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No bull as sculptor John Behan takes centre stage at the Kenny Gallery

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John Behan (left) with his friend, the author and playwright Tom Kilroy.

The Bull of Sheriff Street, a major new exhibition by sculptor John Behan RHA opens at The Kenny Gallery, Galway, this Friday, October 23, at 6pm.

The event will also see the launch of a new book, The Bull of Sheriff Street – The Life and Work of an Irish Sculptor, written by Adrian Frazier to celebrate the artist’s life.

John Behan was born in Dublin in 1938, but has lived in Galway for 40 years where he is an intrinsic part of the local artistic community.

Reared on Sheriff Street in Dublin where his family ran a corner shop, he showed a love of drawing and painting from an early age.  Aged 15, he started a seven-year apprenticeship as a metalworker, and soon began to use his skills to make sculptures. His first was a bull, and is for bulls he has become famous.

As a young artist in 1960s Dublin, John was involved in the Independent Artists group, a founder of the Project Arts Centre, and a board member of the Design Studio.

Bronze sculptures were traditionally the prerogative of museums or wealthy patrons but John wanted his work to be affordable to the citizens of his own country and wanted it to help them face their own experiences.

His work to promote the social value of art helped to see the Arts Council being reformed in 1973. John’s leading role in establishing the Dublin Art Foundry also made it possible for him and other Irish sculptors to produce work in quantity and in quality at more reasonable prices than before.

That’s illustrated by the fact that more than 5,000 of his works have been sold in this country.

A great reader who grew up surrounded by a generation of great writers, John was often inspired by motifs in poetry or drama.  After the publication of Thomas Kinsella’s translation of The Táin, he produced a series of figures and scenes from the Irish epic.  His graphics and bronze figures of crows follow from Ted Hughes’s Crow.

In the comic spirit of Joyce’s Ulysses and Cervantes’ Don Quixote, he has illustrated dozens of characters and scenes from these masterpieces.

Writers are among the greatest fans of his art, and John’s work are in the private collections of Tom Kilroy, Tom Murphy, Seamus Heaney, Edna O’Brien, Gerry Dawe, and others, including the late Brian Friel.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

 

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Live album looks after those who make it real

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Mick Flannery….album for the crew.

Anyone who has seen Mick Flannery play live will know that the Corkman doesn’t embrace the spotlight with both arms. There is a sincerity to what he does – his reluctance to operate as any sort of frontman is only outweighed by passion for his craft.

His shows are intimate and they’re backed up by a studio-quality sound and a genuine engagement between artist and audience. It is what happens when someone who doesn’t like talking about themselves ends up pouring their heart out on stage.

It is fitting, then, that Mick’s new album revolves around the people around him. All of the proceeds for Alive – Cork Opera House 2019, the singer-songwriter’s first live LP, will be shared among members of his band and crew who have lost work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s a major gesture from a modest talent and Mick is quick to point out that the album reflects just how much he owes to those that share his stage.

“I’m glad that it’s there as a tribute to them,” he says of the album. “I think Alan Comerford had a great gig that night on electric guitar with the solos that he played. Matthew Berrill was on the brass and he did some lovely stuff.

“There’s a few of the lads in the band who have music as their sole income. It’s not always easy to do that. It’s constantly booking gigs in bars around the place and that but it’s what they do and it’s what they have a passion for. They’ve worked hard to do what they love for a living and now these circumstances have taken that away.

“I have a kind of area to pivot – I can start writing songs and preparing albums whereas for the crew, without the live gigs their skillset is not being used at all… Lighting engineers and sound engineers, riggers, people that have built up PA companies over the years and small venues as well.”

For full interview, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connecting children with classical music

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Connecting Kids with ConTempo is a four-week initiative designed to help children engage with classical music in a fun and creative way.

Beginning this Friday at 11am, the scheme, which is being run by the Galway Music Residency (GMR) will run over four Fridays.

The Galway Music Residency will release a video each week which will feature a short performance by ConTempo Quartet with an educational introduction. These videos will explore different aspects of classical music, from the composition of a string quartet to understanding a waltz.

The children will be asked to listen to the music on each video, with specific questions in mind and are then invited to respond creatively to ConTempo’s performance. They can do this through art, writing or anything else that comes naturally to them.

The children’s creations can be sent to GMR and will be displayed on its social media and website.

Connecting Kids with ConTempo is geared primarily at primary school children, but young people of all ages are encouraged to enjoy these beautiful performances and delve a little deeper into the listening experience, explains the General Manager of Galway Music Residency Maeve Bryan.

Connecting Kids with ConTempo can be found on GMR’s Facebook page (@thegalwaymusicresidency) or YouTube Channel (The Galway Music Residency).

It will take place this Friday, July 31, Friday, August 11, Friday, August 14 and Friday August 21, at 11am each day.

Participation is free, but donations are welcome and, according to Maeve, will help GMR to create more online educational content in these difficult times.

Donations can be made on individual Facebook posts or via www.galwaymusicresidency.ie.

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Artist collective, Theatre57 now open to new members

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Theatre-maker Róisín Stack, one of the founders of Theatre57.

Theatre57, the Galway theatre collective that launched last year with 57 members and now has more than 90, is currently inviting new people to join.

The group, which acts as a point of contact and an advocate for independent members of the Galway theatre community, is welcoming new and existing members. Performers, producers, directors, designers, technicians, playwrights and those who are pursuing a career in professional theatre outside of a regularly funded organisation are welcome to apply. Members must be making theatre in Galway city or county.

Theatre57’s main aim is the establishment of a hub for theatre-makers where creative and professional development can be nurtured.

The group’s members point out that while other cities such as Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Belfast and Dublin have these spaces, Galway does not. They believe that having such a space would allow people in the business to share their knowledge and would encourage professional and creative excellence. The result would be a stronger and more diverse theatre community throughout Galway.

Theatre57 “believes in creative autonomy, the spirit of co-operation and the power of community”, according to a spokesperson for the group who quotes the Irish-language statement ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile’ which translates as ‘there is strength in numbers’.

The group has had a busy and productive 2020, liaising between and advocating for self-employed members of Galway theatre community, many of whose livelihoods have been seriously affected by Covid-19.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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