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  Meath County Council Arts Office is thrilled to announce the launch of its first exhibition of 2019 at Toradh Gallery in Ashbourne Library and Cultural Centre.
The Fragility of Culture by Trim based artist Dermot McNevin is a collection of new abstract painted works on canvas, accompanied by an original film piece inspired by the traditional Irish Harp. Enveloped in themes of colonialism, heritage, resistance and change, McNevin presents an intriguing collection of 14 paintings culminating in an impressive visual display. Utilising a palette of sumptuous earthy tones, McNevin uses linear patterns and horizontal lines to reference the Irish landscape and its tumultuous past. Imagery of land, line and harp combine in this guttural response to McNevin’s themes of invasion and corresponding cultural casualty.  
Of his work, McNevin states: ‘While making this series, I immersed myself in traditional Harp music. I researched the decline of this musical form, which resulted from the fall of the Gaelic order. This, I saw as a metaphor for the fragility of culture. I then used the paint in a visceral way to explore these tensions. This work refers to both actual and imagined landscapes. I believe that reality is both constructed by oneself and revealed through life experiences. Similarly, my approach to painting is both additive and subtractive; I physically worked the paint to construct and reveal the finished pieces.’
The Fragility of Culture by Dermot McNevin presents emotive, tactile works which lament lost art and reference political themes of land division which; in the context of contemporary Ireland and a looming Brexit deal, are once again considered relevant.
The Fragility of Culture will be open to the public from Monday 21st January 2019 and will continue until 29th March 2019.  The exhibition will be bolstered by an education programme throughout the run, details of which are available through Meath County Arts Office. Group exhibition tours are available upon request and further information can be obtained by contacting Aedín McGinn, Assistant Arts Officer on artsoffice@meathcoco.ie or 0469097411  
Meath County Council Arts Office is delighted to announce the re-launch of its Going Solo Graduate Award.
The Going Solo Graduate Award, originally launched in 2001 is designed to assist emerging Meath artists in the earliest stages of their artistic careers. Welcoming submissions from recent art graduates who are either originally from, or currently residing in County Meath, The Going Solo Graduate Award offers one lucky artist the chance of winning a professional solo exhibition and €1,000 combined materials stipend and purchase prize. The exhibition will be hosted in the Toradh 2 Gallery in Kells’ newly refurbished Courthouse and presents the winning artist with a platform from which to launch themselves and present their work.
The exhibition will run from 2nd September until the 1st November 2019. The award is open to graduate artists from recognised Irish Art Colleges including: National College of Art and Design, Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Art Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Ulster University, Sligo IT, Crawford College of Art, the Burren College of Art and the Limerick School of Art and Design. The Going Solo Graduate Award is a wonderful opportunity for graduate artists to gain experience in professional exhibitions under the guidance of Arts Office Staff. It also presents the winner with a cash prize for materials and acquisition of an art work which will then be added permanently to the County Art Collection. Past recipients of the award include artists Aileen Hamilton, Marc Corrigan, Carol O’Connor, Emily Bruton, Sinead Fahey, Sarah Standing and Evelyn Broderick. The award is open to artists who graduated from Art College in 2017, 2018 and those due to graduate in 2019.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 1st March 2019 at 5pm.
For further information and to obtain an application form, please contact Aedín McGinn, Assistant Arts Officer on 0469097414 or email: artsoffice@meathcoco.ie.    
Cork Institute of Technology Creativity & Change 2019 Masterclass Programme:
Creative Writing; Street Art; Playback Theatre; Reflective Journalling; Rewilding; Visual Facilitation. Register online now for one or all of our 2-day weekend training courses. Aimed at facilitators/ educators each masterclass is a deep dive into a specific method that can be used to explore change-making, global citizenship and social justice.
Location: Cork City. Dates: First Workshop Feb 9th- 10th. Cost: €50    For more see:  https://www.creativityandchange.ie/master-classes/2019-masterclass-programme/ 
Enquiries: creativityandchange@cit.ie

Central Bank Silver Coin Competition 2019 100 Years of Transatlantic Aviation & Modern Irish Musicians – Phil Lynott
In 2019, Central Bank of Ireland will issue a €15 silver proof collector coin to mark 100 Years of Transatlantic Aviation and a second €15 silver proof collector coin to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Phil Lynott’s birth. This coin is part of the ‘Modern Irish Musicians’ series, which will also commemorate Luke Kelly in 2020.
Artists and designers who would like to participate in this design competition are invited initially to submit their curriculum vitae and samples/evidence of previous medallic works (such as coinage) for consideration. Both electronic and hard copy submission is required.
Candidates will be shortlisted based on their submissions by an independent panel of experts. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in one or both of the design competitions and will receive a design brief including technical specifications.
Shortlisted candidates will receive a design fee, subject to compliance with the design brief provided. The winning candidate will receive a further payment in respect of the winning design.
Submissions should be sent by email to coindesign@centralbank.ie and by post to the below address, to arrive no later than 5pm Tuesday, 29 January 2019.
2019 Commemorative Coin Design Competition
Central Bank of Ireland
Currency Central Bank of Ireland PO Box 61
Sandyford Road
Dublin 16
www.collectorcoins.ie https://www.collectorcoins.ie/en/central-bank-silver-coin-design-competition-2019
Creative Ireland kerry/ClÁr Éire IldÁnach- LISTowel MUNICIPAL DISTRICT Project 2019/Ceantar Bardasach Líos Tuathail Tionscadal 2019
RFQ Request for Quotations FROM  PRACTITIONERS ACROSS ALL ARTS and Creative DISCIPLINES, AND OTHER RELATED PROFESSIONALS to Collaborate on a Creative Project (Working title): ‘The Lost Palace oF North Kerry’ Brief For Applicants and Application forms available on http://www.kerrycoco.ie/home3/arts/arts-forms/ (see RFQ Brief Creatve Practitioners Lixnaw) Site visit for Creatives will take place in Lixnaw on Saturday 2nd February at 11.00am. Register by email.
Closing date for Receipt of RFQ Submissions is 1.00pm Thursday 28th February 2019   Arts Office/Creative Ireland Kerry, Kerry County Council: T| 066 7183541  E| arts@kerrycoco.ie
ART WORKS the Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow Annual Open Submission and Art Award, sponsored by Hotron is open for submissions.  
Artists are invited to submit their work in any medium for selection. The 2019 exhibition will be presented entirely in VISUAL’s Main Gallery, Carlow from 4 June – August 31. All artists will receive an artist’s fee.    This year’s Art Works Open Submission invites artists to submit work that responds to the song lyric:   “Dearly beloved,  We are gathered here today   To get through this thing called life”  Let’s go crazy, Prince. 1984    There will be two awards, sponsored by Hotron for outstanding work presented:    The ART WORKS Award of €3000, will be presented for the most outstanding work in any medium.  The Éigse Prize of €1000 will be presented for work by a recent graduate (2017/2018/2019) selected for the most outstanding work in any medium.   
More information at https://carlowartsfestival.com/pages/opencall2019     Carlow Arts Festival 083 – 4006112 info@carlowartsfestival.com www.CarlowArtsFestival.com @CarlowArts    facebook    

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