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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 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...

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...

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.

September 2019: Mick O’Dea

September 2019: Mick O’Dea

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.

September 2019: Sorcha Fox

September 2019: Sorcha Fox

Sorcha Fox is a spoken word writer,  an actor and  a storyliner for Ros na Rún.  For her residency at Áras Éanna, she will be working on new pieces in Irish and English connected to identity and place.