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Diversity and talent on show in printed matter

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Members of the Galway Print Studio in the Connacht Tribune Printworks Gallery where Printed Matter will open this weekend. From left: Jan Godfrey, Nicola Gunwhy, Victoria Smith Cradock, Studio Administrator, Mick Davoren, Mary Geeleher, Mary Ryan, Norah Brennan and Pauline Kinahan Kane. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

The finest of art from Galway’s finest print-makers is currently on display in the Connacht Tribune Printworks Gallery. Printed Matter is the annual exhibition from the 30 members of Galway Print Studio and this year’s show includes guest artist from Dublin’s Graphic Print Studios.

The exhibition, which will run until August 27, has an eclectic array of work on offer, ranging from landscapes to figurative and abstract works as well as digital photography, print textiles, and a 3-D sculpture.

They have been created using age-old print-making techniques, with some of the artists also using new technology including 3-D printers and digital photography.

The art in Printed Works offers an in-depth look print-making culture in the West of Ireland.  Along the way, it explores how print-making has evolved to accommodate our current touch-screen age. The art on show demonstrates why print-making remains important.

This is the culmination of a scheme, entitled EP’16, which celebrates Irish print-making by allowing artists to exchange work. A group of 30 artists from all over Ireland created work for the initiative and their prints were exchanged in a process overseen by Galway Print Studio.

The works from EP’16 are now being exhibited in The Connacht Tribune Printworks while three box-sets have been collated for a special raffle. The first and second prize have 10 original prints, including a John Behan or Pádraic Reaney piece, while the third prize has 10 original prints.

Tickets cost €10 and can be purchased on the website or at the gallery.

Being an artist can be a lonely business, and Galway Print Studio offers a place where people can meet, exchange ideas and offer each other encouragement. The group also collaborates with other print-making bodies in Ireland, which is why Dublin’s Graphic Print Studio is being represented in the Galway show. Founded in 1960, it’s one of Ireland’s leading print-making groups.

The much younger Galway Print Studio had its debut outing last year, when members exhibited their work, also in the Connacht Tribune Printworks. Since that show, Print is Dead, Long Live Print, the Galway Print Studio members have taken part in exhibitions and residencies across Ireland, as well as in Britain, Brittany and Estonia. Close to home, they were involved in the Shorelines Festival in Portumna.

Printed Matter includes a special exhibition from the children’s classes, while merchandise from Galway Print Studio will also be for sale during the exhibition run. There’s a special display area with mugs and tote bags as well as a selection of original prints from members, all at reasonable prices. These are in addition to the 144 exhibits on display in the gallery, most of which can also be purchased.

■ Printed Matter will run until August 27 at the Connacht Tribune Printworks, Market Street in Galway City. All are welcome.

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Creating treasure from trash on Turbot Island

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A little girl shows the versatility of Hanneke Frenkel's 'Sea Carpets' on Turbot Island during Clifden Arts Festival.

The saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ proved true as a collection of ‘sea carpets’ made from discarded fishing ropes was one of the hits at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival.

The sea carpets were exhibited on Turbot Island, the part-time home of their creator Hanneke Frenkel. Over the last two weekends, they were snapped up by festival-goers who jumped at the chance to not only take a tour her of workshop, but also to explore an island that many see off the Clifden coast, but that few get to visit.

Turbot, which has been without a permanent population since 1981, has been Hanneke and her husband Stefan’s summer home for almost 30 years, but an extended stay during Covid was the genesis of her sea carpets as the long-time artist sought a creative outlet.

“As I was walking around the island, wondering what to do, I found a huge amount of black rope washed ashore and thought to myself, maybe there was something I could do with it. From that, I started making my first carpet, just for myself, and it all started from there,” she says.

Over the past two years, the colours and style of carpets have changed, but their unique charm has remained. And they, as well as the island tours led by Stefan and Hanneke, were a winner over the past couple of weeks.

“It’s been a huge success and we’ve been overrun by lots of enthusiastic visitors who loved Turbot and the carpets – nearly all have sold out. We’ve enjoyed welcoming the visitors who came on all types of boats and it was all effortless. Everyone had a great time,” they say.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Putting cartoon art in spotlight

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Willy Brennan, Paul Callanan and Richard Chapman of Galway Cartoon Festival at the launch.

This year’s Galway Cartoon Festival, which will officially open in the city this Friday, September 30, at 7pm, is inviting people to draw a line under “the last couple of miserable years” and start having fun again.

The official opening, to which all are invited, is in the PorterShed, Bowling Green and it also marks the launch of the festival’s flagship exhibition, Drawing The Line, in the same venue.

This group exhibition from top Irish and international cartoonists casts a humorous eye on recent events at home and abroad and, as cartoonist and festival co-founder Richard Chapman observes, “there’s no shortage of material”.

Drawing the Line has contributions from dozens of countries, and includes some of the biggest names in the profession. It will be open daily at PorterShed, Bowling Green, from 12 noon to 5pm until the festival concludes on October 9.

The work of Irish cartoonist Jim Cogan will be in the foyer of the Town Hall Theatre. Jim began drawing for Hibernia Magazine while he was a student at the National College of Art and Design. After initially working in the advertising industry, he became a fulltime cartoonist and illustrator, working mostly for the Sunday Independent and Farmers Journal.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Soup – blending art forms to explore memory and grief

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Deirdre Griffin confronts love and loss in Soup. PHOTO: LUCA TRUFFARELLI.

Soup, a new show that explores grief in an Irish context, using live art and physical theatre, will be performed in an intimate setting in the city’s Black Box Theatre next Monday, October 3 at 8pm.

Created by choreographer and dancer Deirdre Griffin in collaboration with sound artist Craig Cox, it’s performed by Deirdre and was inspired by her mother Mary Heneghan.

Originally from Claremorris and living in Meath, Mary died from stomach cancer in 2013. A keen gardener and great cook, according to Deirdre, Mary’s illness left her unable to eat the nourishing food she created.

Since Mary’s death, Deirdre has been collecting the everyday reminders of their life together and in this 45-minute show she explores these, alongside the surreal experience of watching her mother’s body become something other; her sensation of detachment following Mary’s death; and a series of dreams charting her grief.

Deirdre describes Soup as a live diorama that celebrates her mother while considering her own relationship with the grief of Mary’s death.

She does this by including memory-inducing sensory material, such as the disembodied voices of radio presenters; the tactility of hair; the smell of a herb that may not exist and the warmth of home-made soup.

The Artistic Director of Dublin Fringe Festival, Ruth McGowan, described Soup, which premiered at the 2019 festival, as “a genre-bending performance that rewrites familiar experiences in thrilling, intimate new ways”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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