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Models to Die for

THE third annual Clare Die-Cast and Model Show takes place this weekend at The West County Hotel, showcasing miniature scenes, collectables, model aircraft, trucks, railway sets and dolls houses from around the country.

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Rich tapestry of college work goes on display

AN exhibition of student’s work will run at the Burren College of Art from April 17 to 26. Timothy Emlyn Jones, dean of the college, said two students completing postgraduate courses will feature prominently.

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Snapping up slick photographers

CLARE’S amateur photographers are being encouraged to take part in Top Oil’s annual competition.The theme of the competition this year is ‘fuelling creativity’ and it is open to all amateurs who can capture a shot in keeping with that, which has been taken in Ireland.Twelve winning images will be selected for Top Oil’s 2014 calendar with one overall winner landing the cover image. The overall winner will also receive a €1,000 voucher.New this year is a people’s choice selection and fans of the company’s Facebook page will get the chance to vote for their favourite image, which will be chosen from a selection of shortlisted images.Anyone interested in entering should upload their pictures to topphotocompetition.ie. Each shot should be no lower than 2MB in size and should be of as high a resolution as possible. Entrants must be willing to have their pictures published in the calendar if chosen.The closing date for entries is May 31.  

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€200,000 boost for county organisations

Three Clare arts organisations have received a funding boost of more than €200,000 through the Arts Council. The three beneficiaries are Glór Irish Music Centre, which will receive €86,000, Salmon Poetry receiving €42,000 and Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy awarded €80,000. The Arts Council said it chose to invest a total of €208,000 in these three Clare-based organisations due to their proven track record of delivering great arts experiences for people all over the county and beyond.The funding comes through the Arts Council’s three main annual grants programmes. In addition, people in Clare will enjoy the arts through Arts Council funding for touring, projects and bursaries for talented artists throughout the year.The Arts Council offered the following annual funding for the period to the end of March 2014 to The ever-popular Scoil Samhraidh celebrates its 40th year this year, and is held annually since 1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy, it is also Ireland’s largest traditional music summer school. …

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Working in tandem from across the divide

The Son of the Man who Saves the World is a two-person exhibition, which goes on display at the Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon on Friday at 8pm. The exhibit features works that playfully engage with notions of authorship, collaboration, derivative work and pizza by Jim Ricks and Andrew Salomone.  Despite having not worked directly together since 2006, both Ricks and Salomone have pursued similar art practices after attending the Burren College of Art Masters programme. They both use equal parts humour, approximation and appropriation to create work and have much in common as artists, making their own highly fallible versions of things.By coincidence, they both applied, separately, to work with the Courthouse Gallery many years ago and, about three years ago, they were contacted to have a two-person show. The duo decided to work in tandem to create the exhibition, each expressing his own practice, yet responding to one another. The title is a translation of the sequel to a Turkish …

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Thomas, take a bough

A PIECE of bog oak carved by Thomas Moloney was presented to President Michael D Higgins when he received the freedom of Ennis.

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Putting sights to sounds at Anon is Anall

A NEW exhibition featuring some of Clare’s top artists and musicians is set to open in Glór on St Patrick’s Day at 3pm.

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Airport print celebrates independence

SHANNON’S independence has been celebrated by the presentation of a limited-edition print of a painting of the airport from the 1960s, by one of the region’s best-known artists, Denise Ryan.

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