Rachel Healy Solo Exhibition at Satellite Project Space

Rachel Healy

Rachel Healy’s work is informed by her interest in art history, cinema and the convergence of art and the moving image. In her debut solo exhibition she explores the process of image-making and the mechanism of the creative process. To begin and begin again as if for the first time uses Healy’s interest in the domain between motion and still pictures to examine the translation of an image from a photograph; the reduction of information in which the work becomes symbolic in content, in an effort to rearrange the established relations and patterns of understanding and perception.

The show features a selection of drawings and paintings together with appropriated images from the 1970’s magazine series ‘THE MOVIE: The Illustrated History of the Cinema’. The show also comprises of a hand drawn animation piece along with a sculptural work incorporating early animation processes which predate the invention of film. To begin and begin again as if for the first time is the last in a series of exhibitions at Satellite Project Space where invited artists were afforded the opportunity to expand their enquiry into new directions in contemporary drawing.

About Rachel Healy

Born in Dublin in 1989, Rachel Healy lives and works in Kildare and Dublin. She received a BA in Fine Art Painting from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2011. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Ireland including shows at IMOCA, Dublin, Basement Project Space, Cork, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda and most recently at Pallas Projects, Dublin. Healy was awarded the Occupy Space Graduate Residency Award in 2011 and her work is held in Kildare County Council’s municipal art collection and private collections throughout Ireland.

Details & Dates

Venue: Satellite Project Space, Hendrons Building, Upper Dominick St, Dublin 7.
Opening Preview: Thursday 7th November 6–8pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday 8th November – Wednesday 13th November
Gallery Opening Times: 12-5pm daily

New Tony O’Malley Exhibiton at Butler Gallery

Tony O'Malley - Self Portraits

The Butler Gallery is honoured to present Tony O’Malley Self-Portraits: A Centenary Exhibition 2013, the first exhibition dedicated entirely to the self-portraits of the renowned Irish artist, Tony O’Malley (1913-2003).

The exhibition is curated by Cíaran Benson and Brian Lynch.

Tony O’Malley holds an important and distinguished position in the history of twentieth century Irish art. A highly respected and beloved artist, his works are represented in all major Irish museums and included in the most significant public and private collections of Irish art. Throughout O’Malley’s working life he made self-portraits. They became a way for the viewer to know him. O’Malley taught himself to draw and paint, and in the early days the self-portrait was a convenient immediate means in which to put marks to paper whenever a mirror was available. The mirror was a non-judgmental, reliable ally.

Through the diversity of his self-portraits, we see O’Malley’s practice evolve. The self-portraits stare back at us, mostly unexpressive and unsmiling, sometimes severe, sometimes with one eye closed. Always we see O’Malley’s distinctive strong nose, bearded face, and a bald head at times dressed with skull cap, in later years with sunhat, protection from the hot Bahamian rays. From time to time, we see O’Malley viewed from only the side of a mirror, with the studio or the garden taking prominence in the remainder of the frame. The monochromatic self-portraits are stark and economical and echo the words of the artist himself, ‘The more I paint the less of myself is there’. O’Malley has left us a great gift: a wealth of self-portraits by which to remember him. [Read more...]

WritersWebTV.com To Launch With Live Online Writing Workshops

Writers Web TVSeptember 28th sees the launch of WritersWebTV.com, a new Irish start-up delivering live online writing workshops to creative writers worldwide.

WritersWebTV.com has developed a world-first innovation in online education for writers by providing livestreamed interactive workshops to a global audience, featuring Irish and international best-selling writers and industry professionals.

The one-day workshops are streamed live from a multi-camera broadcast studio in Dublin. Bestselling authors interact with an in-studio audience of aspiring writers, who present their work for critique. Online viewers can communicate with those in the studio using Twitter, Facebook or email. They can ask a question, take part in a workshop exercise, comment online and benefit from on-screen feedback from the authors in-studio.

The inaugural workshop Writing for Children and Young Adults will run on Saturday, September 28th at www.writerswebtv.com with picture book authors & illustrators Marie Louise Fitzpatrick and Michael Emberley; Emmy award winning director Norton Virgien of Brown Bag Films, and Literary Agent Polly Nolan. They will be joined by international bestselling YA authors Meg Rosoff and Oisín McGann, all giving their sage advice and talking the viewers through the colourful world of children’s and YA fiction.

Led by experienced workshop facilitator Vanessa O’Loughlin, founder of writing.ie, the panel will consider the key elements of fiction writing and furnish viewers with tips, advice and actionable insights to help them improve their writing and get it on the path to publication.

Other upcoming courses include Getting to the Heart of it: Writing Women’s Fiction on Tuesday, October 15th, Crime Pays: Writing Crime Fiction on Wednesday, October 30th, and Getting Published on Saturday, November 9th.

Viewers can watch the full one-day workshops for free when they watch them live. If they want to download a workshop or watch it later, they can pay to keep the course.

Get the full breakdown on this Saturday’s course here and keep an eye on the Writers Web TV Facebook page for updates.

The Winners: Dublin Fringe Festival Awards 2013


The 2013 Dublin Fringe Festival Awards, marking the best of productions over the 18 days of this year’s festival took place earlier this afternoon at The Liquor Rooms on Dublin’s Wellington Quay. The festival comes to a close today.

The nominations were announced in the wee hours this morning, but here’s a look at the winners for 2013.

  • Next Stage Wild Card: Aisling Murray
  • Bewley’s Café Theatre Little Gem Award: Swing (pictured above, Janet Moran and Steve Blount, directed by Peter Daly)
  • Best Design: Lippy (Dead Centre, best overall design)
  • First Fortnight Award: Dolls, Sorcha Kenny
  • Fishamble New Writing Award: Boys and Girls, Dylan Coburn Gray
  • Best Male Performer: Ray Scannell (Deep, first performed at Cork Midsummer Festival)
  • Best Female Performer: Genevieve Hulme-Beaman (Pondling)
  • Spirit Of The Fringe: Way Back Home (Louise White)
  • Best Production: Lippy (Dead Centre)

The Spirit Of The Fringe award brings with it a commission to present work in Project Arts Centre for Dublin Fringe Festival 2014 along with €5,000 to get the show up and running. Dylan Coburn Gray takes home a scholarship place on one of Fishamble’s acclaimed playwriting courses, dramaturgical support and a stipend towards the playwright’s next play.

With Swing bagging the Little Gem award, we can look forward to a two-week run of Swing in Bewley’s Café Theatre in the next year along with €2,000 to help remount the show.

Dead Centre will take home €750 to mark the best production and a further €500 for Best Design. This is a repeat of the double award received by Emma Martin Dance for Dogs in 2012. Dolls will be back for an encore run at First Fortnight in January 2013 while Ray Scannell and Genevieve Hulme-Beaman take home €500 each for their respective Best Performers awards. Aisilng Murray will take up a place on The Next Stage development programme run by Theatre Forum and Dublin Theatre Festival.

Links above will take you to reviews via Irish Theatre Magazine. For more details on this year’s festival check out FringeFest.com.

H/T to @tomcreed1980 for the live updates from The Liquor Rooms this afternoon.



Dubling Fringe Festival 2013 Award Nominations


The nominations for the 2013 Dublin Fringe Festival Awards are out and they look like this.

Bewley’s Little Gem Award

  • Small Plastic Wars
  • Swing
  • Postscript
  • Beowulf
  • Lambo

First Fortnight Award

  • Small Plastic Wars
  • David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything
  • Dolls
  • Confusion Boats
  • Record (Remix)

Fishamble Award

  • Boys and Girls
  • Lippy
  • Pondling
  • Postscript

Best Female Performer

  • Caitriona Ennis – Thirteen
  • Genevieve Hulme-Beaman – Pondling
  • Janet Moran – Swing
  • Nic Green – Fatherland
  • Roseanna Purcell – War of Attrition

Best Male Performer

  • Ray Scannell – Deep
  • Thomas Reilly – Thirteen
  • Steve Blount – Swing
  • Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh – Rites of Passage
  • Rex Ryan – The Birthday Man
  • Taylor Mac – A 20th Century Concert; Abridged

Best Design

  • Briefs – costume design – Daniel Jay Squires Cater (Dallas Dellaforce)
  • Lippy – overall design
  • Thirteen – site specific design
  • Chaosmos – mask and costume design
  • Landscape II – sound (Melanie Wilson) and video (Will Duke)

Spirit of the Fringe

  • Way Back Home
  • Boys and Girls
  • Sanctuary
  • Rites of Passage
  • Deep

Best Production

  • Lippy
  • Thirteen
  • Dolls
  • Sanctuary

The awards ceremony itself takes place this afternoon in the Liquor Rooms on Wellington Quay, Dublin. Check back later for the winners.

This year’s festival is also the last for Roise Goan who departs after a five year term at the helm of Dublin Fringe Festival with Kris Nelson set to take over the reins into 2014.

10 New Plays, 48 Hours, 5 Bound For Broadway

The Big Green Apple

The bright lights of broadway are calling for Irish playwrights under The Big Green Apple with Origin’s 1st Irish and The Attic Studio in Dublin next Sunday.

Ten new Irish writers have a theme set by George Heslin (New York) and are given 48 hours to write a ten minute play. With the plays written, a professional cast along with established theatre directors then have 48 hours to cast, direct, rehearse and stage the works. Raymond Keane (Barabbas Theatre) and Bairbre Ní Chaoimh (former Artistic Director of Calypso) are amongst the supporting team. One week, start to finish, and the opportunity to get your work programmed in New York? Who wouldn’t want it.

The plays will be staged for one night only at 8pm on  Sunday 29 September at Dublin’s Liberty Hall Theatre. Deirdre Kinahan, Marina Carr and Gary Duggan are amongst the judges with the audience on the night having a say in which five out of ten plays will go into production as part of Origin’s 1st Irish Theatre Festival in 2014.

Performances at this year’s festival in New York include The Life & Sort of Death of Eric Argle, The Wheelchair On My Face, McGoldrick’s Thread and The Compass Rose.

If you want to catch these ten new plays in action next Sunday (29 September), tickets can be had online here or by calling CTB on 01 8721122.

About Origin’s 1st Irish Festival

In 2008, Origin Theatre Company created an event to celebrate the power and talent of Irish playwrights by collaborating with theatre companies on a global scale. Now Origin’s 1st Irish Theatre Festival has become the biggest Irish theatre event on New York’s cultural calendar. Now in its 6th year the festival has partnered with over 60 organizations nationally and internationally, thanks to its many sponsors, to bring the work of over 82 playwrights to audiences in the USA.

Crowd Funding Injects €2m Into Irish Arts Scene

Fundit Infographic: €2m Raised

Kickstarter. Indiegogo. Crowdfunding. And then Fundit.

The above names mean something to some folks but mean the world to others, particuarly, Fundit.ie which, 86 days sooner than expected has announced the Irish crowdfunding site run by Business To Arts has helped raise €2,000,000 in pledges to over 500 creative projects from Ireland spanning games, theatre productions, album releases, book launches, exhibitions and more.

And with the average pledge now coming in at just over the €50 mark, it’s no wonder that more and more people are turning to crowdfunding as a viable opportunity of raising money for a creative project.

Having gone through a successful campaign myself in 2012, I’ve felt first-hand the benefits of injecting funds raised by fans, supporters and propspective audience-members alike, straight into a production. Running the campaign in itself can be enough to generate vital word of mouth for a project, get people talking and spreading the word, the financial goal achieveable at the end of the campaign making things all the sweeter.

How Does It Work?

For the unfamiliar, the basics of Fundit come down to two things

  1. A creator lists a project (be it a theatre production, album recording etc) for funding along with a number of rewards
  2. A supporter / investor pledges a given financial amount and in doing so can claim a reward for their investment

Why Does It Work?

A little goes a long way. Would you rather try and chase a hundred people to invest €10 each into your project, or one person to invest €1,000 into your project. How about €5,000? €10,000? With cuts coming again and again at major funding levels and smaller groups a long way off accessing even local authority funding, never mind the likes of Arts Council funding, Fundit has become a very accessible source for people to gain much needed funds to inject into a project.

Of course, the project needs to meet the funding target in order to secure the target amount, less around 8% in fees and handling charges but in an industry where people are great at making a little go a long way, hopefully it won’t be too long before the third million is reached and another few hundred projects are helped over the finishing line.

Taylorfest Returns To Carlow

Taylorfest 2013

After a much-acclaimed arrival in Carlow last year around Culture Night, Taylorfest is returning to Carlow this coming Friday and Saturday, celebrating the role of the Irish in silent film through a range of artistic disciplines. The festival takes its name from Carlow-born William Desmond Taylor, one of the country’s most prolific and regarded filmmakers.

Taylor directed 59 silent films between 1914 and 1922 and acted in 27 between 1913 and 1915. He was a popular figure in the growing Hollywood motion picture colony of the 1910s and early 1920s. His murder in 1922 is still a cold case to this day.

Described by organisers as ‘a film festival with a difference’, Taylorfest draws on Ireland’s deep film heritage, presenting a whole range of original contemporary work in the process including the telling of a fascinating Irish director who’s shocking unsolved murder created a scandal that would change Hollywood forever.

Taylorfest Highlights 2013

  • A premiere screening of the Mary Pickford movie Johanna Enlists with live musical accompaniment by Eric Butler. Directed in 1918 by William Desmond Taylor this film offers audiences that extraordinarily rare opportunity to see one of cinema’s legends perform at the hands of an Irish director.
  • Q & A following the screening of a selection of his films by noted Irish director Andrew Legge. Legge will discuss why his films draw so heavily upon the work of the pioneers of cinema.
  • Premiere performance of GREEDY written by ‘Ponydance’ director Derek O’Connor and directed by recent Edinburgh Fringe winner Jimmy Fay is an updated take of Von Stroheim’s legendary silent movie ‘Greed’, set in Ireland and adapted for the stage.
  • Author and Head of Trinity College’s Film Studies Department Dr. Ruth Barton discusses Irish film pioneer REX INGRAM the man who gave the world Valentino.
  • The William Desmond Taylor Story – Performed by Carlow Little Theatre Company tells the extraordinary story of the local boy’s journey from rural obscurity to Hollywood stardom and ending in his mysterious murder.

Taylorfest also features photographic, dance, music and other specially themed events. For full details, check out Taylorfest.com or follow @taylorfest on Twitter, Facebook.

Paula Meehan Named Ireland Professor of Poetry

Paula Meehan

On Friday 13 September, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins announced that Paula Meehan has been awarded the prestigious position of The Ireland Professor of Poetry 2013, commencing 1 November 2013 (until 31 October 2016). Paula Meehan will be the sixth Irish Professor of Poetry, taking up the position from its current holder, Harry Clifton, who finishes his term at the end of October.

The Ireland Chair of Poetry was set up in 1998 following the award of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Seamus Heaney, to honour his achievement and that of other Irish poets.

Paula Meehan is an exceptionally interesting poet. She is extremely popular with readers and has done an immense amount of work with prisoners and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. From a very modest background herself, she is often considered the informal poet laureate of Dublin, and gives voice to people and places that are often marginalized and forgotten. Her poetry is marked by its wit and its beauty, and she is a brilliant speaker about her own poetry and that of others, often finding ‘ways in’ to the work for readers. She will be a refreshing and engaging Ireland Professor of Poetry and will open up the poetry to even more readers in Ireland and abroad. [Read more...]

The Last Post at Dublin Fringe Festival

Just The Lads: The Last Post

Made it along to The Last Post earlier this week, presented by Just The Lads, a new Dublin-based theatre company who were making their Dublin Fringe Festival debut at The Mart in Rathmines.

This site-specific piece of work turned The Mart space into a returned letters centre for the run, with actors taken on a guided walkabout of the centre before being split into groups to undergo induction on your first day on the job.

Letter-writing has long been regarded as an art form, and a dying one at that. Emails have replaced letters. Text messages have replaced email. But before technology consumed us, people would camp out at their front door waiting for the postman to delivery word from abroad, from a neighbour, from a family member and this, as a dying tradition, is something that The Last Post tried, successfully, to bring to light.

We’re introduced to the ‘staff’ of the returned letters centre, brought through their daily routines, allowed eavesdrop on their conversations, and watch on as stories and memories from those involved in the postal service in Ireland over the last century are brought to life over the course of an hour in The Mart.

It’s a poignant piece, touching in parts, comedic in others and the inclusion of the 25-strong audience in the whole production brought things further to life. While we were treated to a gentle version of Silent Night having tried our hands at sorting mail, cutting stamps and getting the general run of the main sorting hub before being sent off on our ‘routes’ by the tin whistle choir, the standout moment for me was the musical sorting of the mail at the scanning table. The percussion-based choregraphed piece did really well to sum up the mundane and routine but with an extra ‘ding’ from a core staff who, at the heart of things, were really passionate about their position in the postal service.

We did have to sign the ‘official secrets act’ when entering the building, swearing not to talk about what happened inside, but it’s no secret that the Lads have a fine devised piece of theatre on their hands. Hopefully, spaces similar to The Mart in Rathmines will pop up for use around Dublin or further afield to get the show out and about, perhaps to the outer reaches of the country where locals still rely on the postal service as much now as generations before us had done for years.

Here they be on Facebook.