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Killaloe’s Andrew exhibiting at National Craft Gallery

AN exhibition which features the work of Killaloe-born Andrew Whitelaw has officially opened at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny.The exhibition includes work from the 12 graduates of the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Skills and Design Course. Andrew won the coveted Crafts Council of Ireland Chief Executive’s Award at the exhibition opening. He comes from a family with a background in ceramics as his mother and father are both practising makers and throughout his upbringing, he was surrounded by the family’s collection of contemporary pots.After finishing secondary school, he spent a year travelling through Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. He began his third-level education in 2009 at the Limerick School of Art and Design, completing the first-year foundation course, while in 2010, he was successful in obtaining a place on the Ceramics Skills and Design Course.“My source of inspiration comes from contemporary forms and vessels that are not necessarily ceramic but glass, metal or wood. I like to translate and …

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The world according to Mick O’Dea

ONE of the country’s top contemporary painters, Ennis man Mick O’Dea has a new exhibition in Galway and his work has also gone on show in Cork’s Crawford Gallery.

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Readjust for New Quay exhibition

READJUST the Focus, Remember the Absence is a new exhibition, which has opened at the Russell Gallery in New Quay and is running for the month of July.

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Sharpen your brain for Merriman School

The Merriman Summer School returns to Lisdoonvarna and this year’s theme is Thriving at the Crossroads: Rural Ireland in a Globalised World.The school, which runs from August 15 to August 19 will directed by Bob Collins, chairman of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He is also a former director general of RTÉ and former chief commissioner of the Equality Commission in Northern Ireland. For a long time, the focus of Ireland’s identity was its rural, its agrarian base. Frequently romanticised, regularly misunderstood, it had an important part in the shaping of ourselves and of a sense of our ideal selves. The world that gave us that approach is long gone.The face of the country has been transformed. Urban life and the urban experience dominate the international media and shape contemporary identities. Yet, rural Ireland continues to exist. Its landscape still proclaims its beauty. Its people make an impact on the life on …

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Photographic exhibit worth a 1,000 words

A group of budding photographers launched their first exhibition in St Joseph’s Hospital recently. However, this is no ordinary exhibition, with all of the participants part of an innovative project at St Joseph’s, helping people with communication difficulties following a stroke.  

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Shannon designer living the American Dream

From Shannon to Sesame Street through Major League Baseball with comic book heroes, Louise Carey has had a busy five years. Nicola Corless caught up with the LA-based designer to find out how she has brought her vision to the masses

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Rural Ireland central to this year’s Merriman

THRIVING at the Crossroads: Rural Ireland in a Globalised World, is the theme of this year’s Merriman Summer School, which takes place in Lisdoonvarna from August 15 to 19.

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Fresh wind behind East Clare arts

Arts in East Clare will have a new home this weekend as Féile Chnoc na Gaoithe gets underway this Thursday, until Sunday to celebrate the opening of phase one of Cnoc na Gaoithe, The Tulla Comhaltas Cultural Centre.

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