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 Meath County Council Cultural Services Announce Francis Ledwidge Award 2018.

Following the success of the Francis Ledwidge 1917 – 2017 Centenary Commemorations, Meath County Council Cultural services is delighted to announce the launch of the Meath County Council  Francis Ledwidge Award 2018.

This award, supported by Creative Ireland is aimed at poets, and is designed to help support and nurture the rich poetry culture alive in Ireland today.

Named in honour of the famous Irish war poet and soldier: Francis Ledwidge ‘Poet of the Blackbirds’; The Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award seeks to support Irish poets both financially and creatively.

The awardee will receive a week long residential stay at one of Ireland’s finest artists’ retreats: the prestigious Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan, and a cash prize of €1,500.

Helping to promote development in the craft of poetry, the artist’s residency at Annaghmakerrig will afford the winning writer escape from the everyday to focus on creative work.

The Meath County Council Francis Ledwidge Award 2018 promotes the conception of new works, the completion of ongoing projects and the regeneration of creative thinking through the provision of a creative residency and financial reward.

To enter, applicants must submit a biography, writing samples and a creative residency work proposal.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 28th November 2018 at 12pm.

Full detail of the application process is available through Meath County Council Arts Office on 0469097414 or artsoffice@meathcoco.ie.


Toradh Gallery winter showcase opens in Ashbourne Library and Cultural Centre

Meath County Council Arts Office is delighted to present: Here Comes the Night, a group exhibition by members of the Graphic Studio Dublin.

An eclectic and atmospheric exhibition, Here Comes the Night features an array of artistic responses in contemporary printmaking to the theme of night-time.

Featuring works by artists: Ria Czerniak LeBov, Niamh Flanagan, Martin Gale, Mary Grey, Julie Ann Haines, Stephen Lawlor, Pamela Leonard, Kate Mac Donagh, James McCreary, Rebecca Phelan, Barbara Rae, Dermot Ryan and Vaida Varnagiene; Here Comes the Night includes examples of woodblock, etching, aquatint, monotype, carborundum and mezzotint printmaking.

 Here Comes the Night is open to the public from Monday – Saturday and will continue throughout the winter.

To accompany Here Comes the Night; Toradh Gallery’s current exhibition of fine art prints, Meath County Council Arts Office in conjunction with Graphic Studio Dublin will host a morning printmaking demonstration on Saturday 24th November 2018.

Exhibiting artist Vaida Varnagiene will be on site from 11 – 12pm to demonstrate the art of etching and to answer any technical or creative questions.  Suitable to anyone interested in learning more about printmaking, the demonstration promises to be an engaging and interesting event.

The live demonstration will offer audiences the chance to discover how the art works currently on display were made, helping to demystify the artist and their practice.

Dublin based, Luthuanian born Vaida Varnagiene, is a multidisciplinary artist and Graphic Studio Dublin board member. Describing printmaking as the ‘ideal medium’ for her work, Varnagiene states she achieves a broad range of effects using intaglio and mono printing techniques.

The printing demo with Vaida Varnagiene is on Saturday 24th November from 11.00 – 12.00 in Toradh Gallery in Ashbourne Library and Cultural Centre.

This is a free event and will be subject to numbers. A minimum of 10 attendees is required for this event to proceed. If interested, please register your attendance by emailing: artsoffice@meathcoco.ie before Wednesday 21st November.

 Geashill, Sculpture Commission

Offaly County Council wish to commission a site-specific permanent sculptural work that will both relate directly to the strategic location selected and respond innovatively to the Battle of Geashill.

All submissions and full details are through e-tenders.  No 141467

The deadline for receipt of submissions is  3p.m. Friday 30 Nov 2018

A brief can be downloaded from the link below


 Kilkenny County Council invites expressions of interest from artists for the creation of a new artwork to be situated by the N76 Callan Road.


+The total budget available for the artwork is up to €45,000 (inclusive of VAT).

Commission Process

This is a single-stage commission process.


The deadline for applications is Monday 26 November, 5pm.

Late submissions will not be accepted.


Applicants are requested to read the full content of this document carefully as it

contains important information pertaining to the commission.

Please note that all proposals should be delivered to:

Visual Artists Ireland

Windmill View House,

4 Oliver Bond Street,

Dublin 8.

Clearly marked: N76 Per Cent for Arts Scheme 2018

Supporting images may be provided in electronic format on CD, DVD, or Memory Stick.

This project is administered by Visual Artists Ireland on behalf of Kilkenny County Council.


All queries should be sent by email to shelly@visualartists.ie  or call 01 6729488



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