Monday, 31 January 2011

Pat "The Picket" Allen Exhibition

Camden Palace Hotel, in conjunction with Sirius Arts Centre, Presents: 

Pat "The Picket" Allen Exhibition
featuring the photography of Doug DuBois
Opening 7PM, 2nd February 2011 and running until 25th February

Pat Allen was a very special part of Cork City. Arriving at protests in outlandish costumes, he became well known in the city for illustrating in a special way the uniqueness of this creative city.

The exhibition is a celebration of the life and times of Pat Allen (1953-2010). It will feature studio photographs of Pat in various costumes as taken this past summer by NY portrait photographer Doug DuBois.

Pat's numerous costumes and other effects will be on display as well as a collection of photos and press clippings collected from Pats friends and protesting allies. To this end, we invite these people to submit any photos, press clippings, artwork, etc. they may have of Pat for possible inclusion in the exhibition. Any submissions can be brought to the 1st floor office in Camden Palace Hotel before the end of January (we will still take submissions during the exhibition as well).

Please come out at 7PM 2nd of February to celebrate the life of Corks' most famous and colourful protester, Pat "The Picket" Allen.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

One Act Playwright Awards 2011

Cork Arts Theatre are now accepting submissions for our One Act Playwright Awards 2011. 

This is our annual writing awards event which is hosted, organised and sponsored by the theatre.  6 plays are shortlisted, produced and performed during Writers' Week in the autumn, each receiving a minimum of 2 perfomances. 

All writers will be invited to Writer's Day, where they will receive a full adjudication of their work and the short listed plays will be announced. 

There are 2 categories of awards: Established (category A) and New (category B).

A full copy of the rules and the application form is available to download from our website on the Writers and Writing page. 

Closing date for submissions is Friday 29th April 2011.

if you have any queries or questions you can or call Marisa or Dolores at 021 - 4505624 
"This was my first time taking part in the Writers Week and I was bowled over by the support and encouragement from all at the Cork Arts Theatre. Getting my work staged was a dream come true and I'd like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work. Going on to win the new writing section of the one-act festival was the icing on the cake. Writers Week is a tremendously enjoyable and extremely important festival and I look forward to being a part of it again and for many years to come"

Alan O' Regan, Winner of Category A (Best New Script) for 'Those Sick & Indigent' in the Cork Arts Theatre One Act Playwriting Awards 2010 

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

GLUCKSMAN: Field of Vision


“The world we see in these works of art is both remembered and imagined.”  So says one of the wall blurbs at Field of Vision, an exhibition, curated by Fiona Kearney from the UCC Art Collection and currently showing at the Glucksman.

Dreams  too feature here and one of the first paintings you see is “Van Gogh (Winter) , from a dream” by Tony O'Malley. Quite a shock to see the Dutch master in a wintry Irish landscape, such  a contrast to his normal colours.

The exhibition invites you “to see deeper into the country than you expected”. That shouldn’t be too hard for us, as most of us are only a generation or two, often only a mile or two, away from that countryside. Still you have to make the effort, cross the bounds.

As one very familiar with the bull and the boar in the farmyards and fields between Glanmire and Glounthaune for well over a decade, I did immediately like John Behan’s sculpture of a rugged bull. Had several encounters with those muscled monsters.

Stopped a while also at Brian Lalor’s “Parting Day”. Looks like a pretty Irish countryside cliché, with the village dominated by the church (a bit like Glounthaune) and two people winding their way home at the day’s end. But there is something about the shadows here. I will to have to take another look.

Never seen a horse like Basil Blackshaw’s in an Irish field! Maybe you might dream one up when lying in the long summer grass, the white clouds herding overhead. This large scale animal reminds me of the famous cave paintings in Lascaux, though maybe not as big.

I was engaged here for a while and quite happy to have visited this unheralded show. The landscape means different things to different people. For a different view, a younger one, see here  They preferred the show upstairs “Schooldays” while I preferred this one, a floor below.

Artists: Andrew Boyd, Basil Blackshaw, Billy Foley, Katherine Boucher Beug, Brian Lawlor, Albert Irwin, Nancy Wynne-Jones, Anne Madden, Patrick Collins, Barrie Coooke, John Behan, Martin Gale, Tony O’Malley, Charles Tyrell, Jill Denis.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011


The Counting House


Had a look at the Heineken and Bam plans for the much talked about Brewery Quarter which is to be built on the four acres of the former Beamish and Crawford Brewery.

Must say I was quite impressed. If you want to have a look yourself, go along to the old Counting House (which is to be preserved in the proposed plan) and see the information and plans for yourself. If you have any questions or requests for further information then the very helpful receptionist will help you out.

There are three main planks in the proposal: a 6,000 seat event centre, a "brewing experience" visitor centre (based in and around the Counting House, and also a mixed area to include student accommodation, artist units, shops and restaurants.

Even when brewing was conducted on the site (until 2009), the area wasn’t visually appealing. We all know what happens to derelict sites. Something needs to be done and done fast. 

There are already differences of opinion on the Brewery Quarter plans. Let us get them aired locally and get something in place before the rust and the weeds take over. I rather like what I saw today but then I haven’t seen the other side of the argument.



School Days, The Look of Learning, curated by Matt Packer, is the title of one of the current exhibitions at the Glucksman in UCC.

“School Days explores the experiences and environments of school, college and university, through the work of nine contemporary artists. The exhibition emphasises school not only as a place of organised learning, but as a space of social interaction and self-awareness that often occurs outside the classroom and exam hall: such as in playgrounds, canteens, and in corridors.”

 Of the nine artists, Eva Kotatkova was one that caught my eye, not least her childlike Walk to School Drawings and also her Sit Straight work. Was also initially interested in the large scale photographs of school groups (in social interaction) by Dutchman Raimond Wouda but soon found there were too many of them, all fairly similar. Less might have been more in this case.

Other artists explored the theory of education and the physical spaces where it and allied activities (recreation, eating, for example) take place but all in all it wasn't an exhibition that sparked much reaction from this long-time ex-pupil.  

But please don't take my word for it. Go along and check it out for yourself before it ends and, while you are there, have a look at the second exhibition, Field of Vision, which I did enjoy.
School Days continues until 20 March 2011.

The exhibition finishes with a little extra: A School Room, which contains furniture from the UCC collection, mainly desks, but none containing an ink-well!
Exhibition inside, ball playing outside

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ceoilham William Hammond Plenty of #Irish #traditional #festivals coming up soon Templebar trad Fest 26-30jan Feile an Pobal Belfast 3-6 feb UCC Tradfest 2-5 feb; Another good event will be the Whitehorse Tradfest 27-30 jan in Ballincollig

School Days: the look of learning – now at The Glucksman

All My Lovin and other Photographic in Cork Feb 2011 French photographer, Carolle Benitah will also be featured in All My Lovin with a body of work titles "Just the Two of Us" a lovely portrait of her and her son over a period of years....home

Triskel Arts Centre Theatre Forum is holding its next ‘Open Space’ meeting in Cork on Wed 9 Feb, from 10:30am – 4pm at the City Hall. They’d love as many theatre makers and practitioners as possible to attend but would ask people to commit to the full session. It’s FREE and you don't have to be a Theatre Forum member to attend. Lunch included. RSVP in advance. Details in the link below:

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Sirius Arts Centre via All My Lovin and other Photographic in Cork Feb 2011 Opening at Sirius Arts Centre Friday 4 February 7pm - Two Works by French Photographer Charlie Jouvet. "Geheimnistrager" and "The Pier" Special Guest Opening Speaker Krzysztof Candrowicz, Director of the Lodz International Festival of Photography, Poland. Mueki - Geheimnisträger

Triskel Arts Centre created an event. Japanese Brush Calligraphy Course (4 classes) Tuesday, February 1 at 8:00pm at Triskel @ The River Lee Hotel, Western Road, Cork Japanese Brush Calligraphy Course (4 classes)
Classes take place on Tuesdays :: Feb 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd The River Lee Hotel, 8pm

Philip Gray’s exhibition continues at the Vision Centre - BuckleyFineArt Buckley Fine Art - #bornfree 

Neil Flynn debuts in CAT with THE HOTHOUSE All the details at

KinsaleArtsWeek Kinsale Arts Week Introducing the KAW team for 2011:

CometoCork Steve Cox RT @bosca: Cork Spring Literary Festival: If you find yourself in the People's Republic this February then...

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Listowel Writers' Week welcome you to our first newsletter!
We are delighted and excited to be celebrating our 40th Festival in 2011 and so make sure that you put the 1st to 5th June in your new 2011 diaries! In addition, we have great pleasure in announcing our wonderful array of Literary Workshops and Competitions for 2011 - check out our website for full details.

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Sunday, 23 January 2011


LISTOWEL WRITERS' WEEK have been in touch to wish Happy 2011 "to all our Friends around the Globe!"

It has been a hectic 2011 so far and yet we are only 20 days in!

Our Literary Workshops have been selling like hot cakes since the 4th January.

However, we do have a limited number of places still available but you will have be to quick to secure a place.
Below are the details of all our Literary Workshops & Directors for 2011

Workshop                                                        Director

Short Fiction                                                  John MacKenna
Creative Writing Getting Started                   Professor Adrian Fazier
Creative Writing Advanced                           David Park
Novel Getting Started                                   Aifric Campbell
Novel Advanced                                           Sean O'Reilly
Popular Fiction                                             Sarah Webb
Poetry Getting Started                                 John Hartley Williams
Poetry Advanced                                          Harry Clifton
Songwriting                                                   Mick Hanly
Freelance Journalism                                    Terry Prone
Writing for Theatre                                      Marina Carr
Writing for Screen                                        Mark O'Halloran
Writing Funny                                             Jeremy Sheldon
Memories into Memoir                               Irene Graham
History Writing - Non Fiction                    Robert Lacey

Workshop Information 
Each three-day Workshop will run from 9.00am – 1.00pm on: Thursday 2nd June, Friday 3rd June and Saturday 4th June 2011. 
Places are limited to 15 per workshop. Workshop Fee:    €175.00 for each three-day workshop.

€30,000 to be won in Prizes!

We have over €30,000 in prizemoney to be won through our literary competitions, so come on, it's time to get creative this January. And because we have just a wide variety of competitions to choose from there is something for everyone in the audience!  The most notable of our prizes is €15,000 for Irish Novel of Year which is sponsored by Kerry Group, but we also have short story, poetry, full length play, tell your story and our most popular competition which is Writing for Youth. NB  Closing Date for receipt of ALL entries is Friday 25th February 2011. 

Finally, don't forget the dates of our festival 1st to 5th June 2011.  Here is sneak preview of who to expect around Listowel during the June Bank Holiday weekend!

Thomas Keneally, Robert McCrum, Alice Sebold, David Sedaris, Cathy Kelly, Michael Holroyd, Kevin Barry, John Lynch, Emily Barr, Gerald Celente, Jackie Kay, Blake Morrison and many many more!

Full details of all the above can be found on our website"


Lewis Glucksman Gallery
Until 20 March 2011
School Days: the look of learningexplores the experiences and environments of school, college and university, through the work of nine contemporary artists. The exhibition emphasises school not only as a place of organised learning but as a space of informal interaction and self-awareness that occurs outside the classroom and exam hall, such as in playgrounds, canteens, and corridors.


upcoming exhibition

Feb 1st - 12th

Student of the Year Exhibition
Pam Carroll & Áine Maher
Each year the Cork Art Society and Lavit Gallery nominate a graduating student from the Crawford College of Art and Design, as Student of the Year. This prize takes the form of an exhibition at the gallery, from which no commission is taken on sales and a small cash prize sponsored by Parfrey Murphy & Co. Chartered Accountants. Last June, it was decided to jointly award this prize to Pam Carroll and Áine Maher.

Pam Carroll's sculptural work explores the human conscience through a range of materials and found objects. In her recent degree show use was made of materials as diverse as lead, wire, minx fur, latex and pigment, You can sense that presentation is vital to the artist, in this clean and deliberate work.

Although the work of Áine Maher is lens based, it engages in a formal and painterly language and is also combined with 3D elements. Light, line and plane are used to impart space and the 3d elements accentuate the form. She describes her work as aspiring to rouse contemplative solitude. In a review of her Degree show, Aidan Dunne marked her out for special attention - sayingif the phrase 'the poetics of space' didn't exist, one would have to invent it to describe her work, which is exceptionally well-judged, subtle and persuasive.