The Arts

In association with Sligo Today

Cranmore Youth City Zine & Print Project

Added: 07/03/18 : 05:49:54

6 - 31 March at The Model

The Model are delighted to announce an exhibition of work produced by the children of Cranmore as part of a community collaboration between Cranmore Co-op Youth City and The Model.

The work presented is the result of a series of workshops, which took place at Youth City Cranmore Cooperative and The Model between December 2017 and February 2018. Members of Youth City engaged in experimentation with traditional print techniques and illustration over the course of the workshops, which culminated in the compiling of a Zine titled Unicorn Rainbow People.

The theme of the work is Identity & Belonging and depicts the children’s areas of interest and the important things in their lives.

This project was led by Dany Guest, a print maker and artist (pulled Screen Print) and supported by Niall Breen an Illustrator and Comic artist both based in Sligo.

Youth City is a drop in youth centre facilitated by The Inside & Out project and is generously funded by the International Fund for Ireland Peace Impact Programme.

With special thanks to all the Youth City volunteers; Maureen, Deidre, Niamh and Emer McFadden, Community Development Worker at Cranmore Cooperative for all their support and time.
 Nurse Margaret Naughton, Hugo Jellett CEO of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation pictured with Cathy Keighery Jack & Jill’s liaison nurse for County Sligo at the reveal of the artwork in INCOGNITO 2018 INCOGNITO 2018 includes works by 10 Sligo artists

Added: 13/03/18 : 13:19:41

Over 1000 artists donate an original, miniature art piece to Incognito - an art exhibition for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, to go on sale for €50 each in The Solomon Gallery 6th to 8th April, giving buyers a chance to purchase a valuable piece worth thousands from a well-known name. And the catch? You don’t know the artist’s name until you buy the art!

The exhibition comprises over 1500 original, postcard sized art pieces, donated by 1000 artists from around the country and overseas, including 10 artists from County Sligo. The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation has supported over 2,240 children and their families from across the country since 1997, including 29 from County Sligo. The charity is delighted that William Fry has come on board to support the largest group-show exhibition in a single gallery in state history, as part of the Firm’s three-year commitment to the Jack and Jill Foundation.

From this week the public can view the INCOGNITO 2018 collection online at and but, as the name suggests, the artist’s identity is top secret and won’t be revealed until after the sale; with artists Tracey Emin, Rhona Byrne, Martin Gale, Dede Gold, John Kelly, Peter Curling, Martin Gale, Mo Kelly, Nick Miller, Ed Miliano, Abigail O’Brien, and Richard Gorman contributing.

The collection will be on sale, on a first come first served basis, for €50 each in The Solomon Gallery, Dublin (beside the Westbury Hotel off Grafton Street) from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th April, offering purchasers a chance to secure a valuable piece of art worth thousands of euro from one of the well-known artists involved. In a bid to avoid the queues around the block witnessed last year, there are preview exhibition days on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th April, although the identity of the artists remains anonymous until after purchase when the art goes on sale on Friday 6th at 10am.

Last year INCOGNITO raised over €80,000 to fund home nursing care for the 350 children under Jack & Jill’s wing and it is hoped to repeat this in 2018. These are children with severe development delay because of brain damage, children who may never paint a picture themselves; precious children who do better at home, where they are well cared for by their parents with critical support from Jack & Jill nurses.  The Jack & Jill service operates 365 days a year, has no waiting lists and mobilizes an army of 750 nurses and carers around the country.


According to Hugo Jellett, CEO of Jack & Jill, “We have been quite overwhelmed by the number of artists donating their talent, their time and their gift to Jack & Jill.  The standard of work is simply silencing and unveiling the artworks for INCOGNITO 2018 is a very proud day for Jack & Jill.  We expect people from all around the country will be queuing outside The Solomon Gallery to purchase their favorite piece. 

Theirs for just €50 and a small price for a big impact for the children we support.  I am also delighted at the platform INCOGNITO provides to less well-known artists to display their talent alongside the big names. People often talk about ‘affordable art’ and the price tag is still in the late hundreds, so it really is a joy to be able to present original works – for people to buy for themselves or for friends – at a fixed price of just €50, and once you conceal the identity of the artist, it becomes simply about whether you like it or not… and that will bring a huge sigh of relief to many!”

Speaking on William Fry's involvement, Bryan Bourke, Managing Partner, said, “We are extremely excited to be involved with INCOGNITO, which is a truly innovative fundraising initiative that makes art accessible to everyone while helping to provide much needed nursing and respite support for sick children and their families. Looking at the artwork online today, we hope that as many people as possible will start window shopping at and make a date for The Solomon Gallery.”

Frank Wynne shortlisted twice for 2018 Man Booker International Prize Sligo translator shortlisted twice for Man Booker International Prize

Added: 13/03/18 : 07:28:58

An Sligo translator has made the 13-strong longlist for this year’s £50,000 Man Booker International Prize not once but twice, for translations from two languages.

Frank Wynne, from Strandhill, Co Sligo, has been nominated for his tranlations of The Impostor by Spanish writer Javier Cercas and Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes, both published by MacLehose Press.

He has previously won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for his translation of Windows on the World by Frédéric Beigbeder and the IMPAC/Dublin Literary Festival Prize in 2002 for Atomised (The Elementary Particles) by Michel Houellebecq.

The 13 longlisted books have been translated from 10 different languages, across Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. Previous winners Han Kang (2016) and László Krasznahorkai (2015) are both on the longlist, for The While Book and The World Goes On respectively.

The Irish Times reports that other popular choices on the longlist include The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor; Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Susan Bernofsky; Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright; and The Dinner Guest by Gabriela Ybarra, translated by Natasha Wimmer and reviewed here last Saturday.

Also of particular Irish interest is The Flying Mountain by Christoph Ransmayr, translated by Simon Pare. It tells the story of two brothers who leave the southwest coast of Ireland on an expedition to Tibet, looking for an untamed, unnamed mountain that represents perhaps the last blank spot on the map.

The prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world, is awarded every year for a single book, which is translated into English and published in the UK. Both novels and short-story collections are eligible. The work of translators is equally rewarded, with the £50,000 prize divided between the author and the translator of the winning entry. In addition, each shortlisted author and translator will receive £1,000 each. The judges considered 108 books.

The longlist was selected by a panel of five judges, chaired by Lisa Appignanesi OBE, author and cultural commentator, with Michael Hofmann, poet, reviewer and translator from German; Hari Kunzru, author of five novels including The Impressionist and White Tears; Tim Martin, journalist and literary critic, and Helen Oyeyemi, author of novels, plays and short stories including The Icarus Girl.

Appignanesi said: “Judging this Man Booker International Prize has been an exhilarating adventure. We have travelled across countries, cultures, imaginations, somehow to arrive at what could have been an even longer longlist. It’s one which introduces a wealth of talent, a variety of forms and some writers little known in English before. It has great writing and translating energy and we hope readers take as much pleasure in discovering the work as we did.”

The shortlist of six books will be announced on April 12th and the winner on May 22nd. Last year’s winner was A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman, translated by Jessica Cohen.

“I came to translation almost by accident,” Wynne told Authors & Translators magazine. “I left Ireland (and an unfinished degree in English and Philosophy) at the age of 22 and moved to Paris. I had never been to France, or indeed anywhere very much and had only school French meaning that my rather halting speech (there was no oral examination in Ireland in the late 70s) sounded rather like that way Maupassant writes.

“Literary translation allows me the privilege of ‘writing’ novels I could never imagine, of attempting to find a voice for authors and their characters, of working with the nuts and bolts of language to try and recreate narratives I love and admire.”
Sligo students bring colour to art competition

Added: 16/03/18 : 11:57:24

Texaco Children’s Art Competition adjudicator Denise Ferran pictured during judging of entries in this year’s competition, the results of which will be announced mid-April.

In her hand is an entry by 10-year old Aibhín Conlon, from Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré, entitled ‘Girl On The Horizon’ and another by 9-year old Aarya Garrib, from St. Brendan’s National School, Cartron Point, entitled ‘Rainbow Hearts’.

Over 300 students from County Sligo are amongst those from all parts of Ireland who are taking part in the Competition – the 64th year of the event.

Prizes will be presented at a ceremony that takes place in Dublin in May.