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Animal Farm

Animal Farm

Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon Film Project

I would like to let you know about the new SLR Film project. As part of a new partnership Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon County Councils have come together with filmmakers from the three counties with a view to enabling the film sector here to grow and develop. 

The first part is a survey which will help get the project underway. We are hoping to reach all people in the 3 counties that are involved in filmmaking. It will only take a few minutes to fill out, and will give you the chance for your input and suggestions. The survey will be available online for the next few weeks. 

If you are a filmmaker based in the region and would like to contribute to this, please complete this survey. <

A prerequisite for a flourishing film sector in these counties is the ability for filmmakers to be able to sustain a living from the work that they do. This survey will help us ascertain the scale and nature of activity here and to identify the individuals involved. We want to develop a better understanding of the challenges that filmmakers encounter, the opportunities that exist, and the aspects that we may be able to assist with. 

For this research we would like to hear from all filmmakers working in these counties. That is all those involved in producing film - writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors and all other specialist roles - working in features, shorts, documentary, animation, TV, experimental film, or film that is part of a visual art practice. 

We would be grateful if you could share the survey with others in the region that you think may be interested. 

There is more information on our website, <> feel free to get in touch with any questions and I look forward to hearing from you.



Roscommon Arts Centre presents a featured exhibition ofPhotoIreland Festival 2017 &  Belfast Photo Festival 2017PROJECT CLEANSWEEP


Roscommon Arts Centre Exhibition Launch: Thursday 13 April 2017 | 6pmAdm free, all welcomeExhibition continues to 25 May 2017Belfast Exposed Exhibition Launch: Thursday 1 June 2017 | 6pmAdm free, all welcomeExhibition continues to 17 June 2017 

Image: Harpur Hill, Derbyshire. Dara McGrath. 2012. The body of work Dara McGrath will exhibit is entitled Project Cleansweep. The project  surveys the landscape of chemical and biological weapons in the British Isles and its continuing legacy, interrogating deliberate state and military encroachment into and appropriation (often secretive) of the landscape, essentially a massive ‘land grab’. This bucolic landscape today holds layers of narratives that the security apparatus of the state would prefer not to tell. It is another representation of the impact of state and commercial interests on a rural setting, often causing long term problems of pollution and abandonment.Judged by Internationally renowned photographer Martin Parr, this award was developed by curator Linda Shevlin. The aim being to provide a photographer with the opportunity to produce a body of work for exhibition at Roscommon Arts Centre as part of PhotoIreland Festival & Belfast Exposed Futures Gallery as part of Belfast Photo Festival. The artist was also supported by The Gallery of Photography through the provision of 30 hours free access to their Digital Studio for pre/production.The exhibition is presented as part of PhotoIreland Festival before moving to Belfast Exposed as part of Belfast Photo Festival.View the Irish Times online gallery of Project Cleansweep here 

BIOGRAPHY Dara McGrath is a photographic artist based in Cork City Ireland. His photo works look at transitional spaces, in-between places where architecture, landscape and the built environment intersect, where a dialogue – of absence rather than presence – is created. Recent exhibitions include Espace Lhomond Paris Photo, New Irish Works, Photohof Salzburg, Gallery of Photography Dublin, Photo Biennale Thessalonika, Centre Des Beaux Arts Brussels, VArles, Venice Biennale of Architecture, was winner of the Solas International Photography Prize and recently nominated for the Prix Pictet 2016.For further information contact:

Arts & Disability Ireland and the Arts Council announce details for the 2017 Arts and Disability Connect scheme 

This scheme is designed to support artists with disabilities to make new and ambitious work. It offers artists the opportunity to: connect with other practitioners or venues; make a change in their practice; ‘step up’ in terms of scope and scale; reach new audiences and to engage in mentoring and training.

Arts and Disability Connect has three funding strands

Arts and Disability Connect New Work  - 2 awards of up to €8,000 each - for more established artists with a strong track record

Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring - 5 awards of up to €2,000 each - for artists at all stages of career development including emerging artistsArts and Disability Connect Training - 3 awards of up to €1,000 each - for artists at all stages of career development, including emerging artists

Information Clinics

Kilkenny, Thursday 6th April 3pm at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

Dublin, Friday 7th April 2pm at The Ark

Limerick, Monday 10th April 2pm at Limerick City Gallery of Art

Leitrim, Wednesday 12th April 2pm at The Dock


To attend please RSVP to

All of the venues are accessible for wheelchair users.

Irish Sign Language interpretation and speech to text will be provided at the Dublin information clinic on the 7th April at The Ark. Please contact ADI if there are any additional access requirements.


Application process and deadline:

All application forms, guidelines and information documents can be downloaded here: completed application form along with all supporting material must be sent to  using WeTransfer by 5pm on 4th May, 2017.


Further information:

Contact Arts & Disability Ireland at 01 850 9002 or email 


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Flash Playwriting Rehearsed Readings


Tue 4 April - Wed 5 April, 8:00pm

Tickets €10


Ten writers from Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Longford, Donegal and Dublin will showcase their new writing through rehearsed readings by  Sheila Moylette (Can't Cope, Won't Cope' RTE/BBC, How to Be Happy and Neighbourhood Watch,) and Ciárán McCauley (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, Sligo).

Fifteen tiny plays will reveal some snapshots about the (extra)ordinary things we say and don't say, do and don't do.

You won't be bored. No play will last longer than five minutes!

There will be a short post show discussion with the writers after the event.






New public art commission in County Mayo.  

The location is the new pool site in the centre of Castlebar, next to Lough Lannagh.  Full budget is €45,000. 

This information is also available via,29103,en.aspx 

Site Visit:  A site visit will take place on Tuesday 4th April at 11am, meeting at the playground car park in front of the development. 

Attendance is advised, but not essential.  If you are attending the site visit please let me know in advance  

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  4.00pm  Monday 8th May 2017

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Gaynor Seville

Public Art Co-ordinator

Arts Office

Mayo County Council

Aras An Chontae


Co Mayo

direct line 094 904 7561




CHANGING TRACKS EU project 2014 

FIND temporary public art programme for Castlebar   

winner Allianz Business to Arts Awards - Best Commissioning Practice 2014

LANDMARK public art programme for Lough Lannagh 

shortlisted for the 2014 International Award for Public Art. Highly commended Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2014


Annual Festivals & Events Summit Conference Invitation

Dear Colleague,  

We are hosting  delegates from the festival and events sector along with industry speakers and suppliers at the annual Irish Festival Summit on Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1 in Gullane’s Hotel and Conference Centre Ballinasloe. 

Since its formation in 1992, when a small group of like-minded festival organisers got together to chat and share ideas, The Association membership has grown to over 250 festival and event organisers, suppliers, agents and freelance individuals. 

The Conference will appeal  to all in the sector: delegates are an exciting mix of volunteer and professional festival and event organisers, academics, researchers and policy makers –  bringing together teams that have been running for generations with first time organisers, new suppliers with familiar names, programmers and marketing specialists. 

From Friday morning to Saturday evening , the session rooms will be buzzing with headline speakers, presentations, discussions, & how to do that & sessions and panel debates. The Festive Expo forms the all-important networking hub the Marketing Awards Lunch on Saturday will prove a welcome look back on the season just gone. 

Colm Croffy, Executive Director states  “Whatever your role or interest in festivals or events, if you are dedicated to learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the scene, you will find plenty of common ground at our annual Irish Festival Summit .” 

For more information on the Irish Festival Summit click HERE 

For the full conference programme click HERE  

For ticket information click HERE 

Registration is FREE to members 

We look forward to seeing as many as possible. 

Kind Regards,

Kevin Kavanagh

Press & Communications Assistant 

AOIFE 22nd Annual Conference 31st March & 1st April 2017

Association Of Irish Festival EventsC/o Town Hall Theatre

Society Street


T. 00 353 (0) 90 964 3779E.

Twitter: @AOIFE_Online


"Have your say on the new County Roscommon Arts Plan"

Public Consultation Submission Form deadline 3rd March 2017

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Gallery X:ED, Roscommon Arts Centre Secondary School Education Programme

Call for Artists

Roscommon Arts Centre seeks visual artists to join our education panel for the Gallery X:ED programme. We are looking for artists who have experience in delivering high quality arts experiences for young people and who are interested in working collaboratively with a secondary school.

Gallery X:ED is a programme aimed to encourage local young audiences to engage with contemporary art through the Roscommon Arts Centre (RAC), both on site in the gallery and offsite in schools. The programme will be facilitated and supported through the partnerships built between RAC, teachers and artists.

Gallery X:ED, provides opportunities for young people to steer their own learning and create cultural activity across art disciplines through visits to the exhibitions at Roscommon Arts Centre and specially designed workshops.

Workshops will be developed specifically responding to exhibitions and exhibiting artists in the gallery and will allow students to experience the breathe and variants of contemporary art making first hand.


The Gallery X:ED Programme will be delivered throughout the secondary school year; from September to May.

This timeframe will offer students the opportunity to engage in up to four contemporary art exhibitions at Roscommon Arts Centre, both on-site and off-site at the school. Each exhibition offers the opportunity for a site visit and tour of the exhibition followed by a workshop delivered at Roscommon Arts Centre or on-site in the case of schools in rural locations.

While the initial timeline will be carried out over the academic year, we are interested and open to building a long term relationship with a class/ group, following them throughout their post-primary education.

Participating schools, teachers and artists, will be invited to attend the programme launch in June 2017, introducing schools, teachers and artists to one another and the programme.

Artists interested in join the education panel should send;

a CV, a short summary of interests and approach to work in an educational context (max 200 words) and up to 5 examples of related work.


Please send by email to by March 31st.

Gallery X:ED, Roscommon Arts Centre Secondary School Education Programme

Call for Artists

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Culture Night 2017

Roscommon County Council has been partaking in Culture Night for a number of years and intends continuing with this tremendous and innovative opportunity to celebrate culture, creativity and the arts.

Events and activities will take place throughout County Roscommon on Culture Night, Friday 22nd September 2017.


If you are interested in holding an event to mark Culture Night 2017, please contact Gillian Hoare at with details of your proposed event by Friday 28th April 2017.

Bealtaine Festival 2017 - Altogether Now: Celebrating the power of the collective!

Dear Bealtaine Friend,

I am writing to invite you to register to take part in this year’s Bealtaine Festival. As you are aware, Bealtaine is Ireland’s national celebration of creativity as we age.

For the past 21 years the Festival has grown into Ireland’s largest co-operative arts festival with over 3,500 events taking place each year in towns and villages throughout the country. As the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age, the Festival has also inspired a number of international festivals working to promote deep engagement with the arts by people of 50 and over.

Register Your Event

Because we have grown so much over the past number of years, we ask organisers to register their events online using this

This link will ensure you become part of the Festival and will remain live up until May 2017. For guaranteed inclusion on the Festival website, however, we encourage you to register your event before 31st March 2017.

In addition, for guaranteed inclusion within a listing of organisers in the festival brochure, please register by Friday 24th February 2017.

If you have any queries regarding the online registration process or the festival, please contact Age & Opportunity Arts and Culture Administrator Kim Chew:

Planning Your Event

Take a look at last year’s Bealtaine programme for some inspiration or contact the Bealtaine team who would be delighted to talk about ideas or potential partners you could work with in your local area. In addition, we will have a new website soon (as detailed below) which will offer you event supports and tips.

The Festival Website www.bealtaine.comThe Bealtaine Festival web site is currently undergoing development and will be ready within a few weeks (we will alert you to this by email). When the new website goes live, your event will then be made available for viewing in the events listing of the new website.

2017 Theme

This year the Bealtaine Festival theme is Altogether Now! Celebrating Collectivism, civic engagement, protest and empathy! This theme specifically recognises the contribution of older people in Ireland to the concept of ‘people power’, the collective, civic engagement (and yes protest!), as well as empathy (the sentiment that generally generates these movements). You can choose to incorporate the theme in to your event or not, whichever you prefer.

I and my colleagues in Arts and Culture at Age & Opportunity appreciate all the time and work put in by artists, arts centres, libraries, theatres, galleries, arts officers, national cultural institutions, orchestras, community groups, and creative people of every age in coming together each May to celebrate work developed throughout the year and to underline the importance of creativity throughout our lives. It is this unique collaboration that makes the festival special year on year.

Good luck with your planning and here’s to a great Bealtaine 2017!

Tara Byrne,

Arts and Culture Manager,

Age & Opportunity


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St. Patrick's Festival commissioned Irish poet and playwright, Stephen James Smith to pen a poem in response to the theme for 2017, Ireland You Are. Entitled 'My Ireland', the poem is an overarching and edgy look at our nation, past and present yet a celebratory narrative of Ireland.

We hope that you will share this video, My Ireland, written and narrated by Stephen James Smith, filmed and edited by Myles O’Reilly, with original music produced & recorded by Conor O'Brien (Villagers) and Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames), featuring Loah, Saint Sister, Ye Vagabonds and an original song Guí from Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K).

Youtube link here:

Facebook here:

#MyIreland #stpatricksfest


ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

adapted by Peter Hall

directed by Catherine Sheridan

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About Animal Farm

Be captivated as Roscommon Youth Theatre members play out Orwell’s mordant fable of a revolution betrayed. The action follows the rebellion of the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm, who are mistreated and abused by Farmer Jones. We witness the euphoria of comradeship after the human oppressors are driven off. The animals expel Jones and, under the idealistic guidance of Snowball the pig, form a collective society to run the renamed “Animal Farm”, sharing all the work and all the food. The pigs, smartest of the animals, band together to provide leadership to the other animals. They preach solidarity above all, and ,defence against their human enemies takes priority above food and freedom. We hear the teaching of Old Major that All Animals Are Created Equal. Slowly and subtly the pigs begin changing the rules to give themselves more power and privileges. Snowball’s Seven Commandments of animal equality are quickly replaced with the single edict, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Soon the rest of the animals are no better than they were under the humans–once again they are starving and near destitute.

In Animal Farm, the ruling elite breed a culture of fear, in order to allow themselves unlimited bureaucratic freedom. It is hard to believe Animal Farm was written in 1945 as it is filled with insights that remain sadly current even today.

Hold on to you seats as Roscommon County Youth Theatre bring the adaptation of this allegorical classic novel to life. Suitable for adults and young people 11+. School groups welcome. Animal Farm is also on the Junior Cycle Syllabus.



FRI 11AM & 8PM


Bookings 0906625 824

About Roscommon County Youth Theatre

Roscommon County Youth Theatre is a vibrant innovative professional organisation providing opportunities for young people who have a passion for acting and performance. Many members have progressed into careers in the performance industry, as well as gone on to study drama and theatre at third level.

The aim of RCYT is to combine the abilities of many different young people in an environment where they can learn and develop their skills in a no judgemental atmosphere. RCYT is dedicated to the development and promotion of youth theatre through training, production and access, and encourages a greater understanding of the potential of drama as a medium for learning and as a means of expression for young people.

As a youth theatre, we advocate a way of working which puts the integrity of the young people at the centre of a process, valuing both exploration and artistic excellence. RCYT is a supportive youth network with a focus on expanding the minds of young people while constantly aiming to build confidence and interpersonal skills. Our ethos is to actively learn by doing. By doing so our members discover things about themselves and others and form a strong bond which encourages peer learning and support. We believe in challenging our members , expanding their exposure to various styles of theatre and writing. RCYT have produced several highly acclaimed productions ranging from comedies to tragedies. By producing a diverse range of plays we provide avenues for young people to explore situations they might find themselves in and provide dialogue for ways to tackle issues that arise in their adolescence.

This Spring, Roscommon County Youth Theatre will be performing Animal Farm by George Orwell, adapted by Peter Hall. You can catch the show April 27th -29th at Roscommon Art Centre. Suitable for adults and young people 11+. School groups welcome. Animal Farm is also on the Junior Cycle Syllabus. School shows are at 11am and evening shows at 8pm. Bookings 090 66 25 824 or

Please see for more information or contact us at or on 0868747024

National Association for Youth Drama Re-launch as Youth Theatre Ireland

Youth Theatre’s Across Country to Celebrate with Open Week


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Brian Leyden, the Adjudicator of the New Roscommon Writers Award 2016, will be reading from his new novel and signing copies of ‘Summer of ‘63’ in Castlecoote Lodge & Lounge, Co. Roscommon, Friday 10th February at 8pm.

Writing Award

New Roscommon Writing Awards ceremony will take place at 5pm, Wednesday 15th February in the

Civic Offices in Roscommon



The shortlist for the 2016 NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD has just been announced. Adjudicator Brian Leyden has selected the following 10 writers from a record entry of 128 entries:

Aisling Bradley, Rose Byrne, Margaret Deehan, Enda Halpin, Kevin Hora, Aisling Kenny, Paul Leyden, Bernadette McCarrick, Brendan Morris, John Mulligan.

The adjudicator had no prior knowledge of the names of the entrants, as all entries were numbered, with care taken to ensure the entries remained anonymous to the adjudicator.

At the awards ceremony, which will take place at 5pm in the Civic Offices in Roscommon Town on Wednesday 15th February, the winning entry together with the 4 runners-up will be announced.

The winner will receive a cheque for €500 from Roscommon County Council and will be officially named the NEW ROSCOMMON WRITER OF 2016. The winning entry will be published in the Roscommon Herald and will also be broadcast on the Charlie McGettigan Saturday Connection Show on Shannonside FM. The 4 runners-up will receive a cheque for €50. This award is supported by the Arts Council.

The awards ceremony is an open event and all are welcome to attend.



The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize is Now Open for Entries

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The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established artists to further their involvement in the art world. The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts. Enter the prize for a chance to showcase your work to wider audiences.

Prizes include:

  • £5,000 prize money courtesy of Hiscox
  • Group exhibition hosted by Aesthetica
  • Editorial mention in Aesthetica Magazine
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology
  • £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton
  • Art books courtesy of Prestel

Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media and Video, Installation & Performance.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit


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The @AestheticaMag #ArtPrize celebrates excellence in contemporary art.

Prizes incl. #exhibition #publication & more

We are really excited about this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize, and hope that you can share the call for entries.

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"Among Things" is an exhibition of a selection of artworks as the culmination of a collaborative project between two artists, Karl Burke and Padraig Cunningham, and the creative group I Am Here. I Am Here is a creative and vibrant ensemble based in Boyle town supported by their parents & friends along with the staff & volunteers of the Brothers of Charity.Commissioned by curator Linda Shevlin and Roscommon County Council Arts Office, this project involved numerous and varied workshops with the group covering sound & music, sculpture & clay moulding, painting, storyboarding for film along with camera and filming techniques.The workshops brought the group together to produce physical outputs within a conceptual framework, resulting in the production of a new body of artworks spearheaded by the leading artists. During this process a number of concerns became apparent namely individuality and finding one’s place in the world. The work recognises our innate desire to be visible to others and at times the need to be invisible, to hide away in ones own world. All of these personal clues to the outside world paint a picture to others about ourselves, who we are. Some pictures are abstract purposefully obscure, others are just put aside out of sight and out of mind. These social constructs are boundaries created to keep things separated, static. This exhibition incorporates a range of media including video and sound, clay masks, painted surface and a new sculptural work. Motifs of the hand and masks are evident in the exhibition and serve as a symbolic means gesturing towards the theme of the individual. We all wear masks from time to time. A border of representation meeting and in between the world around of us, the clothes we decide to wear, the music and culture we align ourselves to. The hand is tactile, a means of extension, a way of knowing and discovery in respect to our environment welcoming a friend or the reverse, moving away.Exhibition continues until 31. MarchEnquiries to Linda Shevlin, visual art curator at Roscommon Arts Centre:

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Friday2pm - 5pm Saturday (on performance days)Circular Road, Roscommon, IrelandT: +353 (0)90 66 25 824E: linda@lindashevlin.comW:



Attention Playwrights! SCRIPTS Ireland’s Playwriting Festival seeks new works

SCRIPTS Ireland’s Playwriting Festival, which is dedicated to new Irish plays, is looking for new works.

Taking place across Birr, Co Offaly from Sunday 9 July- Sunday 16 July 2017, playwrights (both established and emerging) are invited to submit original 15 minute plays on the theme, “What Next?”

Scripts most suited for development will be chosen by the selection panel headed by playwright Eugene O'Brien. Deadline for submission is Friday March 31st 2017.

Playwrights must be available to be in Birr from Sunday 9 July -Thursday 13 July 2017, as well as attend the headline event at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Sunday 16 July 2017 where the plays will be presented as staged readings.

There will be a prize for "Best Play". There are also opportunities for winning playwrights to meet and engage with production and dramaturgy departments of professional theatre companies and network with production partners. The winning play may then go on to represent the festival in further opportunities and events, should production partners deem it appropriate.

Playwrights can submit plays by e-mail to or by post to "Scripts"?,? Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Oxmantown Hall, Birr, Co. Offaly.

For more information as well as the submission conditions and application form?, log on to

The Scripts Team

Jasango Theatre +353 (0)86 3638758

Birr Theatre & Art's Centre +353(0)57 9122893


Festival and Events Advice Pop Up Clinics for Roscommon

This month sees the inaugural AOIFE Festival and Events Advice Clinic roll into Roscommon to engage with the 35, plus Festivals and event organisers in the County.

Aoife’s Executive Director and Communications Assistant will be traversing the Country this season in an effort to meet local member Festival and event organisers. Modelled on other Network offerings – the POP Up Advice Clinics are facilitated locally to allow organisers meet AOIFE personnel and get a steer on some of their problems.

Founded in 1993- the Association of Irish Festivals and Events Association is the fourth largest in Europe (with over 200 members) and through training networking and advocating best practice helps “not for profit festivals” reach and expand their local and international goals.

The Clinics will deal with:

  • The European Festival Labelling & Awards Programme
  • Funding and Grant Applications
  • Setting up a new Festival / Event
  • Revenue and Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Leader and Cluster support
  • Association Development
  • Social Media Mentoring
  • Connections, Contacts and General Advice.

Participants MUST register with the AOIFE Secretariat in advance to book at 30 minute consultation during the time the team are there. The Advice Clinic Service is Free to members and non-members must pay a fee of €50.

Over 40 locations in 19 counties will be completed before Easter. A further 8 in Leinster and Ulster in April / May and the remaining 5 Ulster Counties will be visited in the early Autumn - affording may in the 200 plus network an ideal opportunity to meet and discuss face to face issues confronting their festival and event.

Priority will be given to member Festivals of the association but it’s hoped the programme will give a chance for newer Festivals and Events in the non – profit sector to meet first hand with the Senior Team.

“The first edition of the EFFE Label and Award 2015-2016 presented 761 festivals from 31 countries receiving the EFFE Label and 12 of the most trend-setting European festivals which received an EFFE Award. We don’t want medium sized festivals to miss out on this opportunity to get recognition for their good work and get them to apply now for the EFFE Label 2017-2018!” stated Executive Director Colm Croffy Funded and supported by the EU Commission – one of 27 National Hubs for the Awards Scheme.

Being a selected festival means to your audience, your sponsors, your media, your local authorities that your festival programme and mission belongs to the outstanding and innovative group of festivals in the European Union and beyond. It also means networking in the EFFE Label Meet-up on 6 May 2017 in Frankfurt where you will meet your colleagues; and your festival gets visibility through a dynamic branding and media campaign that will promote the EFFE Community towards audiences across Europe. All participating festivals have a profile page on the EFFE website and are all part of the online EFFE Professional Community. Last but not least, EFA will animate this new international festivals community, allowing professionals to exchanges and interact with each other.

For Registration for your 30 minutes Advice Slot or your 30 minute Social Media Mentoring slot please contact Membership Officer Christina at 090 964 3779. Or see

The Advice Clinic will be held in Roscommon at the Abbey Hotel 7.15 p.m. – 10.15 p.m. Monday 30th January.


Laban Leader Dance Course Information and Bursary Application.

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Creative Frame

Making a Living in the Arts in Rural Ireland

As part of its series of cross disciplinary events on Making a Living in the Arts in Rural Ireland, Creative Frame are delighted to have Theatre Forum, the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, and Create - the national agency for collaborative arts with us on Thursday the 26th of January at The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick on Shannon.

Our invited panel which includes Anna Walsh, Director, Theatre Forum; Emer Ferran, Enterprise and Development Manger with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland; and Katherine Atkinson, Professional Development and Project Support at Create. The event will look at the challenges of making a living as an artist in rural Ireland and discuss the programmes, supports and opportunities available to practitioners in each discipline and what learning can accrue across the sector. This event will be of particular interest to theatre practitioners, writers, designer/makers, visual artists or artists from any discipline that are interested in developing a collaborative practice or working in a community context.

Apart from networking with other Creative Frame members it is an opportunity to be part of the consultation on training needs that will inform our programme planning for 2017 and a great opportunity to speak with the relevant agency about what programmes we might collectively bring to Leitrim in support of your professional development in the future. The format for the morning will include a presentation from each organisation, a panel discussion which will be open to the floor, followed by a break-out session.

  • Topic: Making a Living in the Arts In Rural Ireland
  • Time: 10.30 am - 1.30 pm
  • Date: Thursday , 26th January
  • Venue: The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick On Shannon

Booking: It is a free event but seating is limited and we would ask people to register with Event Brite at your earliest convenience:

We would appreciate if you could promote this event through your social media or to your clients or other networks. I have attached a social media image and you can link to our website:



in Manuscripts since the first century AD

Myth & History

The lecture series will commence January the 23rd, 2017.Speakers for this series of talks will include:

Mary Lysaght, Dr Kieran O' Mahony, Dr John Feehan, Dr John Scally and Dr Camillus Metcalfe.

For further information please contact, or telephone +353(0)906663794


Deadlines for Available funding from The Arts Council



?Inspiring practice & building capacity to nurture global citizenship

Spring Workshop Series

CIT Crawford College of Art and Design's Creativity and Change programme offers an exciting range of 1 & 2 day workshops for artists, educators youth and community workers interested in Global citizenship themes.

It is for anyone interested in creativity and its power to ignite empathy, passion and learning about our interconnected and interdependent world, and in their role in creating spaces imagine and work towards more humane, just and viable ways to live in the world.



Eimear McN?ally???

Feb 4th & 5th

?Graphic Harvesting and Visual Facilitation: Using Visuals to Help You THINK better and MAKE Meaning to enhance engagement with Global citizenship themes Get your ticket here



Declan Sheridan? ?

Feb 18th & 19th

Explore how to convey powerful Global Justice messages through metaphors and imagery using Photo Image Making & Stop Motion Get your ticket here

SheelaghBroderickDeclan MacGonagle


?Sheelagh Broderick & Declan MacGonagle

?March 3rd ?

? A day of inputs, explorations and conversations about the potential of the artist as a citizen contributing to change in the world. Get your ticket here



Susanne Bosch ?

March 4th & 5th

Connecting to imagine and create a better future for our world through meaningful dialogue: Who, what and how? Get your ticket here





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1916 Celebrated in Poetry, Prose, Music and Drama’

Wednesday 14th December 2016 at 8.00pm in King House, Boyle

County Roscommon’s final celebration to mark the

100th year anniversary of the 1916 Rising.


Well known writers from Roscommon, Longford and Mayo will be reading from their collection of stories and poems reflecting on 1916.

Guest appearance, by tenor Paul Hennessy - a very successful professional singer for over twenty years who was an original member of The Three Irish Tenors group.

Celtic Chique Singers, a group of six girls will be performing well known ballads. The girls performed for the first time as a group in October 2012 and received rave reviews. Their first album 'One Step Closer' was released in 2014 featuring You Raise Me Up; Black is The Colour, Caledonia, Carrickfergus and more.? Aisling, Aoife, Devyn, Jordi, Laura and Marie live in Longford and Westmeath in Ireland. They already have had several sell-out concerts in top venues including, The National Concert Hall, and The Helix in Dublin.

Singer/songwriter, Thomas Igoe will also be performing well known Irish Ballads along with his own song, “Rosie Hackett”, especially composed in remembrance of Rosie Hackett who was a trade unionist and insurgent in the 1916 Rising.

A short play, entitled, “On the Edge of a Blade” a piece of historical fiction written by playwright/screenwriter and short story writer, Rose Byrne a Dublin Native now living in Strokestown. The play is directed by Pat-Joe McLoughlin (Backstage Theatre). Starring Arron Byrne, (Former member of Roscommon County Youth Theatre) and John Kelly, (Backstage Theatre)

An original song, “My Bond Is His Word”, especially written for the play “On the Edge of a Blade” by Singer/songwriter Peter Davis, will be performed on the night.

Tickets €5.00 (Part of Proceeds to be donated to Barnardos Children's Charity)

Refreshments provided.

For more information contact King House on or on 087 1444739




An exciting exhibition of new works of art by Alan Tarpey

In Knockcroghery Community Centre

On Saturday 10th December 2016 at 8pm.

“Homeland”, which is supported by Roscommon County Council’s Arts Office, is Alan’s first exhibition in his home village of Knockcroghery after 5 years of shows nationwide. It will feature 20 or more of his recent works and celebrated classics.

“I love painting familiar people and the buildings they inhabit, using pen and ink to bring out the colour of the subjects. An eyesore in real life might be relieved by my stroke.I started with my own native Roscommon and proceeded to illustrate every enjoyable spot I have ever encountered along my daily path.Anything I do not like is removed and anyone I meet is included.”

Alan Tarpey


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Cpl. Patrick 'Bob' Gallagher

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Roscommon County Youth Orchestra News - November 2016

Roscommon County Youth Orchestra will perform the world premier performance of Irish composer Vincent Kennedy’s Irishmen and Irishwomen (a new orchestral suite in eight movements) on Saturday 3rd December at 5pm in the Roscommon Arts Centre.

The work has been commissioned by Roscommon County Council for Roscommon County Youth Orchestra with Moate Community School to commemorate the people and events of 1916.

Vincent Kennedy premiere - Irishmen and Irishwomen - Sat 03 Dec 2016 - 17:00 - Roscommon Arts Centre





Creative Mentoring Programme for Arts Festivals.

November 2016

Kerry County Council is working in partnership with Cork County and Cork City Councils to deliver a programme of mentoring to six festivals across the region. This programme is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and each local authority. The Creative Mentoring Programme will run for a 12 month period and begin in January 2017.

Goals and ambitions of the overall programme:

  • Develop the creative programming and artistic ambition of each festival, and assist festivals to develop their creative approach to programming
  • Assist start up festivals and re-energise older festivals
  • Develop sustainable cultural organisations
  • Increase public engagement and audiences
  • Build and grow festivals in geographic locations and particular art form areas
  • Research and develop new models of specific festivals support and development

Each festival is unique, and has a unique profile and development. In one case it is a start up festival; some are new and emerging festivals, in others they are longer established festivals seeking to develop their creative thinking, in other cases they are artist led festivals that need help to grow.

The six Arts Festivals are:

  1. Listowel Writers Week (Kerry)
  2. KFest (Kerry)
  3. Cork Folk Festival (Cork City)
  4. Cork Puppet Festival (Cork City)
  5. Mallow Arts Festival (Cork County)
  6. Mid May Arts Festival, Middleton (Cork County)

The maximum budget for the contract for services is €39,000 inclusive of fees, vat, travel, insurance, mentoring preparation, delivery, reports and all other associated costs.

There is additional funding within this collaboration of €2,000 per Arts Festival for production support and €3,500 per Arts Festival for artistic content development. The creative mentoring will inform this expenditure, and be agreed with the festivals and Steering Committee.

Service to be provided

The service is to deliver a Creative Mentoring Programme to the six festivals as detailed above across the counties of Cork and Kerry, including Cork City.

Central to this collaboration is professional development of curatorial expertise and programmers; audience development, shared learning, public engagement and greater animation of the festivals. The service required is specific mentoring suited to the type of arts practice in each festival, with shared learning as part of the process

Mentorship should address the following areas:

  • Develop new models of engaging with the public
  • Grow audiences
  • Develop each festival's visibility
  • Investigate creative programming to strengthen audiences
  • Consider family friendly content

Specific tasks of the mentorship Programme will include:

  • To deliver the overall programme on behalf of Kerry County Council in partnership with Cork County and Cork City Councils.
  • To report monthly to the Project Steering Group on progress.
  • To organise a minimum of three network / workshop days for all six festivals and the steering group to come together. It is envisaged that one would be close to the beginning of the project, one in the middle, and one close to the end. The goal of these days are to share learning and expertise and to share process of mentorship.
  • To work separately with each of the six festivals to look at enhancing the offering of the festival through creative programming.
  • To agree artists with festival management that will help to achieve overall aims of the application, and to assist with ensuring appropriate production where necessary.
  • To be present at all six festivals, ensuring that the agreed creative programming is delivered.
  • To report on outcomes and review processes for each festival.
  • To make recommendations for future development of each festival
  • To make recommendations for future mentorship schemes for festivals.

This list is not considered to be exhaustive, but a minimum concept of the service required.



Judge: Martin Parr

The RAC Contemporary Photography Award is a legacy project following on from the highly successful exhibition by world renowned British photographer Martin Parr at Roscommon Arts Centre in 2016. The aim of the award is to provide a photographer with the opportunity to produce a body of work for exhibition at Roscommon Arts Centre & Belfast Exposed Futures Gallery along with a potential tour to two other venues, funding pending, in 2017. An online gallery of the winning works will appear on

Martin Parr will select the winner from a national call open submission.

The Prize includes:

A budget of €2000 towards production costs of a body of work A solo exhibition at Roscommon Arts Centre in April 2017 A solo exhibition at Belfast Exposed Futures Gallery in 2017

A potential tour to 2 other venues

Criteria for submission

Work must be produced and available for exhibition in April 2017 Photographer must reside in Ireland Submissions should be comprised of images intended for exhibition.

An up to date C.V.

A statement outlining the context for the proposed exhibition.

Deadline: Dec 8th

Online gallery in Irish Times: Early January 2017

Exhibition Roscommon: April 2017Submission must be send by wetransfer to:racphotographyaward@gmail.comInquiries only to:

New Roscommon Writing Awards 2016

Radical Actions


2nd DECEMBER11am King House, BoyleAdm: €10 including lunch BOOKINGS: 090 662 5824

Curated by Linda Shevlin, Radical Actions is a three part international commemoration project. It takes the form of an exhibition of Irish artists Kennedy Browne (Gareth Kennedy/Sarah Browne), Duncan Campbell, Jesse Jones & Seamus Nolan at RMIT Galleries, Melbourne Australia; the exhibition Bernadette by Duncan Campbell at Roscommon Arts Centre and the final instalment will take the form of a seminar in the historic setting of King House, Boyle.

This seminar will look at the legacy of revolution & activism in Ireland and the artists' role in shaping future states with speakers including Professor Luke Gibbons, artists Sarah Browne, Jesse Jones, Gareth Kennedy & Seamus Nolan, film maker Treasa O’Brien and photojournalist/videographer Paula Geraghty. SCREENING

Eat Your ChildrenDirector & Writer: Treasa O’BrienCo-Director & Writer: Mary Jane O’Leary

A special screening of the film Eat Your Children directed/written by Treasa O'Brien & co-directed/written by Mary Jane O’Leary will form part of the seminar. Eat Your Children documents the evolution of protest in modern day Ireland.

Seminar Schedule: Dublin train to Boyle departs 8am, arrives Boyle station 10.27am Bus Eireann from Bus Aras departs at 8am, arrives King House 11am 11am:Registration 11.20am: Welcome and introduction by curator Linda Shevlin 11.30am: Screen Memories: Popular Imagery and the Rising. Prof. Luke Gibbons 12.15pm: Screening Eat Your Children1.40pm: Lunch 2.40pm: Panel: The Evolution of Protest Film maker Treasa O’Brien and photojournalist & videographer Paula Geraghty (Trade Union TV). Chair: Johnny Gogan, film maker and activist. This panel will be discussing how protest has evolved and changed in modern Ireland, how we articulate our dissatisfaction. If not through protest, what are the preferred means? 3.15pm: Break 3.30pm: Panel: The Artist as Activist With artists Sarah Browne, Jesse Jones, Gareth Kennedy and Seamus Nolan. Chair: Liz Burns, Curator & Wexford Arts Officer. Each of these artists exhibited work in Radical Actions Australia. This panel will discuss their work, practice and beliefs around the artists role in imagining future states. 4.15pm Finish. Wine Reception Return train to Dublin 6.34pm Return bus to Dublin 4.05pm & 7.10pm

For seminar bookings contact the box office on: 090 662 5824 For further information contact:

Curated by Linda Shevlin with the assistance of the Arts Council of Ireland's Curatorial Residency Scheme 2016. Supported by Roscommon County Council & Galway County Council's commemoration funds. Radical Actions Australia was part of Culture Ireland's 'I Am Ireland' International commemoration programme.

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Bernadette Duncan Campbell

ROSCOMMON ARTS CENTRE10 NOVEMBER - 13 JANUARY, 2017 Roscommon Arts Centre is delighted to present Bernadette by Turner Prize winner Duncan Campbell curated by Linda Shevlin. One of a trilogy of films, it focuses on female Irish dissident and political activist Bernadette Devlin. In 1969 she became the youngest woman ever elected to the British Parliament and she personified the young radical Catholics of Northern Ireland at the onset of the modern troubles. Bernadette presents an unravelling, open-ended story. In it Campbell fuses documentary and fiction in order to assess both the subject matter and the mode of communicating it. Artists Biography Duncan Campbell completed the MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 1998 and a BA in Fine Art at the University of Ulster in 1996. He lives and works in Glasgow. He has been awarded the 2014 Turner Prize and was one of three artists representing Scotland at the VeniceBiennale as part of Scotland + Venice 2013 (Corin Sworn, Duncan Campbell, Hayley Tompkins). In 2012 Campbell took part in Manifesta 9 curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina, Katerina Gregos and Dawn Ades, Belgium and in 2010 he took part in Tracing the Invisible, Gwangju Biennale. Recent solo exhibitions include Duncan Campbell, IMMA, Dublin; Duncan Campbell, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Arbeit, HOTEL, London; Make it new John, Artists Space New York (all 2012) and Chisenhale Gallery, London, touring to Tramway, Glasgow (2009-11); The Model, Sligo; Belfast Exposed, Belfast; Bernadette, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; HOTEL, London and Baltic, Gateshead (all 2008–9); 0–60, ICA, London (2006); Something in Nothing and TART Contemporary, San Francisco (2005). Recent group exhibitions include Year of Cooperation, curated by Christabel Stewart and Anke Kemkes, Broadway 1602, New York and Critique & Clinic, Berlin Film Festival, Berlin (2012); British Art Show 7, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham and Hayward Gallery, London (2010).

RADICAL ACTIONS SEMINAR2ND DECEMBER 11am King House, Boyle Adm: €10 including lunch Bernadette is the Irish iteration of the three part International Project 'Radical Actions' curated by Linda Shevlin. Supported by Culture Ireland, Roscommon County Council and Galway County Council, the 'Radical Actions' exhibition featuring Kennedy Browne, Duncan Campbell, Jesse Jones and Seamus Nolan was presented in RMIT Gallery, Melbourne in September 2016. The final part of this project will take the form of a seminar in the historic setting of King House, Boyle. This seminar will look at the legacy of revolution & activism in Ireland and the artists' role in shaping future states with speakers including Professor Luke Gibbons, artists Sarah Browne, Jesse Jones, Gareth Kennedy & Seamus Nolan, film maker Treasa O’Brien and photojournalist and videographer Paula Geraghty of Trade Union TV. It will also feature a screening of the film Eat Your Children directed/written by Treasa O'Brien & co-directed/written by Mary Jane O’Leary. Eat Your Children documents the evolution of protest in modern day Ireland. For seminar bookings contact the box office on: 090 662 5824

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Friday2pm - 5pm Saturday (on performance days)

Circular Road, Roscommon, Ireland

T: +353 (0)90 66 25 824



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Blennerville, Tralee, County Kerry

Percent for Art Commission – St. Brendan’s N.S., Blennerville invite submissions for a Sculpture piece (fixed, permanent), an external sculptural work that is child friendly, functional (for example a weather shelter), tactile and visually exciting.

Blennerville is a small village adjacent to the sea and overlooks Tralee bay which has a wealth of marine life, flora, fauna and a marine tradition that goes back to St. Brendan the navigator, Patron Saint of the school. The school crest echoes one of the most remarkable visual features in the village which is the Blennerville windmill.


The Commissioners require this sculpture to represent the school and the surrounding area’s rich cultural heritage.

The total budget for the Commission is €19,500.

  • Applications to include artistic submission responding to the brief, CV, examples of previous recent work (NB detailing scale of work, materials used, budget and timeframe). Photographs of past projects if available.
  • Submission for this commission must include detailed sketches displaying the proposal from all angles, you may wish to include a ‘to scale’ maquette, a detailed budget breakdown, inclusive of all costs, including tax and insurance details (public liability cover indemnifying the school), as well as material and fabrication costs, design costs, artist fee, transport and site costs.
  • The artist must be tax compliant.
  • Information plaque adjacent to the work detailing title of work, year, commissioners and artists name.
  • Artists are invited to a site visit to the school on Thursday 1st December 2016 from 4pm to 4:30pm (email to confirm attendance with “Art Project” in the email subject line).
  • Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 9th January 2017 at 4pm. Late applications will not be considered for this competition.
  • The Commissioners request that the submission display cognisance of security issues, taking particular care to steer clear of utility access points within the yard, and in particular long-term security and maintenance. The project should not compromise vehicular access to the building. All submissions must comply with relevant Health and Safety regulations.

The Commissioners reserve the right to commission at stage one, or to shortlist for a stage two process, or indeed not to commission from entries received, to re-advertise or direct invite or direct commission. All submissions to The Principal, St. Brendan’s N.S., Blennerville, Tralee, Co. Kerry by 4pm, Monday 9th January 2017. Please email any queries to with “Art Project” in the email subject line.

Location information:

The site for the sculpture work is the hard surface area surrounding the school which is used as a playground. We suggest a location within the street facing area of the playground, which has most visibility from the road. Consideration should be given to the adverse weather conditions, namely the strong westerly wind that affects the site. Note – installation of the sculptural piece must take place during a school closure.

The location has the following advantages:

  • Visible to traffic and pedestrians on the Tralee/ Dingle road.
  • The school is located in an urbanised setting, with residential development in close proximity.
  • Blennerville village is a well-known tourist attraction.

Tenders will be evaluated on the following:

Selection Criteria (pass or fail)

  • Experience
  • Technical Knowledge and ability
  • Submission – relevance to the brief

Award Criteria (100)

  • Price/within budget 25
  • Artistic Merit 35
  • Time frame & delivery terms 10
  • Technical Merit 30

Please find attached 3 photos of the site location.





Halloween Tour @Rathcroghan Visitor Centre

Halloween Tour @Rathcroghan Visitor Centre

RATHCROGHAN VISITOR CENTRE Tulsk, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon Halloween Tour, Friday 28th October at 5pm Phone: (071)9639268

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Opportunity for Artists, Collectives, Organisations or CompaniesInternational Early Childhood Arts Commission

Closing date: 24th November 2016

The four Dublin Local Authorities (Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and South Dublin County Council) are working in partnership to invite applications for the creation of new artwork(s) of ambition, scale and depth for an early childhood audience.

We are looking for individuals, collectives, organisations or companies to develop exciting and ambitious new artistic work for an early childhood audience. This audience includes children, parents and early childhood educators.

Briefing Documents available at:

Queries should be sent to Orla

Presentation & Discussion of Brief – 3rd November2016Dublin City Council Arts Office Development Day / Children’s Arts Sector, from 11.30-2.30, in the Lab will include a presentation by the four Dublin Local Authorities on The International Early Childhood Arts Commission. Places are limited for the performance and presentations, for booking please contact:


This opportunity is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme and the four Dublin Local Authorities.

You are invited to join us for an opening reception to launch Kildare Artist Notebook Project 2016

with special guest Vivian Cummins, Saturday 15th October 2016 at 5.30pm (but please come early if you wish to peruse the notebooks as the launch may get crowded)

This magical project now extends to over 200 moleskin notebooks made by writers, film - makers, musicians, architects, visual artists and dancers from all over the worldTo mark our centenary year, a number of artists have been commissioned to create a notebook that reflects our past, our present and our futureExhibition dates 14th - 26th October

Vivian Cummins is an architect. He was co-chair of the Marriage Equality referendum campaign in South Kildare and currently is President of the North Kildare Chamber of Commerce

He lives in a converted lock keepers house on the banks of the River Barrow and Grand Canal


The RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition will exhibit the work of the best graduating Irish visual artists of 2016.

The exhibition will be curated by well-known Irish artist Alice Maher and will be open daily from 10.30am – 6.00pm, with late opening Thursday October 27 until 8.00pm. There are a number of talk and tours running alongside the exhibition many of which are free to attend but must be booked in advance.

  • Visual Artists Ireland will host a VAI Café at the RDS Visual Art Awards for recent graduates and emerging artists and curators on Wednesday, October 26 Book directly with VAI.
  • Alice Maher free public lecture on her own work as part of the RDS Library Speaker Series, on October 27 at 6.30pm. She will joined by Seán Kissane of IMMA for a Q&A.

The exhibiting artists are:

  • Bassam Al-Sabah
  • Megan Burns
  • Susan Buttner
  • Marcus Craig
  • Aoife Dunne
  • Michelle Hall
  • Elaine Hoey
  • Justyna Kielbowicz
  • Siobhán O'Connor
  • Jane Rainey
  • Joanne Reid
  • Sven Sandberg
  • Laura Skehan


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Roscommon County Council is delighted to announce details of the 2016 New Roscommon Writing Award. This is the third year of what has already become an important event in the literary calendar of the county.

The NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2016 is organised as part of the county’s literature development programme. It is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council, and supported by the Roscommon Herald and by Shannonside FM.

The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald. It will also be broadcast on Shannonside FM. (Four runners-up will receive €50 each)

Closing date for entries is 30 November 2016

Enquiries to

Competition Rules

  • Entries, in English, on any theme, in any literary form, will be accepted.
  • The competition is open to anyone over 18. All entrants must have a connection with the county of Roscommon (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in, etc).
  • Typed entries (handwritten entries cannot be accepted) must be no more than 500 words. Mark the number of words in your entry on the bottom of the page. Entries over the 500 word limit will be automatically disqualified. There is a limit of two entries per entrant.
  • Include your name, address and contact details, plus your connection to the county. Include these on a separate page, not on your entry.
  • There is no entry fee. All entries must be received by 30 November 2016.
  • The competition will be adjudicated by Brian Leyden. The judge’s decision is final.
  • Post your entry to: NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2016, Aras an Chontae, Roscommon Arts Office, Roscommon. You may also email your entry to: Title your email NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2016.
  • The names of the shortlisted writers will be announced in local media and online at
  • The awards ceremony will take place early in 2017, on a date and at a venue to be announced.



Kerry County Council invites submissions for an art Sculpture/ installation piece (fixed/ permanent) that would reflect the mythology and natural heritage of the Waterville environment.

Themes which will be considered are to include the Mythological figure of Amergin of the Milesians and his links with heritage & nature, the Marine & freshwater creatures of the area including the specimen seatrout & salmon, the general natural heritage, landscape and environment of the Water area and the connection between the lake, the sea and sky in the context of the panorama from the beach.

The total budget for the Commission is €44,000 inclusive of VAT. Any submissions received in excess of this amount will not be considered

Brief available via etenders or email

Deadline for receipt of applications is 3pm on 11th November 2016.




Site Visits

11th October 2016


Deadline for tender clarifications

4th November 2016


Tender closing

11th November 2016


Tender opening – (KCC meeting)

21st November 2016

Panel assembly/adjudication

23rd November 2016

Contract award

25th November 2016

Work completion & sitting

17th June 2017

Please note that artists must register via e-Tenders.

Central Bank Logo

Design Competition for Collector Coin

In conjunction with the Department of Finance, the Central Bank of Ireland issues collector coins each year to commemorate and celebrate themes of importance to Ireland. Across 2017 and 2018, silver proof coins will be issued to celebrate (1) Jonathan Swift, (2) Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and (3) as part of a European Programme “Iron and Glass” architectural design in Ireland.

Artists and designers who would like to participate are invited initially to submit their Curriculum Vitae and evidence of previous medallic works (such as coinage) for consideration. Candidates must clearly state which design competition(s) they wish to be considered for. Please include a personal statement (approx. 200 words) to explain your interest in the topic(s).

For additional information on the design competition, and details of existing Central Bank products please visit

Submissions must be received at the address below no later than 5pm 10 October 2016.

Coin Design Competition

Central Bank of Ireland

Currency Centre

PO Box 61

Sandyford Road

Dublin 16



won’t be too far away from Roscommon at the end of October!


Film Mayo

Tyrone Guthrie Centre Regional Bursary Scheme

Address: Newbliss, Co. Monaghan, Ireland

Telephone: 353 (0) 47 54003

Fax: 353 (0) 47 54380




Over 27 local authorities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are offering special bursary awards to artists born or domiciled in their areas to enable them to spend two weeks at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, the artists’ workplace in County Monaghan. Each bursary covers all board and lodging expenses for a two week period, plus the use of a studio if necessary. The bursaries are administered by each individual local authority.

The Tyrone Guthrie Regional Bursary Scheme has the following objectives:

  • To work closely with local authorities and their arts officers to discover emerging and established artists throughout the island of Ireland who might benefit from working at Annaghmakerrig.
  • Through the artistic projects they realise to make their work apparent to the local communities from which they come, through exhibitions, performances, readings and other manifestations.
  • Through this process to allow the Tyrone Guthrie Centre to establish partnerships with local authorities the length and breadth of the island of Ireland in keeping with its origins and aims as a major cross-border collaboration between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.


The Film Mayo Tyrone Guthrie bursary is open to filmmakers, born or domiciled within Mayo. There is no age limit.

Applicants should show significant achievement in their chosen field of filmmaking. This would normally mean that filmmakers would have at least three TV/Screen credits in their chosen category. Otherwise the applicant must demonstrate a high degree of promise attested by references from film/TV industry professionals or other forms of support from established figures in the arts.

Each application must be accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and a reasonable sample of the filmmaker’s work: for example a filmmaker’s showreel, a treatment/sample pages of a script that has been produced from a screenwriter, a film score from musicians, and any other supporting material which might be relevant.

Applicants should state clearly what they wish to accomplish during their stay at Annaghmakerrig. This project outline is often decisive and should demonstrate that the artist is working towards a completed script/film/TV/animation/media project, which will be helped by a stay at the Centre.

Each local authority makes its own preliminary selections from the applications it receives, often calling in expert advice to do so. The closing date for receipt of applications will be determined by each local authority. Annaghmakerrig is administered by a Board appointed by the two Arts Councils in Ireland

*Please return completed application forms with any additional information to:

Film Mayo, Arts Office, Mayo County Council, The Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23 WF90, by Monday 3rd of October 2016

If you have any queries please contact Film Mayo on 094 90 47471 or

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Roscommon County Council is delighted to announce details of the 2016 New Roscommon Writing Award. This is the third year of what has already become an important event in the literary calendar of the county.

The NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2016 is organised as part of the county’s literature development programme. It is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council, and supported by the Roscommon Herald and by Shannonside FM.

The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald. It will also be broadcast on Shannonside FM. (Four runners-up will receive €50 each)

Closing date for entries is 30 November 2016

Enquiries to

Competition Rules

  • Entries, in English, on any theme, in any literary form, will be accepted.
  • The competition is open to anyone over 18. All entrants must have a connection with the county of Roscommon (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in, etc).
  • Typed entries (handwritten entries cannot be accepted) must be no more than 500 words. Mark the number of words in your entry on the bottom of the page. Entries over the 500 word limit will be automatically disqualified. There is a limit of two entries per entrant.
  • Include your name, address and contact details, plus your connection to the county. Include these on a separate page, not on your entry.
  • There is no entry fee. All entries must be received by 30 November 2016.
  • The competition will be adjudicated by Brian Leyden. The judge’s decision is final.
  • Post your entry to: NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2016, Aras an Chontae, Roscommon Arts Office, Roscommon. You may also email your entry to: Title your email NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2016.
  • The names of the shortlisted writers will be announced in local media and online at
  • The awards ceremony will take place early in 2017, on a date and at a venue to be announced.


Roscommon County Council Arts Office, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon. Ireland