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Maureen is like a child in a candy store on Inis Oirr

Maureen is like a child in a candy store on Inis Oirr

By Ciaran Tierney Surrendering to the power of nature and making the most of an opportunity to connect with her own ancestors ensured that a recent one-month residency at Áras Éanna became a transformative experience for Irish-American artist Maureen Fleming. Maureen returned to Inis Oirr thanks to a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation in New...

Prodigal Son Mick returns to Inis Oirr

Prodigal Son Mick returns to Inis Oirr

By Ciaran Tierney Not many 70-year old Irish people wear purple suits. Then again, not many 70-year old Irish artists have staged major exhibitions as far afield as Africa, India, South Korea, and Australia during the course of their careers. For a man who has sampled the joys of indigenous cultures all across the world,...

Enjoying Inis Oirr at the quietest time of year

Enjoying Inis Oirr at the quietest time of year

  By Ciaran Tierney Exploring the striking landscape of Inis Oirr during the quiet and dark winter months provided huge inspiration to Connemara-based artist Clare Cashman during a recent six week residency at Áras Éanna. Clare came to the smallest of the Aran Islands thanks to a partnership with Ealaín na Gaeltachta and says she...

A joyous re-awakening on Inis Oirr

A joyous re-awakening on Inis Oirr

For Patrick O’Laoighre, writer and musician, a month on Inis Oirr has been a joyous re-awakening. His month long residency at Áras Éanna has seen Patrick tune into the spectacular sounds all around the island, including the language of the people. Stunned by the rocks, the fields, the waves crashing against the cliffs at Inis...

Acrobatics for music in the pub

Acrobatics for music in the pub

It was the kind of magic which seems to just happen on Inis Oirr. On a cold Tuesday night in October, a musician approached two acrobats in Tigh Ned, the island’s famous music pub. He had seen acrobatic performers Ali Stanger and Henrik Gard perform some sensational moves on the beach earlier in the day...

Happy days during a residency on Inis Oirr

Happy days during a residency on Inis Oirr

A month-long residency at Áras Éanna at the start of the summer provided the catalyst for director Sara Jane Scaife to come up with the incredible Irish-language version of ‘Happy Days’ by Samuel Beckett which proved to be such a huge hit at last month’s Galway International Arts Festival. And now Sarah Jane and Company...

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 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...

December 2019 – Mick O’Dea PPRHA

December 2019 – Mick O’Dea PPRHA

Mick O’ Dea was born in Ennis Co Clare in 1958. He studied at the National College of Art and Design Dublin, The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Winchester School of Art in Barcelona and Winchester where he was awarded a Masters in European Fine Art. He lectured at NCAD for sixteen years up to 1999 and has acted as an external assessor and lecturer in Art Colleges and Universities in the USA, UK an Ireland.

O’Dea has had numerous exhibitions and has participated in a wide range of artists residencies in Ireland, the USA and Europe.

The recipient of many awards, his most recent include The Ireland US Council / Irish Arts Review Portraiture Award in Dublin and The Royal Ulster Academy Portrait Prize in Belfast.

October 2019 – Toine Horvers

October 2019 – Toine Horvers

Toine Horvers' work as an artist consists of performances and descriptive writings. His performative work deals with time and space and is strongly related to the disciplines of dance, music and sound poetry. The performances, often involving  other people, are strictly designed movement-sequences,  in which the physical and the vocal are inextricably linked. 

Toine presents his works internationally in performances, exhibitions and workshops.

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