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The currachs have moved to Galway

The currachs have moved to Galway

The exhibition of 21 decorated currachs which captured the imagination of visitors to Inis Oirr all summer has journeyed to the NUI Galway campus to officially launch a new partnership between Áras Éanna arts centre and the University. A total of 20 of the currachs will remain on display in the Quadrangle at NUI Galway...

September 21, 2021September 21, 2021
The ‘Curacha’ are coming!

The ‘Curacha’ are coming!

The exhibition of 21 decorated currachs which has captured the imagination of visitors to Inis Oirr and locals over the past two months is set to go on display on the NUI Galway campus from this Friday, September 17. ‘Curacha’, featuring 21 artists to celebrate the 21st birthday of Áras Éanna, includes works by acclaimed...

September 15, 2021September 15, 2021
A stunning range of styles

A stunning range of styles

An asylum-seeker from Pakistan, a hugely talented young visual artist from Co Armagh, and a print-maker based in Co Kerry are just three of the artists whose amazing works have brightened up Inis Oirr this summer. Sadly, the ‘Curacha’ exhibition which celebrates 21 years of Aras Eanna as an arts centre comes to an end...

September 8, 2021September 8, 2021
Trying to keep Inis Oirr secret

Trying to keep Inis Oirr secret

A chance encounter with an Irish artist with Finnish roots at the opening of an art exhibition in Co Mayo in 2018 sowed the seeds for Jane Hughes and Tapani Hyppia to make the long trek from Helsinki, Finland, to enjoy a month long residency at Áras Éanna this summer. Selma Makela told Jane that...

A happy day at Áras Éanna

A happy day at Áras Éanna

It was an honour for Aras Eanna Ionad Ealaíne to welcome the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina, and daughter Alice Mary to spend the day with us on Inis Oirr yesterday. They visited Aras Eanna to check out some of the 21 currachs in the ‘Curacha’ exhibition which celebrates our 21st...

September 1, 2021September 1, 2021
A whole new take on ‘Happy Days’

A whole new take on ‘Happy Days’

The spactacular landscape at the back of Inis Oirr provides the setting for the first ever run of an Irish language version of ‘Happy Days’ by Samuel Beckett as part of the Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF) next week. Director Sarah Jane Scaife has had a passion for both Inis Oirr and the works of...

Bringing Beckett to the island

Bringing Beckett to the island

A new Irish language production of ‘Happy Days’ by Samuel Beckett will be staged outdoors at the back of Inis Oirr as part of the Galway International Arts Festival from August 30 to September 5. The show by Company SJ is a partnership between Áras Éanna Ionad Ealaíne and the Abbey Theatre, and performances will...

August 16, 2021August 19, 2021
Carrying the Songs

Carrying the Songs

Imagine starting a story on the Aran Islands and bringing it all the way to Istanbul in Turkey, via more than 400 people, 50 languages, and 29 countries. This elaborate game of ‘Chinese Whispers’ forms the basis of the ‘Carrying the Songs’ exhibition which runs at Aras Eanna in the Summer of 2021. The story...

A perfect escape for Daniel

A perfect escape for Daniel

Coming from Co Armagh, visual artist Daniel Coleman readily admits that he knew very little about Aras Eanna, Inis Oirr, or the Aran Islands before he took up a month long residency in partnership with the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) this summer. What a month he has had! He was invited to take part in...