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BEALTAINE in CLARE 2008

ART EXHIBITIONS

‘Wise Ways’
An exhibition of work from Raheen Hospital Day Care Centre at Scariff Public Library.
This exhibition of artworks in clay and written ‘stories’ made by visitors to the Daycare Centre in the with artist Terry O¹Farrell in 2007, documents the extraordinary wealth of knowledge from the older generation of East Clare about the environmentally friendly, sustainable ways in which people lived in the not too distant past. (Funded by the Hospital Support Group) Open during library hours. Tel 061-922893.

‘People, Places and Song’
Recordings, photographic portraits and landscapes made by Paul Browne, Community Musician in residence at Raheen Hopsital Daycare Centre since September 2007 will be shown during May in The Gallery/Studio. A unique collection of old songs recorded from the many visitors to the daycare centre from the East Clare area with photographs of the singers and where they are from. Open daily from 11am to 5pm. Tel: 061 923215.

ARTISTS RESIDENCIES

Raheen Community Hospital
Raheen Hopsital and Day Care Centre will host Dublin artist Terry O’Farrell during a residency running from May 12th until May 23rd. She will work in The Gallery/Studio at Raheen with visitors to the Day Care Centre and hospital inspired by Outsider Artist Madge Gill. This project will be supported by The Irish Museum of Modern Art and The Hospital Support Group and will offer over a hundred visitors to the Raheen Hospital and Day Care Centre a chance to take part in the art project. The work exhibited by Madge Gill, is on loan from The Irish Museum of Modern Art’s from The Musgrave/Kinley Outsider Collection as a part of their National Programme and in conjunction with The Iniscealtra Festival of Arts (May23rd-June2nd 2008).

KILMALEY DAY CARE CENTRE
Local artist Lorraine Wall is working with the residents and visitors of Kilmaley Day Care Centre on a series of drawings, paintings and monoprints along the theme of Hands / Hearth.

ART WORKSHOPS

Drawing Day at Clare Museum
On Saturday, May 24 Clare Museum will participate in “Drawing Day” by hosting a series of workshops aimed at adult beginners. Initiated by the National Gallery of Ireland in 2005, Drawing Day is a nationwide event. The aim of 'Drawing Day' is to provide an opportunity for everyone to try their hand at drawing under the guidance of professional tutors or experienced artists.

Two workshops each will be held by well-know Clare artists Lorraine Wall and Hilary Gilmore. Each workshop will be of 90 minutes duration and will cater for a maximum of ten individuals so prebooking is required.

Participants are asked to bring along their own drawing materials such as pencils (HB, 3B and 6B) and/or conte crayons. For details of the workshops and to book a place please contact email egreene@clarecoco.ie. 087-9165916

FILM

Grow Your Own – Glor, Ennis May 7th at 3 p.m.
Director: Richard Laxton / UK / 2007 / 95 mins / PG
Grow Your Own is a comedy about a group of older enthusiasts who grow vegetables on a quiet plot of land. When three refugee families are given plots on the same allotment, they are initially met with suspicion by the locals, but they come to realise that they're not so different after all.

LITERATURE

The Jane Austen Sewing Kit Creative Writing Workshop
On 13th May at 11 a.m at Ennis, Library, writer Eileen Casey will facilitate The Jane Austen Sewing Kit Creative Writing Workshop.

Jane Austen (1775-1817), one of the most famous authors in the English language gathered the themes for her work from the commonplace of domestic scenarios she experienced in her daily life. She ‘sewed’ from the ordinary fabric of what she saw and heard, making such wondrous ‘cloths’, woven from the most accurate insights. Jane Austen created a host of wonderful, memorable characters through her keen sense of observation and attention to the foibles of human nature.

The Jane Austen Sewing Kit Workshop invites participants, in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, to explore the possibilities of bringing together the language of one art form and ‘marrying’ it with another. ‘Sewing’ lines of memory (romantic or otherwise) or drawing up a colourful character profile (a la Mrs. Bennett or Mr. Collins) will also help the writer introduce a note of humour, partly the reason Jane Austen’s work is so popular. Most of all, the intention is to renew each individual writer’s love affair with language itself.

Lines from ‘Draper’ by Eileen Casey
She unpicks the seam of her door at noon/pub closing hour. A man hurries by/scattering threads of smoke over pink bordered walls./His face is pin tucked and rucked, buttonhole eyes ruffle the memory of the woman who knew him/when his skin was like fresh linen.

Eileen Casey is a poet, fiction writer and journalist. Twice short-listed for a Sunday Tribune Hennessy Award (2004, 2005), she is a regular contributor to Senior Times. In 2005 she received a literature bursary from South Dublin County Council. In 2006 she was awarded The Tyrone Guthrie Award from Offaly County Council. She has been published widely in outlets such as Senior Times, Poetry Ireland, The Irish Times, County Lines: Portrait of a County (New Island), Ireland of the Welcomes and Books Ireland among others.

MUSIC

Due to the popularity of our Bealtaine Music in Hospitals series, the series has been expanded significantly in 2008.

Paddy Hynes, storyteller will entertain in 9 hospitals and day care centres throughout the county accompanied by Kate Purcell, Chris Droney and John Greene.

The venues are St. Joseph’s, Ennis; Clarecastle Day Care Centre; Regina House & St. Theresa’s Kilrush; Knockerra; Kilmaley Day Centre; Inis Gile,Parteen; Riverdale, Ardnacrusha, and Miltown Malbay Day Care Centre.

Josephine Marsh and her guests, Mick Kinsella, Tom Carey and Maurice Coyle will perform in 6 venues: Carrigoran House, Newmarket; Kilrush Community Hospital; Stella Maris, Lisdoonvarna; Cahercalla Hospital, Ennis; Raheen Hospital, Tuamgraney and Ennistymon Day Centre.

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