The Arts

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Monasteraden literary event 11th May

Added: 03/05/16 : 15:05:59

As part of Voluntary Arts Week, local writing group -The Wrong Side of the Tracks Writers- are putting on a free creative writing event, Wednesday 11th May at 11am, in the Roundhouse of Monasteraden.

The setting is beautiful, and the format will be informal and friendly, with light refreshments and plenty of ideas flowing.

Members of the writing group will set short enjoyable writing exercises, and there will be a general discussion on how to get writing creatively, or where to go next with your finished work
This event is supported by Voluntary Arts Ireland.

For booking and directions please email:

Photo J.M. Synge.jpg: J.M. Synge at Rehearsal by John Butler Yeats (1907) ‘Yeats & the West’ on Tour

Added: 21/03/16 : 13:39:22

A major NUI Galway exhibition celebrating the many connections W.B. Yeats had with the west of Ireland opens at The Model in Sligo this week.

NUI Galway, in association with Yeats2015, will present ‘Yeats & the West’, an exhibition exploring Yeats’s life, work, legacy and deep connections to the west of Ireland in Sligo from 24 March to continue throughout the spring.

Alongside the exhibition, every Thursday NUI Galway and The Model will present an exciting series of public talks, tours, and schools events.

Highlights of the Yeats & the West exhibition include original artworks by Jack B. Yeats and his father John Butler Yeats, and a wealth of visual material from artists like Norah McGuinness and photographers from Fergus Bourke to Nicolas Fève, alongside rarely seen images, manuscripts, and books from archive collections in NUI Galway such as the Lady Gregory Collection, the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive, and the Lyric Theatre Belfast.

The exhibition is part of NUI Galway’s contribution to Ireland’s decade of commemorations and the worldwide Yeats2015 series of cultural events marking his 150th birthday.

President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne explained: “As a civic university we enjoy a strong relationship with our region. Sligo and the north-west are especially important to us as witnessed by our longstanding relationship with St Angela’s College and our recently opened Sligo Medical Academy. With Yeats & the West we have developed a 6-week programme of public talks, tours and schools events around this popular exhibition so that we can engage with our alumni, with prospective students and the general public in the north-west. We are delighted to partner with The Model in this initiative and I hope that many visitors will get a chance to enjoy the exhibition and connect with NUI Galway over the coming weeks.”

William Butler Yeats, poet, playwright, politician, and Nobel prize-winner for literature always looked west. For Yeats the west was the wellspring of songs, stories, folklore, artwork, drama, crafts; the foundation of the Irish imagination. It was also the landscape of his poetry and plays. Significant events of his life took place here; collaborations that formed his work were forged here. ‘Yeats & the West’ tells this remarkable story and considers what the west meant to him.

Photo Fergus Bourke.jpg: Hawthorn, Connemara by Fergus Bourke.

“I think people sometimes forget that Yeats was not just a poet: he was a cultural revolutionary. To put it differently you might say he was a collaborator, an entrepreneur, an artist and a man who made things happen,” said Dr Adrian Paterson, of NUI Galway and curator of the exhibition.

“The west was the landscape of Yeats’s poetry. It was also a wellspring of songs, stories, folklore, artwork, drama, crafts. The talks we are presenting look at his life and loves, his poetry, his influences. But they also feature his collaborations, and the songs and plays and artwork and the politics of those around him that shaped modern Ireland. It’s a western revolution.”

“There’s a western tradition of art and making that continues right up to the present day, which is why we’re so pleased scholars like Margaret Mills Harper, Adrian Frazier, and Hilary Pyle, will be speaking not only about W.B. Yeats and his poetry but also the wider cultural sphere, including his own family of makers,” added Dr Adrian Paterson.

Yeats & the West is an exhibition of collaborations. The exhibition highlights the gifted artists of Yeats’s own family, in books from the Cuala Press and images of the Dun Emer embroideries from St. Brendan’s Cathedral Loughrea. A complete collection of the Cuala Press Broadsides designed by Jack B. Yeats and recently acquired by The Model will also be on show. The Broadsides feature colloquial poetry and song as well as original, hand coloured illustrations by Jack Yeats. The exhibition also features material from the Arthur Shields Collection, a spectacular resource of letters, photographs, and first editions.

The Model’s Acting Director, Emer McGarry, said “The Model is delighted to partner with NUI Galway on this fascinating exhibition. Yeats & the West not only illuminates the influence of western culture on the Yeats Family, but also shines a light on the network of ideas and artistic endeavours that existed between the family and the wider Yeats circle. We are particularly excited to present the accompanying academic lecture series to audiences in the Northwest throughout the duration of the show.”

Yeats & the West tells a story of going west to find those places, real and imaginative, that change our sense of where and who we are. The Yeats & the West exhibition runs from 24 March at The Model in Sligo. The exhibition is presented in association with NUI Galway, and supported by the University’s Moore Institute and James Hardiman Library, as well as the National Library of Ireland, St Brendan’s Cathedral Loughrea, Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society, and Yeats2015.

In parallel with the public programme of events NUI Galway has a school liaison initiative with targeted workshops for Leaving Certificate and Transition Year students. If your school would like further information or to visit the exhibition contact Grainne Dunne at

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Perry encourages local arts centres to apply for new fund

Added: 05/02/16 : 04:56:18

Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim John Perry, has encouraged Sligo arts centres to apply for funding under a new €9 million investment scheme for arts and culture centres announced by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys.

“This welcome new investment scheme for not-for-profit arts and culture centres is part of the Government’s Capital Investment Framework 2016-2021.

“The scheme will run over the next three years and is focussed on upgrading the existing stock of arts and cultural centres around the country. I strongly encourage Sligo arts and culture centres to apply for funding under the scheme. Full details of the application process will be available at in the coming weeks.

“Local arts and culture centres such as Hawkswell Theatre and The Model make a hugely significant contribution to local communities in Sligo. They contribute in a really meaningful way to the quality of life of local people and they are also great for encouraging tourism to Sligo.

“This new fund will help the centres to refurbish and enhance their facilities, with maximum grants of €300,000 for this purpose. A smaller number of key facilities could also be eligible to apply for funding of approximately €1 million for significant improvements. Ideally these projects would also have financial support from the relevant local authority. Smaller grants of up to €20,000 will also be available for community or voluntary organisations operating in facilities which have not been purpose built.

“This Government is committed to supporting the arts and cultural sector here in Sligo and across the country.

“Fine Gael has a long term economic plan to keep the keep the recovery going which will allow for these kinds of investments to take place. The plan has three steps: more and better jobs, making work pay more than welfare, and investment in better public services, which will only be possible as a result of the increased revenue generated by creating more jobs. This plan will ensure that more people feel the benefits of a recovering economy in their own lives.”

Added: 11/06/15 : 03:51:14