Magic in the air at Áras Éanna

Magic in the air at Áras Éanna

There is magic in the air at our theatre this week as three theatre companies featuring artists with intellectual disabilities have come together to produce a performance based on the visit of a famous French actor and writer to the Aran Islands in the 1930s. Under the creative direction of Zone Poeme (from Lille, France) actors from Blue Teapot Theatre Company (Galway), Les Oiseaux Mouches (France) and Teatr 21 (Poland) are enjoying a week of intense rehearsals before the show on Friday (2pm). Their trip to Inis Oirr is all the more exciting because these groups were supposed to work...

The place is buzzing this week

The place is buzzing this week

With three shows, four theatre companies, some of Ireland’s top cartoonists, and three artists in residence around the place, it really feels that Aras Eanna is buzzing this week! Opening tomorrow at 5.30pm, we are delighted to welcome the Galway Cartoon Festival to Aras Eanna and Inis Oirr for the second year. They had such good fun here last year, it was hard to get them to leave! Some of the top cartoonists in Ireland are making the boat trip from Rossaveel for the official launch, which features music by Inis Oirr resident Pat Quinn. Artists including Pat Quinn himself,...

The cartoonists are back

The cartoonists are back

The Galway Cartoon Festival is returning to Inis Oirr for the second year in a row with two exhibitions in the Áras Éanna gallery and some live drawing this week. This five year old festival travelled overseas for the first time in 2020 and the cartoonists had such good fun on Inis Oirr that they vowed to return to Áras Éanna again this year. Artists including Aongus Collins, Tom Matthews, Caoimhe Laelle, Dean Patterson, Donal Casey, Graeme Keys and Sean Begley will have cartoons on display in our gallery for the second ‘Tarraing É I nGaeilge’ exhibition. They will be...

New poster celebrates the Curacha

New poster celebrates the Curacha

A superb new colour poster has gone on sale to celebrate the ‘Curacha’ exhibition which marked the 21st birthday of Aras Eanna this summer. Designed by Caomhan O Scolaí and Dara McGee, the poster features colour photos of all 21 currachs by Inis Oirr resident Cormac Coyne. The posters are now on sale both on Inis Oirr and in Galway City. Áras Éanna Ionad Ealaíne commissioned 21 artists to paint or decorate 21 steel and canvas currachs for an outdoors exhibition which took place all across Inis Oirr this summer. The artists invited to take part were Dolores Lyne, Alannah...

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 until October 10, with the public invited to visit free of charge and without prior booking. The 21st currach, by Oughterard-based artist Kathleen Furey, has gone on display inside Galway Cathedral. In a neat piece of synchronicity, Kathleen’s homage to a stained glass window by...

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 sculptor John Behan, Tuam-based visual artist Jennifer Cunnigham, Mayo-based Ger Sweeney, and Sadia Shoaib, who has been living in Direct Provision for the past six years. NUI Galway and Áras Éanna will launch the exhibition at 11am on Friday in the university’s Quadrangle in partnership...

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 this Sunday (September 12). It has been an amazing summer. Since we launched this exhibition in glorious sunshine on July 17, hundreds upon hundreds of people have visited our theatre and courtyard to check out the 11 stunning pieces of art here at Aras Eanna....

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 birthday as an arts centre. In the theatre, guided by Artistic Director Dara McGee, they were delighted to check out the stunning works of art by their old friends, sculptor John Behan and painter Mick O’Dea. They loved the other currachs too. They were also...

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 take place at 1.30pm each day at Creig an Staic, a venue which has been adapted especially for the play. A special exhibition will take place in the Aras Eanna art gallery while the show is being performed on the island. Director Sarah Jane Scaife,...