The Arts

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The Hermit Collective - Splinter Group for Ballymote Library

Added: 28/04/15 : 13:18:35

The Hermit Collective is a poetry/art/music ensemble founded in May 2014.

They bring pop-up shows to venues throughout the northwest, hanging paintings, standing sculptures, delivering poems, putting on puppet-shows, playing acoustic music, and then taking it all away again. Their events are free, though art and books are available to buy, and musicians can be hired!

With well over forty members, participants vary from gig to gig, well known and unknown, but always interesting. See

The next chance to catch them is on National Poetry Day 7th May, where they are dispatching a splinter group of poets, musicians, and a couple of puppets, to Ballymote Library from 7-8.30pm.
This a short sharp show so come and enjoy some free wine and refreshments!

Diary Date;
BALLYMOTE LIBRARY     MAY 7th    7 – 8.30pm.

Seamus Moran in New Solo Play - Have A Heart

Added: 28/04/15 : 16:03:14

Have A Heart is a one-man play written and performed by Seamus Moran and directed by Liam Halligan.

A man who’s recently had a heart transplant thinks that his new heart is talking to him. Is he going insane, suffering side-effects from the medication or is it possible? Could this really be happening? When his new heart persuades him to embark on a major quest, his life and his world are turned upside down and inside out.

He is soon operating well outside his comfort zone where his beliefs, assumptions and view of himself are called into question, tested and challenged. Kafka meets Tarantino, Have A Heart is a wonderfully dynamic and visual piece of theatre about love, obsession and head versus heart that will demand a real tour de force performance.

Structured like a detective story, it’s sure to keep audiences guessing and fully engaged throughout.

Have A Heart - New Theatre, Dublin May 18th - 23rd.

Have A Heart - On Tour: May 25th - June 12th.: The Garage, Monaghan; The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon; Friarsgate Theatre, Kilmallock; Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar; Árus Inis Gluaire, Belmullet; St. John's Theatre, Listowel; The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton; Ballina Arts Centre.
Dónal Lunny, Playing, 2015. By Nick Miller National Gallery unveils new portrait by Sligo based artist

Added: 20/04/15 : 09:58:18

A portrait of Dónal Lunny, one of Ireland’s legendary musicians and composers, was today (Friday, 17th April) unveiled in the National Gallery of Ireland. The portrait was specially commissioned by the National Gallery of Ireland as part of the inaugural Hennessy Portrait Prize.

The artist, Nick Miller, winner of the Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2014, painted the portrait, Dónal Lunny, Playing, over a number of sittings in his Sligo studio.

Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, said, “Dónal Lunny is one of the most celebrated Irish musicians and music producers of his generation. His portrait by Nick Miller, winning artist of the Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2014, is a very welcome addition to the National Portrait Collection and we are delighted to display this new commission for the enjoyment of our visitors. Our thanks to Hennessy for their generosity and continued support.”

Hennessy and the National Gallery of Ireland are inviting artists to send their submissions for the 2015 Hennessy Portrait Prize. Closing date is July 31st. For applications, terms and conditions, see

Making News: Things Left Unsaid

Added: 03/04/15 : 06:03:12

04 Apr - 31 May 2015

Opening: 04 Apr 5pm – 9pm
Reception: 5-6pm
Artist Talk: 6- 7pm

The Model is delighted to present ‘Making News: Things Left Unsaid’ by internationally renowned photographer Paul Seawright this April.
The show is part of a larger tour, which began at the Culturel Irlandais in Paris and will then move to the Ulster Museum in Belfast. In his most recent work, Seawright investigates the interiors of television studios located in Europe and America. The media, which create the news bulletins about current wars, are intellectually contested spaces. Seawright’s new work is about the intimate narratives of these sites—with a temporal tension between what is being said and what is being understood. Though the space is made to be seemingly unbiased, allowing an attempt to tell the viewer what is truth; it will never be the full truth.
Through these abstracted images, the TV viewer and the victims are belied by sensational representation that ultimately distances and desensitises, making for powerful and poignant images. An exhibition catalogue accompanies the show.
Paul Seawright is internationally renowned for his photographic work in areas of conflict. Whilst this subject matter parallels that of the photojournalist, the artist’s approach is allusive rather than documentary; he uses the camera to isolate and draw attention to detail rather than depicting easy narratives.
Seawright is the Head of School for Belfast School of Art and Professor of Photography. He was formerly Dean of Newport School of Art, Media and Design at the University of Wales, Newport, United Kingdom. Seawright was awarded a personal chair by the University of Wales in 2001, and is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Royal Ulster Academy of Arts and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2005, the FotoMuseum Antwerp exhibited a major survey exhibition of his work with accompanying catalogue Field Notes.
On May 6th, Paul Seawright will discuss his practice and elaborate on issues found in his exhibition at the Bureau of Radical Accessibility at The Model.
The exhibition continues until 31st May 2015.

For further information on this exhibition and Model events, please visit