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Clifden: Alcock & Brown 100

Clifden: Alcock & Brown 100

Celebrating 100 years since the first non-stop transatlantic flight, the ‘Alcock & Brown 100 Festival’ marks the achievements of aviation heroes Sir John Alcock and Sir Arthur Whitten-Brown, who successfully flew from Newfoundland, Canada to the Derrigimlagh Bog, just outside Clifden, in 1919. In addition to a programme of talks and screenings, an exhibition at the Art Space in Clifden library has paintings by Yvonne King which evoke a sense of the area that Alcock and Whitten-Brown landed in through paint, wood and canvas.
Alcock & Brown 100 Festival: 11 – 16 June; Yvonne King: 4 June – 30 August

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Skibbereen: Haven to Haven

Skibbereen: Haven to Haven

The tenth annual Skibbereen Arts Festival launches with a street party on the theme of ‘moondance’, marking fifty years since the first lunar landing, and which is part of a programme of theatre, music, poetry and fine art activities. Catherine Hammond will curate ‘Haven to Haven: Paintings and Prints’, an exhibition of work by Donald Teskey that draws on the artist’s visits to West Cork over the past two decades. The Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre also participates in the festival (see June Diary) and an Arts Trail takes visitors to pop-up galleries throughout the town. Image: Donald Teskey
Skibbereen Arts Festival: 12 July – 5 August

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Sligo: Yeats family celebration

Sligo: Yeats family celebration

Coinciding with the annual Yeats Summer School, Tread Softly is a Sligo-wide arts festival – presented in collaboration with Blue Raincoat Theatre, Hawk’s Well Theatre and Sligo County Co – that celebrates the cultural legacy of the Yeats family. As part of the festivities, the Hamilton Gallery and Hyde Bridge Gallery will jointly host ‘Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen’, a group exhibition of invited artists showing work on the theme of the Yeats’ poem of the same name. Image: Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Tread Softly Festival: 25 July – 2 August

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Boyle: Boyle Arts Festival

Boyle: Boyle Arts Festival

Celebrating its thirtieth year, the Boyle Arts Festival launches in King House with an exhibition titled ‘Legacy’. The exhibition features work by established and emerging artists, including Tom Climent, Diana Copperwhite, Gerry Davis, Gearóid Hayes, Eithne Jordan, Daniel Nelis and Amelia Stein. Image: Daniel Nelis at Boyle
Arts Festival.
Boyle Arts Festival: 18 July – 5 August

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Birr: Birr Vintage Week

Birr: Birr Vintage Week

The Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival has, amongst its offerings, Harry Moore leading a workshop on pinhole photography and Neal Greig introducing plein air painting in the grounds of Birr Castle. The Tin Jug Studio/Stiúideo Crúiscín Stán hosts a series of workshops by resident and visiting artists including Belinda Deutinger, Emma Barone and Rowena Keaveney under the title ‘Materiality’ while, in the evenings, Offline Film Festival illuminates heritage buildings in the town. Image: Neal Greig at Birr Castle
Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival: 2 – 10 August

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Dublin: Bloomsday Haiku

Dublin: Bloomsday Haiku

For this year’s Bloomsday Festival, the James Joyce Centre presents the ‘Ulysses Haiku Project’, which invites participants to express their experience of James Joyce’s Ulysses and Bloomsday through the form of Haiku. Master printmaker Robert Russell transforms the resulting Haiku into copperplate etchings, which are on show at the centre. Elsewhere, the Oliver Cornet Gallery hosts ‘Olives, Oysters and Oranges’, a group exhibition centred around the food in Ulysses. Featured artists include Yanny Peters, Eoin MacLochlainn, Michelle Boyle, Áine Divine and John Keating.
James Joyce Centre: from 10 June; Oliver Cornet Gallery: 13 – 30 June

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Belfast: Truth and Lies

Belfast: Truth and Lies

The 2019 Belfast Photo Festival looks at the new era of photography, where the medium can no longer be taken at face value. In this posttruth age, it questions the ability of the camera to depict the truth and the untruthful, and shows how images can be manipulated. An exhibition, ‘Truth or Lies’, takes place, in collaboration with the festival, at the Golden Thread Gallery. It features work by several international photographers, including Max Pinckers (USA), Daniel Stier (Germany) and Hiroshi Nomura (Japan). Image: Sean Jackson at Belfast Photo Festival
Belfast Photo Festival: 6 – 30 June; Golden Thread Gallery: 8 June – 27 July

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