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Feis ceoil attracts musicians from Clare

ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil, Ireland’s biggest classical music festival, is set to showcase the talent of approximately 26 musicians from Clare at the annual festival from April 4 to 15.

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Art fair at the Old Ground Hotel

SOL Art Gallery will hold an art fair at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis on April 11, 12 and 13. The fair will showcase art work by established national and international artists as well as giving local artists an opportunity to display pieces.

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Insight offered at the Courthouse

The Courthouse Gallery is currently exhibiting Insight, featuring works by Will O’Kane and Sue Morris. The exhibition will continue until April 21.

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Revelling in the medium of fun

PAINTER, poet, sculptor, teacher, West Clare-based artist Michael Reeves certainly can be described in lots of ways. But when it comes to his art, there is one way he would use to categorise it – fun.The Limerick-born painter has been living in West Clare for more than a decade, using the unique landscape around him to create his works of art. An exhibition of his paintings is currently on display in the foyer of the County Museum in Ennis and will continue to be showcased until March 31.“I left Limerick in the ’60s and went to live in England where I worked as a teacher, then I came back to Ireland in 1999 and I’ve lived in West Clare ever since. I had a long fondness for West Clare since I was a child, all of our holidays were spent there and it’s a very beautiful place,” he recalls.He says his work is “deliberately non-photographic”. “We have millions and millions …

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Chernobyl focus

A UNIQUE perspective on the lives of people in Chernobyl and the work of the Burren Chernobyl Project, is set to be unveiled next month with the launch of a photographic exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.Maurice Gunning, photographer in residence at the Irish World Academy and whose family are from Scariff, spent some time in Belarus last year with the Burren Chernobyl Project. While there, he visited a number of adult institutions, and the resulting intimate images form the basis of the exhibition The Lives of Others, which opens in Glór on April 14.Musicians John Spillane and Juliet Turner will play a concert in the Ennis venue following the launch in support of the Burren Chernobyl Project.Recalling how he first got involved with the project, Maurice tells us, “Brian O’Sullivan from the Burren Chernobyl Project asked me if I would be interested in doing some work with the project over there. He knew my photographic work …

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Durack exhibition adds a touch of spring to Scariff Library

AN exhibition of landscape paintings by Seán Durack opened recently at the gallery at Scariff Library. A large crowd gathered to view this exhibition of new paintings, particularly appropriate to this time of year, as spring encourages us to look at local landscapes anew and afresh.Drawn to the places where man’s impact has been minimal, Seán’s landscapes are impressions of remote, uninhabited areas of upland and lakeshore that are reclaimed by nature. Ancient bog-cuttings and abandoned harbours are now naturalised and beautiful features, recaptured by the giant rolling spaces of hilltops or enclosed by encroaching trees and water.The gallery at Scariff Library provides a wonderful opportunity to see the work of this highly regarded local painter. Seán was born in 1957 in Scariff and now lives in Mountshannon. He studied Art in NCAD in Dublin in the late ’70s and has had solo exhibitions in Holland, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Clare plus numerous group exhibitions.On finishing art college, Seán worked …

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Local artists exhibit The State of the Union in Limerick

AN exhibition of work by artists based in North Clare opened in Limerick this week.The State of the Union is a collaborative curatorial project between four artist-led spaces, Basement Project Space Cork, Exchange Dublin, Platform Arts Belfast and Occupy Space Limerick.  The exhibition brings together work by MFA Students from Burren College of Art, Crawford College of Art, Limerick School of Art, National College of Art and University of Ulster. Burren College of Art students, Simon Bayliss, Emily Kaelin and Beka Peralta, are exhibiting in the Limerick venue along with Limerick School of Art’s Nuala O’Sullivan. The State of the Union aims to present a moment in Irish visual art culture in which spaces are helping to shape the dialogue of current practice. The 10 emergent artists selected present a diverse range of works representative of their specific research practices.The exhibition title The State of the Union refers both to a state of evaluation and the awareness of critical context …

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Clare artists take European City of Culture by storm

THINK about celebrating St Patrick’s Day and many images spring to mind. Perhaps standing in the freezing cold to watch a parade with your children, or even squeezing into a small pub already deploring the imminent hangover that will come the following morning in work. But one group of Clare artists will be doing things a little bit different this St Patrick’s Day, they will be launching an exhibition in Estonia’s capital city of Talinn.Artists Jackie Askew and Maria Kerin have curated SALT, an exhibition of film, photography, painting and live performance by professional artists from North Clare. It will be launched in Talinn, which has been named European City of Culture 2011. The exhibition, which continues from March 17-20, includes work from Jackie and Maria, as well as Maeve Collins, Fergus Tighe, Fiona O’Dwyer and Fiona Woods. All of the artists have referred to the sea in their creations, connecting the exhibition to the subject of Stories from the …

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