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Generate 2014 – Ireland’s Business Conference for Creative Professionals

June 10, 2014 in ArtLInks News, Carlow Arts Office

Generate 2014 is a business conference about creativity – or a creative conference about business; either way, it’s all about helping you discover new ways to work. We have put together a host of local, national and international
speakers to challenge, to engage and to debate the development of creative businesses in the unique venue that is VISUAL in Carlow Town.
The conference is for creative professionals in fine and applied arts looking to answer one question in terms of their business development – what next?
Speakers include:
  • Noel Davidson technology and communications expert
  • Susan Hayes ‘The Positive Economist’
  • Laura Pasquetti, the Kilkenny Group
  • James Moxey, co-founder of the Creative Industries Research and Innovation Centre (Wales)
Generate 2014 will cover a variety of topics aimed at creative professionals in fine and applied arts and the development of their business and creative processes.
From funding to retailing to developing your creative and visual core, Generate 2014 is the conference for you!
Wed 2nd July, 9am – 5pm
€15 per delegate
Generate 2014 is funded by
  • Local Enterprise Offices of Carlow, Kilkenny & Tipperary
  • Design and Crafts Council of Ireland
  • Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet
  • Artlinks
In association with
  • Retail Excellence Ireland
  • VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art

For further infomration see 


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The Nine Stones Artists – Eigse Carlow Arts Festival

June 6, 2014 in Carlow Arts Office, Events from the Arts Sector

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Carlow Local Authorities Arts Service is Seeking Artists for Panel

May 8, 2014 in Carlow Arts Office

Carlow Local Authorities Arts Service is seeking suitable artists to add to their Panel (2014-2019).  We are seeking experienced artists who work in/with community contexts to build on the reputation County Carlow has of working with ‘Place’ ‘Site’, ‘location’ and ‘its People’.  Eligibility and selection is dependent on experience to date. There is no maximum or minimum number of artists that can be placed on the Panel.  However the following criteria for selection will apply: Your work must be of high standard, demonstrate capacity for artistic excellence and   proven experience of engaging in/with community contexts.

This new initiative forms part of the development of a new strategy for the Arts in County Carlow 2014-2019.  Carlow Local Authorities Arts Service ethos is to work collaboratively and to work in an open way that is relevant and responsive to local needs.  Carlow Local Authorities Arts Service also believes and values the artistic process as being a fundamental aspect of an artist’s practice. 

Please send all of the following information:

  1.  A cover letter outlining current projects you are working on and projects you are committed to in the future.  Permission for us to keep your details on file for 5 years in case opportunities arise.
  2.  Most relevant CV with contact details including mobile telephone number and Artist Statement relating specifically to your work in this context – with website links and any related information you would see useful, with referees.
  3. Relevant Examples of work : All relevant materials to be clearly labelled i.e. DVD, CDs etc


Marked – ‘Call for Artists’ – The Arts Office, Carlow County Council. Athy Road,  Carlow

Please send information by 20th June 2014

Community Arts (Working in Context) in Ireland are now a well established and growing aspect of Irish cultural life that reflects an increasing concern for inclusively and wider public access to the arts.  Community Arts historically has seen artists working directly with communities and has developed through the artistic practice of some artists who are concerned with Place, People, Site or dialogue with a community.   Community Arts also can be referred to as ‘socially engaged arts practice’, ‘dialogical art’, ‘situation art’, ‘community-based art’, ‘art in context’ ‘site specificity’ and has evolved in Ireland through quality and excellence in a pioneering way.  The Arts are a powerful tool and help to build communities.

Carlow Local Authorities - Arts Service has a track record and has championed a way of working alongside artists who work in this context,  through programme initiatives such as the Visualise Carlow programme that commissioned temporary site specific projects in the county leading up to the opening of VISUAL, Centre for Contemporary art Carlow, as well as unique commissions under the per cent for art scheme such as ‘Shelter me from the Rain’ an opera for Carlow by Fergus Sheil – the first commissioned opera in Ireland, Panchaea – In search of an equal utopia and a willing suspension of disbelief Curated by Denis Roche with Brian Maguire and Emma Finucane and more recently through supporting the Artist in Residence programme in partnership with VISUAL Centre for contemporary art and GBShaw Theatre Carlow with dance artist Emma Martin and theatre residence WillFredd, as well as supporting quality initiatives such as County Carlow Youth Theatre and Aspiro – formally Carlow Young Artists Choir.



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Events and Hospitality Manager – Visual

March 24, 2014 in Carlow Arts Office, Job Opportunities in the Arts Sector

VISUAL is an iconic civic arts centre in the heart of Carlow Town, comprising world class gallery spaces and a 320-seat performance space. Through a dynamic artistic programme of exhibitions, performances, educational projects and community engagement, VISUAL aims to be a leading venue for the promotion of the arts in Ireland and a cultural hub for the region.

Reporting to the Programme Co-ordinator, the Events and Hospitality Manager will be a key member of a committed team with specific responsibility for the following:

  • Administering and managing the theatre bar and events across the building
  • Developing and leading a strong customer-focused Front of House (FOH) team
  • Maintaining a safe, professional and welcoming environment for clients, audience and team and ensuring compliance with the Centre’s Health and Safety policies, operating procedures and licencing requirements
  • Managing day-to-day financial operations including cash handling and  banking procedures, and financial oversight
  • Maintaining and analysing accurate and comprehensive event, sales and stock reports
  • Working as part of a team to develop footfall and opportunities through marketing, programming and operational activities

Competitive salary commensurate with experience

For job specification and further information please contact

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Per Cent for Art Scheme – Call for Applications

March 11, 2014 in Carlow Arts Office, Job Opportunities in the Arts Sector, Uncategorized

Bennekerry National School CO. Carlow wishes to commission a work or works of art for their new school.

This commission is to be funded by the Per Cent for Art scheme.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday April 2nd, 2014.

Please find attached Artist's Brief adn Site Map.

Bennekerry N.S Artist's brief

Site map for Artist's Brief

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Visual: New Exhibition

October 1, 2013 in Carlow Arts Office


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October 1, 2013 in Carlow Arts Office, News from the Arts Sector

The Board of VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and The George Bernard Shaw Theatre is delighted to unveil the next phase of its development strategy. This includes the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer and an agreement to continue the Three Pillars Process, which is a joint collaboration between VISUAL, The Carlow  Local Authorities County Arts Office and the Carlow Arts Festival.

The appointment of Ann Mulrooney to become the first Chief Executive of VISUAL is the culmination of fifteen months of strategizing and remodelling this leading cultural facility, one of the most significant arts spaces in Ireland. Ann Mulrooney, previously Manager and Curator for the National Craft Gallery (NCG) in Kilkenny, has extensive managerial and curatorial experience and will be bringing her wealth of knowledge to Carlow from November 12th, 2013 when she takes up her new position. ‘We are absolutely delighted to have attracted a person of this calibre to the role; we are proud to have in Carlow what many consider to be the best regional cultural centre in this country and we have now made an appointment to match its stature’ said Chairman Tom Barry.

Following her graduation from the Royal College of Art, Ann worked as a freelance curator both in Ireland and the UK. During her time at the National Craft Gallery, she successfully led its strategic development as a critically-acclaimed exhibition space in the areas of craft, design and material culture and also developed a national and international touring programme. One of the more notable exhibitions curated by Ann included Deirdre McLoughlin’s solo exhibition, ‘Shaping the Void’, which toured to Centre Cultural Irlandaise, Paris, in 2012. She co-produced ‘Out of the Marvellous’, a touring exhibition with Solstice Arts Centre and Poetry Ireland in 2012 - 14; devised and produced the IDEATE festival in Kilkenny in 2013; and most recently curated ‘Vernacular’, an exhibition of contemporary Irish craft and design at Tent London as part of the London Design Festival only last week.

The VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art also announced that it is to continue the collaborative partnership between the annual Carlow Arts Festival (Éigse), the County Arts Office and the venue. Over the past year, staff of Carlow Arts Festival and the Arts office moved into the VISUAL Centre to instigate a number of co-funded initiatives ranging from shared exhibitions to dance and theatre residencies to workshops and educational programming. Carlow Arts Festival Director Hugo Jellett, who took up an interim position as Chief of Operations at VISUAL for a year, in addition to his role at the Festival, together with Sinead Dowling (County Arts Officer), spearheaded the joint initiatives and laid the groundwork for future collaborations. ‘The staff at the Carlow Arts Festival have had an immensely insightful and useful year in VISUAL rooting many of its festival activities there and forging partnerships with its hugely skilled workforce’, Hugo commented. ‘Our aim to is co-produce a major international exhibition in the Main Gallery in June next year and to build a series of local artistic engagements into the theatrical programme at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre for the festival period, as well as presenting the culmination of a series of arts residencies. We are also very excited as the festival will be opening a new office and ‘cultural clinic’ on Dublin Street on 10th November to invite cultural practitioners to come forward with projects’.

County Arts Officer Sinead Dowling added 'It has been through the Carlow Local Authorities that we have a widely successful vibrant county arts service and a unique venue in Ireland.  Working collaboratively is at the heart of our ethos. Three years ago the County Arts Service initiated the Three Pillar Process in Carlow, looking primarily at pioneering new ways of working,  retaining our own identities, yet optimising resources and strengthening partnerships.  VISUAL represents local arts development at its best.  We are delighted to welcome Anne Mulrooney to Carlow and look forward to continuing to collaborate on the development of local arts practices'.

The forthcoming programme at VISUAL will include exhibitions under the curatorship of both Christina Kennedy and Enrique Juncosa. Theatre residences for Willfredd Theatre Company and Carlow Youth Theatre, as well as Dance Residency for Emma Martin will continue. The George Bernard Shaw will see work by Ballet Ireland, Fishamble Theatre Company, Barnstorm and many others come through its doors in the next few months for an exciting season ahead.

Ann Mulrooney will commence her role as CEO of Visual Centre on November 12th 2013

Carlow Arts Festival Cultural Office & Clinic will be located at 9 Dublin Street, Carlow

For further press information, please contact

Amy Buckeridge at The Publicity Loft

Tel: 01 6424199 or email


Editor’s Note

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre is a dynamic multi-disciplinary arts facility presenting the best of local, national, and international work in the visual and performing arts. Standing in a strategic location in the centre of Carlow Town in the grounds of Carlow College, it rivals its contemporaries in New York, Berlin or Tokyo in terms of its scale and contemporary architecture.