Loughrea School of Art will host our second annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Market on Saturday 9th December and Sunday 10th December in the magnificent old Georgian Building on Main Street, in the heart of Loughrea, that is home to our studios and art shop. Loughrea School of Art will promote the event through our social media, our website and other local and county advertising. Times: 11am to 6pm on both days.

We’re limited to 13 tables over two floors and so table space is at a premium.
A 6×2” table in our first floor studio – €60 for the two days.
A 6×2” table in our second floor studios – €50 for the two days.

If you are interested in booking a table then please note that bookings are only accepted after an Expression of Interest Form has been received and approved by Loughrea School of Art. The submission of an Expression of Interest form indicates that you have read, understood and agreed to the Terms and Conditions.

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19 November 2017

Djeribi organizes the active occupation of a long disused station which saw the last train pass through on 31 March 1959, turning it into a community space for a day of shared food, films and conversations.
The station-masters office becomes a cinema where documentaries are shown to spark discussions. The entrance/waiting room becomes a place to share tea, coffee, soup, bread, sweet things. The first-class waiting room has regained its lost door and is now boasting a constructed compost toilet that uses woodshavings from the local sawmill.

Sidings, borrowing its name from the off-shoot tracks for inspection and repairs of machinery, is an invitation to reflect on the march of progress and the things that challenge the idea of community, if community is what humans do to survive together.

The day starts with a coffee morning 11-12.30 pm, tea, coffee and home-baked things collecting donations for the North-West Hospice.
Doors open again at 1.30 pm
2 pm Thomas Geyrhalter’s Our Daily Bread
4 pm Soup and bread for film-goers.
5 pm Loïc Jourdain’s A Turning Tide in the Life of Man, in the presence of the director.
followed by tea, coffee, etc. and conversations.

Free but booking essential as seats are limited (unless you can bring your own).
DJERIBI works with people, food, words, paper and a lot discarded material. Her work is often offered as a catalyst for exchanges and conversations, the reignition of consciousness and of the imaginative mind. Funded by Creative Ireland |

Screening Event | SIDINGS at the Station, Mohill, Leitrim

The weather is a constant source of conversation in Ireland. It’s constantly changing. Climate is what happens when you collect decades of data about the weather and “smooth out” the individual events to see the trends over time. But you need to collect that data first. Find out how to make your own electronic weather station.

Will Knott, from the Tyndall National Institute’s MakerDojo will guide you through the construction and programming of a weather station so you can make and customise your own. You’ll get hands on experience with wiring and sensors and discover that you might be able to get the robot overlords working for you! MakerDojo is a hardware-focused club encouraging the general public to explore science and technology in hands-on “hacker” style workshops inspired by the growing Maker movement, a worldwide community of hobbyists, students and enthusiasts who take a creative, DIY approach to technology, science and engineering. MakerDojo fosters experimentation, collaboration and innovation and aims towards a culture of inventors.

In association with If Not You, an exhibition of work by artist Mark Clare.
Kindly supported by Cork County Council Environmental Partnership.

Dates: Saturday 18 November
Times: 1pm-4pm
Fee: €5
Location: Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork

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Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has commissioned Thrive (formally Audiences NI) to deliver and integrated Arts, Culture and Heritage Framework for the area.

In order to ensure that as many people as possible are consulted about the framework, there will be three workshop sessions held which are open to anyone involved or interested in the development of arts, culture and heritage across Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon.

Dates: 23rd November 2017
Times: 19:30 – 21:00
Fee: Free
F.E. McWilliam Gallery,
200 Newry Rd,
Booking: RSVP by Wednesday 15th November to Pamela Meekin

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21 November, 7pm

For twenty years, Sultan Zeib Khan has kept watch over a ruined Neolithic necropolis in the Sharjah desert in the United Arab Emirates. Although majestic, the wide–angle shots have no monumentalising intent: the beauty and extent of the site speak for themselves. What is playing out here is the possibility for one man to become part of a landscape that overwhelms him yet seems to need his help. Seen under the silhouette of a rock about to devour him or as a dwarfed gure spade in hand walking from the back of the frame, Sultan curiously busies himself from day to day to prevent the ruins… from falling into ruin.

The Digger, 2015, Video – 30 min
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Imane Farès

Screening as part of Foyle Film Festival.

Void, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL Northern Ireland
T: +44(0)28 7130 8080

The Digger | Ali Cherri Film Screening at Void, Derry

Application deadline: 3 December

This is a free not-for-profit community event that begins and ends in 2018, a blue moon year. 20:00-22:00 on full moon nights.

Full Moon Club are looking for amateur and professional artists, charmers, janes-of-all-trades, singers, craftswomen, writers, activists, lecturers, gamers, actors, gardeners, star-gazers, and chancers. Any topic, any media. You can present a dance piece, tell us a story, screen a short film, explain how to build a boat, sing a song, read a poem, talk about your favourite artist, share a recipe…. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it’s interesting and original. Participants have up to 10 mins.
Note that The Full Moon Club is a queer club, organised by and for queer women.

There is no application fee for participants, no payment to participants or organisers, and no entrance fee for people attending. This is a zero-budget event on a small scale, for local participants with an interest in, or a commitment to, art/crafts/performance/storytelling/history/etc, who may wish to test work-in-progress or share existing work.

Please contact the Full Moon Club for more info, to join the event-reminder mailing list, or to request a Participant Application Form.

Open Call | Participate in the Full Moon Club 2018

1 December, 10am to 5.30pm

Selina Thompson, Rick Lowe, Seamus Nolan, Eve Olney, Jijo Sebastian, Dr Charlotte McIvor (NUIG) and Chris Baldwin

This year Create’s National Networking Day will focus on art, diversity and transformative practice. At the level of geopolitics globally we are witnessing vulnerable populations on the move at an unprecedented scale. At the same time, at the level of the nation state, we see the consolidation of some familiar exclusionary discourses around notions of national identity. How can artists working collaboratively respond? How can collaborative arts and cultural practices challenge dominant and exclusionary narratives? How can we engage in inclusive ways to democratise public space at the level of the neighbourhood and the city? Over the course of the day we will explore the politics of identity and how it defines our bodies, ways of integrating the narrative of Traveller history, approaches to making large-scale interdisciplinary performance reflecting the diversity of place and collaborative arts practice connected with question of race, neighbourhood and displacement.

The day is interactive, with opportunities to reflect together on ideas of transformative practice that engages with diversity in all its meanings. Additional break out spaces in the afternoon will facilitate further exchange and talks with the programmed artists exploring insights and experiences gained from the day and the latest innovative collaborative arts projects taking place nationally and internationally.

Book here:

O’Donoghue Centre for Drama Theatre and Performance,
NUI Galway

Create Networking Day for Collaborative Arts, NUI Galway

14 November, 3pm to 5pm

Seoidín O’ Sullivan, Dr. Gregory Sholette, Fiona Woods, Emmanuel Pratt

Create and Common Ground are pleased to partner on this panel discussion which will explore the issue of sustainable cities, land access, food access, and spaces of commoning and public sites in urban space. It will seek to explore the potential of collaborative practice to make critical interventions in the urban landscape in order to reveal alternative futures and propose new forms of collective co-operation among diverse publics.

The event draws on artist, Seoidín O’ Sullivan’s HARD/GRAFT project as part of her Common Ground CITIZEN ARTIST award and her recent experience of the inaugural Hyde Park Art Center and Sweet Water Foundation residency exchange programme with Irish Museum of Modern Art and Create. Chaired by internationally renowned artist educator Dr. Gregory Sholette, the panel comprises of artist Seoidín O’ Sullivan, artist Fiona Woods and Chicago-based artist architect Emmanuel Pratt from the Sweetwater Foundation situated in Chicago.

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
T: 01-612990

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Photoshop Beginner
This technical course is aimed at beginners to Photoshop and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge. The course will cover the basic Photoshop features and techniques that you can use to adjust, correct and enhance your photographs.

What You Will Need
– No requirements. We provide iMac computers with Photoshop for you to use during the course.

What You Will Learn
– Basic overview of the display, interface and controls of Photoshop.
– How to use and work with layers.
– Adjustments such as levels, colour correction etc.
– How to use tools such as clone stamp.
– How to save your photographs for web use.

Tutor: Mervyn Smyth
Dates: Saturday 9 December 2017
Times: 10am – 4pm
Fee: £80 / £70
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at

Focus On: Photoshop Beginner Course at Belfast Exposed

This course is aimed at people wishing to further develop their knowledge and practice of photography. Participants will experience, and learn techniques in, studio photography, street photography, print preparation and more.

What You Will Need
– A basic knowledge and experience in photography is required to participate in this course. We would therefore recommend participating in one of our ‘Stage 1: Using Your Digital Camera’ courses first.

What You Will Learn
– Experience practical sessions on studio and street photography.
– Technical skills that you can use during a photo shoot to produce a high standard of photography.
– Techniques for better composition and ideas for expanding your practice and research.
– How to prepare high quality prints from digital files.
– An introduction to digital darkroom techniques, exploring exposure, contrast and colour control.

The final session (4th week) includes a one-to-one session for each participant, allowing you an opportunity to get a review of your work from the Belfast Exposed tutor team. This session, as well as giving an insight into themselves as a photographer, will also provide you with feedback to enable you to explore your interests and skills as a photographer and help you identify the areas of photography that you wish to develop in the future.

Tutor: Chris Barr / Jim Maginn
Dates: Saturday 2, 9, 16 & 23 December 2017
Times: 2pm – 5pm
Fee: £150
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
Booking: contact Conor at

Develop and Review Your Photography Practice: Stage 2 Workshop at ...