exhibitions

Exhibition Opening: Liz Doyle Wed 23 Sept 2015 at 7pm

We hope you can join us for the opening of our new exhibition by artist Liz Doyle.

‘From Kincasslagh to Kathmandu (via the Ceide Fields)’ features a wide collection of work created over the past two years, a period of extensive travel, exploration and experimentation for the artist.

The exhibition has its official opening at 7pm on Wed 23 September and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.

Exhibition opening on Wed 23 September in An Grianan Theatre of Liz Doyle's exhibition of new work 'From Kincasslagh to Kathmandu (via the Ceide Fields)'.

Exhibition opening on Wed 23 September in An Grianan Theatre of Liz Doyle’s exhibition of new work ‘From Kincasslagh to Kathmandu (via the Ceide Fields)’.

“I have to explore and experiment, scoring and scraping away the surface to discover what is hidden. I work with oil and wax and luscious layers of colour on panel, paper or canvas. Laying down and dissolving, rolling over and lifting. I am trying to create something of the experience of looking at our world. The chaos in Kathmandu, the stories of the hidden stones of the Ceide Fields in Mayo, the mussels clinging to the pink granite on the beaches in Donegal. And everywhere the weather and the reflection of the sky and our own brief lives’”

'From Kincasslagh to Kathmandu (via the Ceide Fields)' features a wide collection of work created over the past two years.

‘From Kincasslagh to Kathmandu (via the Ceide Fields)’ features a wide collection of work created over the past two years.

The official opening of the exhibition will be on Wed 23 Sept at 7pm and all are welcome to attend.

Find out more about Liz and her work at her website, donegallizdoyle.com.

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The Earagail Arts Festival at An Grianán

Part of the Earagail Arts Festival, 10 to 26 July 2015 - two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard. More at www.eaf.ie. width=

Part of the Earagail Arts Festival, 10 to 26 July 2015 – two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard.

It’s nearly arts festival time again! Have you downloaded the programme yet?

We’re gearing up for a very busy and arts filled July here at An Grianán. We’re the official box office for the Earagail Arts Festival so you can buy tickets for events happening here in An Grianán and right across the county!

Comedy with Neil Delamere

Neil Delamere in a crown

Neil Delamere. Sat 11 July

Our festival events kick off on Sat 11 July with a night of stand up comedy from Neil Delamere who is back with his show The Fresh Prince of Delamere. He sold out last time to this is one to book your tickets in advance for!

Overture: A Magical Italian Bubble Concerto

Full of bubbles and all the way from Italy is the wonderful family show Overture. From odd instruments giant bubbles appear, bouncing bubbles, portable bubbles, bunches of bubbles, so many bubbles! If you are very lucky you might even get to stand inside a giant, people-sized bubble!

Comedy Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!

Dario Fo's political comedy farce Can't Pay Won't Pay. Bread and Roses Theatre Company, An Grianan Theatre, Earagail Arts Festival, July 2015. Theatre. Comedy. Letterkenny.

Dario Fo’s political comedy farce Can’t Pay Won’t Pay. Bread and Roses Theatre Company, An Grianan Theatre, Earagail Arts Festival, July 2015. Theatre. Comedy. Letterkenny.

Next up we have the farcical comedy Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! from newly formed local company Bread and Roses Theatre. Directed by Katheen McCreery, the excellent cast features Valerie Bryce, Margaret Hannon and Eoghan Mac Ghiolla Bhríde from last year’s hugely successful festival play, Fiesta, along with Paul Bonar (The 39 Steps) and Martin McGinley, best known as one of Donegal and Ireland’s finest fiddle players. Written by Dario Fo, the only actor to ever win a Nobel Prize, his plays are as fiercely provocative as they are funny, and as relevant today in Donegal as in Fo’s native Italy.

Little John Nee and the Caledonia Highly Strung Orchestra

Perennial favourite Little John Nee has reassembled his Caledonia Highly Strung Orchestra to present “Lough Swilly Delta Live”.  In addition to songs from their  debut album “Songs from the Lough Swilly Delta the show will feature their latest new compositions, musical stories, comedy and the drama of being highly strung on the road.A mixture of comic blues and haunted ballads, featuring songs from “The Derry Boat”, “The Mental”, “Dead Rooster Blues”, “Sparkplug” and others all given the “Highly Strung” treatment; the warm earthy guitars of Fionn Robinson, the Ella-mental voice and kaleidoscopic clarinets of Orlaith Gilcreest, the pulsing piano and hair-blowing Hammond of Jeremy Howard as well and Little John’s trademark ukulele and cigar box guitar.

The Dubliners’ Dilemma

Bachelors Walk Productions presents The Dubliners Dilemma based on Dubliners by James Joyce. An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny July 2015. Earagail Arts Festival. Drama.

Bachelors Walk Productions presents The Dubliners Dilemma based on Dubliners by James Joyce. An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny July 2015. Earagail Arts Festival. Drama.

The Dubliners’ Dilemma is an acclaimed one man show that brings the stories and controversies of James Joyce’s remarkable first book “Dubliners” to vivid life. The year is 1914. London publisher Grant Richards has determined to re-read Joyce’s controversial manuscript, eight years after rejecting it over fears it might breach strict British and Irish obscenity laws. Should Richards be the one to risk everything now, second time around, and launch this volatile but brilliant genius on a world about to descend into the madness of war?

Fairytale favourites from Banyan Puppet Theatre

Banyan Theatre present The History of Tom Thumb at An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny Earagail Arts Festival Family Puppets Children July 2015

Banyan Theatre present The History of Tom Thumb at An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny Earagail Arts Festival Family Puppets Children July 2015

We’re delighted to welcome back Banyan Puppet Theatre. Banyan’s beautifully crafted and imaginative shows were one of the talking points of our festival shows last year, delighting young and old alike. This year they are presenting  two new shows: The Elves and the Shoemaker and The History of Tom Thumb. Ideal for younger audiences and their families.

Our pick of the festival! How to Keep an Alien

On the heels of the marriage equality referendum, Rough Magic’s How to Keep an Alien is very topical! The List have named this as one of the must see shows of the upcoming Edinburgh Fringe Festival – but why go  all the way to Scotland when you can come and see it here! ‘How to Keep an Alien’ is a funny and tender autobiographical tale in which Irish Sonya and Australian Kate meet and fall in love, but Kate’s visa is up and she must leave the country.  Together they must find a way to prove to the Department of Immigation that they have the right to live together in Ireland. And it isn’t going to be easy!

Visual Arts: Donegal – Home

Exhibition: Earagail Arts Festival 2015 July

Exhibition: Earagail Arts Festival 2015 July

Our visual arts exhibition this year is ‘Donegal – Home‘ and features work by artists who are either from Donegal or have chosen the county as their home. Artists include Paul Rooney, Richard Wayman, Declan Doherty, Simon Birch, Denzil Browne, Jan Voster, Katrina Quille, Cathal McGinley, Ian Gordon, Johnny Boyle, Una Campbell and Caitlin Gallagher.

There are loads more events happening across the county – check out the official Earagail website for the full list of events!

Festival events at An Grianán at a glance:

Sat 11 July, 8pm: Neil Delamere

Tues 13 July, 3pm: Overture

Thur 16 & Fri 17 July, 8pm: Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!

Sat 18 July, 8pm: Little John Nee and the Highly Strung Orchestra

Sun 19 July, 8pm: The Dubliners’ Dilemma

Wed 22 July, 11am and 3pm: Banyan Puppet Theatre: The Elves and the Shoemaker | The History of Tom Thumb

Fri 24 July, 8pm: How to Keep an Alien

Friday 10 July 2015 – Saturday 8 August 2015: Donegal: Home

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Fairytale fantasies with Samantha Robinson

Our next exhibition opens on Thursday 23 October and comes from mixed media artist Samantha Robinson. Samantha specialises in work aimed towards children and invites you to join her in her whimsical world of fantasy.

Using an eclectic range of techniques, Samantha creates beautiful artworks that will bring life and excitement to any child’s room. The paintings are created using a myriad of different fabrics, paint, ink, drawing, glittered embellishments, buttons, wax and glow in the dark touches. Each piece is a collage layered with texture and colour lovingly crafted by Robinson in her studio.

Art for your children by Samantha Robinson at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny Oct to Nov 2014.

Little Red Riding Hood from the Art for your Children exhibition by Samantha Robinson at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny Oct to Nov 2014.

‘Blast off into Space’ embodies every child’s fantasy of what the universe consists of. Bright colours and glittery swirls wrap themselves around floating planets and dreamy stardust creating a mesmerising universe that anyone could happily get lost in. As well as paintings of imaginary worlds, there are also classic fairy tale stories such as Little Red Riding Hood transformed into pictures for those children who have their favourite bedtime stories

Some of the more intricate pieces are one of a kind but repeats can be made on certain pieces upon request. Many can also be personalised with your child’s name, birthday or a phrase that means the most to you. Robinson dedicates her time and work to creating the perfect piece to suit every child.

Art for your children by Samantha Robinson at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny Oct to Nov 2014.

A fairytale castle from the Art for your Children exhibition by Samantha Robinson at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny Oct to Nov 2014.

The paintings come in a variety of sizes ranging from 4’x6’ to 5ft x 5ft but despite the dramatic difference in size within the collection, each unique piece will transform any room into an imagination haven.

Samantha studied at Chelsea College of Art, graduating in 1999 and since then has been creating one-of-a-kind pieces combining print, drawing and paint. With such a dynamic imagination and having children herself, Robinson happily fell into the world of children’s art as that’s where her heart lies. Younger eyes and untarnished imaginations see art in an entirely new way and so Art For Your Children was born in 2008. Although a relatively new venture, Robinson has already collected an impressive fan base including people like pop star Gwen Steffani.

Official opening:  Thurs 23 October at 6.30pm – all are most welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibition will continue until 21 November and will be open daily except Sundays and Bank Holidays.

 

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Ephemera an exhibition by Robert Clarke

If we’re being honest we’re a little biased when it comes to our current exhibition as Robert Clarke, in addition to being a hugely talented and experienced fine artist, is also a member of our box office team.

After his previous stint working in An Grianán, Robert went back to college to pursue a Masters in Fine Art in Belfast and this new exhibition is his first solo one in twelve years.

His previous exhibition to this was When Things are Lost or Fall Away at the Hallward Gallery, Dublin in 2002. Having had three previous solo exhibitions in the Hallward prior to this, he decided to take a break in 2003 to complete a Masters at the University of Ulster.

Robert does not use any paint in the traditional sense but rather uses mediums such as shellac, encaustic, metal leaf and various catalysts to allow surfaces to build up organically through processes of corrosion, adding to and removing over time. Tin and muslin are used in place of traditional canvas, copper leaf is allowed to delicately oxidize and corrode, creating works that are times delicate and ephemeral while other pieces are vivid with bold crimsons and teals.

Artworks in progress by Donegal based artist Robert Clarke, An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny September October 2014.

Artworks in progress by Donegal based artist Robert Clarke, An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny September October 2014.

Fascinated by medieval alchemy and processes of destruction and renewal, Robert is inspired by the landscape around him:

“I use surfaces and materials found within the local rural landscape as the starting point, these abstractions like their subject matter are allowed evolve and change. This physicality is coupled with a long standing interest in alchemical process, how through embracing loss or seeming decay things get torn into separate elements in order to be reformed into something new. As the line weaves and interweaves between the material/spiritual and the visible/invisible these inner landscapes are allowed emerge. We learn through our use of materials or through speeding up the processes of nature, that when all seems lost or ruined we find the true essence, the seeds and smoors that can hasten a cycle of renewal.”

Artwork by Donegal based artist Robert Clarke, An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny September October 2014.

Artwork by Donegal based artist Robert Clarke, An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny September October 2014.

Based in Newmills, Letterkenny, Robert graduated from the National College of Art in Dublin with a First Class Honours in Fine Art Painting.  He has work in collections including the O.P.W, K.P.M.G, the Contemporary Irish Art Society as well as various private collections. He is currently exploring opportunities to study at PHD level.

Ephemera by Robert Clarke continues until Sat 18 October and is open daily Mon to Fri from 9.30am to 6pm, Saturdays from 10am to 6pm.

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New art exhibition: Sioda – Textile Art by Fiona Higgins & Karen O’Kane

Our new art exhibition opens this Friday and comes from local textile artists Fiona Higgins and Karen O’Kane.

Batik landscape by Donegal textile artist Fiona Higgins, exhibiting at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny May & June 2014.

Batik landscape by Donegal textile artist Fiona Higgins, exhibiting at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny May & June 2014.

Fiona Higgins is a batik artist working from her studio in Letterkenny. Her work depicts the beautiful scenery of Donegal, In landscapes, seascapes and trees she captures the vivid ever-changing light and colour of the shifting seasons and unpredictable weather.

Hand painted silk lamp by Donegal textile artist Karen O'Kane, exhibiting at An Grianan Theatre, Leterkenny May & June 2014.

Hand painted silk lamp by Donegal textile artist Karen O’Kane, exhibiting at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny May & June 2014.

Karen O’Kane of Kokodesigns is a textile artist based in Ramelton, Co Donegal who hand paints silk with a cold resist technique to make a range of bold and vibrant paintings which are constructed into lampshades, floor lights and all things illuminated.

Offical opening: Fri 2 May at 7pm. All are welcome to attend. The exhibition continues until Friday 27 June 2014.

Free admission. Open daily except Sundays and bank holidays.

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