The Arts

In association with Sligo Today

'Decomposer 'I - mixed media drawing and oil on board 50cm x 30cm  The Spice-Box of Earth at The Hamilton Gallery

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The Spice-Box of Earth
New Paintings and Drawings
by Clive Bright
2nd March - 1st April 2017
Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

The opening of "The Spice-Box of Earth", an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Clive Bright, will take place at the Hamilton Gallery on Thursday 2nd March at 6pm.

About "The Spice-Box of Earth"

My focus of work has drifted from a nostalgic grappling for a sense of place and history to grappling with the present.

Searching for an understanding and perspective of where we truly fit in the ecology of our place.  Understanding the role of even the tiniest organism within the web of living things around us.  Observing the knock-on effect of it being there or not has on the whole system. The cycles of energy, the niches of life, the microcosms within microcosms and the lessons that can be learned by studying the relative patterns throughout. - Clive Bright

Image above:  'Decomposer 'I - mixed media drawing and oil on board 50cm x 30cm 

Blinkered at the Hawk’s Well Theatre

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On Thursday the 23rd of March, Sole Purpose Productions bring Blinkered to the Hawk’s Well Theatre. Written by Patricia Byrne and directed by Shauna Kelpie, this play deals with one young man’s difficulty with depression and is suitable for audiences aged 15 and upwards.

 Sole Purpose Productions' reputation for engaging theatre audiences in issues that are sometimes uncomfortable and raw continues with this latest production. Promising another challenging performance, the play shines a light on the loneliness of depression and the impact on the family.

Performances will be followed by an interactive theatre workshop which will explore issues raised in the play.

Sole Purpose Productions is a professional theatre company based in Derry, founded in 1997. It has toured work extensively throughout Ireland and the UK, and has had work produced in New York and San Francisco.

This production is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland North South Touring Scheme and ESB Energy for Generations Fund. The Samaritans will be present at each performance for anyone who would like information about their services and to provide a listening ear if required.


“This is a must see show, outstanding!!”  AWARE NI

There are two shows, one at 11am and one later in the day at 8pm.

Tickets for the show are €15 with concessions for schools available from the Hawk’s Well Theatre Box Office on 071 916 1518 or
Francesca Placanica sings at The Model on Sunday 5th March at 1pm Francesca Placanica sings in the Model

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Francesca Placanica sings Elle in Francis Poulenc’s setting of a libretto by Jean Cocteau with Aileen Cahill (piano) on Sunday 5th March at 1pm  in the Informal Music Afternoon in the Model

 Francesca Placanica studied opera and classical vocal repertoires with Laura Sarti, Nelly Miricioiou, Dale Dietert and Richard Wistreich, and opera acting with Italo Nunziata, Maria Luisa Bigai, Marciem Bazell, Hank Hammett; lately theatre acting techniques with Pamela Karantonis and Benjamin Spatz at the Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research at Huddersfield University. She won the International Solo Voice Competition Seghizzi (2007) in the Category “George Gershwin” and graduated from musical institutions from Italy, UK, USA.

Theatre works include Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera, Witch in the world premiere of The History of Rapunzel by Simon Sargon, Ottavia in The Coronation of Poppea with the Meadows Opera Ensemble Dallas, Despina in Cosi fan tutte at Nuffield Theatre Southampton, Qen at Soho Theatre London in the musical Seventh Time Around (2011).

She performs extensively as a chamber recitalist soloist in Europe (including Switzerland and UK), Canada, USA. A PhD holder from University of Southampton and a twentieth-century vocal performance scholar, she is currently an artistic research fellow at Maynooth University, where she is the Principal Investigator of her IRC funded “En-GenderingMonodrama: Artistic Research and Experimental Production” (2015–17. Her monodramaticproductions, which she manages as producer and performer (La Voix humaine, Neither,Erwartung, Monodrama I), are due to tour Ireland and the UK in 2017 and 2018 as outputs of her project. For more information, please visit:

Also, Lorraine Howley and the sbo (leader Nicola Cleary) perform Antonio Salieri’s flute and oboe concerto; Dionne Tims with Aileen Cahill will perform the 1st movement of Glinka’s viola sonata;
And Steve Wickham and collaborators perform traditional Scottish music.

€5 adults  children free

Informal Music Afternoons are produced by Sligo Baroque Orchestra in partnership with The Model

Reconstructing Memory Masterclass with Clea van der Grijn

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Clea will lead a masterclass discussing the concept and process behind her exhibition, Reconstructing Memory currently on show at The Model until 02 April. This discussion will then be developed to create a mixed media piece based on the reconstruction of memory. Maximum 8 participants. €70 / €60 concession.

Reconstructing Memory is a multifaceted experiential and textured exploration of the societal disparities in approaches to death in Mexican and Irish cultures. Film, photography, sculpture, painting and installation are all sensitively utilised in this rich, beautiful and considered exhibition.

RECONSTRUCTING MEMORY will tour to Limerick City Art Gallery, The Solomon Dublin and Rochester Arts Centre USA.