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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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Lasta: Meet our young curators

Our young curators for Lasta are Ailis Cross Gorman, a film artist from Inishowen and Fergal Lonergan, a third year drama student at Trinity College Dublin.

Lasta Young Curators Ailis Cross Gorman and Fergal Lonergan.

Ailis Cross-Gorman

Hello! I’m Ailís Cross-Gorman, a film artist from the tiny village of Muff, Co. Donegal which -contrary to popular belief- actually does exist. I say film artist, but I like to experiment with a range of practices including painting, installation, animation and filmmaking. I am also interested in poetry and sculpture and how art can bridge the gap between disciplines. For as long as I can remember I have had a flair for creating which can partly be attributed to my dad’s influence. My father is an oil painter by trade and has instilled in me a desire to communicate through imagery and an awareness of the significance a visual experience can have for people.

At University I studied Creative Arts and took modules in Fine Art, Film, Creative Writing and Theatre. This gave me a better understanding of the various creative disciplines and I discovered that despite their differences; the common goal of all artforms is to connect with people and to enrich our human experience by doing so, an ethos which has become central to my practice. Growing up surrounded by the stunning landscape of rural Ireland –and being away from it- has given me a deep appreciation for the beauty of the natural world and an innate desire to protect it, which has undoubtedly had an impact on my art and filmmaking.

My film ‘Freshly Clicked’ is an exploration of the effects of consumerism on the environment and was awarded ‘Best no Budget Film’ at the Wales International Film Festival and the ‘Northern Exposure Award’ at the ‘Disappear Here’ Film Festival in Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal. In my filmmaking practice I am interested in breaking away from traditional, narrative methods of filmmaking. Also central to both my filmmaking and curatorial practice is prioritising the immersive experience.

 

Fergal Lonergan

Eyo, I’m Fergal Lonergan. I like theatre and I don’t really like talking about myself so we’ll keep this brief.

I was born in Letterkenny about one year after the Grianán opened, and have since spent the better part of life in the building in some form or another. My theatrical career started in An Grianán Youth Theatre, and from there I’ve done bits and pieces for all kinds of shows over the years. I’ve performed in a couple of shows for the Earagail Arts Festival, such as An Grianán’s productions of Blackadder Goes Forth and The Selkie, both of which gave me the privilege of working with people far more talented than myself.

More recently I’ve resigned myself to more backstage roles such as stage management, tech and now I guess the wonderful world of programming. I’m currently studying Drama in Trinity College Dublin, where I’ve discovered I enjoy academic work quite a bit, focusing on digital form and application of theatrical phenomenology to video games. My hobbies include having questionable taste in games (lmao play moon) and machine knitting.

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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Announcing Lasta – Young Curators Festival

Promotion image for Lasta festival shows a motion blurred image of a sparkler against a black background.

Lasta is an exciting arts programme curated by young people for young people in eight Nasc Network venues across Ireland

In a 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.

Under the guidance of theatre artists Maisie Lee and Fionn Foley, these young people will work collaboratively to deliver an ambitious programme of work for young people across the country.

Featuring multiple disciplines and reflecting the diversity of modern Ireland, this pioneering project offers a unique opportunity to develop our future arts programmers and producers.

Lasta Young Curators Ailis Cross Gorman and Fergal Lonergan.

An Grianán’s young curators are Ailis Cross Gorman and Fergal Lonergan. As well as programming events especially for An Grianán, they will collaborate with the other young curators to help programme events to be shared across the eight partner venues. Fergal is a former member of An Grianán Youth Theatre and is currently studying Drama at Trinity College Dublin. Ailis is an award winning film artist from Inishowen with a BA in Creative Arts from Aberystwyth University. Find out more about our young curators here.

Background

Lasta has evolved from a young curators’ programme originally created by the Backstage Theatre in Longford in 2020. That project engaged four young curators with an aim of giving young people a voice in programming at the venue. Such was the success of the project that in 2021 it was decided to expand the festival across all eight venues in the Nasc Network.

As part of this project, our young curators will also deliver events for children during Cruinniú na nÓg which this year will take place on Saturday 12 June.

Lasta promise to be a fresh, fun, diverse, accessible and exciting festival of events. Watch this space for future updates.

About NASC

Established in 2006, the Nasc Network is a partnership of eight venues who work together to present touring projects and share marketing and other areas of expertise.

The NASC Network Venues are An Grianán (Letterkenny), Backstage (Longford), Dunamaise (Port Laoise), Glór (Ennis), The Lime Tree (Limerick), The Pavilion (Dun Laoghaire), Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) and Town Hall Theatre (Galway).

Lasta is presented by NASC as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh.

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

For more information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh go to www.brighteningair.com. Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh is brought to you by the Arts Council, funded by the Government of Ireland and produced by Schweppe Curtis Nunn.

www.angrianan.com/lasta

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