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Máighréad Medbh in Berlin Photo Exhibition: ‘What’s The Point of Poetry?’

Máighréad Medbh is one of 47 European poets who feature in  ‘What’s the Point of Poetry?’, a photographic exhibition that opened at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin today.

Initiated by Belarusian artist Sergey Shabohin, the exhibition explores the question ‘What’s the point of poetry?’ through the viewpoints of 47 poets from 47 European countries. The exhibition documents the ways in which the poets assess the state of culture and society in their countries, explores what poetry communicates, what messages and demands the poets involved have for their societies, and what the idea of ‘home’ means to each of them.

For more information on the exhibition, visit the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin website.

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Writing Weekend With Claire Keegan

CK Workshops is hosting a weekend of writing on May 10-12 under the supervision of Claire Keegan in the Slaney Suite,  Millrace Hotel, Bunclody, Co Wexford. The course is designed for anyone who would like to ‘write under direction and with concentration’ for a weekend.

For further information or to reserve a place, e-mail ckworkshops@yahoo.co.uk with ‘May Writing Weekend’ in the subject field.

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PoetryReach: Exploring Where Poetry and Therapy Intersect

PoetryReach offers a one-day double workshop aimed at exploring the use of poetry in therapeutic work from the point of  view of the varied approaches and schools of thought that go to make up the broad range of contemporary counselling psychology.

Two psycho-therapists from Britain and Ireland offer workshops exploring close links between poetry and the schools of counselling psychology.

10.00: Poetry and Schools of Therapy  – Diana Hedges

14.00: Kavanagh’s Poetry and  Psychology of Jung  – Reamonn O’Donnchadha

Further details see attached brochure or check out http://poetryreach.wordpress.com.

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Five Lamps Arts Festival 2013

The Five Lamps Festival 2013 is underway! The festival runs from 9 April- 28 April.  Many of the events will respond to the ideas of the 1913 Lockout.  The festival events and schedule can be found online at www.fivelampsarts.ie.

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Pre-Application Sessions: Arts Audiences’ Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme

Arts Audiences are holding two pre-application workshops for those interested in applying for the upcoming Touring and Dissemination of work scheme.  Applications are invited for proposals seeking funding in support of initiatives that are of high artistic quality and that generally have a strong audience focus.  The deadline for this application is May 9th at 5:30 pm.

The pre-application workshops provide applicants with practical guidance for applying to the upcoming Touring and Dissemination of work scheme.  The workshop dates are:

Tuesday 16th April Dublin 10am – 1pm, the Abbey Theatre

Wednesday 17th April Galway 10am – 1pm, Town Hall Theatre

Book space for workshops at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PAWapril2013

For more information on the Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme, visit:
http://www.artscouncil.ie/en/view_fund.aspx?fid=ce28961b-ee76-4957-a3bf-8b9a49c00c49

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Ailbhe Ní Bhriain: Featured Artist in PIR 109

Poetry Ireland is excited to feature the visual artist Ailbhe Ní Bhriain in the upcoming issue of Poetry Ireland Review. The images are stills from her video projects, ‘Untitled (window),’ ‘Great Good Places I,’ ‘Great Good Places III,’ ‘The Suspension Room (3),’ ‘The Suspension Room (4),’ and ‘Untitled Diptych.’  ‘Great Good Places I’ (2011) is the first in a series of four videos shown in her solo show in London in 2011.  Her video projects are composed using a range of materials, including HD Video, SD Video, colour, sound, and the absence sound.  Ailbhe is represented by Domobaal, London and lectures at the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork.  When Domobaal launched her first solo exhibition they described the aim of her projects the following way:

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain sets out to interrupt the “believable” space of the video image, displacing our perception of place and creating a dialogue between internal and external states. There is an undoing/unworking at play, which creates shifts in visual register and a tension between surface and depth. The works are meditations on familiarity and otherness and question a relationship to place and the image.

Still from 'Untitled (window)' 2013

She is a Cork based visual artist who received her MA from the Royal College of Art in London and completed a phD by practice in fine art at Kingston University, UK in 2008.  Working primarily in video, she uses composite and constructed imagery to explore situations of aftermath.  Her work has been shown widely both nationally and internationally, with exhibitions in the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork; RHA Dublin; Galerie Polaris, Paris; Centrale Electrique, Brussels; Centre of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki; Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Caixa Forum, Barcelona; and Wapping Project, London. She is currently working on a commission for Dublin Sound Lab to produce a seven part video work to accompany Kaija Saariaho’s ballet, ‘Maa’ which will be performed as a series of complete concert productions in 2013.

Still from 'Untitled (window)' 2013

All images courtesy of Domobaal Gallery, London.

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Writing workshops, Béal an Mhuirthead (Belmullet, Co Mayo)

A series of creative writing workshops will begin in Áras Inis Gluaire, Béal an Mhuirthead (Belmullet, Co Mayo) at 7.30pm beginning on Monday 8 October, taking place fortnighly thereafter. The workshops are free of charge and will be facilitated by Geraldine Cummins.
Venue: Áras Inis Gluaire, Béal an Mhuirthead, Co Mhaigh Eo
T: 097 81079
E: r.mangan@arasinisgluaire.ie
W. www.arasinisgluaire.ie

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Skiberdeen Arts Festival

Skiberdeen will be hosting fourth annual arts festival 27 July- 04 August, featuring art, film and music. Please click here for more information and tickets.
Telephone number: 087 1260327
E-mail Address: info@skibbereenartsfestival.com

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‘The Silent Notes’ Exhibition

The Dublin Writers Museum hosts a unique exhibition this July based on the poetry of Seán Ó Ríordáin. Liam Ó Muirthile will launch the exhibition, titled Nótaí Ciúnais (The Silent Notes), by the Aran Islands’ artist Seán Ó Flaithearta on July 5 at 7pm. This opening event is held in association with the Irish Writers Centre as part of a series of readings celebrating Irish-language literature.

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Arts & Disability Awards Ireland — 2012 Grant Programme Now Open

The Arts & Disability Awards Ireland scheme is dedicated to supporting individual deaf or disabled artists and identifying, encouraging and nurturing talent amongst disabled practitioners. Through the ADAI grant programme, artists may apply for up to £5,000 (or the Euro equivalent).

The application deadline is August 15. Grant forms can be downloaded here. Alternatively formatted information can also be made available, such as large print or Braille. For British and Irish Sign Language users, DVD introduction to the scheme are also available.

For more information, contact Gillian Porter at gillian@adf.ie, (048) 9023 9450 [RoI] or (028) 9023 9450 [UK].