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Theatre opens its doors for Druid Experience exhibition

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Druid Theatre’s headquarters at Druid Lane Theatre have been largely dark in recent years as the company has enjoyed success at home and abroad, most notably with its with its touring productions of DruidMurphy and DruidSynge.

Even when it is performing in Galway, Druid mostly tends to use the Town Hall Theatre and its most recent production in Druid Lane was Enda Walsh’s Penelope for the 2010 Galway Arts Festival. Other companies and individuals have hired the venue occasionally during that time and it’s also been used for Druid rehearsals. Now, the venue which was refurbished in 2009, has opened its doors for the summer months for an exhibition entitled The Druid Experience, which was officially launched by comedian Tommy Tiernan on Monday.

The exhibition features an eclectic collection of memorabilia from the company, which was founded in 1975 by Garry Hynes, Marie Mullen and Mick Lally –including photos and posters from various Druid productions in the last 38 years.

Visitors can also watch two behind-the-scenes documentaries about the company. The first, Back to the Cradle documents Druid’s first ever visit to Inis Meáin in 1982. The second, Mighty Talk charts the staging of DruidSynge from rehearsals to the opening night at the 2005 Galway Arts Festival and beyond, to the glorious occasion of its final performance of 2005 on Inis Meáin.

 Original artwork on display includes portraits by Brian Bourke of the three Druid co-founders; a portrait of one of Ireland’s greatest actors, Siobhán McKenna, painted by John Shinnors in 1985, during what was to become Siobhán’s final performance in Tom Murphy’s Bailegangaire; and the original poster image by John Behan for the 1984 production of Murphy’s Famine. Visitors can also browse the Druid shop and see props from shows.

And there will be action in the venue’s auditorium for the month of July. These include two rehearsed readings for the Arts Festival as part of the Druid Debut series. The pieces getting staged readings are Happy Birthday Jacob by Michael Marshall, which takes place on Tuesday,July  23at 2pm, and Be Infants in Evil by Brian Martin on Friday, July 26 at 2pm. The Druid Debuts series is an initiative started by Druid in 2001 to support the development of talented emerging writers.

Also on this month is a Galway Arts Festival production of Riverrun, adapted and performed by Olwen Fouéré, a production that presents the voice of the river, Anna Livia Plurabelle, from Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Full details for all these events can be found on www.galwayartsfestival.com or on 091 566577.

The Druid Experience at Druid Lane Theatre is open from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday, and by arrangement for visiting groups. Guided tours are also available. For more details see www.druid.ie or call 091 568660.

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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

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