funding periods for the institution and has led a critically acclaimed programme with a particular focus on supporting artists’ practice and introducing new audiences to contemporary art through a dynamic and discursive programme that extends beyond the gallery space. Under her Directorship IMMA has shown the work of a wide range of leading Irish and international artists including Etel Adnan, Stan Douglas, Karla Black, Isabel Nolan, Vivienne Dick, Nan Goldin, Hito Steyerl, Helio Oiticia and Lucian Freud. Recent commissions of note include new works for IMMA by Duncan Campbell, Jaki Irvine and Emily Jacir as well as a number of new works commissioned as part of the two major group shows, What We Call Love and As Above, So Below.

Glennie has developed new fundraising initiatives and partnerships that have enabled the museum to realise its ambitious programme, and in particular purchase work for the National Collection for the first time in a decade, with works by Kevin Atherton, David Beattie, Rhona Byrne, Duncan Campbell, Mark Garry, Jaki Irvine, Maireád McClean, Dennis McNulty, Ciarán Murphy, Isabel Nolan, Yuri Pattison, Sarah Pierce and Grace Weir joining the collection in the last two years. IMMA has also recently announced a series of new residency supports for Irish artists, supported by IMMA 1000.

Minister Humphreys announces plans to review Cap on the Per Cent for Art Scheme

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, announced on Tuesday 23rd of May that she intends to review the cap on the Per Cent for Art Scheme.

Minister Humphreys states “The Per Cent for Arts Scheme is well known and embedded in all public infrastructure works. We are all familiar with the variety of unique public art works and sculptures on our roads which have been funded through the scheme. In addition, there are numerous art works in our schools, hospitals and other public buildings which have been funded via the scheme.
“At present, capital construction projects can include a budget of 1% up to a maximum of €64,000 for an art project.
“The current cap was set by Government in 1997 and given a period of twenty years has now elapsed, I believe it is an appropriate time to carry out a review of the cap.
“In this regard, I have today asked my Department to consider the matter and to report to me on possible options for reviewing the cap.”

Minister Humphreys announces new €1m cultural Digitisation Scheme

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that she is opening a new €1 million Digitisation Scheme, which will provide grants for the digitisation and on-line access to cultural heritage collections.

It will operate as a pilot scheme as part of the Creative Ireland Programme and will initially provide funding to the National Cultural Institutions and cultural heritage organisations which hold collections of national significance.

This funding scheme will help our National Cultural Institutions and a number of other cultural heritage bodies to digitise their varied collections for the benefit of the public. The importance of digitisation was underlined during the 2016 centenary year, when a number of our Cultural Institutions made a wealth of material available online for the first time.

Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme 2017

The deadline is approaching for the Final Round of the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme, which gives grants towards internships. The programme will be taking its final applications by 16 June 2017.

NICEP offers £2,500 per internship to help employers create paid positions for young people aged 18-24 in creative organisations which focus on music, dance, drama, literature, visual arts, design, creative media, craft, festivals, arts venues, community arts, galleries, museums or circus and carnival arts.

The intern will need to be:

• Aged 18 – 24
• Work at least 30 hours per week for 6 months/26 weeks
• Paid minimum wage – £7.05
• Have (at the time of applying for the internship) a qualification of level 4 and above

The application process is straight forward please get in touch to find out how you can get involved.

The Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme has already helped creative businesses to access £205,000 of funding to create 67 new jobs for young people.

For more information see:
Email with any questions.

Mary Cremin Appointed Director of Void Gallery

Void Gallery are delighted to announce the appointment of Mary Cremin as the new Director. Mary Cremin is the Artistic Director of The Treeline Project with Oonagh Young and the Programme Curator of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. She is part of the Visual Arts Programme for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

In 2015, she was Curator of TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Seachange, which included over 30 national and international artists. She has delivered large scale exhibitions and commissions such as Magnetism, Hazelwood Estate, Sligo, (2015), Richard Mosse, The Enclave, Irish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, (2013).
Prior to this she was Project Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She worked on exhibitions such as Eileen Gray, Lynda Benglis, Francis Alÿs, Carlos Garaicoa, Romuald Hazoumè, Cyprien Gaillard, Gerard Byrne, Alice Maher and Garrett Phelan. Curated projects at IMMA include Into the Silence of the Night, IMMA, (2015), Sidney Nolan; Ned Kelly Series (2012-2013), Garrett Phelan, off site NEW FAITH LOVELSONG (2012), Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection (2012).
Independent Curatorial projects include Duality of Form: Caoimhe Kilfeather, Barbara Knezevic, Eleanor Duffin, Solstice Arts Centre (2016), Misadventure Seeks Rainy Afternoon: Sonia Shiel, Oonagh Young Gallery (2013/2014), Bring in the Noise, Ormston House & Limerick City Gallery (2013)
A graduate of History of Art and Geography in University College, Cork and she received a Masters in Visual Art Practices from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin (2007).

Void, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL Northern Ireland
T: +44(0)28 7130 8080