MCC Arts Office: News & Updates – September 2019

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Meath County Council Arts Office is delighted to present Following Contours, an exhibition by Bernadette Tuite.


Tuite is the Meath County Council Arts Office Going Solo Graduate Award recipient of 2019.

Following Contours will show at the Toradh2 Gallery located in the newly renovated former Courthouse in the centre of Kells town from 2nd September.

The exhibition will feature a combination of beautifully hand-crafted sculptural ceramic vessels, landscape photography and an audio soundscape. Accompanying the art works will be material samples, a video and sketch books; all intended to offer an insight into how the artist works and the process behind her art.


The Meath County Council Arts Office Going Solo Graduate Award was originally launched in 2001 to assist emerging Meath artists in the earliest stages of their artistic careers. The prize includes a solo exhibition and €1,000 combined materials and purchase stipend which sees the acquisition of art work added permanently to the County Art Collection.


Bernadette Tuite, a former California based boat captain, completed an Applied Arts Degree in the Crawford College of Art and Design Cork, in 2018. Since competing her degree which focussed on ceramic design, Tuite has been awarded the prestigious Design and Craft Council of Ireland’s Future Makers Award 2019 as well as the Meath County Council Arts Office Going Solo Graduate Award 2019.


Following Contours will be on display at Kells Courthouse Culture and Tourism Hub from 2nd September and continue through the autumn until 1st November 2019. 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 The Perfect Rain, a solo exhibition by Meath based children’s author-illustrator Tatyana Feeney.


Originally from North Carolina, Tatyana has lived in Trim, Co Meath for the past 15 years where she draws inspiration for her art works and stories from the irregular Irish weather.

Her latest publication entitled Eva and the Perfect Rain (The O’Brien Press), follows a little girl’s pursuit for perfect umbrella rain: not too windy, too thundery or too drizzly. This book and the imagery therein form the basis of the exhibition which also features accompanying artwork developed from experiencing Irish weather as a non- native.


The artist states:

‘It is a record of my journey to embrace the rainy days; to recognise the beauty in the colours and textures that evolve in the landscape and environment during the rain; and to appreciate the weather through the language used to describe it, positive or negative. In Ireland weather shapes the landscape and the people. There is a beauty and a fortitude created by the rain and this is what I hope to have shown both through my book and through my artwork’.


Including a combination of mono and digital printing, The Perfect Rain will show at Toradh Gallery in Ashbourne Library and Cultural Centre from 9th September and continue throughout the autumn until the 8th November2019.


Coinciding with this year’s Children’s Book Festival, the exhibition will be bolstered by an access and education programme. Further information can be obtained by contacting Aedín McGinn, Assistant Arts Officer on artsoffice@meathcoco.ie  or 0469097411


Meath Beo Autumn Series, featuring Traditional Music Artists of Co. Meath in historic settings throughout the county in September, October & November 2019.


All information can be found at www.meathbeo.com  ; or on Meathbeo social media sites – Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Alternatively, Please do no hesitate to email & book your place at meathbeo@gmail.com


Visual Artist in Residence Opportunity at DCU

Dublin City University is absolutely delighted to be offering DCU’s inaugural Visual Artist in Residence in collaboration with Fire Station Artists Studios. This residency will be on DCU’s historic All Hallows campus for a period of one year, commencing in October 2019. In addition to the studio, DCU will make available an exciting package of supports, only a university can present.


Artists who wish to apply for this residency, should submit the following:

  • A cover letter detailing the applicant’s interest in the DCU / Fire Station Artists’ Studios residency, proposing your project for the allocated residency period, and how being within the DCU community would benefit your practice. The letter should be no longer than 500 words.
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum three pages)
  • Supporting documentation, including details of at least 2 projects undertaken during the past five years.
  • High quality captioned images (up to 5), video or audio files should be submitted through links to relevant website e.g. youtube, vimeo – please ensure your links work well.


There’s further information available at: https://www.dcu.ie/president/Visual-Arts-Office.shtml


Closing date for applications: Friday, 20th September 2019, 4pm.


Applications should be marked ‘DCU&FSAS Residency Application’ and emailed (preferably in one pdf file) to: Marcella Bannon, Visual Arts Development Officer – marcella.bannon@dcu.ie

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