MCC Arts Office: News & Updates 29th April

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Meath County Council Arts Office is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by Navan based visual artist Mary Clarke entitled SILENT: LISTEN.

SILENT:LISTEN will show at Toradh Gallery in Ashbourne Library and Cultural Centre from 8th April 2019 and continue throughout the spring. The exhibition forms part of Meath County Council’s Bealtaine Festival Programme which, co-ordinated by Age & Opportunity, is Ireland’s national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age.

SILENT:LISTEN is a collection of new abstract painted works and prints on photographic paper inspired by global climate change and the travesty of melting glaciers.

Silent is an anagram of listen and through her abstracted images, Mary explores the necessity to be still, observe and pay heed.

The artist’s vibrant palette of pinks, blues and greens dispel the common misconception of white ice.

SILENT:LISTEN is a lively and energetic compilation of abstract works which juxtaposes vivid, luminous painted images with a subdued and deliberate message.

The exhibition will be bolstered by an education programme, details of which are available through Meath County Arts Office. Further information can be obtained by contacting Aedín McGinn, Assistant Arts Officer on artsoffice@meathcoco.ie  or 0469097411


‘The Sound Of Musicals’

Meath County Council Arts Office and Library Services present  ‘The Sound Of Musicals’. Join acclaimed vocalists Naoise Stewart Kelly and Brian Gilligan with pianist Jillian Saunders for a concert packed full of show stopping hits from the world’s best loved musicals.

Including songs from: My Fair Lady, Corousel, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Oliver, A Little Night Music, cats, Oklahoma and More!

  • Oldcastle Library Friday 10th May at 11am – 12pm Ph: 049 8542084
  • Ashbourne Library Friday 10th May at 2.30pm – 3.30pm Ph: 01 8358185
  • Trim Library Friday 24th May at 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Ph: 046 9436063
  • Places are Free, but booking is essential. Please phone venue directly to reserve your place.


Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art: 

National Gallery Talk, Oldcastle Library  Friday 17th May at 11am

The National Gallery of Ireland are opening an exhibition entitled: ‘Shaping Ireland, Landscapes in Irish Art’. This exhibition will explore the relationship between people and the natural world. The exhibition features 50 artists, including Paul Henry, Jack B Yeats and George Barret, but also many contemporary practitioners who are living and working in Ireland today.

To accompany this exhibition, National Talks are running a series of talks around the country for audiences to learn more about the works.

This series of free illustrated talks delivered by members of the education team will bring the themes and artistry of Shaping Ireland to audiences across the country and  is coming to Co. Meath.

  • Where: Oldcastle Library
  • When: Friday 17th  May
  • Time: 11.00am – 12 noon
  • Places are Free, but booking is essential. Please phone Oldcastle Library directly to reserve your place on 049 8542084


The TEACHER-ARTIST PARTNERSHIP CPD programme (T.A.P.) is a Creative Ireland, Department of Education and Skills led and approved Summer Course offering  FULLY PAID TRAINING AND IN-SCHOOL RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS (across all art forms)

  • Open to artists, working in any art form, who are committed to sharing their practice with children and teachers in a modern primary school environment
  • Specialist, week-long training 1st – 5th July 2019 based in Navan Education Centre to prepare the artist for the unique requirements of working harmoniously in partnership with a teacher within the modern Irish classroom
  • A training allowance of €150 per day over the initial 5-day training/induction week (€750 in total), plus travel with daily lunch provided.
  • Brokerage and development of partnerships with creative teachers, in schools committed to contemporary arts learning and practice and creativity
  • Guarantee of a paid, follow up in-school-residency within a local primary school (Fee €800, plus €100 travel plus €100 materials) to carry out a 20-hour project (14 contact hours plus 6 preparation hours) in partnership with your teacher partner throughout the 2019/2020 academic year
  • Information, learning and networking opportunities for further freelance work within the education system.
  • For further information and details on application visit: http://www.meath.ie/CountyCouncil/Arts/NewsandEvents/Name,70701,en.html


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