Calling Musicians ! Drogheda Orchestral Collective (DOC) is delighted to announce that Karen Ní Bhroin, award-winning assistant conductor with RTÉ Orchestras and Choirs will Conduct the Drogheda group for its new Spring Season, commencing in April 2018. Musicians of all instrument families are invited to be part of an exciting learning and performing season – please contact us. We would love to hear from you.
Drogheda Orchestral Collective is a community orchestra open to musicians of all ages, but currently made up of mostly adult musicians. The group performs a broad repertoire from classical, film scores to choral and experimental pieces and has collaborated with many artists and performers since its formation in 2013. Following sell out performances of The Snowman performed to a live screening of the film, and works such as Sean O Riadas Mise Eire, we have also engaged with inspiring musicians in workshops given by Zoe Conway, Tadhg Murphy and Camerata Ireland. As guest conductor Karen Ni Bhroin has extensive experience conducting and teaching and we are delighted to welcome her to what will be a very exciting season for DOC.
For further details please email us at email@example.com
or message us on Facebook or Twitter @DroghedaOrch . Looking forward to hearing from you!
Curated by Creative Spark and Grandson, Put It On aims to provide insights into the creative process of representing sound. Taking place at the Spirit Store on Monday 26 March, we are delighted to present an evening of talks, visuals and music performances featuring some of the most creative people working in this field – from Dundalk, Dublin, Cork and San Diego we bring you an eclectic line up of panellists and performers.
Brian “B+” Cross is one of the most prominent music photographers working today. He has photographed more than one hundred album covers for artists such as Company
Flow, Damian Marley, David Axelrod, DJ Shadow, Flying Lotus, Eazy-E, J Dilla, Jurassic 5, Madlib, Mos Def, and Q-Tip. Cross was the director of photography for the Academy Award-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, and he has made several feature-length music films and many music videos. His photos have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vibe, the Fader, and the Wire.
Niall McCormack is a commercial artist based in Dublin, Ireland. He specialises in music packaging and book cover design. A graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Niall has created numerous LP and CD covers for Ace Records as well as sleeves for Vampisoul, Tru Thoughts, WFMU, Demon Music Group and Planet Mu. His artwork graces book covers published by Vintage Books, Profile Books, The Lilliput Press, Gorse, Gill & Macmillan, Poetry Ireland and The Collins Press. McCormack has curated a number of exhibitions of Irish book cover art including a retrospective of the work of Dutch-born designer Cor Klaasen. He co-curated Green Sleeves: The Irish Printed Record Cover, 1955–2017 at the National Print Museum in 2017 with Dr. Ciarán Swan.
John Byrne describes himself as occupying the ground between ‘gatherer’ and ‘archivist’. He says ‘Most rabid music collectors have an insane affliction that isn’t necessarily any more logical than a deep need to hear more music. I do too, but I also the have the need to see neglected stuff get refried again.’
Quare Groove Volume One is two twelve inch records. The first one features groove and dancefloor sounds of the Irish late 70’s and early 80’s. The second record features how things sounded when the country’s post punk generation got their hands on the same danceflooring.
Local collector/curator, Brian McMahon of Brand New Retro, will chair a panel discussion with the three speakers – this promises to be a fascinating exploration of how we represent music through image and design.
There’ll also be music on the night from Dublin house producer and DJ Frank B/Sias and a few tunes from local acts TPM and Jinx Lennon. The music performances have been coordinated by Peter Baldwin from local recording studio, Black Mountain Recordings.
The night kicks off at 7 PM and runs until 11:00 PM.
This is a free event, supported by CreateLouth, the Arts Service of Louth County Council, and Plus Print.
For further information contact Sarah Daly at tel: 042 938 5721 / 086 173 1356 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Creative Spark
Creative Spark, centre for creativity and innovation, provides dedicated creative training and workspace facilities for new and established enterprises in County Louth – a place to work and a place to learn. It was conceived with a clear focus on the development of the creative and innovative enterprise sector in this region and the use of creative practice to promote social engagement. Operating as a not-for-profit social enterprise Creative Spark aims to develop the creative industries sector and support new and established innovative enterprises.
Established in 2013, Dundalk based design studio Grandson work in the area of design for print, web, brand and identity. Collaboration plays a key role in our creative process, and the curation of this eclectic event gave us the opportunity to merge disciplines which we are passionate about; photography, design, and music.
Louth County Council’s Culture team is seeking your views to inform the development of a Cultural and Creative Strategy for County Louth as part of the National Creative Ireland Programme. This strategy will plan for the development of culture and creativity in the county for the next five years.
Speaking earlier today Brian Harten, Arts Officer for County Louth stated,
“Following on from Louth’s Creative Ireland Plan for 2017 we are delighted to now focus on the development of a Creative and Cultural Strategy for Louth which will run from 2018 to 2022, and to begin planning services and supports to enable creativity to flourish in our county. We welcome the views of interested citizens, including our children and young people, to inform our planning process.”
In order to ensure to deliver a workable strategy the Culture Team has developed a short survey which is available online at www.louthcoco.ie. The survey will remain open for your responses until Friday 2nd March. A hardcopy of the survey will also be available at your local library.
For further information or queries in relation to the Creative Ireland programme log on to: https://creative.ireland.ie/en
Creative Careers and its sister company Charity Careers Ireland – specialist recruiters for the charity sector is pleased to announce a new partnership with Business to Arts – a membership-based charitable organisation that brokers, enables and supports creative partnerships between businesses, individuals and the arts. This partnership will offer our Business to Arts’ Affiliate members discounts on creative and charity job advertising and recruitment services.
MOLLY KEANE CREATIVE WRITING AWARD 2018
Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting entries for the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2018.
The late writer lived, until her death in 1996, in Ardmore, Co. Waterford. Her first ten novels and four plays were published under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell. In 1981 ‘Good Behaviour’ became a publishing sensation for which she was short listed for the prestigious Booker Prize. Annually since 1998, to celebrate this rich literary life, the Waterford Arts Office, by kind permission of the Keane family has invited entries for a previously unpublished short story to a maximum of 2000 words. There is no entry fee, no age limit and no restriction on the subject matter. A prize of €500 will be awarded to the winner at a special ceremony during the IMMRAMA Literary Festival in Lismore, Co. Waterford in June 2018.
The closing date for receipt of entries is
Thursday 15th March 2018 at 12 noon.
Full details and an entry form can be downloaded from www.waterfordcouncil.ie or by contacting the Arts Office on 058-41416.
Youth at the Centre – putting young people at the heart of your arts venue
“A room with a youth theatre in it is a machine for generating happiness” – Peter Hussey, Kildare Youth Theatre
Date: Feb 22nd 2018, 11am – 4.30pm (Registration will begin at 10.30)
Venue: Draoícht, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. (View Location Map)
Join Youth Theatre Ireland for a day-long seminar exploring how your venue can become a home for quality youth theatre work and create opportunities for young people to engage in excellent arts experiences. This is an opportunity for staff and practitioners from arts venues to:
- Share best practice approaches from youth theatres around the country;
- Explore current national and local arts strategies that will impact on the future development of youth arts initiatives in venues;
- Discover from youth theatre members how your venue can become a real ‘home’ for creative young people;
- Find solutions with your peers to some of the practical challenges you’ve faced running a youth theatre in your venue.
The seminar will be opened by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., and will include inputs from: Arts Council staff members Val Ballance (Head of Venues) and Seóna Ní Bhriain (Head of Young People, Children and Education); Brian Harten, County Arts Officer for Louth County Council; members of the Youth Theatre Ireland Youth Board; staff, practitioners and members from venue-led youth theatres.
The seminar is aimed broadly at managers, staff and practitioners who are running youth theatres in arts venues, those with an interest in developing new youth theatre opportunities in their venue or those who are engaged in developing youth arts at a local level.
Booking is now open through the following Eventbrite link: https://youthatthecentre.eventbrite.ie
Attendance at the seminar is free of charge, however registration is essential. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Rhona Dunnett at Youth Theatre Ireland (email@example.com).
The Seminar is delivered by Youth Theatre Ireland in partnership with Draoícht and in association with Theatre Forum.
Damien Czerwonka, Abigail Byrne, Hannah Davis and Fyodor Strigoun, students from St. Agnes’ Community Centre for Music and Arts (former Music Capital Scheme awardee).
Music Capital Scheme
Music Network recently welcomed the announcement by Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, confirming funding of €245,500 for the latest round of the Music Capital Scheme.
The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network, comprises two distinct awards that provide funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups and to professional musicians.
The Music Capital Scheme will open for applications on Thursday 11th January 2018 with a deadline of 12pm (noon) on Tuesday 20th February 2018. Further information is available at musicnetwork.ie/musicians/funding.
For further details, please contact Music Network’s Programmes Administrator Sarah Cunningham at Tel 01 475 0224 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are now open for Ireland’s oldest and largest open submission exhibition, the 188th RHA Annual Exhibition. Open to all artists working in paint, drawing, print, sculpture, photography and architecture, the RHA Annual attracts a large public and critical audience. With sales in excess of €480,000 in 2017, the Annual is also a key event of the art calendar for both public and private buyers.
Closing date for applications is 25 March, 2018 with hand in of work taking place on 6 and 7 April 2018.
For FAQ’s and Terms and Conditions and to download application forms, please click HERE