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Word to the wise: go to X-PO in Kilnaboy

Wise Ways, an exhibition of artwork by students of Kilnaboy National School and visitors to the X-PO community and arts project goes on display at the centre from Sunday.The exhibition consists of 48 relief wall-mounted works in fired red clay, accompanied by stories by visitors to the X-PO Kilnaboy and students at the Kilnaboy National School.“Focusing on the theme of ‘wise ways’, the works were created during workshops with Dublin artist Terry O’Farrell in 2009 and 2010. The original work from Raheen Community Hospital day centre was exhibited at X-PO last year and this exhibition shows work made in Kilnaboy in response to the same theme,” a spokeswoman for the exhibition said.“The exhibition documents the extraordinary wealth of knowledge from the older generation of the Burren either directly from that generation or passed on to their grandchildren. It offers the public an opportunity to learn from their wisdom, how to live more respectfully towards the environment, with a greater sense …

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Curtain down on 27th Feile na hInse

THIS year’s Féile na hInse came to an end in Cois na hAbhna on Sunday night with a prizewinners’ concert. The concert brought the curtain down on what has been described as one of the most successful Féile in the 27-year history of the event. It ran for nine days and catered for up to 2,000 young people in a wide range of events and competitions all conducted through the medium of Irish and crowned a month of Irish language events throughout the county for Seachtain na Gaeilge.Special guest at the prizewinners’ concert was uachtarán náisiúnta Chonradh na Gaeilge, Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa, who said it was a privilege to be present at such an event, where the standard of talent and performance was so high and where it was evident that all the young people who participated in the presentation enjoyed performing in the intimate atmosphere of Cois na hAbhna. “Féile na hInse is now an institution, with not just …

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Industry opportunity for Clare student srtists

FINAL-year students at West Clare VTOS and Burren College of Art could get a taste of their dream job and be in with a chance to win €1,000, due to a competition launched this week by the Digital Hub Development Agency.Best in Show 2010 is a competition for final-year digital media students, who are being invited to submit examples of their work to The Digital Hub for assessment by a team of industry experts. Students can submit work under any one of seven categories: animation; film/video production; gaming; industrial design; interior design; visual communications and web design.Submissions will be judged by relevant industry leaders and the winning entry in each category will win a two-week work placement in a high-profile company based in The Digital Hub in Dublin. The seven submissions chosen by the judging panel, as the outright winners in each category will also be showcased online, where members of the public can vote for their favourite entry. The …

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O’Dea’s Black and Tan exhibition continues in Dublin

MEMORIES of playing with childhood soldiers in O’Dea’s Bar in Ennis has been the inspiration for Mick O’Dea’s latest exhibition, aptly called Black and Tan.

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Funding sought for monument

LOCAL artist Barry Wrafter is seeking funding to produce a special monument to the victims of industrial schools and clerical abuse in Clare and Ireland in general.The sculptor, along with local councillors Paul O’Shea, Johnny Flynn and Michael Guilfoyle, has set up a fundraising committee and the county council is to match funds gathered as part of this effort.Barry has come up with the drawings and a model of this proposed monument and he is now putting it to the public. He explained that it is his intention to have the piece in full colour to represent a bright future to show that the world is not all bad. He said his piece aims “to show this is the past but to remember the past”.Outlining the reasons behind his intended art piece, Barry stated, “This should be a monument for future generations. This monument is to show solidarity with the victims. I decided this was one theme I would like …

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Madigan holding one-day spring art exhibition

Ballyalla-based artist Carmel Madigan is holding her one-day spring art exhibition in Dromoland Castle on Sunday, March 21.Carmel represented Ireland at the Florence Biennale in 2009 and she is currently working towards her first exhibition with the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in New York this coming May. She will also be exhibiting back in Italy later in 2010.Carmel was born and grew up on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean on the Loop Head Peninsula. In her paintings she strives to simplify the complicated and she paints the fierce and angry ocean. Rocks feature strongly in these works.Having graduated from the University of Limerick with a degree in business, Carmel worked in a number of different industries including the US multinational company Tellabs Ltd, before setting up her own graphic design agency. She later took her creativity and need for self-expression a step further and began capturing images on canvas and paper.Carmel’s work has been collected both nationally and internationally by …

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Boglands inspire new exhibition

A CYCLING tour of the West of Ireland and a visit to its bogs are the inspiration behind Dutch artist Trudi van der Elsen’s Bog exhibition.

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Life drawing classes at the Hunt Museum

AWARD winning artist Mark Douglas-Smith is starting a new life drawing class in the main exhibition gallery of the Hunt Museum, Limerick from March 27.

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