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Lasta Open Call – Virtual Exhibition June 2020

 

Open call for entries for our Illuminate exhibition for digital artists and illustrators

Lasta’s Illuminate open submission will feature digital artworks selected by a guest curator. This showcase offers an opportunity to create exciting visual dialogues and conversations from the breadth and depth of artistic expression by emerging and established artists who take part.

Prize (One artist will be awarded) – €400
Opportunity for a showcase exhibition, subject to programme:
Dunamaise Arts Centre Cafe in 2022, dates to be agreed between venue and winner; An Grianán Theatre in 2022, dates to be agreed between venue and winner; Siamsa Tire in 2022, dates to be agreed between venue and winner.

About the Exhibition

Illuminate is about handing the torch to young digital illustrators to illuminate a path into the era of digital art. It will be showcased on the websites:

Dunamaise Arts Centre: https://www.dunamaise.ie/

An Grianan Theatre: https://www.angrianan.com/

Siamsa Tire: https://www.siamsatire.com/

Selector: Barry Quinn

About Lasta

Lasta is a national arts programme for young people by young people, in association with the NASC venues network around Ireland and is part of Brightening Air / Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide ten-day season of arts experiences brought by the Arts Council.

In this new innovative approach to programming, twenty-one young curators have been engaged by the NASC venues to programme a festival of work for children and young people from 11th to 20th June 2021, delivering for the first time, a national arts programme curated entirely by young people.

Dunamaise Arts Centre, An Grianán Theatre and Siamsa Tíre are delighted to collaborate to launch the inaugural Lasta Open Call.

The Nasc Network is a group of 8 venues across Ireland. The Network consists of: Backstage Theatre, Longford; Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise; glór, Ennis; An Grianán, Letterkenny; Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick; Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire; Siamsa Tíre, Tralee and Town Hall Theatre, Galway.

Guidelines For Submission:

  • Artists must be 18+ on the 17th of May 2021.
  • Submission is open to artists living in ROI and NI.
  • Submission deadline is the 17th of May 2021 at 23:59.
  • Artists may submit up to 2 pieces.
  • Only applications & artwork submitted via jotform link below will be considered for inclusion.
  • The image submitted must be fit for digital display as is, and must meet the following criteria:
    – In the following formats (.png. jpeg, RAW)
    – Resolution of at least: 300 dpi
    – Files no larger than 5MB

Please supply hi-res images. We will use these assets to promote this exhibition via our social media channels, email and when pitching to the media. They will also be used on our websites. Where possible via our media partners, we will help to coordinate the production of editorial video content to promote your artwork within the exhibition for distribution on our media partners channels.

Email lastafestopencall@gmail.com for more information.

All submissions must then be made through the following link:

https://form.jotform.com/211214458747053

Selection Process & Exhibition Notes:

  • Selection will be based on the work submitted; submissions will not be accepted after the deadline.
  • Up to 2 but as few as none may be selected for exhibition
  • No works previously exhibited.
  • The decision made by the selectors is final; they have sole discretion on final display
    and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Artists will be informed about selection via email by 21st May 2021.
  • Lasta Festival and the associated venues reserve the right to use the submitted images in any publicity surrounding the exhibition or festival.
  • Delivery of sold prints is the responsibility of the artist.
  • Lasta Festival reserves the right not to include work it considers unsuitable for public exhibition.

Relevant Dates:

  • Submissions by: Monday 17th May
  • Notification of Selection: Friday 21st May
  • Exhibition Opens From: Friday 11th June

 

www.angrianan.com/lasta/

Logos:Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, Lasta, Nasc Touring Network, An Grianán Theatre, Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland, Government of Ireland

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com

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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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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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