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Arts Council Funding – Wexford Information Clinic morning

May 13, 2019 in ArtLInks News, Events from the Arts Sector, Featured News, Wexford Arts Office

Date: Wed 5th June 2019

Venue: Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford.

This information clinic is relevant to artists in all art forms, to local arts festivals and local community’s groups and individuals interested in the arts.

Time: 10.30 am – 2.00pm (followed by light lunch and refreshments)

  • Ever wondered how to get funding from the Arts Council?
  • What are their current funding schemes?
  • What are the tips to making a good funding application?

Wexford Arts Office in partnership with the Arts Council and Wexford Arts Centre is delighted to be hosting this Arts Council funding clinic morning in Wexford Art Centre.

Sinead O’ReillyHead of Local Arts, Arts Council will give an overview of current and new funding opportunities with the Art Council covering all art forms. In addition she will give tips on how to make a good funding application,

Karl Wallace – Head of Festivals, Arts Council will give an overview of arts festival funding covering all art forms, the different funding tiers, new festival initiatives and will offer his tips for making a good arts festival application.

In addition there will be inputs from Liz Burns - Wexford Arts Officeron funding opportunities through Wexford Arts office as well as inputs from a Wexford artist and an Arts Festival director who have been successful in Arts Council funding schemes.

This event is FREE but booking in advance through Wexford Art Centre is essential. To book email :

Tel: Box Office 053 9123764


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Waterford Poetry Prize 2017

April 26, 2017 in ArtLInks News, Events from the Arts Sector, Featured News, Waterford City & County Arts Office


Waterford City & County Council

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce details of the Waterford Poetry Prize 2017. The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

The prize will be presented at the Imagine Arts Festival incorporating the Waterford Writers Weekend which runs from October 19th - 29th 2017 in venues throughout Waterford city and county. This prize has emerged from the influence of the late Waterford writer Seán Dunne whose poetry still continues to inspire.  

There is no age limit and no entry fee for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2017.

The first prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2018. 2nd prize €300. 3rd prize €200. The closing date for receipt of entries is 12 noon on 26th June 2017.

The entry form and guidelines can be downloaded from and or by contacting the Arts Office on 058/41416.

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1916 Commemorative Stained Glass Mural by artist Peadar Lamb unveiled in Carlow County Museum

July 28, 2016 in ArtLInks News, Carlow Arts Office, Events from the Arts Sector, Featured News, News from the Arts Sector



The 1916 Commemorative Stained Glass Mural by artist Peadar Lamb

The 1916 Commemorative Stained Glass Mural by artist Peadar Lamb which was unveiled in Carlow County Museum on Thursday July 21st 2016 measuring 2.5 meters wide by 1.5 meters high. Photo: Roland Paschhoff.

On Thursday 21st July a large ‘1916 Commemorative Stained Glass Mural’ by artist Peadar Lamb was unveiled in Carlow County Museum. This lasting legacy of the Carlow Ireland 2016 commemorations was commissioned by Carlow County Council through its Public Art Working Group and coordinated through the Carlow Ireland 2016 Committee. This innovative and unique contemporary stained glass mural illustrates a Carlow narrative showing key Carlow figures and the role they played in 1916.  

Cllr John Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council congratulated Peadar Lamb “on completing such a fantastic mural which not only gives us an overview of the Carlow perspective for 1916 but also looks to then future of this county and country.”

Cork City based artist Peadar Lamb has magnificently crafted a large mural of 2.5 meters wide by 1.5 meters high and is an addition to the six 1930s stained glass windows already in the Museum thanks to the buildings original residents, the Presentation Sisters. Following a recommendation from the Carlow Public Art Working Group a process of engagement with the Carlow Ireland 2016 Committee has been on-going, the Committee met with the artist Peadar Lamb at the inception of the commission to share ideas and opinions. Following this the artist researched the period with the assistance of Elaine Callinan of the History Department in Carlow College.

Peadar stated at the opening that “the content of this artwork is a microcosm of what was happening in the whole country during the period of 1916. As an artist, in the process of making this work I have to try to find, what I am going to say and how to represent this Carlow narrative. I don't see historical dates I see things in pictures. I created a legacy piece that compositionally is not just about the past but also for the present and the future”.

Cllr Fintan Phelan, Mayor of the Municipal District of Carlow and Chairperson of the Carlow Ireland 2016 Committee in welcoming the commission said that “this beautiful stained glass mural will create a lasting legacy for generations to come. It is a piece that we can admire and reflect upon. We are not simply admiring stained glass, but rather we are reflecting on the most significant period in our Nations path to independence. A path travelled by many great men and women. Amongst them were some Carlovians, this piece is in honour of them and the values they stood for.”

The commission depicts some of the key Carlow figures from the 1916 Rising: Micheál O’Hanrahan who grew up on Tullow Street was executed for his role in 1916, and is representative of his family who were immersed in the republican tradition. Nurse Margaret Kehoe from Leighlinbridge who lost her life on Easter Monday 1916 while tending the wounded in the South Dublin Union. She is depicted cradling the wounded rebel Dan McCarthy who survived the Rising and they are almost like a mother/Madonna and child or ‘Pieta’. Father Albert Bibby OFM Cap, from Bagenalstown ministered too many of the rebel prisoners in Kilmainham Gaol and was a link between then and their families. Thomas Traynor, from Tullow, who fought in the 1916 Rising was executed in April 1921 during the War of Independence. He is depicted surrounded by his ten children.

The piece is rich in symbolism including an image of a large bullet and a bicycle. The bullet represents the power of the well-armed British Empire while the bicycle represents the ill-equipped Irish Revolutionaries, a David v Goliath situation. The mural is framed with a strong border open on the far right representing that history is always moving forward and also depicted by a blue print of the Carlow Sugar Factory from 1926.

The mural marks respectfully and captures the narrative of Carlow figures of 1916 as well as providing a legacy for future generations who will visit the County Museum in Carlow. The mural will be visually impactful on all visitors to the Museum and is now part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Guest speaker on the night was Catherine Marshall, a leading figure in Art History in Ireland who summarised the importance of stained glass as an artform. She said “it is always really great to see a brand new artwork as the public see it for the first time. Historically as an art form stained glass was the medium used for commemorations. It is most fitting and the visionary work of Carlow County Council to commission contemporary stained glass artist Peadar Lamb. What strikes me in this artwork is the careful traditional leaded techniques and methods Peadar has applied, all done by hand, like the great cathedral windows across Europe. Like the great stained glass artists like Harry Clark, Peadar Lamb is an exceptional artist and has produced a beautiful artwork for Carlow”.

Peadar Lamb is an artist working primarily in the medium of stained glass for over twenty years. Using hand-made glass, he employs a variety of techniques which have changed little over the centuries. He has shown extensively in his native Ireland and internationally, and his work is in public and private collections in Europe, the Middle East, the USA and Japan.

The project was managed through the Arts Office of Carlow County Council in partnership with County Carlow Museum under the direction of the Head of Finance, Information Systems and Culture, working with the Carlow Ireland 2016 Committee and members of Carlow County Council. The project is part of the Carlow Ireland 2016 Programme funded by Carlow County Council with assistance from the Ireland 2016 Office, The Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, The Department of the Environment Community and Local Government.


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Notification of Public Meetings for the Arts in Waterford

January 14, 2016 in Events from the Arts Sector, Featured News, Waterford County Arts Office


The Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council is hosting public meetings to discuss the development of the new Waterford Arts Strategy 2016-2121.

The Arts Office is pleased to have the services of Arts Consultant Sally O’Leary, Asprey Arts to assist with the facilitation of the process.

The Arts Office is keen to ensure that everyone interested has the opportunity to contribute to the development of this crucial strategy. Members of the public, artists, representatives of arts organizations and groups, community and voluntary groups, educators, businesses and all interested are invited to attend. Please confirm your attendance to either or both of the meetings by emailing and indicate which meeting you wish to attend.


The first meeting will be held at The Old Market House Arts Centre, Lower Main Street, Dungarvan on Tuesday 26th January 2016 at 6.00pm.

The second meeting will be held in the Large Room, City Hall, Waterford on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at 6.00pm.

Meetings will be approximately one hour in duration. All are most welcome.




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Visual Artist’s Cafe

November 25, 2015 in ArtLInks News, Events from the Arts Sector, Featured News

Arts Offices of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford County Councils are delighted to continue our partnership initiative that supports artists in the South east region, and looks forward to our free event for artists being hosted in VISUAL Carlow today, Wednesday 25th in partnership with VAI & VISUAL. 11 til 4pm.
The Visual Artist’s Café is part of an ongoing initiative by VAI to foster artists networks, connections amongst artistic peers and other fine art professionals.
Keep an eye on our Facebook for photos from the event.. here

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Still time to pre-book a place at the FREE Visual Cafe on Wednesday

November 20, 2015 in ArtLInks News, Carlow Arts Office, Events from the Arts Sector, Featured News, Kilkenny Arts Office, News from the Arts Sector, Professional development opportunities, Waterford County Arts Office, Wexford Arts Office

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Yeats 2015 is Launched

December 4, 2014 in Events from the Arts Sector, Uncategorized

 Yeats2015 Launches with an Open Invitation to Every Citizen in Ireland to Celebrate One of Our National Cultural Icons

Funded by the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of the Decade of Commemorations; Yeats2015 offers a unique opportunity to celebrate Ireland, through the prism of one of its most renowned literary icons.  A year long programme of cultural and artistic events is planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Irish Nobel prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats. 

This is the first time that Ireland will honour any one individual in this way.  

An internationally renowned poet and playwright,  Yeats was cited by the Nobel Academy in 1923, as having  'given expression to the spirit of a whole nation.' He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in December 1923, the first Irish man to do so.  His love of Ireland and of places in Ireland that were of particular inspiration to him such as Sligo, Galway and Dublin will also be celebrated as part of the programme.

 Ahead of the launch, Minister Heather Humphreys said:

“Yeats2015 promises to be a very exciting and engaging year long programme of events to celebrate the life and work of WB Yeats.  As Ireland’s first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and through his role in the Literary Revival and the founding of the Abbey Theatre, Yeats has left a rich legacy, which has had a huge impact both in Ireland and internationally.

“Yeats2015, with its keen focus on education and engagement, will allow us the opportunity to reflect on the Ireland of 100 years ago and reflect on the period surrounding the formation of our nation state.  Yeats was a provocative social commentator and I am looking forward to hearing from members of the public in the coming months on how they want to commemorate this major event in our history.

“I hope the Yeats celebrations will encourage people to rediscover his great work and to reflect on this fascinating period in our history.”

Yeats was a key figure in Irish life and history – engaged, committed, and curious – and the Yeats2015 programme will be both about celebrating his achievement and creating new art and memorable experiences in that passionate and creative tradition.  Yeats2015 is a journey, physical and imaginative, in which all the varied events and places are linked.

The Yeats2015 programme will showcase the creative and cultural vibrancy of contemporary Ireland.   The year-long celebrations will include Yeats Day (June 13th) and feature exhibitions, performances, festivals and events across all the artforms throughout the island of Ireland.

Speaking at the launch, Chair of Yeats2015 Senator Susan O’ Keeffe said,

Every facet of Irish society is being invited to participate in this year long celebration.   Already there has been a considerable response.  Our National Cultural Institutions, including the National Library, National Gallery and The Abbey Theatre are all programming Yeats themed exhibitions and events in 2015. “

O’Keeffe concluded by issuing the following invitation: 

Any organisation holding a Yeats themed event in 2015 is also being invited to submit their event through which is also being launched today.  The website contains information on existing and new events taking place next year and will make it easy for people at home and aboard to experience Yeats in 2015.”

Key programme highlights include a worldwide celebration of Yeats Day on June 13th, an exhibition of John Yeats paintings at the National Gallery, a celebratory music and poetry weekend of events at the National Concert Hall, an expanded Yeats Summer School in Sligo, theatre and dance performances at national arts festivals and widespread literary and poetry events throughout the year.  The National Library will host a series of events at its award-winning exhibition, the Life and Works of William Butler Yeats, as will the Galway City Museum and The Model in Sligo.

International programme elements will include a series of events in London, including a poetry event at the British Library in London, exhibitions at Ireland’s embassy network and at international library locations facilitated by the Department of Foreign Affairs.  Tourism Ireland will also run an international campaign to increase awareness of Ireland’s great literary heritage, the places that inspired Yeats and in Ireland’s national Yeats 2015 celebration.



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Art Exhibition at St. Luke’s Hospital

August 7, 2014 in Events from the Arts Sector

To coincide with the Kilkenny Arts Festival, an Exhibition of fine arts paintings and sculptures will be launched at St. Luke’s General Hospital for Carlow/Kilkenny on Wednesday evening 6th August.

Open to the public from 9-6pm each day until the 17th of August and situated in the link corridor at the existing Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) in the main building at St. Luke’s, the Exhibition features works by artists Rachel Burke and sculptor Ruairí Carroll. An initiative by the Art Co-ordinator for St. Luke’s, the Exhibition will be officially opened by the hospital’s General Manager Ms. Ann Slattery at 4.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday 6/8/14).

Rachel Burke is originally from Cork but now based in Threecastles, Kilkenny. Rachel works as a Fine Art painter and has been exhibiting extensively nationwide in solo and invited group shows since graduating from Crawford College of Art, Cork in 2000. Rachel has been selected for annual group show in the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin. Rachel Burke’s Fine Art paintings are of beautiful seascapes, both in Ireland and abroad, in addition to nostalgic domestic scenes from the kitchen to the garden. Rachel includes modern images of children on tractors and old style furniture evoking old Ireland. Rachel’s landscapes are made up with erratic gestural line, to build toward solid image. The light washes muted colours, patterns and all important lines combined to give the paintings a feeling of nostalgia. The landscapes for the show are costal images that contain a wild energy. Rachel works with acrylic inks on canvas, building up backgrounds with textured paint, pattern and text and drawing on top with dip pens and brushes. In the artists own words she incorporates:

“Found patterns from my home and handwritten backwards text weave together for a layered collaged effect, combining thoughts and memories with landscapes. The paintings are of landscapes from my local area or places I have come across on daily excursions. The paintings document my life acting as a diary. Drawing is the foundation of my work; the intimacy of line conveys personal memories and creates atmospheric scenes.”


Ruairi is a native of Kilkenny and a graduate of Grennan Mills, Arts & Craft school Thomastown in 1995. He continued his studies in Crawford College of Art, Cork graduating in 1999 with B.A. in Fine Art Sculpture. Ruairí has been working for the last twelve years as a professional stone sculptor, has exhibited both nationally and internationally and completed numerous commissions both public and private, including a sculptural hurling tribute in his native Threecastles. Ruairí Carroll is exhibiting his sculptures in Kilkenny Limestone in the window alcoves of the exhibition area. Ruairí’s sensitive female forms contrast with the masculine rugged forms to show the amazing contrast and variety he can extract from the stone. In Ruairi’s own words about his sculptures and method of creating work:

“Sculpture for me is an instinctive reaction and a response to present situations. My work acts as a personal documentation of life through the medium of stone. I am very much interested in exploring human emotion. I’m trying to create a dramatic moment in time, making the stone move through the on- lookers imagination. I find combining both contrasting organic with geometric shapes visually exciting. The organic shapes of the contorted muscles flowing into each other combined with the highly textured finish create an illusion of movement in my work. While the smooth geometric angles on the feet and face gives the work a strong sense of gravity.”


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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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Irish Society of Botanical Art

January 31, 2014 in Events from the Arts Sector

a Call to Arts
On 1st March 2014 at 11:00 am,
a Foundation Meeting for the Irish Society of Botanical Artists will be held in the Visitor Centre of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin.

Anyone with an interest in becoming a member of this new Society, either as an artist or a friend, is invited to attend the Foundation Meeting. The Society aims to facilitate interaction among those interested in botanical art in
Ireland, to foster and inspire their creative development, and raise the awareness of botanical art.

Botanical art is the merging of science and art in the depiction of plant life, and is enjoying a resurgence in recent years. There is a growing number of practicing artists and aspirational beginners in Ireland, and the proposed new society has
arisen from this trend.

In anticipation of its official foundation, the group has laid the groundwork for its inaugural exhibition, “The Irish Alphabet in Botanical Art”.

The exhibition will first open for public viewing on 2 May 2014 at the National Botanic Gardens

For further information, please email Jane Stark at