‘Do Governments Lie?’

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
6 June – 27 July 2019

As part of this year’s Belfast Photo Festival, the Golden Thread Gallery simultaneously held three very different exhibitions, at three very different qualitative levels: Philippe Chancel’s excellent and subtle observation of life within North Korean ideological strictures; a dispassionate survey of political discourse on social media by Marc Lee; and a terrible, ostensibly anti-Trump installation by Erik Kessels & Thomas Mailaender, which is so devoid of the potential for critical engagement that the president would, I’m sure, greet it with gleeful delight.

Philippe Chancel’s ‘Kim Happiness’ consists of a selection … Read the rest

Marianne Keating ‘The Ocean Between’

Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
21 June – 22 September 2019

Awareness of Ireland’s involvement in the history of the British colonial project is generally one-sided, with national imagination focusing on the ‘epic’ Irish struggle against England, rather than acknowledging Irish social or cultural exchange within the wider world of empire. Marianne Keating’s exhibition, ‘The Ocean Between’, fulfils a vital role in redressing this imbalance, with rigorous research and nuanced, objective presentations. Her seven film installations are the result of years of archival research relating to the largely forgotten history of indentured Irish labourers in Barbados and Jamaica, and are linked … Read the rest

VAI Workshop | Business Skills for Artists with Marian McDonald – Kildare (18 Sept.)

Does creating art flow easily for you but when it comes to getting your work out there and selling it you grind to a halt?

Why not adapt and apply skills from other sectors to make the time you spend on the business side of things efficient and productive. This workshop focuses on effective Business Skills tailored to Visual Artists.

Marian will teach you the business skills to succeed as a self-employed artist. Costing and pricing strategies will be considered as well as budgeting skills. Tax Compliance will be examined with the possible acquisition of Artists Exemption Status. Assess your … Read the rest

First Recipients of Markievicz Awards Announced

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD, announced the first recipients of the Markievicz Award, a new bursary scheme for artists, so-called to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the appointment of the first female cabinet minister, Constance de Markievicz.

The Award Scheme is an initiative of Minister Madigan under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023. The Arts Council oversaw administration of the award scheme and received a total of 107 applications under the scheme earlier this year. The award winners announced today by the Minister are Sibéal Davitt, Isadora Epstein, Claire Kilroy, Louise Lowe and working in collaboration … Read the rest

Shortlist Announced for Zurich Portrait Prize 2019

The Zurich Portrait Prize is an annual competition showcasing contemporary portraiture and attracts entries from across the island of Ireland, and from Irish artists living abroad. This exhibition will feature a shortlist of portraits chosen by the 2019 judging panel.

The winner will receive a cash prize of €15,000, and a commission worth €5,000, to create a work for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection. There will also be two awards of €1,500 for highly commended works. The aim of the Zurich Portrait Prize is to showcase and encourage interest in contemporary portraiture, and to raise the profile of the … Read the rest

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Consultation: Equality Action Plan and Disability Action Plan

As part of the 5-year review of the Arts Council’s Equality Scheme an updated draft Scheme and associated action plans have been developed. The Arts Council’s draft equality and disability 5-year action plans 2019 – 24 are both open for consultation with the arts sector and key stakeholders, as well as our partners in local and central government, and the wider public sector. These action plans set out the Arts Council’s commitment to fulfil obligations under the Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Both action plans build on the measures already undertaken … Read the rest

Richard Gorman, Tamsin Snow and Eithne Jordan – Awarded Age & Opportunity Visual Arts Residency at Cowhouse Studios

Age & Opportunity and Cowhouse Studios are delighted to announce the 5th year of the Age & Opportunity Visual Arts Residency initiative, which will will take place August 26th – September 6th.

The idea behind the residency is to create a quiet space over the course of two weeks for artists of different generations to consider their practices, and the changing contexts of those practices as time has moved on in their career.

This year the artists Richard Gorman, Tamsin Snow and Eithne Jordan have been selected as the Age & Opportunity Visual Arts Residency artists. There are no formal … Read the rest

The Arts Council Launches ‘Creative Places Ireland’ Pilot in Tuam, Co. Galway

Tuam is offered a three-year pilot programme developed for communities around the country that have not had opportunities to benefit from sustained public arts investment.

At a meeting of the Municipal District of Tuam, the Arts Council launched a new Creative Places Ireland pilot programme, the first of its kind in the country. The three-year pilot programme, which recognises and addresses gaps in the spatial and demographic distribution of Arts Council funding, is developed for communities around the country that have not had opportunities to benefit from sustained investment in the arts. The Arts Council-led programme is underpinned by a … Read the rest

Minister Madigan Announces Annex as Ireland’s representation at the 17th Biennale Architettura in 2020

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, is delighted to announce that Annex has been selected to represent Ireland at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Biennale Architettura 2020.

Annex is an international research and design collective founded in 2019. The collective is comprised of a team of architects, artists, and urbanists including Sven Anderson, Alan Butler, David Capener, Donal Lally, Clare Lyster and Fiona McDermott. Annex was selected to present Ireland’s national exhibition at the Biennale Architettura next year following an open call by Culture Ireland, in partnership with the Arts Council.

The exhibition … Read the rest

Róisín Stack Awarded Jerome Hynes Fellowship for Clore Leadership Programme 2019/20

The Arts Council have announced that Róisín Stack is the recipient of the 2019/2020 Jerome Hynes Fellowship – offered through the London-based Clore Leadership programme.

Róisín Stack is a theatre maker and arts manager based in Galway, Ireland. Her areas of interest are artist & art form development. In 2018 she co-founded Theatre57, a collective of over 90 independent theatre artists advocating for investment in cultural infrastructure to enable professional development. Previously, Róisín held positions with Druid, Macnas and Clod Ensemble and was Director of Galway Theatre Festival for four years.

Twenty five new Fellows will embark on the Clore … Read the rest