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The #movabledrawings Project with Joanna Kidney

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On Culture Night, The #movabledrawings Project invites you to come and play with ideas of drawing. Create temporary drawings using small found objects to make compositions of marks, lines and shapes. Abstract, figurative, narrative – let the little objects lead you. Maybe you will see some things differently after. You are invited to photograph the drawings with your phone camera and add them to the #movabledrawings images on instagram.

Drawing is one of the oldest forms of human expression. It is believed that it was used as a specialised form of communication in the cave and rock paintings of around 30,000 years ago, before the invention of written language.  It is the simplest and most efficient means of communicating visual ideas and is fundamental to creating- it can be an art in itself, a record of something seen, remembered, or imagined; the start of a painting or sculpture; a study, plan or design for something to be made. But what are the possibilities of drawing: can a line in space or marks in the sand or a movement be a drawing? What can be used as the tool or the surface to make a drawing?

On Culture Night, The #movabledrawings Project invites you to come and play with ideas of drawing. Create temporary drawings using small found objects to make compositions of marks, lines and shapes. Abstract, figurative, narrative – let the little objects lead you. Maybe you will see some things differently after. You are invited to photograph the drawings with your phone camera and add them to the #movabledrawings images on instagram.

The #movabledrawings Project is an ongoing project by artist Joanna Kidney. It was born out of a lifetime love of drawing marks and lines and collecting found and leftover bits and pieces from her urban, rural and domestic environments. It is an invitation for others to play and explore what drawing can be. www.joannakidney.com

Time: 7pm - 8pm

Genres: Arts and Crafts / Visual Art / Workshop

Features: Family friendly

Address: Southern Cross Road, Kilruddery Demesne East, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

Website: http://www.wicklow.ie/Living/Services/Arts-Heritage-Archives/Arts

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Sea Creatures, a mural project by artist Aga Grandowicz

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Aga Grandowicz spent over two decades working as a multi-award winning art director and graphic designer, before slowly changing her career path to become a wildlife illustrator.

Since the publication of her successful first book in 2018 (‘Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium Of Irish Animals’ created together with Rob Maguire and Little Island – the publisher), Aga has been involved in biodiversity-related projects to which she contributes with her design and illustration skills. Her most recent drawings tend to be very intricate, showing the portrayed animals in full detail.

Aga Grandowicz’s large mural in Greystones will give a glimpse into the shy world of Irish Sea, brimming with life forms of various sizes and shapes.  Expect to spot  Basking Shark coming to the surface to feed on zooplankton and an Orca, frozen in time, as she swims swiftly across the blue water in chase of a seal!

Time: Any Timepm - Any Timepm

Genres: Visual Art

Features: Family friendly

Address: Greystones Park and Ride carpark

Website: http://www.wicklow.ie/Living/Services/Arts-Heritage-Archives

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For book lovers everywhere: The Narrow Land

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Join Helen Meany with author Christine Dwyer Hickey for an online conversation about The Narrow Land, which won the Walter Scott prize for historical fiction and Dalkey Novel of the Year Award.

The novel looks inside the marriage of the American artists Edward and Jo Hopper when in 1950, they make the acquaintance of Michael, one of President Truman’s orphans brought to America after the war for adoption.  Michael is spending the summer  on Cape Cod with the Kaplan family.  He and Jo form an unlikely friendship.

Edward Hopper’s work has gained a whole world of new followers during lockdown capturing, as it does, a sense of isolation. The novel looks inside the union between the two artists, their neighbours and the connection with Michael in particular.   Christine Dwyer Hickey inhabits the mind of a child at one moment and the mind of a middle-aged woman the next’.

The Narrow Land is the ‘must read’ book of the year so join us at 8.30 on Culture Night and find out for yourself!

Special thanks to our friends at Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray for allowing us to record this event.

Time: 8.30pm - 9pm

Genres: Talk

Website: http://www.wicklow.ie/Living/Services/Arts-Heritage-Archives

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His Left, Her Right

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Dancer Karen Gleeson and writer Philip St John present a special Culture Night in-development extract from their dance/theatre collaboration.

In a lovely garden on a hot summer’s day, a young boy recovers from foot surgery. Meanwhile, on a plane home to Dublin, a promising young dancer faces up to a cruel ankle injury. In a magical interweaving of two, true-life stories, ​His Left, Her Right ​explores the creative and destructive effects of injury on the work of two artists.

Direction: Matthew Ralli.
Performers: Michael McCabe, Karen Gleeson and Philip St John.
Support from Fishamble Theatre Company via The New Play Clinic.

This is a percent for art scheme commissioned by Wicklow County Arts Office and funded by the Department of Housing and Local Government.  Thanks to Kilruddery House and Gardens for facilitating rehearsals of this piece.

Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Genres: Performance / Theatre

Features: Family friendly

Address: Southern Cross Road, Kilruddery Demesne East, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

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Writers Corner

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Stephen Walsh, Olivia Fitzsimons and Cassia Gaden Gilmartin chat with Helen Meany about how they, as three emerging writers got through lockdown, each with different lifestyles/responsibilities, They will explore the highs and lows of recent times and read from their work-in-progress.

Biographies:

Olivia Fitzsimons is an Irish Writer Centre Novel Fair Winner for 2020.  In 2019 she was an IWC/Cill Rialaig Professional Writers Residency Recipient. She won the Bray Literary Festival Flash Fiction Prize in 2018 and was one of three writers selected for Fiction At The Friary New Writer Showcase at Cork International Short Story Festival in the same year. She has been placed or short listed in many short story competitions including Benedict Kiely, Sunday Business Post/Penguin Short Story Award and Dalkey Creates. She has a screenplay in development with Jim Sheridan’s Hells Kitchen Productions and is currently editing on her debut novel, The Quiet Whispers Never Stop.

Stephen Walsh lives in Dublin. He started writing short stories on the Stinging Fly 6-month workshop in 2018. In 2019 several of his stories were shortlisted and published in The Stinging Fly, The White Review Short Story Prize, the RTE Francis MacManus Short Story Competition, the V.S. Pritchett Royal Society of Literature award and longlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize.  His debut story collection “Shine/Variance” will be published by Chatto & Windus, an imprint of Penguin Random House in 2021, with a novel to follow.

Cassia Gaden Gilmartin is a Dublin-based fiction writer, a contributor to the national LGBT+ publication GCN (Gay Community News), and one of two founding editors behind the environmentalist literary magazine Channel(www.channelmag.org). Her recent short fiction has been published by Banshee, Transnational Queer Underground and Eunoia Review. Her work is often concerned with the formative impact of landscapes on personal identities, and her current project is a novel, set between Dublin and Achill, following an Irish lesbian couple as they decide how to start their family.

Time: 7pm - 8pm

Genres: Literature / Talk

Address: Southern Cross Road, Kilruddery Demesne East, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

Website: http://www.wicklow.ie/Living/Services/Arts-Heritage-Archives/Arts

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Bí ag Spraoi Liom! le Sadhbh Devlin

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Lots of parents are working from home these days.

Insionn an leabhair seo, a scriobh Sadhbh Devlin, sceal Luna.  Is cumadóir iontach I le fadhb mór amháin; tá Mamaí ró-ghnóthach chun bheith ag spraoi lei ina Measín Ama nua. An féidir le Lúna plean a cheapadh le Mamaí a mhealladh le spraoi lei? Tugann Bí ag Spraoi Liom! meabhrú dúinn am a dhéanamh do na rudaí is tábhachtaí sa saol.

Lúna is a wonderful inventor who’s just bursting with fun ideas. But her Mum is very, very busy and hasn’t time to play. What can Lúna invent to put that right? Expect a lively reading and discussion with young readers and their carers and jump into Nina’s work with a creative workshop led by the author herself.

Presented in both Irish and English by Sadhbh Devlin.

 

Time: 6pm - 6.30pm

Time: 6.30pm - 7pm

Genres: Literature / Storytelling / Workshop

Features: Family friendly

Address: SOUTHERN CROSS, BRAY, CO. WICKLOW, IRELAND

Website: http://www.wicklow.ie/Living/Services/Arts-Heritage-Archives/Arts

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Botanical Plaster Casting with Erica Devine

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Artist Erica Devine’s preoccupation is the natural world. She seeks to capture its ephemeral beauty, intelligence and struggles: exquisitely unfurling fiddlehead ferns, sun-seeking leaves, the ragged profile of preying insects. She also explores personal themes of love, loss and life experience. Her medium is mineral: Gypsum/Plaster of Paris. Mixed with water and poured into voids once occupied by some wisteria, sun spurge or pheasant berry, it sets, warm to the touch. Expanding ever so slightly, the setting plaster captures the most infinitesimal botanical detail. Some casts call for colour, others for the play of light and shadow alone and yet others for the glorification of gilding. Each one is a living fossil recording the delicate architecture of the plant world that surrounds and sustains us.

Get closer to nature with artist maker Erica Devine. Capture the beauty of the natural world by bringing home a piece of handmade botanical art from the garden county. In this workshop you will learn the process of pressing plants into clay, casting them in plaster and highlighting their delicate beauty with watercolour.

Filmed at Glendarragh Studios, Kilpedder, Co Wicklow.

Time: 8pm - 9pm

Genres: Arts and Crafts / Visual Art / Workshop

Address: SOUTHERN CROSS, BRAY, CO. WICKLOW, IRELAND

Website: http://www.wicklow.ie/Living/Services/Arts-Heritage-Archives/Arts

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