Monday, December 1, 2014

Fingal Arts Showcase Farmleigh House Friday 5th December 2.30-5pm

Fingal County Council Arts Showcase      

The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mags Murray invites you to celebrate 20 years of the Arts in Fingal

YOU ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE the work of Fingal County Council’s Arts Office. The event will showcase a variety of projects and activities including live performances, all of which have been supported, funded or initiated by the Arts Office over the last twenty years.

The event will take place at Farmleigh House on the 5th December 2014, from 2.30pm to 5pm.

Special Guest on the occasion will be Joan Burton TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection.

As part of our celebrations we have commissioned a short animation which will highlight the importance of the arts to North Dublin and we will also showcase our Fingal Arts Development Plan 2013–2017.


VISUAL ARTS SHOWCASE Visual artists Una Sealy (ARHA),Aoibheann Greenan and Andrew Carson showcase a selection
of work.
Una Sealy native of Howth is an established and respected artist with three decades of experience
working as a professional painter.  Una was one of twelve finalists chosen for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2014. The short-listed artists’ works are currently on show at the National Gallery of Ireland until February 8th, 2015.
Aoibheann Greenan is currently one of four featured artists in the RHA’s annual Futures 14 series which runs until December 19th 2014. Next year will see Aoibheann create new work for her solo show in Temple Bar Galleries.
Andrew Carson was recently awarded THE FOUNDATION14 CRITICS CHOICE AWARD which includes a solo show in nag gallery, Dublin in 2015.
The Public Art Programme will showcase Per Cent for Art Scheme Projects.
The Lambay Singers will perform selected music from Mark Garry’s Sending Letters to the Sea album with professional singer / songwriter and project collaborator Nina Hynes.
Local writers Daniel Boland, Pauline O’Hare and Niamh MacAlister will read excerpts from Three Thousand and Nine, which was part of Brian Duggan’s O’Machine, O’Machine, film and book commission.
There will be a chance to re-visit Tattered Outlaws of History, a film / installation project by Dan Dubowitz and Fearghus O’Conchuir which drew together Fingal’s unique set of Martello Towers, artist Dan Dubowitz will be  on hand to discuss the project.
Resort Residency, Case Study 1 is a showcase of the activity which took place at Lynders Mobile Home
Park, August – September 2014.
The Youth & Education showcase will feature film documentation of Space Invaders, Place Shapers and live presentations of Artful Dodgers and the Studio project.
Space Invaders is an arts festival for children, families and Early Childhood Educators initiated by Fingal Arts Office & Acting Up! Arts.
Place Shapers is an architecture and urban design project for young people in Fingal initiated by Fingal Arts Office and the Irish Architecture Foundation.
Artful Dodgers, an early year’s visual art and music programme delivered by Fingal Arts Office in partnership with Fingal County Childcare Committee and collaborating artists Jackie Maguire and Naomi Draper and two Fingal crèche services. The artists involved will be available to speak with those interested in hearing more about this programme and the research conducted in partnership with Trinity College Dublin.
Studio, inspired by the renowned Room 13 project, Fingal Arts Office are supporting the establishment of student-run art studios in primary schools in Fingal. The Artists and children involved will be available to speak with those interested in hearing more about the initial stages of this exciting initiative.
There will be a series of live performances from local arts groups.
The Fingal Youth Orchestra will perform a festive arrangement. The Orchestra’s aim is to teach, foster a love of, and perform classical orchestral music for 8 – 19 year olds, using professional music teachers as conductors and tutors.  The Orchestra is a not-for-profit organisation, run by a voluntary committee. Funding is from a combination of family subscriptions, voluntary donations, grants and awards including Fingal County Council’s Arts Office.
Hallelujah! by the Draiocht Community Clown Choir began in 2012 as part of Veronica Coburn’s Theatre Artist in Residence programme in Draiocht. A Clown Choir is a group of people who gather together to sing and laugh – to sing in celebration of what it is to be human and to laugh at the ridiculousness of the world we live in. The ethos of Hallelujah! Is accessibility, inclusiveness and artistic excellence.
The Percy French Troubadours will perform a series of songs from the repertoire of Percy French.  Featuring all time favourites ‘Are ye right there Michael?’, ‘The Darling Girl from Clare’, ‘Poems to the West’
and ‘Abdul Abulbul Amir’, sung by an eclectic mix of 15 singers with a five piece band. The group was set up by Mr. Tony Proudfoot, a well known and experienced local amateur performer and theatre director.
There will be representation from Fingal’s two Art Centres, Draiocht, and Séamus Ennis Art Centre.
How to get to Farmleigh House
Go through the Phoenix Park. When entering the park at Parkgate street (main entrance near
Heuston Station) drive up along the main avenue.
Go straight through the first two roundabouts  and take a left at the third roundabout (near
Castleknock end of park).
After taking a left at third roundabout, take the first right (50 yards from roundabout). Farmleigh
is at the end of this road. If entering the Phoenix Park through the Castleknock gate, take a right
at the first roundabout, and then take your first right again (after 50 yards).  Farmleigh is at the end of this road.

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