What’s on in the Arts July August 2019
Children have long been an important subject matter in art. Seen, not Heard is a new exhibition at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork that includes a selection of artworks depicting children and childhood. Based on the three core themes of Power, Perception and Play, the exhibition will examine how representation of childhood has evolved historically in Ireland, featuring commissioned aristocratic portraits, depictions of children in various socio-economic settings and works capturing glimpsed moments of everyday life. The show asks the viewer to reflect on their own ideas of childhood and on the place of children in society today. (crawfordartgallery.ie).
Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland is a temporary pop up event as part of Photo Ireland festival during July at The Printworks in Dublin Castle. The museum will launch on July 4 with three different exhibitions including New Irish Work – the latest projects from 10 Irish photographers. Among them is Roisin White’s photos – Lay Her Down Upon Her Back. This work examines the legacy of the 1860s The Rest Cure when women deemed to be of nervous disposition or hysterical were advised prolonged bed rest.
Separately there is a retrospective of the work of Helena Hooker O’Malley, an American who had a decades long love affair with Ireland from the 1930s onwards ignited by her tumultuous relationship with revolutionary and author, Ernie O’Malley. See photoireland.org for more information.
1865 – the end of the US Civil War. Eliza Duane Mooney, daughter of an Irish emigrant, walks across America in search of her brother Jeddo, a child soldier in the Confederate army. Moonfish Theatre follow their acclaimed adaptation of Joseph O’Connor’s novel Star of the Sea with a unique re-imagining of O’Connor’s sequel, Redemption Falls. Presented as a theatre-gig, this weaves traditional folk song and music, visceral imagery and evocative storytelling in a breath-taking and intense theatrical experience. (moonfishtheatre.com)
There is a wealth of festivals happening throughout Ireland this summer including heavy hitters, Galway International Arts Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival. In between is Cairde Sligo Arts Festival with the suitably madly named Fanzini Productions, Ballet Poulet: two world class Olympian-level idiots bring to you their latest masterpiece in a car park. Explore more at cairdefestival.com
Pain and Glory is the new film from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, probably one of Europe’s most acclaimed auteurs. Antonio Banderas stars as an aging film director who reflects on the choices he has made in life. These encounters, both real and imagined, conjure up images of his childhood, first desire, adult love in the post Franco Madrid of the 1980s, breakups, writing and the void that only film making can fill. Expect to be moved.
Events around the Country / July August 2019
A MODERN EYE: HELEN HOOKER O’MALLEY’S IRELAND
First major retrospective of the photographic work of American-born Helen Hooker O’Malley (1905-1993).
Until Sept 1 / Gallery of Photography and National Photographic Archive
Admission Free: galleryofphotograpy.ie / nli.ie
SEEN, NOT HEARD
How children are seen in art: historical to contemporary art collections and in the work of Irish artists.
Until October 28 / Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY OF IRELAND
Four exhibitions including New Irish Works, symposia, guided tours, artists and curatorial talks.
July 4- 28 / as part of Photo Ireland Festival
Information + booking: photoireland.org
CAIRDE SLIGO ARTS FESTIVAL
An eight day cultural adventure, featuring a diverse programme of events to ignite the imagination.
July 6 -13 / various venues in Sligo town.
EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL
Made in Donegal is the byline for this arts festival featuring all that’s happening in the North West.
July 10-28 / various venues in Co. Donegal
Information + booking: eaf.ie
THE ODD COUPLE (FEMALE VERSION)
This summer, rather than Felix and Oscar, meet Florence and Olive in Neil Simon’s longtime favourite.
July 16 – Aug 17 / Everyman Theatre, Cork city.
Information + booking: everymancork.com
BAUHAUS 100: THE PRINT PORTFOLIOS
A collection of print portfolios from artists associated with the highly influential German Bauhaus movement.
July 20 – Dec 1, 2019 / The National Gallery, Dublin
Moonfish Theatre adapts Joseph O’Conor’s novel set in the US in 1865 at the end of the Civil War.
July 24-28 / An Taibhdhearc Theatre as part of Galway International Arts Festival.
Information and booking: giaf.ie
THE CAMINO VOYAGE
A group of musicians embark on a sea voyage in a small boat to Northern Spain. A modern day pilgrimage.
August 2 / Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy, Co. Derry
Information and booking: seamusheaneyhome.com
A cabaret-style evening of poetry, prose and music, hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.
August 9/ The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Information + booking: thedock.ie
PHOENIX 55, NATHALIE STUTZMANN
Baroque singer Stutzmann with new ensemble Phoenix 55 perform a very special programme of Bach cantatas. August 15 / part of an extensive programme of classical music at Kilkenny Arts Festival.
Information + booking: kilkennyarts.ie
PAIN AND GLORY
The new film from Pedro Almodóvar is always much anticipated and in this one, Antonio Banderas shines.
August 23 island wide.
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