Visual Artists Cafe @ Údarás na Gaeltachta, na Forbacha Co na Gaillimhe

October 16, 2015 – October 16, 2015

Údarás na Gaeltachta,

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VAI GalCoCoUdarasVisual Artists Ireland in partnership with Ealáin na Gaeltachta, na Forbacha Co na Gaillimhe and Galway Co. Council.


Join us at Údarás na Gaeltachta, na Forbacha on Fri 16 October for one of our ever-popular Show and Tell events involving 8 – 10 local artists presenting their work.

Artists Talks

The afternoon will also involve a series of presentations from artists: Ceara Conway; Nuala Ní Fhlathúin; Sheila Flanagan / ArtFarm and (an other artist tbc) discussing their projects and practices addressing a range of perspectives including: visual arts practice and the Irish language; rural arts initiatives; residencies and collaborations.

The day is aimed in particular at artists practicing in the Galway Gaeltacht and throughout Galway County. We also welcome attendance by artists from other Gaeltacht regions or Irish speakers based in non-gaeltacht areas.  The day aims to provide the opportunity for artists to meet and hear about each others work in a social setting.

Some presentations may be made as Gaeilge and English language translation will be provided in this instance if audience requires.  If you are traveling from other Gaeltacht regions for the day do let us know in the registration form below.

Show & Tell
N.B. Artists are invited to apply to present at the Show & Tell event and artists will be selected through this competitive process by all three organizations above.  Artists interested in presenting at the Show & Tell are asked to register for the Visual Artists Cafe first and the follow this link to register interest in presenting at the Show & Tell event.

The purpose of Show & Tell is to allow artists to make a short presentation on their practice or projects that they are involved in to an audience of their peers in an informal atmosphere. The format is very simple. 10 artists are given 5 minutes each to speak about their work over 10 slides. These presentations are in a rolling format, which creates a fast-paced atmosphere and eliminates any overly complicated or theoretical language. This event is an opportunity to meet fellow artists working in the region.

Apply for the Show & Tell here


10.30 Registration Tea & Coffee
11.00 Show & Tell with 8 – 10  Galway & Gaeltacht Artists
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Artists Talks
16.00 Ends


Nuala Ní Fhlathúin is from the Gaeltacht area in the West of Ireland. She received a BFA in Ceramics from the GMIT School of Art in 2008 and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2011. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, in Ireland, the USA, Portugal and Georgia. Recent projects have included involvement as an Artist/Arts Facilitator in the Galway Burning Bright Program for 2015 and participation in IdirÁite 2014 (newly commissioned images projected in three Gaeltacht Areas and at the National Gallery of Ireland on Culture Night 2014). She also works as a freelance curator and edits the website Nua Ealaín, an on-line Irish language platform for the contemporary visual arts.

Ceara Conway is an Irish visual artist and singer from Connemara.  In her work she uses mediums such as sculpture, photography, performance and song to engage and question humanistic themes and social issues. Ceara is interested in the efficacy of performance and its capacity to act as an agent of change.

In her most recent projects ”Vicissitudes” (2013) commissioned by ‘Difference Exchange’, ”Making Visible” performed at IMMA (2013- 14) supported by the Arts Council/CREATE and ‘Thin Places’ ( 2014) Commissioned by Kings College, London; she has responded to various themes such as exile, ritual and the current socio political experiences of women living within the Direct Provision System in Ireland.

She has received numerous awards from City/County Councils / Arts Council and has produced several Per Cent for Art Commissions in Ireland. In 2013 she received a Paul Brady Scholarship from the UL Irish World Academy.  She is currently undertaking an Artists Residency with Limerick City Council.

Sheila Flanagan is an artist, activist and dreamer. She received a BA in Fine Art from GMIT in 2003 with first class honours specialising in Sculpture. Previous qualifications include Wood Technology and Design from GMIT, Welding and Fabrication with FAS. In 2005 she moved to the rural location of Newbridge which led to a deep questioning of her art practice and its meaning in this rural context. Through this introspection the concept of Artfarm and a broader Art undertaking entitled Radius or R10 emerged. Sheila was the recipient of a Galway County Council Artist Bursary in 2014.

Artfarm is a rural Art Space in Newbridge, County Galway owned and operated by artist Sheila Flanagan.  The mission of Artfarm is to create opportunities for artistic expression by providing engagement and interaction through residency undertakings, projects, talks, open days, classes, workshops and exhibitions and for artists to come here with an aspiration to inspire, share, experiment, explore and develop new ideas.  Since 2010 engagement with broader community has come in many forms.  Artfarm is an evolving concept and part of a large scale Sculptural Installation entitled R10 based on time, ecology, identity and intervention whereby Artfarm is the centre point and the surrounding circular region of landscape, forest, villages, townlands and community are the Artpiece, a living evolving time based work. This Sculptural work has a radius of 10 miles and a 10 year deadline up to 2020. All Artfarm activities, projects, residencies, collaborations and partnerships are part of this living installation.  Artfarm is grounded in an ethos of Social Justice and Equality and inspired by the sense of ‘rural anarchy’ which goes with living in rural regions.

Áine Ní Chíobháin is an artist born in Cork City with family roots in Corca Dhuibhne.  She is living and working in Dingle, since 2007. She has an Honours Degree from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork City. Her artwork is found in many public and private collections including HETAC, CIT and Kerry County Council, Ireland. She is a recipient of numerous awards including bursary awards, project awards, and residency awards from Ealaín na Gaeltachta (Arts Council of Ireland & Údarás na Gaeltachta), Kerry County Council and Cork Film Centre. She has been selected for ongoing commissions by South Wind Blows. She has participated in residencies at Cil Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, Ireland (2015), Wild Valley Art Park, Sydney, Australia (2013), The Parlour Studios (ResArtis), Melbourne, Australia, (2013), An Lab, Dingle, Ireland (2011) and more. She is currently undertaking a residency program as part of the Cil Rialaig Art Centre, Ballinskelligs 2015 to create an edition of copper-plate etchings. Recent solo exhibitions include Istigh sa Ghleann, Wild Valley Art Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia 2013, Guthanna Eile, Féile na Bealtaine 2011.

Áine was officially selected for Tionól, Sabhal Mór Ostaigh, Isle of Skye, (2013), Orgi 4, Kings ARI, Sydney, Australia (2013), RHA 182nd Annual Exhibition, RHA Galley, Dublin. (2012), Crosbhóthar, Dingle, Connemara and Donegal and on The National Gallery of Ireland, Culture Night (2011 & 2012), Cork Arttrail, Tig Filí, Cork (2004/2005), Labyrinth at Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, a Cork European Capital of Culture commission (2005), And Introducing, West Cork Arts Centre (2003). Ní Chíobháin has exhibited in many group exhibitions and installations in An Lab, Dingle, (2012), Greenlane Gallery, Dingle & Greenlane Gallery Paris, (2007- 2015), St. John’s Theatre & Art Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry. Síamsa Tíre Gallery, Tralee, (2008), Áras Éanna, Inis Oirr, (2004), Ionad an Teanga Labhartha, University College Cork, (2003), Ionad an Bhlascaod (OPW), Dunquin, Co. Kerry, (2003), Cork ArtTrail, Tig Filí, (2004/2005), Cork Artsfest, CIT, (2002) and more.

Caifé Visual Arts I @ Údarás na Gaeltachta, na Forbacha, Co na Gaillimhe

Visual Arts Ireland i gcomhpháirtíocht le Ealaín na Gaeltachta agus Comhairle Contae na Gaillimhe.

Bígí linn ag oifig Údarás na Gaeltachta, na Forbacha Dé hAoine 16 Deireadh Fómhair ag ceann d’ócáidí – ‘Labhair agus Léirigh, ag a gcuirfidh 8-10 d’Ealaíontóirí áitiúil agus Gaeltachta a gcuid saothar i láthair.

Cainteanna Ealaíontóirí:

Beidh cur i láthair éagsúla san iarnóin ó Ealaíontóirí Ceara Conway, Nuala Ní Fhlathúin, Sheila Flanagan/ArtFarm agus ealaíontóir eile (le deimhniú). Labhróidh siad ar a gcleachtais agus ar a gcuid tograí,  mar aon le comhthéacs  cleachtas na bhfís-ealaíon  agus an Ghaeilge, tionscnaimh ealaíon tuaithe, tréimhsí cónaithe,  agus comhpháirtíochtaí.

Tá an lá dírithe go príomha ar Ealaíontóirí Gaeltachta agus ó Chontae na Gaillimhe agus tá fáilte faoi leith roimh Ealaíontóirí ó na réigiúin Gaeltachta agus roimh fís-ealaíontóirí le Gaeilge lonnaithe taobh amuigh den Ghaeltacht.  Bheadh sé mar aidhm ag an ócáid seo  an deis a thabhairt d’fhís-ealaíontóirí castáil le chéile agus aithne a chur ar chleachtais a chéile ag ócáid shóisialta.

Beidh cuid de na cur i láthair trí Ghaeilge le aistriúchán comhuaineach curtha ar fáil. Má tá tú ag taisteal ó réigiúin eile Gaeltachta cur in iúil dúinn é ar an fhoirm cláraithe.

‘Labhair agus Léirigh ‘

Tugtar cuireadh d’Ealaíontóirí iarratas a dhéanamh le cur i láthair a dhéanamh ag an seisiúin seo mar chuid den lá. Beidh próiseas roghnaithe i gceist leis, roghnaithe ag na heagrais comhpháirtíochta thuas luaite. Iarrtar ar aon ealaíontóir gur suim leo cur i láthair a dhéanamh mar chuid de ‘Labhair agus Léirigh, clárú don  gCaifé Ealaíon i dtosach agus an nasc seo a leanúint le suim a léiriú cur i láthair a dhéanamh ag an seisiún  ‘Labhair agus Léirigh’

An aidhm atá le ‘Labhair agus Léirigh’, deis a thabhairt d’fhís-ealaíontóirí cur síos a dhéanamh ar a gcleachtas agus ar thograí ina bhfuil siad páirteach, os comhar a gcuid comhpháirtithe, ag ócáid  neamh-fhoirmeálta. Tugtar 5 nóiméad do dheichniúir ealaíontóir labhairt ar a gcuid saothar ag úsáid 10 shleamhnáin. Tá an leagan amach an-mhaith,  simplí agus sciopaidh leis na cur i láthair seo agus cothaíonn siad comhrá agus  an-deis d’ealaíontóirí réigiúnach castáil lena chéile théis agus i rith na seisiúin seo.

Má tá deis uait cur i láthair a dhéanamh ag ‘Labhair agus Léirigh’ tá gach eolas le fáil ag

Nuair atá tú cláraithe, gheobhaidh tú deimhniúchán cláraithe. Má roghnaítear thú le cur i láthair a dhéanamh iarrfar ort cóip de’d chur i láthair a sheoladh chugainn. 10 Shleamhnán Powerpoint . Tá sé tábhachtach go gcleactóidh tú an cur i láthair ó thaobh ama de mar ní bhíonn ach cúpla nóiméad agat le do chur i láthair a chur trasna. Mar sin moltar go leor cleachtadh a dhéanamh. Má tá aon cheist agat beidh sásta gach cabhair a thabhairt.

Níl ach spás do dheichniúir ar fáil don seisiún seo , ach beidh liosta feithimh againn. Spriocdháta Dé hAoine 2 Deireadh Fómhair.

Tá sé riachtanach go mbeidh tú cláraithe don Chaife Visual Arts  sul a gcláraíonn tú don seisiún Labhair agus Léirigh, a bheidh mar chuid de.


10.30: Clárú Tae & Caife.
11.00: Labhair agus Léirigh 8 -10 Ealaíontóirí
12.30: Lón
13.30: Cainteanna ó Ealaíontóirí
16.00: Críoch


Nuala Ní Fhlathúin Rugadh agus tógadh Nuala Ní Fhlathúin i Leitir Móir, i gCo na Gaillimhe.  Bhain sí amach Céim Máistreachta san Ealaín in Seattle i 2011 agus tá sí lonnaithe i mBaile na hAbhann i gConamara faoi láthair. Bhí a cuid saothar ealaíne ar taispeáint in Éirinn agus thar lear – sna Stáit Aontaithe, sa tSeoirsia agus sa Phortaingéal. Le deirní bhí sí páirteacht in Idir Áite (togra sna Gaeltachtaí agus i sa nGailearaí Náisiúnta i mBÁC Oiche Chultúr 2014) agus mar ealaíontóir agus áisitheoir sa Galway Burning Bright Program 2015. Bíonn sí i mbun oibre mar choimeádaí neamhsplách chomh maith, agus déanann sí eagarthóireacht ar an suíomh Nua-Ealaín, suíomh idirlín tré Ghaeilge a thugann árdán do na hamharcealaíona comhaimseartha.

Sheila Flanagan / ArtFarm:

Ceara Conway

Is fís-ealaíontóir agus amhránaí í Ceara Conway as Conamara.  Úsáideann sí meáin na dealbhadóireachta, grianghrafadóireacht, taibhiú agus amhránaíocht ina cuid saothar, le téamaí daonna agus sóisialta a chur os comhair an phobal. Tá suim ag Ceara in éifeachtúlacht an taibh léiriú agus an féidearthacht atá aige dul i bhfeidhm ar athrú.

Sna saothair is úrnua a rinne sí-  ”Vicissitudes” (2013),  faoi choimisiúin ‘Difference Exchange’, ”Making Visible” léirithe ag  IMMA (2013- 14) le tacaíocht ón gComhairle Ealaíon agus CREATE ; agus ‘Thin Places’ ( 2014) coimisiúnaithe ag Kings College, Londain, tugann sí freagra chruthaitheach ar an deoraíocht, ar dheasghnátha agus ar eispéarais shóisialta agus polaitíochta mná atá ag maireachtáil faoi sholáthar díreach in Éirinn.

Tá roinnt mhaith dámhachtain bronnta uirthi ó Chomhairlí Contae agus Cathrach, Ealaín na Gaeltachta agus An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Tá roinnt coimisiúin Céatadán don Ealaín faighte aici agus i 2013 bronnadh scoláireacht Paul Brady uirthi ó Dhámh Cruinne Ollscoil Luimnigh.  Tá sí mar Ealaíontóir Cónaithe  le Comhairle Cathrach Luimnigh faoi láthair.

Rugadh Áine Ní Chíobháin i gCorcaigh ach le fréamhacha clainne i gCorca Dhuibhne. Tá sí ina cónaí agus ag oibriú as An Daingean ó 2007. Bhain sí céim onóracha amach ó Choláiste Crawford, Corcaigh  in Ealaín agus Dearadh agus tá a cuid saothar le feiceáil i mbailiúcháin éagsúla poiblí agus príomháideach in Éirinn, ina measc HETAC agus Comhairle Contae Chiarraí.  Bronnadh iliomad duaiseanna agus dámhachtain uirthi, sparánachtaí aonair agus do thograí, tréimhsí cónaithe ó Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Comhairle Contae Chiarraí, agus Ionad Scannánaíochta Chorcaigh ina measc.  Bíonn sí faoi choimisiún ag an South Wind Blows  go minic.  Bhí sí páirteach chom maith i dtréimhsí cónaithe i gCill Rialaig, Baile an Sceilg i 2015, ), Wild Valley Art Park, Sydney, Australia (2013), The Parlour Studios (ResArtis), Melbourne, Australia, (2013), An Lab, sa Daingean I measc go leor eile.

Roghnaíodh í go speisialta do Thionól ag Sabhal Mór Ostaigh, Oileán Sciathanach (2013). Orgi 4, Kings ARI, Sydney, sa Ostráil (2013), taispeántas bliantúil 182  an RHA  Baile Áth Cliath (2012), Crosbhóthar, An Daingean,  Conamara agus Dún na nGall agus an Gailearaí Náisiúnta, Oíche Chultúir (2011) Cosán Ealaíona Chorcaigh,  Tig Filí, Corcaigh (2004/2005), Labyrinth ag Gailearaí Crawford, coimisiúin do Chathar Chultúrtha Eorpach (2005) And Introducing, Ionad Ealaíona Iarthair Chorcaigh (2003). Bhí  Áine  Ní Chíobháin páirteach i dtaispeántais grúpa agus ealaíon suiteála sa Lab, an Daingean (2007-2015)   Greenlane Gallery, Dingle, sa  Greenlane Gallery Páras, (2007- 2015), St. John’s Theatre & Art Centre, Lios Tuathail, Co Chiarraí, Síamsa, Trá lí , (2008), Áras Éanna, Inis Oirr, (2004), Ionad an Teanga Labhartha, Ollscoil Chorcaigh , (2003), Ionad an Bhlascaod (OPW), Dún Chaoin,  Co. Chiarraí, (2003), Cork ArtTrail, Tig Filí, (2004/2005), Cork Artsfest, CIT, (2002) I measc go leor eile.



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