This year’s TULCA Festival of Visual Art, which takes place in Galway City from November 7 to 23, will be curated by former Galway resident and a co-founder of the Galway Film Centre, Aisling Prior.
Over the past 20 years, Aisling has curated international and national group shows such as See Through Art at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Ireland and Europe at the Iveagh Gardens, Art in The Life World in the Old Swimming Pool in Ballymun and Something Else at the 2009 Kilkenny Arts Festival when she was the event’s Visual Art Curator.
Recent work includes curating commissions by emerging and established artists, including Atsushi Kaga, Joy Gerrard, Beth O’Halloran, Oisin Byrne, Katharine Lamb and Nick Miller in various public contexts. Aisling, who he has an MA in Visual Arts Practices, also works as an advisor to the Arts Council, to several local authorities and to arts organisations.
Aisling moved to Paris after graduating from UCD with an Arts degree, and while in the French capital, co-organised a retrospective of Irish cinema at the Centre Georges Pompidou. In 1988, along with Barra de Bhaldraithe, she founded the Galway Film Centre. From its original premises on the docks, the Centre provided regular professional, affordable workshops in all aspects of 16mm film-making and video production. In addition, the quarterly Film West magazine was published and regular film screenings were held in Nuns Island Arts Centre.
In 1990 Aisling moved back to Dublin and was Director of the Sculptors’ Society of Ireland, now known as the VAI from 1991 to 1997. Since then, she has worked on over 40 arts projects, several of them community based.
TULCA producer Kate Howard welcomed Aisling back to Galway and said TULCA was looking forward to building on its 12-year history.
“As always we plan to develop the festival in close dialogue with emerging and established artists who reflect the complexity of artistic practice today and to foster a lively exchange between the artists, local community, venues and audiences”.
For updates on the 2014 Festival go to www.tulcafestival.com
Cope take electronic sound into whole host of directions
Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell
Few Irish artists have had their fingerprints on as many contemporary music projects as Dublin & Berlin-based electronic duo The Cope, made up of David Anthony Curley – formerly of Otherkin and currently overseeing operations in The Clinic, a recording studio he founded in Clontarf – and Joe Furlong, a session bassist and musical director who works with the likes of James Vincent McMorrow and Sorcha Richardson.
Their collaboration spawned from a shared affection for a broad range of electronic and dance artists – Caribou, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Rüfüs du Sol among them.
It has evolved into an ambient, textured sound that sticks strong to a cohesive, atmospheric production style. The tone and mood of the project is aided by the multi-faceted approach David and Joe have taken.
The Cope expands far beyond digital music releases – it is an audio-visual experience that seeks to champion as many arts streams as it can.
Given the pair’s backgrounds, it is no surprise that collaboration is at the heart of this venture. Their debut EP was launched this Wednesday – and alongside it is a short film split over three parts titled I Am Stretched on Your Grave.
Directed by Jamie Delaney, it highlights their willingness to work with other artists that fit the tone of the work, as well as the physicality of the music The Cope is preparing.
“We didn’t set out thinking it had to have these visuals but when myself and Joe landed on that production style, and wrote those songs that became the EP, we knew then we’d have to have a video that matches the audio,” David reveals.
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Comedian Shane for city show
Shane Clifford, who has been described by podcaster and comedian Blindboy as ‘The best comedian in Ireland, hands down’, will be at the city’s Town Hall Studio next Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm to perform his new show, AW Class.
It’s being presented by the Lisa Richards Agency who are promising loads of laughter as Tralee man Shane tries and fails to get to grips with rugby fans, posh dogs, sinister yoghurt and retail breakdowns.
Shane who previously worked in Tesco, was 30 when he did his first stand-up show about six years ago. That was after he had quit his job, gone travelling and decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet. He dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity in an original and funny way in these videos and has since gone on to gain a reputation as an original voice on the Irish comedy scene, playing festivals and venues including Whelan’s.
Tickets €15, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.
INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall
Irish National Opera will return to Galway next Thursday, December 1, to present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm.
Donizetti’s sparkling operatic comedy is an intergenerational tug-of-war about love and money. It features Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor; Ernesto, his good-looking young heir; and Norina, an attractive young widow.
This unorthodox love triangle is the basis for a hilarious and touching show that offers an entertaining slant on the threat of being disinherited, a mock marriage and a spendthrift wife.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it’s conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and directed by Orpha Phelan, with Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina.
Tickets for Don Pasquale are €30/€27, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.