Áras Éanna launches new arts programme

Áras Éanna launches new arts programme

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Members of the GUAC, Co. Clare art's collective, who will showcase their work in Inis Oirr this summer as part of the Áras Éanna arts programme.  The full programme of events will be launched on the Island this Friday.
Members of the GUAC, Co. Clare art’s collective, who will showcase their work in Inis Oirr this summer as part of the Áras Éanna arts programme. The full programme of events will be launched on the Island this Friday.

An enticing season of drama, music, art exhibitions and much more lies ahead on Inis Oirr, the smallest of the three Aran Islands, according to their latest programme of events which will be launched at Áras Éanna this Friday evening.

The highlights of this year’s programme include an interesting project from GUAC – a collective of artists from County Clare who spent an entire month on the Island earlier this year and whose work responds to that month of interaction with both the landscape and the people.

The programme of events boast big name artists such as Tommy Tiernan, Damien Dempsey, Jon Kenny, Séan McSweeney and many more.  It is quite an achievement for the tiny Island community to attract this calibre of artist – and a great testiment to the allure of Inis Oirr and the wonderful work of all at Áras Éanna.

Drama is very well represented again this year, with the magnificent Tom Crean by Aiden Dooley making it’s way to the Island for the first time.  Among the other theatre highlights are; Underneath – a play by Fishamble Theatre Company, Charolais – a play about rural farming life and a brand new play called ‘The Impossible Address’, by local playwright Martin Sharry.

The visual arts’ programme includes a new exhibition of works by Galway Artist Dara McGee, as well a substantial body of work by the renowned Dublin artist, Seán McSweeney.  Eoing McLoughlin’s exhibition ‘Tinteán’ will also be on show on the Island.

Speaking about the new programme of events, the Director of the Arts Centre, Mairéad Ní Ghallchóir said: “We ar delighted to have such a wonderful array of artists coming to the Island once again this year.  Some artists are making their way back to the Island for a second or third time to perform – this illustrates the depth of appreciation that the Island audience have for them.  Long may it continue!”

The programme will be online at www.araseanna.ie from this Friday.

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