Arts Office – News & Events July 2019

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Meath County Council Arts Office is delighted to present a 10-year retrospective exhibition by the Kells Type Trail Collective entitled:

‘A Canvas of Type’

Exhibition Launch  Friday 5th July from 6pm – 7pm, all are welcome to attend.

A Canvas of Type will show at the Toradh2 Gallery located in the newly renovated former Courthouse in the centre of Kells town from 5th July and will continue until 23rd August 2019.

Coinciding with this year’s Type Trail Festival which is currently in its tenth year, A Canvas of Type looks back at some of the pieces submitted to the festival since its inception a decade ago.

The annual Type Trail festival celebrates typography and lettering as a modern art form. Each year, a single word is chosen and translated into a variety of languages to reflect the diverse community living in Kells today.  That chosen word is then interpreted by artists, students, community groups and other creatives to form a site-specific art installation trail throughout the town of Kells – making Kells a canvas of type.

This survey exhibition includes a diverse range of mediums, styles and approaches to art making and showcases the wonderful variety and growth Type Trail has enjoyed over its lifespan.

Including art works by Mark Smith, Carol Lee, Elaine O’ Neill, Stephen Dullaghan, David Newton, Eimear Hannon, Denise De Blaca, Paul Delaney, Rosita Gilsenan and more. Further information can be obtained by contacting Aedín McGinn, Assistant Arts Officer, Meath County Council on artsoffice@meathcoco.ie or 0469097411


Meath County Council Arts Office is pleased to present Borderline, a solo exhibition by Meath artist and production designer Kieran McNulty.

Borderline will show at Toradh Gallery in Ashbourne Library and Cultural Centre from 24th June 2019 and continue throughout the summer until the end of August.

Borderline is a collection of works created over the past two years inspired by the artists hometown of Mornington, Co Meath and the River Boyne.

The artist states:

‘I am interested in the everchanging environment of the river; its human and political histories, its changes in physical and natural structures produced by the cyclical ebb and flow of the tidal estuary of the river and the sea, the metronomic forces heaving and draining over each 24-hour period.’

Concerned with the interaction between human activity and nature, McNulty plays with materials and mark making, balancing deliberate and accidental results. Exploring various surfaces, from aluminium to copper, the artist seeks to mirror the natural properties of water such as movement, reflection, energy and flow.

The resulting collection of works form an intriguing and tactile group of mixed media pieces. Featuring inky blacks with gleaming highlights and dark shadowy dominant shapes in various textural applications, each artwork is reminiscent of murky waters, glistening with hints of sunlight on the surface.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Aedín McGinn, Assistant Arts Officer on artsoffice@meathcoco.ie  or 0469097411


The Bunting Harp Collection: A Digital Commission

Music Network (MN) and The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) are offering an opportunity for a professional sound or visual artist to create an installation work, using as its inspiration the historically significant harp tunes collected in 1792 by Edward Bunting.

Artists are invited to submit proposals outlining their creative response to a range of multimedia digital materials relating to the collection held by MN, ITMA, and Special Collections & Archives, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). Materials are comprised of digitised 18th century publication and manuscript sources, and 21st century audio-visual harp studio performances.

This is a unique opportunity for the recipient to create and present new work through the exploration, discovery and creative re-use of archival materials, and to bring this valuable collection to the attention of the wider public.

The deadline is 24th July at 4pm 

Full details available at https://www.musicnetwork.ie/musicians/opportunities


Making Live Music Happen


Music Network, National Concert Hall Building,

Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.

Tel: +353 1 4750224




Calling All Arts Facilitators, Arts Educators & Community/Youth Workers

You are invited to nominate 16-19 year old youth who have an interest in film or animation to participate in the National Youth Film & Animation School, August 11-22, 2019.  Screen Ireland is offering eighth bursaries to cover full board, tuition, travel and limited additional costs where necessary. For further details :http://yifm.com/bursary/  or  please call Garry or Sorcha on 05677 64677 or email garry@yifm.com with your query.


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