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The importance of the arts in these challenging times of Covid–19. Join in online for the FREE inaugural Well Festival Keynote event next Monday 5th October from 7-8pm. Dr Gabriel Scally will be in conversation with the Irish Times journalist Jennifer O’Connell and they will discuss the importance of the arts in these challenging times of Covid–19. Anne Woodworth, music educator and Chair of the Symphony Club of Waterford and the Waterford Healing Arts Trust will offer a reflection at the end.
A regular on our national media Dr Gabriel Scally (a native of Belfast), is currently visiting Professor of Public Health at the University of Bristol, and President of the Epidemiology and Public Health section of the Royal Society of Medicine. Dr Scally is also a member of the Independent SAGE, a group of scientists in the UK dedicated to providing open and independent advice on navigating Covid–19. In Ireland, he is well known for his independent report into the Cervical Check screening programme. Earlier this year, Dr Scally served on an Advisory Group set up by the Arts Council to identify ways for the arts sector to deal with the pandemic.
Register for your FREE ticket: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/well-festival-keynote-event-why-arts-dr-gabriel-scally-in-conversation-tickets-122054958667 and please pass on to anyone who you think may be interested.
IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD is a series of workshops dedicated to unlocking your creativity through writing… This 4-week workshop programme will explore writing as an artform but also as a means to unlocking your own thoughts, ideas, fears and dreams. How can we use writing, words and language as mindfulness? Participants will receive access to a weekly downloadable pack consisting of writing prompts and ideas, work from other writers and artists to inspire and discuss, writing techniques to unlock creativity and tips on how to begin your own creative practice. There will be the opportunity to participate in a private group to further discussions and interact with fellow participants.
Eimear Cheasty is a writer, producer, programmer and curator from Waterford City but living in the wilds of South Kilkenny. She works as the creative producer for Towers and Tales festival in Lismore, is the artistic director for County Carlow Youth Theatre and curates Waterford Writers Weekend. She also facilitates writing and drama workshops for young people all over the country. Her plays have been produced in Carlow, Dublin and Waterford, and she has been published in The Irish Examiner, Small Circuits and The Believer. Her favourite book of all time is Where The Wild Things Are, and more recently she has been devouring everything Tayari Jones has ever written. She likes to colour coordinate her books and listen to Michael Rosen on Radio 4 when she’s not trying to wrangle her toddler into suitable clothes.
Booking: No Booking Needed
Age Group: 13+
Online Downloadable Resource – Link will be available soon at garterlane.ie
Marian is a short experimental dance film inspired by the exhibition Blue, at Garter Lane Gallery. It’s a collaboration between the two makers Rachel and Gerard, exploring our maternal lineage, hair, the Catholic imagery of our childhoods, farm life, 90’s punk girlbands, decay, domestic realities and the secrets passed from one generation of Irish women to the next. As first-time collaborators Ní Bhraonáin and O’Keeffe found a shared aesthetic and passion for visual storytelling, as well as a similar approach to filmmaking that allows for chance and spontaneity.
Rachel Ni Bhraonain is a Waterford based artist making multidisciplinary shows and short films. With storytelling at the heart of her work, Rachel combines everything from dance and writing to aerial and sound design, to create visually exciting and emotionally honest work. Her short film The Undecided Vote was featured in Dazed Digital and ELLE online, receiving critical acclaim. While her first full-scale live show Losing Your Body won the Wild Card Award at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 and was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Movement Direction.
Gerard O’Keeffe is a Waterford born Cinematographer currently based in Dublin. He worked in Ireland for a number of years within the area of visual arts & performance before relocating to Berlin to attend film school. He has shot a number of short films and music videos as well as working with the camera department of large scale tv and film productions. His personal work focuses on the contemporary Queer experience and queer identity. He currently works between Ireland and Germany.
Booking: No Booking Necessary
Age Group: All Ages
“I” is a curated selection of works by emerging artists; Kitsch Doom, Ciara O’ Neill, Matt Higgs, William Murray.
Each artist is exploring themes of gender, sexuality, and identity within Irish culture. The artist works in a range of diverse mediums such as photography, print, drawing, sculpture, and performance, and this collective exhibition aims to reflect samples of their work as individuals, who’s grouping together is providing a collective space for reflection, inquiry and immersion. Using architectural interventions, the intent is that of creating a space that is soft, accessible, and intimate.
Keen to examine the reach of the gallery output into societal discourse, Sandra Kelly has curated an exhibition that will create conversation and stimulate debate. The works presented are accompanied by a programme of discussion, screening and workshop style events as a means of carrying the themes of the exhibition into a well structured and safe forum.
Some visitors to “I” may want to exercise parental discretion, and some may view the work as “sensitive in nature”.
Booking: No Booking Needed
Age Group: 16 + (Adult Themes)
“Monuments II” by Ciara Rodger
Ciara’s practice often involves historic and abandoned sites. Former future facing productions of man surrender progressively to nature in the form of the ruin and in the detritus of past technologies. Objects in the contemporary landscape do not simply disappear all in one go as if by magic but are relegated to obsolescence, haunting us like the living dead as they insist upon the integration of the past into the here and now.
Ciara Rodgers is a visual artist based in Cork City, Ireland. She finished her MFA at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design in 2018 and was awarded the 2019 graduate residency award for one year at MA:AP postgraduate studios.. This exhibition is supported by Cultural Quarter
Booking: No Booking Needed
Age Group: All ages
OUR PRACTICE. THEIR PLACE is a CPD session for collaborative artists.
How is accessibility, ownership and collaboration in socially engaged art balanced with artistic integrity, quality and the pushing of boundaries?
Visual artist John Conway will deliver an online workshop for artists interested in exploring the challenges of merging their interests and expertise with the interests and expertise of participants in community settings.
Places limited – advance booking essential.
Free tickets at https://garterlane.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173603971
Garter Lane is delighted to launch this aural initiative. Courtyard Calibrations will see the creation of specific music and sound for “installation” in the peaceful and calm inner city courtyard space. The Courtyard in Garter Lane Arts Centre has long been a topic of discussion, along the lines of “should we put something in there?”. The placing of music that is accessible to passers-by and created by local musicians for people of all ages to enjoy is the perfect fit. First up is the extremely well known (locally/nationally) Peter Vogelaar. His Courtyard Calibrations offering is a specially commissioned 15 minute ambient piece that will be highlighted in the courtyard daily from Mon 5th Oct – 10 Oct. In association with Well Festival (Waterford’s festival of arts and Well Being) this piece of music will be heard continuously throughout the day where people are encouraged to drop in, take up a socially distanced space and “have a listen”.
Peter has 1,829 monthly listeners on Spotify and his recently released sophomore album “Inner Creatures” hit a playlist reach of 1 million on its first weeks release garnering his work some rave reviews:
“Immersive, adventurous… could easily sit on decks or be consumed passively for days on end without feeling tiresome. ”CULTR
“Loaded with groove and danceable beats, ‘Inner Creatures’ is a record for all moods and seasons, and is a must listen as well as a vital playlist addition.” Music Crowns
“Although Lovette is the stand out single, there is plenty to be excited about on this record, ‘Inner Creatures’ urges the listener to look inwards. This record is a fine release, and is one of our favourites.” The Noise Gate
“the 9 richly textured tracks on Inner Creatures explore a diverse emotional terrain that come together to inhabit a dancable, eclectic world of their own…” IHouseU
“a varied and eclectic LP that shines with diverse energy.” Rough Digital
Music written and performed by Peter Vogelaar.
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Garter Lane Arts Centre, O’Connell Street, Waterford