Tuesday 1st May 2012 (5 weeks)
Wednesday 2nd May 2012 (5 weeks)
To enrol on line go to www.qub.acuk/edul/ol
by phone call 04890975057
Further information contact, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.qub.ac.uk/edu/ol
QUB Tel.: +44 (0)28 9097 5057
We all know about the Da Vinci Code, but what do we know about Leonardo Da Vinci, and Michelangelo and Raphael? And could we learn to draw, using their methods?
Two new courses, accredited by Queen’s university will offer some intriguing answers to these questions.
Starting in Dundalk’s Basement Gallery in May, the courses, ‘An Introduction to the Italian Renaissance and ‘Classical Drawing: Learning from the Masters’, will be facilitated by art historian and artist, Anne Callanan. Anne talked to us about the new Queen’s courses:
‘Both courses offer a wonderful opportunity to those interested in art history and improving or learning how to draw. No experience is required just a interest in learning something new in a ambient environment.
‘The setting couldn’t be more perfect in the Basement Gallery – almost custom built for the course. Just like the old schools in Florence which tended not to have much direct sunlight.
‘We are very grateful to the Basement Gallery for allowing us to use their fantastic space.’
Anne has been a part- time lecturer with Queen’s University Belfast and has spent the last two years working between Florence and Ireland where she was a guest lecturer in an American University. While there she worked in various art studio/atelier improving her own artistic technique. Anne lives in Dundalk and wants to share her knowledge of Italy and its art with you.
Anne explained what the two courses are about: ‘An Introduction to the Italian Renaissance’ is an art history course which will cover Renaissance and Baroque art. Artists considered will be Leonardo Da Vinci (including his latest work in London, Salvator Mundi), Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Veronese & Tintoretto to name but a few.
‘The second part of the course will concentrate on Italian Baroque focusing on the Mannerist style in Rome. Others artists like Velazquez and Ribera from the Spanish school will be discussed, showing how Caravaggio had such a strong influence on their work.
‘The other course, ‘Classical Drawing: Learning from the Masters’, is really a practical, hands-on drawing course, but is unique in that we will be following the methods practised by great artists over the ages.
‘So, we will learn from Velasquez, Van Gogh, Sargent, Picasso and later David Hockney. The course aims to train the eye to perceive shapes, values and proportion.
‘Remember, if you can write your name you can learn to draw.’
‘An Introduction to the Italian Renaissance’ begins on 1st May between 10-12am and runs for 5 weeks.
‘Classical Drawing: Learning from the Masters’, begins on 2th May, between 10-12am and runs for five weeks.
Each course is worth 5 CATS points within Queen’s University’s Open Learning Programme. Each course costs £43. You can enrol online from 19th March onwards at www.qub.ac.uk/edu/ol
For further enquires contact: email@example.com
Quest for the Táin
An Exhibition by John Behan R.H.A.
Inspired by An Táin Bo Chuailgne
Exhibition Opening – Saturday 10th March 1.00pm
Special Event – Saturday 10th March at 12.00pm “John Behan and The Táin”
John Behan in conversation with Eileen Corcoran, Dundalk FM The Space, Town Hall – admission free.
John Behan’s large-scale sculptural features, based on the Táin, have been a much-loved feature of Dundalk life since the 1970s. Depicting characters from Ireland’s national epic, the sculptures have recently been relocated to the new Market Square in Dundalk’s town centre. With the sculptures now more accessible than before, and with Dundalk being the purported birthplace of Cú Chulainn, the Arts Service of Louth Local Authorities extended an invitation to John Behan to hold an exhibition in the Town Hall’s Basement Gallery.
The artist, described by Fred Johnston as “arguably Ireland’s foremost sculptor”, agreed and will be bringing new work to the venue for an exhibition which will continue until March 23rd. John Behan was born in 1939 and attended the National College of Art and Design from 1957 to 1960, and later Ealing College of Art London and the Royal Academy School, Oslo. He was a founder member of the Project Arts Centre, as well as being instrumental in the establishment of the Dublin Art Foundry. He has served on The Arts Council, and the Cultural Relations Committee, and as a board member of The Irish Museum of Modern Art. He is a member of The Royal Hibernian Academy, and in 2000, was conferred Doctor of Literature by The National University of Ireland, Galway.
Throughout his career he has participated in numerous group exhibitions and has had regular one-man shows since the 1960s. His work is included in countless public and private collections. John describes his exhibition thus – “My interest in The Táin has been a preoccupation with me since my teens when I made my first welded iron sculptures. At that time, I was an apprentice metal worker in Dublin, learning my trade. From my school days, the story of The Táin was of great interest to me. My first sculpture was a welded mild steel “Bull” from the Táin, followed by figures of Cú Chulainn and Ferdia also in steel The story and characters from The Táin have been of life long interest to me. The fact that the landscape of The Táin survives in the countryside of Dundalk and environs, and that Thomas Kinsella’s magnificent re-creation, with Le Brocquy’s illustrations, in book form establishes the Táin in our memories and in our imaginations for ever. I am privileged to be part of the continuing artistic process.”
Cllr Marianne Butler, Cathaoirleach, Dundalk Town Council, will formally open the exhibition on Saturday, March 10th. – “We’re delighted to host an exhibition of the work of an artist of the calibre of John Behan, especially as his work is now an integral part of the new Market Square. The exhibition will give people the opportunity the see more of his work and to learn more about John Behan’s way of working and of imagining. It also gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to the late Irene Quinn, who commissioned the pieces and subsequently presented them to Dundalk during Heritage Year in 1989. She has given the people of Dundalk a legacy which will be appreciated for generations to come.” Dundalk FM’s Eileen Corcoran will record a conversation with John Behan in advance of the opening on Saturday 10th, to which the public are invited. The interview will be broadcast later on Dundalk FM.
“Bridges” at Louth County Museum
The 10 artists of Bridge Street Studios exhibit at the Louth County Museum, Dundalk.
Bridge Street Studios is celebrating it’s 16th anniversary as a leading artist studio in the North Eastern area. The artists marked this occasion by exhibiting in The Blackbird Gallery for the month of January and will now be bringing the show home to Louth County Museum in Dundalk from the 13th to the 24th of March, open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm daily. The opening reception will take place on Saturday March 10th at 3pm and will be opened by Frances Lambe; a ceramicist and former founding member of the studio.
The artists exhibiting include Fiona Thornton (jewellery), Sarah McKenna (ceramics), Mary Cowan (ceramics), Rachel Tinniswood (textile art), Nicola Moran (jewellery), Michele Haechler (painting and mixed media), Orla Barry (painting), John O’Connor (painting), Mary Martin (painting) and Fiona Quigley (painting and textiles). ‘Bridges’ is the chosen theme for the forthcoming exhibition. Drawing inspiration from the poem Bridge for the Living by Philip Larkin, each artist has produced a series of new works in their individual discipline.
Join us at the Art Lab this spring and get your imagination active with some art creations. Children from Tallanstown school can take the school bus straight to the gate of the Art Lab and I will meet them there.
1st Feb Wednesdays 4-7 years 3.30pm-5.30pm
Clay modelling, painting, fabric painting, crafts and lots more! Fill your Saturday mornings with fun, make new friends and learn how to make lots of interesting new things, including wacky Leprechauns!
3rd Feb Fridays 8-12 years 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Learn more about different art materials, colour, sculpture, texture, painting styles and a variety of drawing techniques and cartooning. Classes are fun and instructive but encourage individuality, flair and creativity.
Please see attachment for more details and costs
Abbey Art Studios
‘Fun Inspiring Creativity’
2012 is the European year dedicated to the active ageing: a chance for all of us to reflect on how Europeans are living longer and staying healthier than ever before — and to realise the opportunities that represents.
This year, in recognition of the Initiative “Firenze European city of sport 2012”, the organising team has established 2 different sections:
- Section “Active ageing”
- Section “Sport and the elderly”
The main objective of the contest is to promote opportunities for active ageing in general and for living independently, acting in areas as diverse as employment, health care, social services, adult learning, volunteering, housing, IT services or transport. Sport will have a special section, in order to underline its role in the activities for elderly people.
How to participate: Fill in the application form including a photo short explanation (maximum 150 words) in Italian or English and send it together with the photo by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 16th of February 2012.
Prizes for the Competition:
Prize of the Technical Jury: iPad, Computer tablet from Apple;
Prize of the Popular Jury: iPad, Computer tablet from Apple.
Read the Regulation and the Application form on FORMULA ANTI-AGEING
Follow the contest on facebook
“In association with Newry and Mourne District Council, Sticky Fingers Early Years Arts is looking for four artists of differing disciplines to collaborate with primary school children on an integrated public art scheme for Hill Street, Newry. Each artist will deliver a series of workshops in Newry to work with local children on creating a permanent art installation in one of four sites along Hill Street. In keeping with Sticky Fingers’ programme ethos, the workshops will be child-centred, with the themes of the final work arising from the children’s imagination. Each art installation will be finished to a high quality and should combine the children’s work with that of the artist. It is envisaged that the workshop time spent with the children will be used as a research period for each artist to create their element of the final work, both elements working in tandem with one another.
Applicants will need to be available during February, March and April, have proven experience in producing mid to large-scale public art projects and have an interest in working creatively and collaboaratively with young children.
For further details see our Artist Brief on the home page of our website, http://www.stickyfingersarts.co.uk
The deadline for all applications is 10am January 16th 2012. Late submissions will not be considered.
For further details contact the Programme Manager at email@example.com
This project is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Newry and Mourne District Council.”
More details here
Bridge Street Studios is celebrating its 15th anniversary as a leading artist studio in the North Eastern area. To mark this occasion the artists are exhibiting in the Blackbird Gallery, Kilkenny for the month of January, opening on December 30th.
Currently the Studio is home to nine artists; Fiona Thornton (jewellery), Sarah McKenna (ceramics), Mary Cowan (ceramics), Rachel Tinniswood (textile art), Michele Haechler (painting and mixed media), Orla Barry (painting), John O’Connor (painting), Mary Martin (painting) and Fiona Quigley (painting and textiles).
The artists have chosen ‘Bridges’ as the theme for the forthcoming exhibition. Drawing inspiration from the poem Bridge for the Living by Philip Larkin, each artist will produce three new works in their individual discipline.