Doris Salcedo Wins $1 M. Nomura Award

Doris Salcedo was named the winner of the inaugural Nomura Art Award, which will be given annually to one artist. The million-dollar prize is the largest cash prize in contemporary visual art, and is meant to allow an artist of major cultural significance to work on an ambitious project they didn’t previously have the resources to realise.

Salcedo, who was born in 1958 in Bogotá, is known for her sculptures and installations honoring those who are marginalized or forgotten, including victims of violence or disempowered groups and individuals. The Nomura Art Award will help Salcedo continue her series “Acts of

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Orlaith McBride Appointed Director of the National Archives

Orlaith McBride has been named as the new Director of the National Archives. She succeeds Mr. John McDonough who served in the post prior to taking on the post of Director of Library Services at DCU.

Orlaith McBride has been the Director of the Arts Council since 2011. During her time as Director she delivered the Arts Council’s commemorations programme in 2016, the national programme during Ireland’s presidency of the EU in 2013, introduced a new strategy for the arts in Ireland, Making Great Art Work 2016-2025 as well as leading out of many strategic initiatives and partnerships most notably … Read the rest

JUMP by Cléa van der Grijn wins at Oaxaca FilmFest, Mexico

JUMP by Cléa van der Grijn is a 26 minute experimental film which has won at Oaxaca FilmFest, Mexico. Oaxaca Film Fest is a week long film and script festival which had over 10,000 submissions. Oaxaca Film Fest is one of the largest film festivals in South America.

JUMP also has had official selections in over a dozen other festivals; it won best Experimental at International New York Film Festival and won Experimental/ cinematography in other festivals.

JUMP began as part of an immersive installation with film / paintings / neon. It toured (with an Arts Council Touring Grant) for … Read the rest

New Public Art by Holger Lönze in Geashill, Co. Offaly

Geashill, Co. Offaly’s has unveiled a collection of sculptures by Holger Lönze. The artwork was commissioned by Offaly County Council and funded by the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and Offaly County Council.

The sculptures were installed at the picnic area on the Portarlington approach road in Geashill. The sculptures take inspiration from the mythological Battle for Ireland which took place between two brothers Éremón and Éber. In 2015, Pat Foley submitted an outline of The Battle of Geashill story for a Secrets of Offaly competition run by Offaly County Council. Then in 2017, Clemens Von Ow published his beautiful … Read the rest

Bassam Al-Sabah Recipient of Fingal Arts Studio Award 2019

RHA School and Fingal Arts are delighted to announce Bassam Al-Sabah as the recipient of the 2019 Fingal Arts Studio Award.

This award was selected by Colin Martin, RHA Head of School and Sarah O’Neill, Deputy Arts Officer, Fingal Arts. Bassam Al-Sabah will begin his residency in November 2019. Th award provides a funded studio space for the period of one year and offers the recipient an opportunity to develop their practice within the institutional framework of the RHA.

Bassam Al-Sabah is an artist working across film, painting, sculpture and printed matter. Graduating from IADT’s BA Visual Art Practice in … Read the rest

Minister Madigan announces new scheme to enhance arts and culture centres nationwide

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has today announced a new €4.7m capital investment scheme for arts and culture centres.

It will run from 2019-2022 and focus on enhancing the existing stock of arts and culture centres throughout the country. It will also prioritise carbon footprint reduction in line with the Government’s action on climate change.

The Scheme builds on the success of the former Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018 which saw 134 organisations in 26 counties receive funding to refurbish and enhance their arts and culture facilities.

Organisations to have benefitted include Galway’s Townhall … Read the rest

The Arts Council Northern Ireland is relocating

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is relocating from The Sidings in Lisburn.

The new address will be:

Linen Hill House
23 Linenhall Street
Lisburn BT28 1FJ
Northern Ireland

To accommodate the office move, The Arts Council will be closed to the public from Thursday 17th October 2019 and will reopen on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 in Linen Hill House. 

Our main telephone line will be unavailable from 12 noon on Thursday 17th October and will reopen on Wednesday 23rd October 2019. We will also be unable to send or receive emails during this period.

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TACTICAL MAGIC | TULCA 2019 Programme Announced

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts
TACTICAL MAGIC curated by Kerry Guinan
1-17 November 2019

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts is pleased to announce the programme for this year’s iteration of the festival, TACTICAL MAGIC curated by Kerry Guinan, 1-17 November 2019.

Now in its 17th year, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts is a multi-venue, artist-centred festival of contemporary art in Galway City and County. The festival works with Ireland-based curators to present innovative exhibitions that provoke and energise audiences into the world of the Visual Arts.

TACTICAL MAGIC explores the theme of magic as it manifests in art, politics, and … Read the rest

Save the Date: Kader Attia in Dublin, Monday 25th November 2019!

VAI, in partnership with Project Art Centre, will welcome Kader Attia to Ireland to present on his recent work on Monday, 25th November 2019. Further details and bookings will be available soon.

Kader Attia (b. 1970, France), grew up in Paris and in Algeria. Preceding his studies at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and at Escola Massana, Centre d’Art i Disseny in Barcelona, he spent several years in Congo and in South America.In 2016, Kader Attia founded La Colonie, a space in Paris to share ideas and

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Laura Fitzgerald Announced as Recipient of the 2019 Emergence Visual Art Award

Wexford County Council Arts Department and Wexford Arts Centre in partnership with IT Carlow Wexford Campus School of Art and Design have announce Laura Fitzgerald as the recipient of the EMERGENCE Visual Art Award 2019. As a joint initiative between the three organisations, the award’s aim is to support visual artists with the development and promotion of their practice. Presented biannually, the award has a monetary value of €15,000 and includes mentorship support over the award cycle to the value of €2,000 and a solo exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre in September 2021. In addition, the artist has the opportunity … Read the rest