What’s On in the Arts / July August 2018
Visual arts are always front and centre for the summer period, so Jesse Jones’ exhibition, Tremble Tremble, seems a fitting place to start. Jones explored issues around feminism when she represented Ireland at the most recent Venice Biennale. Now the show has returned to Ireland. A collaboration with theatre artist Olwen Fouéré, sound artist Susan Stenger and curator Tessa Giblin, this is a multi-media installation which re-imagines feminist history and law. Check it out for yourself at projectartscentre.ie
At the same time, the RHA annual exhibition continues until August 11. A dizzying array of painting, sculpture, drawing and prints are on display. Time out for a coffee is allowed and even recommended. See rhagallery.ie for information.
A welcome opportunity to see the first museum show in over thirty years to focus on the painted and graphic work of the Irish artist Roderic O’Conor (1860-1940) opens at the National Gallery in July. Between 1887 and 1895, O’Conor was at a critical point in his career becoming dissatisfied with Impressionism and looking for new inspiration for his work. This is a unique chance not only to examine the evolution of O’Conor’s signature expressionist style, but also to place his work side-by-side with that of the artists with whom he connected and collaborated, including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Armand Seguin, Robert Befan and, particularly, Cuno Amiet. See nationalgallery.ie for more details.
Meanwhile over on the west coast, Galway International Arts Festival is in full swing from mid-July. Among the theatre works on offer are Incantata written by poet Paul Muldoon in memory of the artist Mary Farl Powers and featuring actor Stanley Townsend. Incantata attempts to understand the void that remains following the death of a close friend and lover.
Other productions include: The Fall, a response by seven students to the removal of the statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes at the University of Cape Town. As colonialist and patriarchal icons are dismantled worldwide, what we keep and what we discard remains a hotly debated question. Bringing together protest song and dance to examine discrimination in all its forms, the play has proved a hit with audiences worldwide. More on this and everything else across all artforms at the festival – giaf.ie
Finally, at the end of August sees the arrival in cinemas of director Spike Lee’s new film, BlacKkKlansman. The premise is intriguing: a young, black police officer goes undercover as a member of the Ku Klux Klan in 1970s Colorado. What could go wrong? Much acclaimed at the recent Cannes Film Festival and winning plaudits as a funny but ultimately hard-hitting story. From August 24 island wide.
Events around the Country / July-August 2018
PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY
An intimate portrait of the extraordinary Yeats family including new acquired paintings and other items.
Until Oct 28 / The Model, Sligo, Co. Sligo
RHA ANNUAL EXHIBITION
Open to all artists working in paint, drawing, print, sculpture, photography and architecture – take your pick!
Until Aug 11/ RHA Gallery, Dublin 2
Free Admission and information: www.rhagallery.ie
Artist Jesse Jones’ exhibition Tremble Tremble which represented Ireland at the 57th Venice Biennale in Dublin.
Until July 18 / Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Free Admission and information: www.projectartscentre.ie
WOOD QUAY SUMMER SESSIONS
Dublin City Council presents Ireland’s finest musicians in a free lunchtime concert series on Thursdays in July.
July 2018 / Wood Quay Amphitheatre, Dublin 2
Information and free tickets: www.musicnetwork.ie
CLONMEL JUNCTION ARTS FESTIVAL
The festival turns 18 this year with a sharp focus on home-grown talent from Clonmel and surrounds.
July 2-8/ Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Information and booking: junctionfestival.com
New take on Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein and teenage lover of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.
July 6 island wide.
GALWAY INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
Galway’s annual shindig does not disappoint: check out the dizzying array of arts stuff on offer.
July 16-29 / various venues Galway city
PADDY CULLIVAN’S THE TEN DARK SECRETS OF 1798
Comedy and spoken word
An investigative and satirical eye at a momentous event in Irish history – the 1798 Rebellion.
July 18 / Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey Co. Donegal as part of Earagail Arts Festival.
Information and booking: www.eaf.ie
RODERICK O’CONOR AND THE MODERNS: BETWEEN PARIS AND PONT-AVEN
First museum show in over 30 years to focus on the painted & graphic work of the Irish artist Roderic O’Conor.
From July 18 / National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Information and booking: www.nationalgallery.ie
THE FESTIVAL OF CURIOUSITY
Dublin’s annual international festival of science, arts, design & technology.
July 19-22 / various locations across Dublin city
Information and booking: festivalofcuriosity.ie
COMING HOME: ART AND THE GREAT HUNGER
Quinnipiac University brings its collection of art relating to the famine back to Ireland.
July 20 – Oct 13 / West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
SEAMUS HEANEY HOMEPLACE
‘About The Place’ – a series of events inspired by the work of Seamus Heaney and WB Yeats.
August / HomePlace, Bellaghy, mid Ulster.
Information and booking: www.seamusheanyhome.com
EVAN DAVIS: POST TRUTH
BBC’s Newsnight presenter delivers the 2018 Hubert Butler Annual Lecture, as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival.
August 12 / St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny city
Information and booking: www.kilkennyarts.ie
The new film from Spike Lee sees an African-American detective infiltrate the Colorado chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
August 24 island wide
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