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Atelier Programme at Abbey Road Artists' Studios

ATELIER VISUAL ARTISTS PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME continues in Abbey Road Artists’ Studios

Abbey Road Artists’ Studios is delighted to announce the second of this year’s professional development opportunities, with the ATELIER PROGRAMME. A schedule of workshops and events is due to take place on: 29th & 30th July, 12th August and 9th September.

Abbey Road Artists’ Studios supports professional artists in a welcoming environment which facilitates peer interaction and artistic production.  This series of workshops which focus on seeking support funding for artists through awards, bursaries and grants will be facilitated by Maeve Mulrennan. Maeve is the Head of Visual Art and Education in Galway Arts Centre since 2006. She also lectures in Education Policy and Visual Art as part of the MA in Arts Policy and practice in NUI Galway and teaches with the NODE Centre for Curatorial Studies in Berlin.

The ATELIER VISUAL ARTISTS PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME is a comprehensive series of courses designed to address the needs of artists at a practical level. This installment of the programme is designed to inform artists  about sourcing relevant funding streams, providing the practical tools of completing the budget section of grant applications and the opportunity to exchange information and ideas with their peers.

Visual Arts Coordinator Katriona Gillespie says:

"With support from Westmeath County Council via the Creative Ireland Initiative we are excited to launch the second installment of our 2017 Atelier Programme. The programme is open to artists in all disciplines — and artists can register for the entire series or customise workshop combinations that best suit their needs. The ATELIER PROGRAMME is designed to inform arts practitioners from an administration and practical point of view and is perfect for those wishing to fine tune their skills in a friendly informal setting."

Full course details and content can be viewed online at: www.athloneartsandtourism.ie.

Requestes for further information and booking queries should be directed to Luan Gallery on: info@luangallery.ie or by phone on 0906442154.

As the programme caters for a limited number of participants only, early pre-booking is essential.

Luan Gallery Education Programme for Primary and Secondary Schools

Luan Gallery is a purpose built art gallery space incorporating the renovated and extended 1897 Fr Mathew Hall. Delivering a varied exhibitions programme featuring work by both emerging and established artists from home and abroad, Luan Gallery acts as a resource for the entire community.

Many studies have shown that gallery visits enhance pupils’ learning experiences and at Luan Gallery we strive to ensure that pupils’ visits are enjoyable, relaxed, stimulating and educational. We are committed to encouraging pupils to engage with and think about visual art which in turn helps to develop new skills and confidence.

Primary Schools

We have developed numerous resource materials including activity worksheets, catalogues, tours and workshops each designed to support the meaningful delivery of qualitative art viewing experiences to students, in support of the school curriculum.

Secondary Schools

We have developed a number of resource materials including a Leaving Certificate Art Appreciation Workbook, catalogues, talks, tours and workshops each designed to support the meaningful delivery of the art curriculum to second level students.

For more information on our education programmes, download the booklets below.

Primary School booklet
Secondary School booklet
Primary Schools Education booklet 2016 Secondary Schools Education booklet 2016


 

ATHLONE CASTLE'S NEXT MOVE

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre experience enhanced with an outdoor chess set. This new feature is included in the admission price.

Minister of State Alan Kelly and former councillor Jim Henson enjoying a game of chess at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre

 

Photograph showing: Minister of State Alan Kelly and former councillor Jim Henson enjoying a game of Chess at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre.

 

 

'UNHEARD OF' art auction successfully raised funds for charities

Fine Art and Photography Society in A.I.T. and Luan Gallery organised an art auction on the 14th of March and raised much needed funds for Midlands Simon Community, South Westmeath Hospice, Special Olympics Ireland and A.I.T. Student Hardship Fund.

€825 was the amount raised and donated to those four charities.

We would like to thank everyone for their support and we hope to repeat it in the future!

presentation of the cheque

Ask the Artist - Episode 1 - Paul Quast DE_Cline

Artist talk & Q&A

Paul Quast in his current exhibition DE_Cline in Luan Gallery crosses art boundaries into the realms of engineering and physics. The artist skilfully employs the use of electromagnetic fields, optics, entropy and thermo-dynamics to create engaging, provocative and sometimes humorous installation based art pieces

Catherine Ivers in conversation with Paul Quast discovers the thought process behind the artwork

Followed by a Q&A session

Time: 13.00 – 14.00

Cost: free

All welcome

Places for this event are limited, pre booking is required on 090 6442154 For full programme details and further information, please contact info@luangallery.ie

Athlone Castle seeking donations of clothing and accessories

We are seeking donations of clothing and accessories for a 'dress up' box in Athlone Castle. Please get in touch if you have anything to donate. Call us on 09064 42130 or email info@athlonecastle.ie

 costumes for Athlone Castle

Midterm madness in Athlone Castle - kids go free

Looking for something to do during the mid-term? Why not visit Athlone Castle Visitor Centre?

We are running a fantastic offer from Sat 15th – Sun 23rd February. All under 15’s visiting will be free of charge and all other single admissions will be €4.

Athlone Castle is open Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm. Last admission at 4pm

Ireland’s most talented art students’ prize winning works to be showcased in Luan Gallery

Luan Gallery is delighted to present the fall 2013 exhibition programme which features prize winning works and selected entries from the RDS Student Art Awards. As a key part of the RDS Foundation Arts Programme, the  goal of the awards is to provide a platform that supports the transition from student to emerging artist.

From architectural paintings and a stuffed piglet, to drug abuse both prescribed and recreational and scientifically inspired drawings by a former veterinary surgeon; the work by this year’s award winners is certainly varied! This year’s winners include, Joe Scullion from the National College of Art and Design, who won the RDS Taylor Art Award with a prize of €5000, awarded since 1860 it is the longest running student art award in the world. Other prize winners include Michael Geddis, Laura Maloney, Peter Bradley, Clara Ryan, and Arlene McPadden.

Catherine Yorke, Arts Coordinator at Luan Gallery said:
‘RDS Student Art Awards provide an exhibition of variety that hasn’t been yet seen in Luan Gallery. Taxidermy animals, videos, prints, photographs, paintings will fill the space. It took a lot of effort to plan out the layout of the exhibition but with the kind support of a sponsor Milestone Electric we were able to ensure the technical requirements were met. We are also really pleased we can provide the opportunity to this emerging Irish talent to be viewed by a wider audience during the two months in the gallery. We support initiatives which recognise excellence in young emerging Irish artists and provide support to enable them to further their talent and artistic development. ’
 
As a new flurry of aspiring artists take up positions around the country and a new load of leaving cert students prepare their portfolios for entering colleges next year we are delighted to exhibit the RDS Students Art Awards Travelling Exhibition.

Watch this space for Culture Night activities on the 20th of September based on the exhibition.

Luan Gallery will host a drinks reception to celebrate the launch of the new exhibition on Friday 6th September at 18:00. Chairman of the RDS Committee of Arts, David Horkan, will open the show.

This show is supported by Milestone Euronics http://milestoneeuronics.ie/

Admission to the gallery is free for groups and individuals.  School or group tours and workshops can be arranged by contacting the gallery in advance on 090 6442154.
Luan Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday 11.00 – 17.00, Sunday 12.00 – 17.00 and is closed on Mondays.

 

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre to be filled with quirky exhibitions, old toys, guided tours and history talks for Heritage Week 2013

Athlone Art and Heritage Ltd would like to invite you to come and experience National Heritage Week at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre with a programme of temporary exhibitions and events. Starting Saturday 17th August the week will be filled with a diverse range of activities for all ages.

Kick-starting the week Athlone Community Radio will host an outside broadcast from the grounds of the castle on the topic of ‘Heritage on your Doorstep’ hearing stories of Athlone from local people on Saturday 17th August.  Throughout the week guided walks around the exterior grounds of Athlone Castle will feature on Monday (11:30-12:30), Tuesday (14:30-15:30) and Saturday (11:30-12:30)

At 2:30 on Sunday 18th August Athlone Castle will host a lecture by invited guest historian Olive Sharkey entitled: ‘Victorians – the Eccentrics and Inventors’. Olive is a Westmeath artist and writer with special interest in ‘the quaint, the curious and the wonderful ways of old’. She is an acclaimed published author on the topic of folk- life including the titles: ‘Four Swans Country’, ‘Fore and Its Ancient Buildings’ and ‘Way of Old- Traditional life in Ireland’. 

Joanna Grobosz Athlone Art and Heritage guide said:
`We are really excited about Olive’s talk. The Victorians were incredibly innovative and in our exhibition we have examples of some interesting artifacts from that period. It will be quite a treat to listen to Olive’s stories about the eccentric characters and their inventions and maybe even handle one or two quirky object from the collection.’

Also on Sunday, visitors will be able to enjoy demonstrations of thatching, clay pipe and pottery making, a barber presentation and a game of marbles and hop-scotch.

Athlone Art and Heritage encourage everyone to ‘Storm the Castle’ on Wednesday 21st August offering free whistle stop admission to Athlone Castle Visitor Centre.

Throughout the week a temporary exhibition of household items will be on show in the Lower Keep with an access to the ‘handling collection’.

Sunday 25th August is all about kids with lots of games and presentations of how children played before the invention of television and computer games.

 

Summer evening lectures with Athlone Art and Heritge

As part of Luan Fest, Luan Gallery is hosting a series of lectures in association with the Heritage Boat Association exploring the topic of heritage on the river.

Catherine Yorke, Gallery Coordinator said ‘We are delighted to facilitate this series of talks in partnership with the Heritage Boat Association, celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Irish waterways in a location which sits proudly on the bank of the river Shannon.’

Following a civic reception, the first talk in the week long series will take place on Monday 12th of August at 5:45pm. Jonathan Shackleton, cousin of Kildare born explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, will talk about another member of the Shackleton family, his great grandmother Jane Shackleton. Jane W. Shackleton was responsible for one of the largest photographic collections by a female photographer in Ireland from the 19th century. Jonathan’s lecture: Exploring the Shannon in the late 19th Century will be an illustrated talk, featuring images of the river Shannon in late Victorian Ireland.

Throughout the week the theme will be further explored by guest speakers including John Casey, Gearoid O’Brien, James Scully and Lola Leech.

On Sunday 18th of August Athlone Castle will host a lecture by invited guest historian Olive Sharkey entitled: ‘Victorians – the eccentrics and inventors’. Olive is a Westmeath artist and writer with special interest in ‘the quaint, the curious and the wonderful ways of old’. She has published books on folk- life: ‘Four Swans Country ‘, ‘Fore and Its Ancient Buildings’ and ‘Way of Old- Traditional life in Ireland’.

Joanna Grobosz Athlone Art and Heritage guide said: `We are really excited about Olive’s talk. The Victorians were incredibly innovative and in our exhibition we have examples of some interesting artefacts from that period. It will be quite a treat to listen to Olive’s stories about the eccentric characters and their inventions and maybe even handle one or two quirky object from the collection.’

Admission to the gallery and lectures is free for groups and individuals. Lectures start at 5:45 each day from August 12th – August 16th throughout Luan Fest. Places are limited, booking is advised on 09064 42154.