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Our mission is to play a lead role in providing year-round access to all communities in Galway to engage with artists in ambitious, original and Galway Arts Centre Board of Directors Chair Craig Steven Vinny Browne, Michael Burke, Gerry Hanberry, Claude Madec, Fiona Neary, Imelda Tierney Youth Arts Committee Chair Eileen Cloonan Liam Kimball, Nicole Mannion, Fleur McCauley Galway Arts Centre Team Managing Director Páraic Breathnach General Manager Tara O’Connor Head of Visual Art and Education Maeve Mulrennan Head of Theatre Andrew Flynn Head of Literature Sasha de Buyl Community Employment Scheme Supervisor Derval Byrne Head of Facilities Siobhán Singleton Finance Manager Sinead Wynne Galway Arts Centre opening hours 10am - 5.30pm, Monday - Thursday 10am - 5pm, Friday 12pm - 5pm, Saturday

Booking Booking information will be available at www.galwayartscentre.ie when tickets go on sale or by phone at 091 565 886. Tickets to Cúirt events will be available at www.cuirt.ie when the programme officially launches on the 10th March 2020. Email bookings@galwayartscentre.ie to sign up to audio described tours for visitors with visual impairments, dementia inclusive tours, Leaving Certificate study day, ‘Creative Thinking’ gallery tours for schools and professional development clinics in visual art and theatre. Email galway@fightingwords.ie to book schools into Fighting Words story-telling workshops. Email info@galwayartscentre.ie to inquire about joining Red Bird Youth Collective and Galway Youth Theatre or to book venues: Galway Arts Centre and Nun’s Island Theatre. Sign up to workshops and classes by visiting www.galwayartscentre.ie/courses/ or email info@galwayartscentre.ie Alterations to the programme Galway Arts Centre reserves the right to alter any advertised programming if necessary. While this programme is a comprehensive listing of events at time of print, additions to the programme will be advertised on our website: www.galwayartscentre.ie Nun’s Island Theatre latecomers Latecomers will only be admitted during a break in the programme.

innovative, contemporary arts practice both in a multi-disciplinary and inclusive creative hub and in the community. Gallery engagement Galway Arts Centre trialled a number of initiatives in 2019 to be fully rolled out in 2020.

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This guide provides information about what to expect on arrival including practical considerations such as the layout of the space, factors including noise or bright/dark spaces and the layout of the exhibition. Audio described tours for visitors with visual impairments will be offered for every exhibition between January and June. Transcripts and audio links will be available on the website. Dementia-inclusive tours will run for select exhibitions. These tours are designed to support people living with dementia to engage with our exhibitions. Child protection Galway Arts Centre implements a comprehensive Child Safeguarding Policy in line with national best practice. Copies of this policy are available at request and on the website. Where we are In the heart of Galway’s Westend at Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway, H91 X0AP, Ireland T E W

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Exhibition Visual Art

The Uncertainty of History – Remembering Eileen Quinn Bernadette Burns

Galway Arts Centre Free Sat 11 January - Fri 21 February 10am-5.30pm Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm Fri, 12pm-5pm Sat Opening Fri 10 January 6pm

Reprisals - The Short Life and Tragic Death of Eileen Quinn A talk by Orla Higgins on Sat 11 January 2pm Legalised Illegality – Reflections on the Killing of Eileen Quinn in the Irish War of Independence and the Value of Forgiveness A talk by Gerard Quinn on Sat 18 January 2pm Audio described tour for visitors with visual impairments: Wed 19 February 11am Booking is essential: bookings@galwayartscentre.ie A transcript and audio link will be available online.


Bernadette Burns’ art practice focuses on memory and change, on how there are many strands and versions of a story, rather than a single factual truth. The work in this exhibition grew from a diary entry by her grandmother Tessie Burns referring to the shooting of Eileen, her younger sister. 1st November 1920 (Monday) My sister, Eileen Quinn was shot at Corker by the Black and Tans at 3pm, she died at 10pm. She was 25 years old. At three o’clock in the afternoon on the 1st November 1920, Eileen was standing at her front garden gate holding her infant daughter Tessie, and was with her two young children, Alfie and Eva. She was seven months pregnant. Two trucks drove along with ‘auxiliaries’ in them. Someone from the first truck shot Eileen and they continued driving. She was brought into her home and survived to tell the story to a few visitors. It took a long time for the doctor and priest to get there and she slowly bled to death, dying after 10pm that night. Bernadette Burns is a painter who works with drawing, photography, sculpture, video and book making. This exhibition explores family memory as a valid addition to the canon of history.


Professional Development Clinics

Visual Art Galway Arts Centre Free Tues 4 February & Tues 28 April 10am-4pm

Galway Arts Centre’s Head of Visual Art, Maeve Mulrennan, will facilitate a series of one-to-one clinics for visual artists based in Galway City and County. Areas of focus could include applying for funding, applying for exhibitions, and relevant opportunities for your practice.  To book a 20-minute slot contact bookings@galwayartscentre.ie with your phone number, CV, artists statement and your area of focus for the clinic.


Leaving Certificate Study Day

Visual Art/Education Nun’s Island Theatre Tues 21 & 28 January 9am-3pm €5 per student Free admission for teachers. Individual students may book but must provide written consent from a parent or guardian.

The course will take the form of six concise lectures given by Maeve Mulrennan, Head of Visual Art in Galway Arts Centre. Handouts will be provided.

The morning sessions will cover pre-Christian and early Christian Ireland, Gothic and Romanesque Architecture and Renaissance Europe. There will also be a brief discussion on essay writing skills, followed by a visit to The Uncertainty of History: Remembering Eileen Quinn by To book, please email Bernadette Burns in Galway Arts Centre. This will focus bookings@galwayartscentre.ie or call 091 565886 providing the on art appreciation and exhibition layout/design, ensuring school name, teachers name and students are equipped to answer the ‘Visit to an Art Gallery’ question in Section III. contact, number of pupils, afternoon options and specific access requirements. Spaces are limited and early booking is advised.

In the afternoon students can sign up to some or all of our three optional mini-lectures on Impressionism, Georgian Ireland and Irish modernism.


Professional Development Clinics

Theatre Galway Arts Centre Free Tues 11 February & Tues 28 April 10am-4pm

Galway Arts Centre’s Head of Theatre, Andrew Flynn, will facilitate a series of one-to-one clinics for emerging theatre artists based in Galway City and County. Areas of focus could include applying for funding and relevant opportunities for your practice.  To book a 30-minute slot contact bookings@galwayartscentre. ie with your phone number, CV, artists statement and your area of focus for the clinic.




Visual Art

Red Bird Youth Collective and Marielle McLeman

Galway Arts Centre Free Sat 25 January - Fri 28 February 10am-5.30pm Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm Fri, 12pm-5pm Sat Opening Sat 25 January 2pm

Red Bird Youth Collective is a visual art group for young people (aged 15 - 24) living in Galway city and county. They deliver large-scale youth-led projects in collaboration with professional artists.

Audio described tour for visitors with visual impairments: Wed 19 February 11am Booking is essential: bookings@galwayartscentre.ie A transcript and audio link will be available online.

The culmination of a process-based project, Islannaltenage explores the material trace of Nuns Island’s industrial heritage amidst the plans for its regeneration. Through experimental processes and found materials, the group have articulated notions of placemaking and belonging, and how built and natural environments coexist within this urban space.

Event Market

Flea Style Market

Flea Style Market is Galway’s longest running indoor boutique market banging out the best thrift finds in the west Galway Arts Centre of Ireland for the last seven years whilst gaining a loyal Saturdays 22 February, following of shakers, makers and thrifters along the way. 11 April, 23 May 12pm-5pm Free

Exhibition Visual Art

With over 15 stalls of vintage and pre-loved clothing, handmade gifts, antiques, records and books.

TULCA presents

Deep States Dominic Thorpe Curated by Helen Carey

Nun’s Island Theatre Free Fri 13 - Fri 27 March 11am-5pm


Exploring ideas of complex states of freedom and responsibility, curator Helen Carey with artist Dominic Thorpe will explore how these states are articulated, understood and inform social norms, and how this impacts on the personality and character of both the individual and on society.


Liminal Entities

Visual Art

Hazel Egan, Nicola Gunwhy and Olivia Normile Curated by Rita McMahon

Galway Arts Centre Free Sat 7 March - Fri 3 April 10am-5.30pm Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm Fri, 12pm-5pm Sat Opening Fri 6 March 6pm Audio described tour for visitors with visual impairments: Wed 25 March 11am Booking is essential: bookings@galwayartscentre.ie A transcript and audio link will be available online.

Through subtle observations and the creation of installation, sound and moving image, this show will explore quiet tensions through solid yet delicate forms. Boundaries of bodies, objects and ideas confronted in a manner which allows us to question the realities of what we think we know. The work of these artists will challenge banality of the seemingly every day and change our perspectives on what is beyond sight. Vulnerability and fragility in both tangible and imaginary ways displayed by this work will aim to shed light on concepts which can often pass us by. Hazel Egan, Nicola Gunwhy and Olivia Normile are all artists working and living in Ireland. Rita McMahon is an artist and curator working and living in Galway.


Monday 20 - Saturday 25 April 2020 Full programme available on Tuesday 10 March

Cúirt Events

World Literature Day


Presented in association with Galway 2020

Nun’s Island Theatre Tues 21 April 12pm

The 35th Cúirt International Festival of Literature presents World Literature Day. Focusing on Creative-Europe funded project Read Me I Am Yours, this will be the culmination of a ten-year relationship between Cúirt and partners Vilenica International Literary Festival, Slovenia and Festival of World Literature (Fraktura), Croatia. This project offers Cúirt audiences an opportunity to engage with the vast world of contemporary European literature in translation with a special focus on literature from lesser known and used linguistic regions. This celebration of European and world literature will launch at 12pm followed by three events featuring readings, discussion and music. Writers include the 2018 winner of the Vilenica Prize, Georgian writer and editor, Shota Iatashvili, Irish novelist, playwright and artist, Darach Ó Scolaí, and the project’s Emerging Writers’ on Tour, Ukrainian poet, Myroslav Laiuk and Spanish poet, Elena Medel.



Experience the WORLD PREMIERE of Wait a new piece for String Quartet, composed by Ailís Ní Ríain, which was Tickets available from  co-commissioned by Galway Music Residency and Cúirt www.tht.ie or 091 569 777 International Festival of Literature. The work was composed in This commission is funded response to ‘Wait’ by the American poet Galway Kinnell (1927by the Arts Council’s Music 2014), who read at Cúirt twice, from his collection Mortal Acts, Mortal Words (1980). The composer has created a fascinating Commission Award. aural experience heightened by, and enveloped in, Kinnell’s words. The World Premiere will be followed by conversation featuring quartet members, the composer, a local poet, Evonne Ferguson, Director of the Contemporary Music Centre, and Aidan Thomson, Director of the BA in Music at NUI Galway. Nun’s Island Theatre Tues 21 April 8pm €12/€7



Galway Youth Theatre presents

DNA By Denis Kelly Nun’s Island Theatre Wed 22 April Sat 25 April 8pm €14/€12 Post-primary school matinees will run at 12 noon during the week.

A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where’s the incentive to put things right? DNA is a poignant and, sometimes, hilarious tale with a very dark heart. From the writer of the Broadway hit Matilda, DNA is a black comedy with shocking observations… Directed by Andrew Flynn, this production provides members of Galway Youth Theatre with the opportunity to become involved in acting, directing, stage managing and designing a professional production during Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2020.


Children of Bach presented in association with Galway 2020

Nun’s Island Theatre Thurs 23 April 1pm €5

After the disappearance of their parents, renowned Jewish musicians, Pali, Peter, and Suzy join their aunt, a young friend, and an elderly neighbour in a desperate flight from Nazioccupied Hungary. Galway Youth Theatre will breathe life into chosen sections of Eilís Dillon’s final novel, Children of Bach.


Eilís Dillon Ceiliúradh presented in association with Galway 2020

Town Hall Theatre Fri 24 April 1pm €8

In 2020, Cúirt will celebrate the centenary of novelist, playwright and essayist, Eilís Dillon, best known for historical novel, Across the Bitter Sea, about the road to Irish Independence. Published in 1973, it became an instant bestseller. Widely travelled and an innovator in every sense, her first works were published in the Irish language and those and subsequent stories were rooted in the landscape of Connemara. A celebration in song, music, poetry and prose will be hosted by her children, poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, and author and translator Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin. 7

Monday 20 - Saturday 25 April 2020 Full programme available on Tuesday 10 March

Exhibition Visual Art

Cúirt, in association with Aistriú and Galway 2020 present

Unasaka/Tír-Fó-Thoinn Miho Ohtsubo

Aistriú and Cúirt present the work of Japanese visual artist Miho Galway Arts Centre Free Mon 20 April - Sat 25 April Ohtsubo for her first exhibition in Europe. Ohtsubo’s work has 10am-5.30pm Mon-Thurs been inspired by the poetry of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill – one of eleven Irish language writers featured in the Galway 2020 Aistriú 10am-5pm Fri, 12pm-5pm Sat Opening Fri 17 April 6pm project. By engaging with Ní Dhomhnaill’s Immram sequence and her poem ‘Dubh’ through the Japanese translations of Mitsuko Ohno, Ohtsubo has responded to the themes of the texts in very personal and powerful ways. The exhibition will feature Ohtsubo’s installation ‘Black Milk’ along with other works that demonstrate her compassionate grasp of Ní Dhomhnaill’s poetic world and reflect underlying themes of migration and displacement. Aistriú translations: As part of the Aistriú project, texts by eleven Irish language writers on the theme of migration are being translated into multiple languages, making this rich literature available to new readers across Europe and the world. This growing collection of translations is shared on the Aistriú website, where you will see translations of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s poetry sequence Na Murúcha a Thriomaigh, among other poems and prose. Visit www.aistriu.eu Miho Ohtsubo was born in Hokkaido in 1945. She graduated from Musashino Art University in 1968 and has had numerous exhibitions of her work in Japan and overseas.



Galway Theatre Festival 2020

Theatre Nun’s Island Theatre 1 - 9 May


Galway Theatre Festival features nine days of exciting theatre, circus, spectacle and storytelling, showcasing the vibrant performance culture of Ireland’s festival city. The goal of Galway Theatre Festival is to bring a fresh and lively programme of performance to the streets and venues of Galway, evoking a raw energy and adventurous spirit in our audiences. The festival provides a platform for emerging and independent artists, both in the West of Ireland and nationally, bringing together a highquality programme that showcases the best and newest talents.

Beluga Theatre Company for the production of Marty Moncrieff the Teddy Bear Thief for Galway Theatre Festival 2019.


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Galway Arts Centre Free Wed 6 May - Wed 27 May 10am-5.30pm Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm Fri, 12pm-5pm Sat

Burning Bright Participatory Project with Maeve Collins, Monica De Bath & Julie Griffiths

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Burning Bright, Galway Arts Centre’s programme for older people showcases as part of Age and Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival, the national arts festival celebrating creativity as we age. Established 15 years ago, Burning Bright encourages participants to celebrate and engage in their own creativity. Facilitated by professional artists working in day centres across Galway City, this visual arts project enhances opportunity for self-expression. Burning Bright is in partnership with and supported by Galway City Council and the Arts Council.

Burning Bright - Dance programme Traditional Irish dance projects that involve gentle movement to different rhythmic patterns and formations will run in day centres in Galway City. Dance encourages group participation in physical activity, enhancing social inclusion, confidence and skillset, in addition to a wealth of health benefits. Traditional Irish dancer, Aisling Newe, will continue to work with Sonas Day Centre in 2020. 9


2019/2020 Emerging Artist Award

Visual Art

Kevin Gaynor

Galway Arts Centre Free Sat 9 May - Wed 27 May 10am-5.30pm Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm Fri, 12pm-5pm Sat Opening Fri 8 May 6pm

Kevin Gaynor was awarded the 2019/2020 Emerging Artist Award, a partnership between Galway Arts Centre, Engage Art Studios and Galway City Council, which offers a residency from September 2019 to May 2020.

Audio described tour for visitors with visual impairments: Wed 20 May 11am Booking is essential: bookings@galwayartscentre.ie A transcript and audio link will be available online.

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Kevin Gaynor focuses on themes of national identity, national imagery and the global framework in which they sit. Using sculptural installations, he collapses geography and creates physical ties between locations and power structures. Particularly centred on centralised powers and inter-nations, his work uses these constructs to reflect the fluctuations within the Europe we inhabit. Gaynor’s work encapsulates video, sculpture and installation to physicalise and collapse geography. With a focus on the conflict between current and forming power structures, he uses his practice to solidify these encounters, and mirror the results that spillout. Exercising a fundamental and tactile approach to globalisation, he highlights the contortions of centralised ideologies. With a focus on Europe’s current global identity, Gaynor connects and transports states to create moments of global contact.


One-Day Arts Festival

Theatre/Visual Art

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Fatima in Starchild

Delia in Starchild

Nun’s Island Theatre Sat 16 May

In May 2020, the members of Galway Youth Theatre and Red Bird Youth Collective will partner to host a one-day arts festival. This action-packed day of events will see these emerging artists collaborate to host, manage, curate, produce and perform in events showcasing theatre, dance, film and music. All events will be open to the public and the full programme will be announced in March.


From J. to Jessica


by Theater Babel Rotterdam

Nun’s Island Theatre Sun 21 May 3pm

Written by ERIK-WARD GEERLINGS  Directed by PAUL RÖTTGER This show is part of Crossing the Line Festival, a PanEuropean theatre festival coming to Galway in May 2020, produced by Blue Teapot Theatre Company. The story follows Jessica, a transgender actress at Theater Babel in Rotterdam. She shares her story openly, nothing remains unspoken, all is vulnerable, without taboos. This wonderful production explores straight-forward, vulnerable and (un)usual confessions about youth and sexuality, which features  a spectacular 360-degree projection. From J. to Jessica is the first in a series of five portraits from an inclusive society. Theatre text based on conversations with and improvisations by the actors. 11


Xenophon: Mysteria

Visual Art

McGibbon O’Lynn

Mysterion means to close the mouth or eyes; its root mu imitates the sound made with the lips closed. Mysteria thus signified an event defined by closing the lips, closing the eyes, and entering into darkness.

Galway Arts Centre Free Sat 6 June - Fri 3 July 10am-5.30pm Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm Fri, 12pm-5pm Sat Opening Fri 5 June 6pm


In Xenophon: Mysteria, McGibbon O’Lynn summon initiates to a post-human sacred space, where a series of future ancient rites, mysteries and observances unfold, are unfolding and have unfolded. Time evolves and coalesces within this temple: a blessed living garden, it adapts and grows and forms its own culture, ecology, and neural pathways.

Dementia inclusive tour: Thurs 18 June 11am Booking is essential: bookings@galwayartscentre.ie

Bringing together the hallowed objects and ritual practice of a distant tomorrow, Xenophon: Mysteria presents work from across the spectrum of McGibbon O’Lynn’s five-year collaboration on The Xenophon Project and immerses the viewer in a world at once strange and somehow familiar.

Audio described tour for visitors with visual impairments: Wed 24 June 11am Booking is essential: bookings@ galwayartscentre.ie A transcript and audio link will be available online.

McGibbon O’Lynn locate their practice in the chaotic interstices between art, science and narrative. The self-described hybrid practitioners, chimeric explorers and priestesses of forthcoming myth creation explore the life of the world to come through science fiction, science fabulation and science fact.


Creative Thinking: Gallery Programme for Schools

Students can take part in a guided gallery tour for five of the exhibitions running from January to June including The Uncertainty of History – Remembering Eileen Quinn, Liminal Entities, Unasaka/Tír-FóThoinn, the 2019/2020 Emerging Artist Award exhibition and Xenophon: Mysteria. These guided tours are pupil led in terms of content using open questions and implementing the visual thinking strategies (VTS) method. All tours are free and each tour is tailored to the age group of the class. To inquire about school bookings, email bookings@galwayartscentre.ie with ‘Creative Thinking’ in the subject line.

Fighting Words story-telling workshops for primary school groups Galway Arts Centre is now home to Fighting Words Galway. Established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love in 2009, Fighting Words helps students to develop their writing skills and explore their love of writing. Workshops are created and run by volunteer writing tutors, who are trained in child protection and Garda vetted. In 2020, Galway Arts Centre will deliver over 20 story-telling workshops for primary school groups. The workshops will be run from Nun’s Island Theatre from January to June. Dates include 24th January, 31st January, 7th February, 13th March, 1st May, 15th May, 29th May and 12th June. To inquire about booking your class into a workshop, email: galway@fightingwords.ie

Young Playwrights programme Fighting Words and Galway Youth Theatre in partnership with the Town Hall Theatre and Decadent Theatre are offering eight local writers between the ages of 14 and 21 the opportunity to create their own short plays culminating in the young writers’ plays being directed and performed by professionals in a one-off rehearsed reading on the stage in June 2020. The programme consists of six months of workshops and mentoring of the young writers. To apply, submit a piece of writing and your contact details to galway@fightingwords.ie before Friday 28 February. Applicants can submit any piece of writing for consideration, which may include poetry, essays, stories or plays.

Galway Youth Theatre Residency: Bohermore Youth Development Project

Over the Moon and Under the Stars

From January to April, Galway Youth Theatre tutor, Eilish McCarthy, will work with Bohermore Youth Drama Group giving members the opportunity to expand their drama education by improving skills in voice, acting, devising, directing, writing, set design and costume design.

Facilitators, Aoife Natsumi Frehan and Stephen Cunniffe, will work with children resident in the Eglinton Hotel to create digital pop-up books based on their engagement and previous workshops on astronomy. This project is supported by the NYCI STEAM artist in residence programme and the Science Foundation of Ireland.

This youth led project will be developed with input from the group culminating in a performance.

A digital pop up book project


Workshops Galway Arts Centre

Further information on tutors is available at www.galwayartscentre.ie Booking is essential: Email info@galwayartscentre.ie or sign up at www.galwayartscentre.ie/courses/ N.B. Concessionary places cannot be booked online. Please contact Galway Arts Centre to reserve your place at the reduced rate. Workshops and classes are regularly added. To keep up to date, visit www.galwayartscentre.ie/courses/

Ad Hoc Choir Happy harmonies, world songs, improvisations. Begin a journey of discovery into the mystery of the human voice. Natural voice facilitator Kate Duignan has trained with Frankie Armstrong, Ivan Midderigh and the Roy Hart Theatre in France. She has also worked with the Community Music Galway pilot scheme. 8-weeks starting Thurs 16 January & Thurs 23 April 7pm-9pm €120/€90 concession or €12 drop in session

Beginner Sewing Courses Beginners 1 If you’re a complete beginner this is the sewing course for you. You will become a confident machinist while you sew a pin cushion, a tote bag and a patchwork cushion cover giving you the confidence to continue to develop your sewing skills on your own. 4-weeks starting Tues 21 January & Tues 18 Feb 6.30pm-8.30pm €120 Beginners 2 If you’re comfortable with your sewing machine basics but have yet to tackle a pattern, this is the course for you. We’ll sew a simple versatile top and you’ll learn how to alter the pattern so that it works as a wardrobe staple. 8-weeks starting Wed 22 January 6.30pm-8.30pm €240


Creative Writing with Susan Millar DuMars Facilitated by Susan Millar DuMars, the class is suitable for both beginning and continuing creative writing students, working in either poetry or fiction. Students will spend their weeks responding to writing exercises designed to inspire, rather than inhibit. In class, they will receive gentle feedback on their work from their classmates and from the teacher. 10-weeks starting Mon 27 January & Mon 11 May 2.30pm-4pm €110/€100 concession

Three Poetry Workshops with Kevin Higgins Each week Kevin Higgins will give participants a poetry writing exercise for the following week and will offer each participant constructive suggestions as to how her or his poem can become the best possible poem it can be. The Tuesday evening and Friday afternoon workshops are open to both complete beginners as well as those who have been writing for some time. The Advanced Poetry Workshop on Thursday afternoon is suitable for those who have participated in poetry workshops before or had poems published in magazines. 10 weeks starting Tues 28 January & Tues 12 May 7pm-8.30pm Fri 31 January & Fri 15 May 2pm-3.30pm Advanced course: Thurs 30 January & Thurs 14 May 2pm-4pm €110/€100 concession

Drawing and Painting with Jennifer Cunningham This course is designed for students who wish to develop their skills in drawing and painting. It will include the process of paint, collage, colour theory, still life, landscape, portraiture and mixed media. The course is open to both beginners and those with some experience; each student will work at their own pace with individualised tuition. The class would be particularly valuable to students who wish to build a portfolio for third level. 8-weeks starting Wed 29 January 4.45pm-6.15pm €130

Digital Photography for Beginners The course is intended to provide a general introduction to photography and is suitable for both absolute beginners and people with a little basic photographic knowledge wishing to develop their potential as photographers. This evening course, facilitated by Louise Manifold, aims at working creatively with digital photography to give practical hands on experience of working with your digital camera to gain confidence and gain knowledge of what your camera has to offer. 10-weeks starting Wed 5 February & Wed 1 April 7pm-9pm €120 (€100 concession)

Creative Writing: Introduction This innovative new course introduces participants to the craft of creative writing while working in a range of genres such as sci-fi, crime, horror and realism. Participants will share work, exchange feedback and discuss routes to publication. Suitable for those seeking a rewarding pastime or as an introduction to an exciting professional career as a creative writer. Previous participants are welcome. The course is facilitated by Martin Keaveney, B.A., M.A., Phd Candidate, published and produced creative writer. Martin Keaveney’s debut collection The Rainy Day was published in 2018 (Penniless Press). He recently completed a Ph.D in Creative Writing at NUIG. Check out www. martinkeaveney.com/testimonials 8-weeks starting Thurs 30 January 7.30pm-9.30pm €125 (€115 concession)

One-day oil painting Learn the basics of painting in oils in these one-day workshops including portrait and figure, which provide an opportunity to work from life with a model, still life and photo reference. Workshops are open to beginners or artists who want to freshen up their foundations. Caitlyn Rooke has exhibited her portraits in the 2018 and 2019 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annuals in London, as well as in recent RHA annuals in Dublin. Sundays 2 February, 1 March, 5 April, 10 May & 7 June 12pm-5pm €55 for each one-day workshop (inc. model fees)

Oil Painting Laima Rusaita holds a degree in Fine Art from the University of Šiauliai, Lithuania and an Art Teachers Diploma. She has been teaching in Ireland since 2009. Classes range from teaching traditional techniques to modern mixed media. Themes and projects are chosen in conjunction with participants. The course is open to beginners and more advanced painters. 10-weeks starting Mon 6 April 7.30pm-9.30pm 10-weeks starting Wed 8 April 4.30pm-6.30pm €185


Young Adult

Red Bird Youth Collective

Red Bird Youth Collective is a visual art group for young people aged 15 - 24 living in Galway city and county. Red Bird is run by young people and endeavours to encourage and support creativity for young people in the surrounding community. It is the first youth-led visual art collective in the Republic of Ireland. Red Bird has collaborated with professional artists and facilitators on a diverse range of projects, including visual art, film, architecture, digital media, performance and literature. Alongside these artistic endeavours, Red Birds also learn the administrative background to these projects, enabling them to recreate similar ventures outside of the organisation. The requirements to join Red Bird are an interest or passion for art, and no formal background, education or training is necessary. Workshops are free of charge and all materials are provided. To find out more about joining, email info@galwayartscentre.ie or phone 091 565 886.

Galway Arts Centre Mon & Thurs from 7 January - 26 March, 7pm-9pm €50 per term

Galway Youth Theatre Theatre Training Course

Galway Youth Theatre will run 22 workshops, two masterclasses, a theatre visit and the opportunity to audition for professional productions during Cúirt International Festival of Literature and Galway International Arts Festival. During the term, members will focus on a student-led project, which will be showcased at the end of term. Working with tutor, Eilish McCarthy, the group will develop vocal and physical performance techniques, alongside script analysis, devising and ensemble skills in a practical learning environment. Conor Geoghegan will introduce members to improvisation including movement, voice, characterisation, scene-building and stagecraft. Director, Andrew Flynn, will prepare members for stage as they prepare for two professional productions. In 2020, masterclasses were selected by the YA Committee comprising members of GYT and Red Bird to prepare the groups to produce the One-Day Festival in May: February: ‘Stage Combat and Conflict’ with Actor, Rod Goodall. March: ‘Costume design’ with Decadent Theatre’s Costume Designer, Petra Breathnach. To find out more about joining, email info@galwayartscentre.ie or phone 091 565 886.

Sos. Sos. is a celebration of the diverse original music community in Galway City and County. It promotes social inclusion and positive mental health through the medium of creativity in music. Our events are drug and alcohol free and open to all, young and old. Sos. is run in partnership with Galway Arts Centre and Galway City Council, with additional sponsorship from Mr. Waffle. Follow Sos. on Facebook for details of its 2020 programme.


Venue Rental Nuns Island Theatre is a small intimate fully equipped 82-seat theatre situated in the heart of Galway City. This flexible space is available for theatre, rehearsal, workshops and meetings. The Theatre is also available to hire for weddings. Galway Arts Centre is available for room rental to conduct meetings, rehearsals and workshops. Gallery spaces are also available for weddings. For further information and prices, please contact Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway via email at info@galwayartscentre.ie or phone 091 565886.


Opening Friday 10 January 6pm The Uncertainty of History – Remembering Eileen Quinn .......................... 2 Saturday 11 January - Friday 21 February Opening Saturday 25 January 2pm Islannaltenage ....................................................... 4 Saturday 25 January - Friday 28 February Wednesday 19 February 11am Audio described exhibition tour .......... 2/4 Opening Friday 6 March 6pm Liminal Entities ..................................................... 5 Saturday 7 March - Friday 3 April Friday 13 March - Friday 27 March TULCA presents Deep States ..................... 4


Wednesday 25 March 11am Audio described exhibition tour ............... 5

Opening Friday 17 April 6pm Cúirt presents Unasaka/Tír-Fó-Thoinn 8 Monday 20 April - Saturday 25 April Tar Isteach ............................................................... 9 Wednesday 6 May - Wednesday 27 May Opening Friday 8 May 6pm 2019/2020 Emerging Artist Award ....... 10 Saturday 9 May - Wednesday 27 May Wednesday 20 May 11am Audio described exhibition tour ............. 10 Opening Friday 5 June 6pm Xenophon: Mysteria ......................................... 12 Saturday 6 June - Friday 3 July Thursday 18 June 11am Dementia inclusive tour ................................ 12 Wednesday 24 June 11am Audio described exhibition tour ............. 12

Saturday 11 January 2pm Exhibition Talk: Reprisals - The Short Life and Tragic Death of Eileen Quinn .. 2

Tuesday 21 April 8pm Cúirt and Galway Music Residency present ‘Wait’ ......................................................... 6

Saturday 18 January 2pm Exhibition Talk: Legalised Illegality Reflections on the Killing of Eileen Quinn in the Irish War of Independence and the Value of Forgiveness ...................... 2

Wednesday 22 - Saturday 25 April 8pm GYT presents ‘DNA’ ........................................... 7

Tuesday 21 January 9am-3pm Leaving Certificate Study Day ................... 3

Friday 24 April 1pm Cúirt presents Eilís Dillon Ceiliúradh ..... 7

Tuesday 28 January 9am-3pm Leaving Certificate Study Day ................... 3

Tuesday 28 April 10am-4pm Visual Art Professional Development Clinic ............................................ 3

Tuesday 4 February 10am-4pm Visual Art Professional Development Clinic ............................................ 3 Tuesday 11 February 10am-4pm Theatre Professional Development Clinic ............................................ 3 Saturday 22 February 12pm-5pm Flea Style Market ................................................ 4 Saturday 11 April 12pm-5pm Flea Style Market ................................................ 4 Tuesday 21 April 12pm Cúirt presents World Literature Day ...... 6

Thursday 23 April 1pm Cúirt and GYT present ‘Children of Bach’ ................................................ 7

Tuesday 28 April 10am-4pm Theatre Professional Development Clinic ............................................ 3 1 - 9 May Galway Theatre Festival 2020 .................... 9 Saturday 16 May GYT and Red Bird present One Day Arts Festival ...................................... 11 Thursday 21 May 3pm Blue Teapot Theatre Company presents ‘From J. to Jessica’ ............................................ 11 Saturday 23 May 12pm-5pm Flea Style Market ................................................ 4

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