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The RHA in Dublin doesn’t stand for Roll Homogenous Art

It doesn’t even stand for Royal Horse Artillery because there isn’t one in Dublin. I looked it up. However it does stand  for Royal Hibernian Academy.  The Royal Hibernian Academy originated when artists from the Society of Artists in Ireland petitioned the then Viceroy, Earl Talbot, in the late 1700’s for the opportunity to exhibit their works annually. A Royal Charter was finally granted in 1821, and the deeds received in 1823, giving the Academy independence from all other institutions.

And so although the Academy was not showing any artillery, it was showing horses only just two months ago.

Exhibited in many shapes. The Academy presented a Horse Show: horses in paintings, sculptures, video and last but not least see-through inflatable nylon. The latest, Max Streicher’s installation was quite wonderful and intriguing.

Alas no more.

This show ended to let other specimens in such as birds from Stephen McKenna. Although the exhibition has just ended, any viewers who got a chance to visit his work could see his classical approach to still life.

But if still life wasn’t their cup of tea, paintings from Sam Douglas might have managed to stir a little more life into any visitors.

Until last month, Sam Douglas’ travel experience to various mountain ranges had filtered into a recent series of paintings called “Remnants 15” where art lovers could escape reality or at least find a new way to enjoy erosion and sedimentation.

The RHA has welcomed another eminent artist such as Corban Walker who represented Ireland at the 54th Venice Biennale last year. His large-scale sculpture composed of 160 inter-connected open-framed stainless-steel cubes called “Please Adjust” found me still adjusting to its statement but if you couldn’t adjust to this, you were able to adjust to Brendan Earley’s constructions.

Through one of his large sized paper artworks the artist wanted to explore “those large swathes of land we pass through without much regard. These areas are not meant to be seen (never mind mapped), except perhaps as a blur from a car window.”

These “Places Between”, composed of both handmade and consumer goods are actually no more. The exhibition ended on the 29th of April. So they won’t shake you from the state of inbetweenness  that one might be in when looking at modern Art sometimes but the Royal Hibernian Academy is always trying to shake their visitors with new exhibitions so keep an eye on their website to check their next Art events.

Where: 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.

When: Exhibitions available all year around.

11am – 5pm- Except Wednesday – Saturday until 7pm. Sunday 2 – 5pm

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New Gallery Number 6, Dublin 2

Gallery Number 6

They say there’s safety in numbers. At Gallery No 6, located off Grafton Street, you will definitely feel safe. Situated in the prime shopping location of Anne St. South the new gallery, which opened last October, features an impressive number of twenty-seven artists.

Apart from the wide variety of art displayed, your eye is bound to catch the fantastic ceramic sculpture which sits proudly in the middle of the gallery. Suzanne Brady is an emerging visual artist from south Dublin. Suzanne has recently finished three years studying sculpture and ceramics at Connolly House. Her piece “Angst” shows a naked body of an arched woman.  Breasts out and arms stretched offers a vision of tension. Yet it singularly gives a soothing impression on the eye and mind.

More prominent Irish painters such as Alan Kenny or Louise Mansfield will no doubt catch the interest of the wealthier viewers.

At the end of the gallery, a range of Roisin Duffy’s work is also available. She claims to be a visual story teller and every piece does exactly that. Accompanied by a poem, every of her figurative artworks will bring either humour, imagination or colour to your world if not all in one. The gallery also has a small selection of her Slate Sculptures.

In addition to established names the policy of Number 6 is to encourage emerging Irish Artists, providing them with the opportunity to display and sell their works.

If 6 was not your lucky number, it should hopefully be the case now. The gallery run by Sorcha, Tom and Ann boasts in having miniatures, limited edition prints, etchings, reproduction note cards and book of paintings. So before your number is up, come and visit by the numbers Gallery number 6.

Where: 6 Anne St. South, Dublin 2.

When: Tuesday to Saturday. 11.30am – 5.30pm.

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When Art meets with Therapy

Ever feel like you could express yourself in other ways than words?

Well, Expressive Arts Ireland  is offering you a choice of dates for a two-day workshop exploring expressive arts.

28th – 29th April 2012 in Dublin.
12th – 13th May 2012 in Galway.

This workshop will be a space to create and explore the arts in a non-judgmental environment. It is suitable for both first time applicants and past participants, featuring new exercises and theory based practices.

  •      Expressive Arts Ireland believes that healing can come through the processes of art making.
  •     Human beings are creative beings; we can shape and make our own existence.
  •     In this workshop you will be invited to use all your senses, working with movement, clay, painting, poetry, story-telling, music and sound.

We will discuss the theory of expressive arts therapy, exploring both the concepts and methodology.

Through working with the arts we gain a new perspective and access to our own resources.

A shift in our awareness can create a shift in our life.

Each day we will have two three hour sessions divided by a lunch break. In each session we will move from one medium to another. By working across art disciplines, we access the multi-sensory potential of imagination. Each art form has a different gift to offer. It is not necessary to have any prior experience in the arts; this workshop is not about learning the skill of the medium it’s about learning the skill of the process itself.

Dublin: The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Galway: An Seomra Yoga 2/3 Small Crane Square, Sea Road Galway City
Kilkenny and Cork to be confirmed

Cost: €120 for the 2 days workshop.
(Concessions for students and unemployed)

Spaces are limited with only 14 available, so please book in advance to ensure your place at the workshop.
We will start at 10.00am and finish at 16.00pm, lunch break will be from 13.00 to 14.00.

What to bring:
Notebook, Comfortable clothes to move and for art making.

Taught by a team, comprised of graduates of the masters and CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study) at the expressive arts program in the European Graduate School- Switzerland.

Text or call for booking a place 086 191 03 02 or 086 155 69 71


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I Met With The Gruffalo

Two weeks ago, I met with the Gruffalo and I survived. 😉
It was a bit of big deal. I mean, the Gruffalo has big yellow eyes, big teeth and big claws and all…
But I plucked my  courage and went for it.
The meeting was in the Royal Irish Academy (yes a grand place for a grand monster)
It was on Monday the 23rd of January 2012 in Dublin, Ireland.

I meant to write about this “Monstery” event for a while and then life took over…you know how it goes.
Anyhow, I wasn’t exactly meeting with the Gruffalo but its maker.
Julia Donaldson,  English writer and playwright, best known as author of The Gruffalo and other 157 children’s books, has sold over 3.5 million copies in 31 editions worldwide with the Gruffalo alone.
The story has been adapted into a 30 min animation movie, which  received both an Academy Award[1] and a BAFTA nomination and is widely popular amongst kids and parents.
It has also been made into a play in the Lyric Theatre in London for the last 5 years and will be touring around UK this year.
So it is safe to say that Julia Donaldson has been a success hence why she has been appointed UK Children’s Laureate for 2011 to 2013.

So two weeks ago, Julia Donaldson was coming to Ireland to join in conversation with our local Laureate, Siobhan Parkinson, Laureate of na nOg for 2010 to 2012 (Irish Children Laureate) Siobhan wrote 20 children books, won national awards. She is also an editor and publisher but I let you read more details on wikipedia.

The conversation was moderated by Dr. Amanda Piesse of Trinity College of Dublin,
Julia and Siobhan talked about their public role as children’s laureates and the importance of libraries in schools. Siobhan discussed about the availability of books in native tongue for non-English kids and in English, and the importance of books for visually impaired kids (because she is herself visually impaired).
Julia explained of her love of drama and her eagerness to make it accessible for kids.
She studied Drama at the University of Bristol hence why it came naturally for her to write rhyming children stories.
It was interesting.

Naturally the audience was largely female. After the talk, the audience could buy a book and get it signed.
I had watched the animation of the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s child and I wanted to read something new so I bought a copy of the “Stick Man”. 
This is her, there signing my book.
As for Siobhan, she was releasing a book called “Bruised“, a gritty novel set in contemporary Ireland, about a boy, 14-year-old Jonathan who runs away with his sister after she’s been hit by their alcoholic mother.

Then half of the audience crossed the street and walked into the very posh “Cafe en Seine” for a drink.
This was more interesting even! I got to talk to with other writers, artists, illustrators and some of the hard little fairies who worked at the CBI,  Children Book Ireland.

Retrospectively I did a research on Mrs Amanda Piesse and discovered that the first had a PH.D in English. Amanda Piesse teaches across a wide range of sixteenth-century literature with a special interest in early Tudor drama and protestant polemic prose. She has  a special responsibility for Shakespeare. She also teaches courses in children’s literature, with a special interest in Renaissance children and the books they read. She is currently supervising research about Shakespeare and conscience, Shakespeare and madness, Irish writing and the school curriculum for children, Irish history in children’s literature and film.
You can’t get more specialised and educated than that!

As for Siobhan, she completed her PhD on the poetry of Dylan Thomas.
Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer who wrote exclusively in English. In addition to poetry, he wrote short stories and scripts for film and radio, which he often performed himself. His public readings, particularly in America, won him great acclaim.

When was the last time you met with a prominent figure and felt intimidated by it?

L.A. Speedwing

L.A. has started to self publish his children’s stories and short stories on smashwords for the modest sum of 0.99cts.

The Private worlds of Caroline Donohue

Find a place where you can dream.
That’s a statement which anybody can understand and is looking to find.
Well do not look for this place anymore. It’s right here in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, at the Draíocht, in the First Floor until the 25th of February 2012.
Artist Caroline Donohue’s work explores notions of spectacle, our need to collect and contain objects of desire, reminiscent of the “philosophy of having”.
She works mainly in the mediums of print, assemblage and photography and the result is effective: The inside of a theatre with blue velvety curtains opening on a full moon, a hundred empty frames hanging on a stripy wall paper, etchings where You find yourself pausing, getting lost and wondering of the need we have to look in and look out. Those uncanny interiors contain more than a poetic possibility and a promise of escape, you are actually falling into a daydream world while your eyes remain open.
Caroline Donohue graduated with a first class honours Degree in Fine Art Print at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2005. Donohue has exhibited in numerous group shows around Ireland including. ‘Precaution’ at IMMA 2005, On Reflection, Cows Lane, Dublin, 2007, ‘Graduate show’ and ‘Where boarders meet’ at the Graphic Studio Gallery 2009, and more recently has exhibited in Poland and France.
Caroline says: “I find this contradiction of living in a world of decadence and opulence yet at the same time oppressive and contained, fascinating.”
There’s a definite sense of voyeurism in those cosy yet suffocating private worlds of hers but not private enough that you can’t come and see it for yourself.
Caroline Donohue Selected Works to Date. Fri 18 Nov – Sat 25 Feb 2012.

By L.A. Speedwing

L.A. Speedwing  has started to self publish his children’s stories and short stories on smashwords which can be purchased for €0.99 by clicking on the link.