The Arts

In association with Sligo Today

Some of Matt Jones' creations New Irish Woodturning at Gallery No.6

Added: 23/09/14 : 15:34:11

The last week of an exciting Gallery no.6 exhibition is underway.

"New Irish Woodturning" brings together a select group of Irelands finest woodturners. Included in the show are Emmet Kane, Brendan Hogg, Alan Meredith, Matt Jones, John McKenna, Max Brosi and Pat Carroll.

Emmet Kane is one of Irelands most experienced woodturners.

Based in Kildare, his achievements are almost too numerous to mention and include exhibiting at the Del Mano gallery in LA and at SOFA in Chicago. Brendan Hogg creates unique and highly technical work and mixes timber with metals and plastics. He is one of Irelands most respected woodturners.

Alan Meredith
is a rising star of Irish woodturning. He studied architecture before pursuing a career in fine woodwork. He creates sculpture, bespoke furniture and unique turned objects.

Matt Jones is based in Riverstown, County Sligo and is a member of the Made in Sligo network. He was a finalist in the RDS National Craft Competition in 2013 and received the Design and Crafts Council Craftmanship Award earlier this year.

John McKenna is a multiple  finalist in the RDS National Crafts Competition and another very fine woodturner. Max Brosi is a graduate of Letterfrack and exhibited this year in the American Association of Woodturning juried "Rising" exhibition.

Pat Carroll is a demonstrator and tutor in high demand throughout Ireland. The Show will run for the month of September. Gallery no.6 ( formally Michael Kennedys shop ) is a new collaborative venture between Michael Kennedy and Tom Callery and is located on Market Street, Sligo Town.
Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain for live Sligo Salomé and Wilde Salomé

Added: 18/09/14 : 06:47:32

Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) will join Academy Award winner Al Pacino for the special live Q&A event at BFI Southbank, London celebrating the UK release of his films Salomé and Wilde Salomé.

The event will be bradcast live to Sligo Gaiety Cinema this Sunday.

Based on Oscar Wilde’s play, the two films, produced by Barry Navidi (The Merchant of Venice) and Robert Fox (The Hours), will be presented together on Sunday 21st September and followed by a Q&A with Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain that will be broadcast live via satellite to cinemas across the UK and Ireland.  The unique event will be hosted by Stephen Fry.

Salomé is Oscar Wilde’s most controversial work, banned in London in the late 19th Century. This scintillating tale of lust, greed and revenge follows the legend of King Herod and his lust for his young stepdaughter, Salomé, and her sexual baiting of John the Baptist. Wilde’s adaptation has spawned multiple stage productions including an opera by Richard Strauss, and influenced work by musicians including Nick Cave and U2.

Pacino first saw the play performed in London in 1988 with Steven Berkoff in the role of Herod, and the work and performance took an obsessive grip that led him to undertake one of the most challenging projects of his career. He too played Herod on Broadway, but it was only after witnessing the arresting performance of Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles, and with an intensifying desire to learn more about Wilde, that Pacino felt compelled to commit the project to film. The result is a fascinating double feature; Salomé, a filmed version of the play and Wilde Salomé, a documentary that captures the enormous challenges Pacino faced in performing in the play while simultaneously directing these two features. Wilde Salomé follows his journey to Europe to understand more about one of the literary geniuses of the 20th century, Oscar Wilde, and is unlike any other documentary. It is a profound vision that explores religion, literature, politics, violence and sexuality from one of the world's greatest artists.

Following the presentation of both films, Stephen Fry will host a question and answer session with Pacino and Chastain at BFI Southbank which will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK. Fry is an ideal choice as a lifelong admirer of the playwright and having played the title role in the 1997 feature film, Wilde.

Sunday 21st September (4pm) at a ONE-OFF cinema event featuring at the Sligo Gaiety Cinemas.

Royal Opera for Live Streaming to Sligo

Added: 22/09/14 : 07:30:21

Element Pictures Distribution, in conjunction with Arts Alliance Limited, is delighted to announce an exclusive partnership to distribute Royal Opera House operas and ballets to Irish cinemas including GCG Sligo.

The Royal Opera House 2014/15 Live Cinema Season marks the beginning of this new venture, which opens with one of the most immersive and heart-breaking ballets of our time, Manon, on the 16th of October. Other highlights include Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular ballet Swan Lake, John’s Copley’s timeless production of La bohème starring Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja and Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which returns to cinemas for the Christmas season.  The legendary Plácido Domingo stars in Verdi’s I Due Foscari, while Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of The City of Mahagonny has its first ever Royal Opera House staging on the 1st of April.

Element Pictures Distribution will handle the full distribution of the Royal Opera House 2014/15 Live Cinema Season with each performance streamed live to cinemas throughout Ireland including GCG Sligo.

Andrew Lowe of EPD says “Element Pictures Distribution are delighted to form this new partnership with Arts Alliance Media to bring the best of opera and ballet live from the Royal Opera House to Irish audiences”

Caspar Nadaud of AA says “Arts Alliance is thrilled to be partnering with EPD for the 2014/15 Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season. With their vast experience as a distributor and an exhibitor we’re looking forward to working with them to grow our cinema network and reach new audiences”.

Newport ready for ‘Lights, Camera, Action’!

Added: 22/09/14 : 07:34:01

Everyone loves a touch of glamour, and the people of Newport in County Mayo are no exception.  On 26th to 27th September they will host the second Grace Kelly Film Festival in the town.  Grace Kelly, the iconic 1950’s movie star, visited the West Mayo town many times throughout the 1960’s and 1970s, reconnecting with the hometown of her grandfather, and even buying the old ancestral house and land.

“After her visit in 1976, she bought the old thatched house in Drimurla, just outside Newport” according to one of the Film Festival organisers, Fiona Hopkins.  “Tragically, she died before her plans for the land came to fruition.  But Newport people remember her very fondly and many recall how, as children, they would follow her from her hotel as she went for her daily walks, often ending up in the local hairdressers to keep her immaculate hair looking its best.”

“We really wanted to find a way to honour that connection, that bond – a film festival seemed the natural choice.  Just like the inaugural festival in 2012, the whole town will be transformed – shop windows decorated with original old photos and film paraphernalia, and the local school will become a Hollywood wonderland fit for any Princess!”

Anything new for the 2014 festival?  “Oh yes! This year, as well as screening three of Grace Kelly’s most iconic films,  we have sourced some unique footage of one of Grace’s early visits to Mayo, never seen before, and we have also organised a lovely boat trip around Clew Bay, taking in the island of Iniscuttle, ancestral island home of the Kelly family.  This really is a lovely weekend of activities, the atmosphere will be wonderful, and we hope visitors and locals alike will enjoy it.”

For a full programme of events and tickets, visit or drop in to Newport’s Tourist Information Office