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Welcome to the May / June Newsletter

Welcome to this May / June edition of Dublin City Council’s Arts Office Newsletter.

The International Literature Festival Dublin will run from 16th to 24th of May with its new title and exciting line up of events for 2015. Bealtaine will be running for the whole month of May.  Dublin Ships the Dublin City Public Art Commission is continuing to display the names of vessels entering and exiting Dublin Port. The Music Town festival has completed an inaugural run that was a great success. The LAB Gallery is hosting a large scale painting exhibition called 'When the Ceiling meets the Floor' by Susan Connolly plus another exciting solo exhibition piece which is a seven metre high painting by Gabhann Dunne called 'Magenta Honey'.  The LAB is also to host a special event on National Drawing Day on 16th May.

These are only some of the fruits of the work of the City Arts Office. Other forthcoming initiatives of the City Arts Office include the Art and Ecology programme working with the Parks Department and Opera in the Open is being planned for later in the summer. Our Artists in Residential Spaces, Vacant Spaces Scheme and Units 3 and 4 are being progressed for occupancy for 2015. The Education and Learning Policy, Design the Docklands Art Fund, Young Dublin - Connecting Arts, Culture and Young Dubliners, Project 20/20 and the Dublin City Artists Panel are all projects that are being progressed by the Dublin City Arts Office.

The LAB Gallery - Current Exhibition
Susan Connolly - When the Ceiling Meets the Floor
1 May to 13 June 2015

In the Ground Floor Gallery, Susan Connolly, When the Ceiling Meets the Floor, is an exhibition developed around the idea of sitelessness of paint and how the process of 'Making itself' can be examined and proposed as a way of thinking and proposing painting installation within the gallery environment. Using the Gallery as a form of investigation, the walls, architectural features, and interior become a site for 'painting, which will be developed and positioned directly upon, within and around the gallery space.

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Gabhann Dunne - Magenta Honey
Runs until 20th June 2015
Gabhann Dunne was invited to respond to the unique environment of North Bull Island, a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve, as part of Dublin City Council's Art ad Ecology Programme. Beneath the sublime quality of the texture of his surfaces lies an anxiety about the future of our planet. The exhibition includes a seven metre high painting installation and new writing by Nathan Hugh O'Donnell.

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Arts Officer Clinic
Dublin City Arts Officer Clinics
Thursday 28th May

Arts Officer Clinics offer information and advise about the work of Dublin City Council and the role it plays in supporting access to and development of the arts.

Need advice on developing your artistic idea in the city?

Would you benefit from a short meeting about your next step for a neighbourhood programme?

Just getting started in your arts career and needing information about what to tune into in the city?

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Events at The LAB
National drawing day at the LAB
16 May 2015, 11am to 1pm

The LAB Gallery is pleased to present a very special workshop as part of Bealtaine this year. For National Drawing Day, 16th May, we have joined forces with the Hunt Museum, the National Gallery of Ireland and Creative Spark to commission Maeve Clancy to create The Bigger Picture.

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Sara Baume and Brian Dillon at the LAB
Saturday 16th May, 2015 at 6pm. Tickets are €10/€8
As part of the International Literature Festival, Dublin The LAB Gallery will be hosting Sara Baume & Brian Dillon, Saturday 16th May, 2015 at 6pm. Tickets are €10/€8

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Writing Art Criticism with Paper Visual Art Journal
Saturday 23rd May, 10am- 5pm at the LAB Gallery - Free event, booking essential.
This is the first of two day-long workshops at the LAB on writing art criticism, the second of which will take place Saturday 20th June. Led by PVA editors and art critics Nathan O’ Donnell and Marysia Wieckiewicz- Carroll, these workshops will combine theory and practice, including reading and discussion sessions as well as creative writing exercised. Participants will be encouraged to engage as critics with the two exhibitions on show at the LAB. These will be open and welcoming sessions, exploring some of the major questions facing the writer on visual art.

'What are you looking at?' Guided Tour
Friday 8th May
‘What are you looking at?’. Our guided tour of the exhibitions on in the MONTO area will take place again, Friday 8th May at 11am. Join us for a look, a chat and a coffee or tea. Tour is free, but places are limited. To book your place go to

The LAB Rehearsal Spaces
Opening Sundays throughout May & June on Trial Basis
For the months of May and June the LAB rehearsal spaces will be open on a trial basis on Sundays for bookings, from 10am to 6pm.

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Casting and Directing/Writing Masterclasses in Dublin this May
Tuesday 5th May 2015 at THE LAB, Foley St, Dublin 1.

Casting with Louise Kiely:  Tues 5th May: 10.00am-1.00pm: 20 -  CLICK HERE TO BOOK (ADVANCE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL)

Directing and Scriptwriting with Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney: 
5th May: 2.00pm-5.00pm: €20 

*Please bring age Identification as Cinemagic has the right to refuse entry to anyone not aged between 16 - 25. Please arrive by 9.45am for registration.

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From Context to Exhibition, Unit 3 James Joyce Street
Exhibition runs until 9th May, Opening Hours: Thu, Fri, Sat, 12-4 pm

From Context to Exhibition is a contemporary look at how artists seek to translate collaborative process and practice into the context of the white space. The work presented forms part of the Learning Development Programme, an experiential programme for students in fine art courses who want to engage with communities of place and/or interest, and learn more about collaborative arts practice. Each year the student artists work with different communities around Dublin to co-create artwork.

Opening Hours: Thu, Fri, Sat, 12-4 pm; outside these hours book via
Venue: ArtBox Unit 3, James Joyce Street, Dublin 1.

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International Literature Festival Dublin
International Literature Festival Dublin
May 16 - 24

International Literature Festival Dublin (Know Previously as the Dublin Writers Festival) May 16 – 24 will feature 90 events over 9 days. Now in its 17th year the Festival has grown to become one of the most prestigious events in Ireland’s literary calendar. Guests for the Festival include Alexander McCall Smith, Jon Ronson, Fiona Shaw, Neil Jordan, Irvine Welsh, Anne Enright, Peter Carey, Paul Muldoon, amongst many others.   The Festival will feature a number of events celebrating the life and work of Yeats inspired by his words “Bodies That Can Never Tire” and an examination of Yeats’ interest in the occult with The Only Jealousy of Emer, in association with the Nigerian Carnival Ireland.

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Special events for Adults interested in Literature for Children and Young people @ International Literature Festival Dublin
The Ark - Wednesday 20th May, 6pm & Friday 22nd May, 11am

Thought Stories - featuring Peter Worley, Philosophy Foundation UK,  Anne Fine former UK Children’s Laureate and Dr .Philomena Donnelly retired Director of the Postgraduate Course in St Patrick's College  -  explores the potential of literature to introduce philosophy and critical thinking to children and young people, and will be of interest to parents, educators and literature-lovers alike.  Thought Stories - Wednesday 20th May , The Ark, 6pm Read more and Book here

Diversity can be explored from many angles. In this special event, we explore ways to support excellence in children’s literature, while broadening our perspective on how children and cultures are represented.  Diversity - Friday 22nd May, The Ark, 11am  Read more and Book here   

Funded by Dublin City Council

Dublin City has an extremely successful track record of participation in this national arts festival for older people, with a number of departments including the Arts Office, Libraries, Sports and Community sections supporting and delivering on the programme. Currently the Arts Office programmes a large part of the festival as well as producing the City Councils brochure for the festival. Please check out the brochure here and come along and participate in Bealtaine 2015. 

May Bank Holiday Weekend 2nd - 4th May

Time to head to Phibsborough!  

This May Bank Holiday, we're celebrating 125 years of Bohemian FC with the following special events:

  • "Bohemian Pop-Up Café" in the Scout Hall, open 1-5pm all weekend
  • Exhibition of Bohemian FC memorabilia, also in the Scout Hall all weekend
  • Happenings @ Phizzfest - a screening of Roddy Doyle's The Van, presented on Saturday night on the pitch at Dalymount.  

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Dublin Dance Festival
19th to 30th May

Dublin Dance Festival is the leading dance event on the Irish arts calendar. Each year in May, the Festival brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share vibrant contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland.

Please click here for a full list of the festivals performances and highlights

Darndale Summer Arts Week
15th - 19th June 2015

We are delighted to announce the Darndale Summer Arts week will run from Monday 15th to Friday 19th of June 2015. We are building on the success of previous Arts week in our community and we plan to host a variety of activities across the Arts.

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Public Art
Dublin Ships

'DublinShips' the Dublin City Public Art Commission created by artist Cliona Harmey continues to attract attention.  It is located on the Scherzer Bridges on North Wall Quay near the Samuel Beckett Bridge.  See or Twitter @dubships 

Supported by Dublin City Council
Dublin2020 - Café Conversations
Dublin wants to hear from you!

Dublin2020 is Dublin’s Bid to be the European Capital of Culture in 2020. We want the whole city to join together for this bid, bringing together all our values and all our people. Over the coming months there will be a wide variety of opportunities for participation. We want to know what has added value to your life and how you would add value to Dublin and Europe.  Join us at one of our many Café Conversations taking place throughout May at a variety of exciting venues including Dublin Zoo, Croke Park and Glasnevin Cemetery 

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Bodies That Can Never Tire - The Whole City Must Dance – the Whole City Must Bid!
Join us on Thursday 21st May to dance all day on Henry Street!

‘Bodies That Can Never Tire: The Whole City Must Dance – the Whole City Must Bid!’ is an all-day dance marathon that will take place on Henry Street, Dublin 1, from 8am to 8pm on Thursday 21st May, in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital.  Dublin2020 is extending an invitation to Dublin’s dancers to mix contemporary, hip-hop, ballet, tap, jazz (and everything in between) in an exuberant celebration of movement, creativity and dance.  For further information please email or visit

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The Bird Song Project | A National Traditional Song Project for Bealtaine 2015
5 Concerts and 15 Singing Events in all 4 Provinces
The Bird Song Project is a celebration of traditional songs about birds.  Devised and produced by Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert for Bealtaine.  The Bird Song project is a research and performance project involving older traditional singers.  Across the four provinces, there are fie concerts, each with a unique line-up.  For lovers of traditional song, these will be unmissable.  There are 15 traditional singing circles, from Wexford to Derry, also participating by hosting their own bird song night. 

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Animate Objects - Free Music improvisation Project with Cliona Cassidy
National Concert Hall. Workshops 11th, 18th, 20th & 25th May, Leading to a performance on 25th May!

Explore your innate creativity and experience the enjoyment of connecting with other musicians in spontaneous composition. Join artist Clíona Cassidy for a series of workshops in free improvisation leading to the performance of a new piece"Animate Objects" devised by artist Cliona Cassidy for the Bealtaine Festival. Open to musicians of all levels of experience, all instruments (including voice), all genres. Bring your own instrument, an eagerness to participate and an open mind! Clíona Cassidy is an opera singer who currently works for Scottish Opera and is a member of the Glasgow Improvisers' Orchestra:

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The Irish Youth Chamber Choir 2015 - HEAVENLY BODIES
Sat 25th April. 12pm - Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Admission Free - Unreserved Seating
Our lives are governed by the rhythm of the solar system and the pulse of our hearts. This programme explores the motion of the stars and planets as they move above our earthbound adoration of each other, combining the texts of great poets and the Song of Songs with the finest choral writers; Gabriel Jackson, Peteris Vasks, Eric Whitacre and Howard Skempton.

Conducted by Greg Beardsell.

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Community News/Events
Urney Creations, Paverpol Workshops - 14th June & 28th June 2015
The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1

Creativity is at the heart of Urney Creations, everything Gloria designs and creates is a truly unique piece of art which is inspirational, personal and has often being called ‘magical’ gifts for home, office, special occasion or even a gift for yourself or treasured gift voucher  for someone special.

For more information please see:

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Abundance Play Workshop

"Are you a creative soul but feeling like this Teddy Bear? Have no fear. We have a workshop offering just for you. Abundance Play is an hour long gathering designed with Play and Laughter in mind. Bring your self, wear loose comfortable clothes, and a donation if you wish. Facilitated by Clown and actor Paddy Dean. Looking forward to it:-))
For further enquiries you can email

Opportunities From Other Organisations
General Manager – Irish Writers Centre (full time)
Reporting to and working directly with Director, the General Manager is a core member of the team, responsible for the organisation of the Centre’s educational programme; coordination of staff and building; financial management of accounting systems; coordination and delivery of the Centre’s administrative processes in dealing with members, writers and the general public. For more details go to

Other News/Events
Grants Information
As of 1st January 2016 , all Community, Voluntary and Charity organisations in receipt of grants in excess of €5,000 from the CRA Department must be in compliance with the five key principals of Governance as outlined in the community and voluntary governance code. The five key principals can be viewed here:

Ireland's National Day for Visual Artists - Friday, 15th May 2015 in IMMA
Talks, Clinics, Presentations, Information Sharing and Networking

You are invited you to Get Together 2015, the fourth year of Ireland's National Day for VIsual Artists.

The fourth Get Together will be based on the theme of "Maintaining Creativity!"  BOOK HERE! 

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Celebrate Poetry Day Ireland
On 7th May at 7pm, Green Street Courthouse, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Sophie Hannah and Paul Perry are two very fine poets who are also known for their work in crime fiction. Both authors will read a range of their work in the atmospheric setting of Green Street Courthouse in this headline event for Poetry Day Ireland 2015.  Book Now

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30 April 2015-16 May 2015 8.00pm. Presented by 15th Oak Productions.

Previews 30 April - 1 May €14  /  Tickets €18/16  // All tickets Tuesday 5 May just €10   Book Now  Matinee 9 & 16 May 2.30pm €14

Can we ever know what goes on inside other people’s lives? And do we really want to?
Acclaimed playwright Ross Dungan (The Life and Sort of Death of Eric ArgyleReckoners) teams up with director Ben Kidd (Lippy, Best Production Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013) for Before Monsters Were Made, a new thriller about loyalty, lies and love.

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Acting Out put on new show called ‘The EQUALS’ for the Dublin International Gay Theatre
The Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square East, Main Hall from May 11th -16th at 7.30pm with a special low priced matinée on Saturday 16th at 15.45pm.

The EQUALS, is a new comedy with songs, produced by Acting Out, Dublin’s LGBT community drama group for the upcoming Dublin Gay theatre Festival.

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The Story of Being Different, An Evening of Storytelling, Music & Drama
Wed 13th May, 8pm, Arthurs Pub - Thomas Street
Paul Rooney will be collaborating with Storygate in Arthur's Pub on Wed 13th May, 2015. Simone Schuemmelfeder and Michael Phelan will be storytelling and I will be presenting my pre-released work in progress play "Trading Differences".   €10, Concessions €8.

Drive In Screenings for May in Roundwood
A new attraction for the Wicklow area
Underground Cinema are delighted to be bringing more Drive In Movies to Special Ops Paintball Centre in Roundwood during the month of May.

The first half of May will see four films over the first two weeks. 
 Grease, Jaws, The Life of Brian and Silence of the Lambs.

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Benefit Concert: Fundraiser for Music Matters
Sunday , 17th May from 2pm to 5pm - Unitarian Church: St. Stephens Green, Dublin

Music Matters fundraiser concert takes place in the Unitarian Church on St. Stephens Green on Sunday May 17 from 2pm to 5pm. There's a fantastic line up of performers! 

Music Matters is an inclusive Community Choir which was founded by Grainne O'Grady in April 2012. 

As part of Bealtaine's celebration of older people, we are encouraging people to bring an older person along for a discounted bargain price of €10 for the OAP. So invite along your granny or grandad, your mother or father, neighbour etc  

There's a raffle ticket included with each entry ticket.

Artist Residential Spaces
St Patrick’s Lodge & Albert Cottages

St Patrick’s Lodge & Albert Cottages, the City Councils Artist Residential Spaces, will be advertised for applications later in May 2015. As well as hosting a stream of highly talented Irish and International artists, the space have also become a recognised resource for Dublin artistic and cultural organisations, and act as a support mechanism for many of the festival and institutional programmes in the city. 

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Words on the Street - European Literature Night 2015
Free Event - Wednesday 20th May - Twelve Countries, Twelve Voices, Twelve Venues, One Great Evening

Join Alexander McCall Smith among others in Parnell Square for an evening of literary grazing on Wednesday 20th May. In Dublin well known Irish people will read contemporary writing from twelve European countries in twelve venues, many of which are not normally accessible to the public. 

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