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Flower Story | Elaine Carey at Clare Museum, Ennis

28/09/2020 – 30/10/2020 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Come and enjoy an exhibition of recent work by Artist Elaine Carey showcasing her passion for art and design. Elaine loves to document beautiful things, things that spark joy. Elaine studied textile design in Galway in Chluain Mhuire in 2002. In 2018 she took up watercolour illustration and she loves to collect things that inspire […]

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Futures: Irish Talents 2020 at Library Project, Dublin

03/10/2020 – 25/10/2020 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm – Running 3-25 October At The Library Project This October, discover the most recent work from five contemporary Irish photographers at The Library Project: Becks Butler, Garry Loughlin, Mark McGuinness, Shia Conlon, and Vera Ryklova. These five Irish artists were selected to join the FUTURES platform in 2020 to represent Ireland. “Each year, we look forward to discovering what artists PhotoIreland presents to the Futures […]

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New Explorations in Textiles, Photography and Plastic | Kim Thittichai at Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee

28/09/2020 – 30/10/2020 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Monday September 2 – Friday October 30th. An exhibition of recent work by Kim Thittichai. Textiles, Plastics and Photography. Come and enjoy all the textures and colour that Kim enjoys exploring on Loop Head. From her charming textile pictures of Harry, the local hare, to the thought provoking, local textures that she captures through photography. […]

Sandra Bell, Lady Sun, 70x60x30cm, cast bronze. Flux, an exhibition of the work of Sandra Bell, will run at Gormleys Fine Art, 27 Frederick St South, Dublin from October 1 to October 19.

Flux | Sandra Bell at Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin

03/10/2020 – 19/10/2020 @ – “Flux,” an exhibition of new sculptural works by Sandra Bell comes to Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin, opening on Saturday 3rd October and runs to the 19th October 2020. Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions we will have an extended all day opening on Saturday 3rd from 10 am – 5:30 pm. To ensure your safety we […]

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£29m in Covid-19 Funding Announced to Support Northern Ireland’s Arts Sector

£29m in Covid-19 funding to support Northern Ireland’s arts sector has been approved by the Stormont Executive. It was signed off by ministers as part of a wider £165m financial package on Thursday. There have been devastating financial consequences for all working in and around the arts because of venue closures, the restrictions of social…

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Minister Martin announces membership of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce

Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht announced the membership of the Arts and Culture Recovery Task Force. Clare Duignan will chair the Task Force and the other members will be: Arts Council Business to Arts Council of the National Cultural Institutions County and City Management Association (CCMA) Department…

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Culture Night 2020 | Friday 18 September, Connecting through Culture

This year, for the first time, the Arts Council takes on the stewardship of Culture Night, now in its 15th year. The programme is a mixture of online, broadcast and in person events and experiences taking place right across the country created with the support of local authorities, arts organisations and artists. In a year…

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New Art Space in Kilkenny: The Brown Mountain Diamond

The Brown Mountain Diamond is a fledgling art initiative homed in a farm complex in rural Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. The project is founded, owned and operated by visual artist Carl Giffney. It takes much of its ethos and methodology from previous art projects including The Good Hatchery (co-founder / 2007-2016) and Frontiers in Retreat (participant /…

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