Culture Night: My top picks

As if you didn’t know already… this Friday is Culture Night, the ever-expanding evening of all things art related across the country. According to the official website, events are happening in 20 towns & cities across Ireland. So much to choose from!! Where the heck do you start? As I’m on baby duty that night and the monsieur gets cranky after about 7.30, I’m not sure how much I’ll get to, but here’s my list of top events in the capital:

  • Chester Beatty Library – still a chance to see the Muraqqa exhibition before it closes on the 3rd of October! And I do love me some sitar.
  • Contemporary Music Centre – featuring a series of live performances and installations, including some very cool-sounding electronic music performances (and open until 11!)
  • Dublin Civic Trust – their restored 183os townhouse is on show, and I’ve never seen it. Plus there’s refreshments according to their website 😉
  • Freemasons’ Hall – for me, Culture Night is about seeing things I haven’t visited before, or taking advantage of new/free performances on offer. Or eyeing up the digs of secret societies I’m planning on joining.
  • Green on Red Gallery – Ah, Nigel Rolfe, you crazy cat. What are you up to now? Catch the wily performance artist’s latest presentation (booking essential).
  • Imaginosity – Ok, here’s the event most likely to feature tot-toting vultures like meself. Hooray for staying up past your bedtime!
  • IMMA – always a bit of a trek out to Kilmainham, but always worth it for the art & chat.
  • Kevin Kavanagh Gallery – Amanda Coogan: Eating Yellow (a performance, 4-8 pm). Is more information really necessary?
  • Meeting House Square – lots going on during the evening, perfect for when you realise you can’t get in to that venue squashed with people.
  • National Gallery of Ireland – see the Metsu exhibition for free! I’m biased of course, but it’s supposed to be great.
  • Poetry Ireland – open mike night in the Unitarian Church on St Stephen’s Green, one of my favourite spaces in the city.
  • Revenue Museum – we all could use a visit these days.
  • RTE National Symphony Orchestra – 100 free tickets to see an evening concert!
  • Trad for Trocaire – help raise funds for Trocaire’s work, and have a bit of music in the bargain!

Far too many exclamation points used in that list, but it’s a night for superlatives. Any other suggestions or plugs for the night?

TODAY – National Day of Action – National Campaign for the Arts

After many weeks of preparation, the National Day of Action for the Arts is here!

What will you do today to add your support to the Campaign? There’s a whole range of events happening around the country, but here’s a few things you can do:

Whatever it is, do something!

New Media Mentoring Scheme – reports published

Arts Audiences is an Arts Council and Temple Bar Cultural Trust- sponsored initiative aimed at supporting & delivering audience development projects in cooperation with various arts & cultural organisations.

One of their programmes is the New Media Mentoring Scheme, which has just published a series of reports from the mentor/mentee relationships, which included:

  • John Tierney of Google Ireland mentored Conor Malone, General Manager of Balor Arts Centre (using Google AdWords)
  • A team from Google Ireland mentored Tara Connaghan Artistic Director of Éigse Carlow Arts Festival (using Google Ads and Google Analytics)
  • A team from Google Ireland mentored Michelle Dillon, Marketing Officer of The Dock (balancing time and resources spent on website and on social media platforms)
  • A team from Google Ireland mentored Derek Kelly, Box Office Manager of The Gate Theatre (increasing traffic to website)
  • Aoife Flynn of asquared mentored Rayne Booth of Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (developing a website brief)
  • Lucy Campbell and Muire Laffan of RTÉ Publishing mentored Emmet Sheerin and Anne O’Gorman from NYCI (developing web strategy)
  • Aoife Flynn mentored Marcella Bannon of Droichead Arts Centre (developing digital marketing strategy)

I was particularly interested to read the reports of Michelle, Rayne and Emmet, all (relatively) recent graduates of our MA programme. It sounds like some very valuable reflections and progress was made as a result of the collaborations; for example:

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Douglas Hyde Conference on Creativity – 15/16 October 2010

the man himself

Just received notice of an interesting conference taking place in Roscommon in October– the Douglas Hyde Conference 2010, entitled :Inside Creativity: Education, Innovation, Economy, Society’.

Sessions include ‘Creativity in Education’, ‘Innovation: the Application of Creativity’, ‘Economics of the Creative Sector’, and ‘Value of Creativity in Society’. From the arts & cultural contingent, the lineup includes Tania Banotti, Sarah Browne, Theo Dorgan, Martin Drury, Michael John Gorman, Joe Hallgarten, Roy Johnston, Justin Knecht, Dermot McLaughlin, Arantxa Mendiharat, Kevin STolaricj and Paul Young.

Lots of buzzwords floating around the conference programme which mirror larger social discourse on the arts and the notion of ‘applied’ creativity; let’s hope the participants are able to give shape to what is often an amorphous discussion! Check out the conference website for booking details.