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VISUAL Programme of Events VISUAL
Centre for
Contemporary Art
and the George
Bernard Shaw Theatre ↘
2015 Booking; 059 917 2400
Join us for cosmic travel in our workshops with
Astronomy Ireland or explore the Earth in our trip to
Cloughjordan Eco Village. Enjoy extraordinary new
performances in the Gallery spaces and much-loved
classics in the theatre – and don’t miss our Valentine’s
night jazzy lecture on love, or our TWO world
premieres – John McKenna’s Lucinda Sly and Theatre
Company in Residence WillFredd’s new production,
JOCKEY. Plus family activities every Sunday!
VISUAL relies on the passion and commitment of our wonderful VOLUNTEERS
in the delivery of our programme and we are very grateful for their support in
the gallery and the theatre spaces. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP!
VISUAL’s volunteers enjoy free membership of our film club, special discount offers, previews,
gallery talks and cultural day trips. For a unique insight into art and culture, great company and
the chance to contribute, contact [email protected] or call the Box Office to find out more.
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January – May 2015 feb
Sat 3rd
Tues 6th Wed 7th
Thurs 8th
Thurs 15th
Fri 16th
Sun 18th
Wed 21st
Thurs 22nd
Sat 24th
Sun 25th Sat 30th Neil Delamere: The Fresh Prince of Delamere8pm Cinema: La Grande Belleza8pm Parent and Toddler Art Class re-starts11am
The Black Stallion and WillFredd Theatre in conversation8pm
Carlow Little Theatre: One Act Play Series8pm
Carlow Little Theatre: One Act Play Series8pm
Family Sunday: Lambert Puppets – Hansel and Gretal 3pm
Re Orga re-starts weekly 11am
Reeling in the Showband Years8pm
Exhibition season opens
Family Sunday: Art Workshops 3pm
PJ Gallagher8pm
Sun 1st
Tues 3rd Wed 4th
Fri 6th
Sat 7th Sun 8th
Tues 10th
Thurs 12th Friday 13th Sat 14th
Sat 14th
Sun 15th
Thurs 19th Fri 20th
Sat 21st
Sat 21st
Sun 22nd
Sun 22nd
Tue 24th
Thurs 26th
Thurs 26th
Fri 27th
Sat 28th
Sat 28th Family Sunday: Artist-led Workshop with Lucy McKenna3pm
Workshop €5
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window... 8pm
Re-Orga workshop with John Scott 11am
Rebecca Storm 8pm
Isla Grant 8pm
Family Sunday: Storytelling with David Donohue
IFI Schools cinema: German – Life’s No Piece of Cake 11.30am
The Kings of Kilburn High Road 8pm
Theatre €15/12
The Kings of Kilburn High Road 8pm
Theatre €15/12
IMDT Dance class3 – 5pm
For Jazz and Love(music and spoken word)8pm
Family Sunday: Moon Man 3pm
Irish Modern Dance Theatre: HYPERACTIVE 8pm
Dance €14/11
The Fureys 8pm
Writing Art Criticism (+ Sat 28th March)
10 – 4.30pmWorkshop
My Brother Joe 8pm
Four Day Life Casting and Silicon Prosthetics Workshop 10 – 6pm
Workshop €350
Family Sunday: Art Workshops3pm
A Whistlestop Tour of the Galaxy for schools11.30/1pm Schools group rates
IFI Schools cinema: Spanish – The Golden Dream 11.30 am
Equinox Theatre: Memory Box8pm
Theatre €15/12
Art Workshop: Documenting Your Work (+ Sat 7th March) 11 – 4.30pmWorkshop
Neil Delamere: The Fresh Prince of Delamere8pm
Comedy €25
Sun 1st
Mon 2nd
Tue 3rd
Wed 4th
Thurs 5th
Fri 6th
Sat 7th
Sat 7th Sun 8th
Sun 8th
Thurs 12th Fri 13th
Sat 14th
Sat 14th
Family Sunday: To Space 3pm
Theatre €10
To Space Schools Performance 11am
Theatre group rates
Magic in the Moonlight 8pm
Carlow College Literary Awards 7.30pm
A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man8pm
Theatre €17/15
Weighing In 8pm
Theatre €17/15
Permaculture and the Ethics of Earth Care: Cloughjordan10 – 6pm
Johnny McEvoy8pm
Curators Tour 2pm
Galleries Free
Family Sunday: Storytelling with Aideen McBride3pm
Wizard of Oz 7.30pm
Musical €15/12
Wizard of Oz 7.30pm
Musical €15/12
Art Workshop: Colour mixing11am
Wizard of Oz 2.30/7.30pm Musical €15/12
March Programme continued overleaf...
Comedy €20
Theatre €15/12
Theatre €15/12
Theatre €10
Comedy €19/17 Booking; 059 917 2400
PROGRAMME continued
Sun 15th
Sat 21st
Sun 22nd
Sun 22nd
Wed 25th
Thurs 26th
Fri 27th
Sun 29th
Sun 29th Mon 30th
Tues 31st
Family Sunday: Wizard of Oz 2.30/7.30pm Musical €15/12
VISUAL Talks: Cosmic Thoughts2.30pm
Galleries Free
Family Sunday: Art Workshops3pm
VISUAL Jazz Café: The David Ayers Quartet 4pm
Carlow Writers Co-Op Presents A Taste of VISUAL
Comedy Club: Kevin McGahern8pm
Comedy €10
Lucinda Sly (World Premiere) 8pm
Theatre €17/15
Family Sunday: Storytelling with Aideen McBride3pm
Aisteoiri an Lóchrainn 8pm
Theatre €10/7
Delta Centre 8pm
Delta Centre 8pm
Tues 7th Friday 10th
Sat 11th
Sun 12th
Fri 17th
Sat 18th
Sun 19th
Sun 19th
Tue 21st
Thurs 23rd
Fri 24th
Sat 25th Sun 26th
Attila Marcel 8pm
Ballet Barn Peter Pan, Fairies and Broomsticks 2.30/7.30pm Ballet
Ballet Barn Peter Pan, Fairies and Broomsticks 2.30/7.30pm Ballet €15/12/45*
Family Sunday: Ballet Barn Peter Pan...2.30/7.30pm Ballet
The Nualas: Lock Up Your Husbands8pm
Comedy €20/18
David Mc Savage: Don’t Give Up8pm
Comedy €19/17
Family Sunday: Art Workshops3pm
VISUAL Jazz Café: The David Ayers Quartet 4pm
Ballet Ireland: Tutus and Beyond 8pm
Comedy Club: Chris Kent 8pm
Comedy €10
The Matchmaker8pm
Theatre €21
VISUAL Talks: Poetry, Place and Image3pm
Galleries Free
Family Cinema Matinee: ET 3pm
Fri 1st Sun 3rd
Tues 5th
Thurs 7th
Fri 8th
Sat 9th
Sun 10th
Fri 15th
Sat 16th
Sun 17th
Thurs 21st
Sun 24th
Sun 24th Conference: Nimble Spaces – Ways to Live Together SAVE THE DATE
Family Sunday: Storytelling with David Donohue3pm
Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine8pm
Tom Crean8pm
Theatre €20/18
Carmina Burana8pm
Galleries €25
Aspiro Choir 4pm/8pm
JOCKEY: WillFredd Theatre (World Premiere)8pm
Theatre €17/15
JOCKEY: WillFredd Theatre 8pm
Theatre €17/15
Family Sunday: Human Child 5pm
Theatre €10
Comedy Club: John Colleary8pm
Comedy €10
Family Sunday: Art Workshops3pm
Music Generation Carlow: Young Composers Club SAVE THE DATE
* Denotes a Family Ticket Rate
All programme details correct at time of going to print. Please see
or phone Box Office on 059 917 2400 for more information.
VISUAL Programme of Events January – May 2015
Monday: Closed
Tues – Sat: 11am – 5.30pm
Sunday: 2pm – 5pm
VISUAL is situated in Carlow’s town centre, on the
grounds of Carlow College complex. A pedestrian
entrance is located on College Street, beside
Carlow Cathedral.
By car: Leave the Motorway at Junction 4. VISUAL is located on the Old
Dublin Road in the centre of town. Town Council pay parking (including
Disabled parking and coach parking) is available onsite, and free
after 6.30pm.
By public transport: Carlow is an hour from Dublin by train, with frequent
daily services. VISUAL is a 5 minute walk from Carlow Train Station. Bus
Eireann and JJ Kavanagh Coaches operate frequent services daily. VISUAL
is a 10 minute walk from Carlow Bus Park.
Booking Information
The Box Office opens one hour prior to shows. Booking is easy and tickets
can be collected at the Box Office or posted to you (for a €1.50 fee).
Tel 059 917 2400
A booking fee of €1 per ticket applies to all card transactions whether
purchased online, via telephone or in person, to a maximum of €10. Please
note tickets cannot be refunded after purchase. In the unlikely event of
a performance cancellation, tickets must be returned to the box office to
obtain a refund. Latecomers can only be admitted at a suitable break in
the performance. Admission cannot always be guaranteed.
5 Booking; 059 917 2400
The Floating World
Clare Langan
The Floating World
↘ Digital Gallery
10th January – 3rd May
3 x screen video installation
Media/Running Time:
HD Video, 15 minutes
Robbie Ryan/Clare Langan
Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Editor: Adam Finch and
Tadhg O’Sullivan
This exhibition has been kindly
supported by Carlow Local
Authority Arts Office and events
supported by Poetry Ireland
Clare Langan’s The Floating World is a multi-screen film which presents a
sensitively poetic message about possible futures and our place in the world.
Shot in three contrasting locations, the viewer is led through haunting and
elegaic landscapes where white ash or snow swirls and settles, prompting
thoughts of a world devasted and beyond habitation. The Floating World
questions the relationship between mankind and the earth.
The Floating World premiered as a single channel projection at the prestigious
KINO DER KUNST 2013 Munich and was awarded the Prix Videoformes 2014
| Conseil Général du Puy de Dôme at VIDEOFORMES 2014, Clermont-Ferrand,
Clare Langan studied Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design,
Dublin and with a Fulbright Scholarship, completed a film workshop at NYU.
She has represented Ireland in numerous international biennales and won
national and international awards for her work. Langan is represented by
Nuala Fenton.
This exhibition is accompanied by a publication with texts by Declan Long,
Art Writer and Course director of the MA Art in the Contemporary World
NCAD, Heinz Peter Schwerfel, Artistic Director of KINO DER KUNST, and a
specially commissioned poem by Kerry Hardie. The exhibition has been kindly
supported by Carlow Local Authority Arts Office.
Associated Events and Activities:
Exhibition Wed 4th March – Sat 4th April, Free
Images from The Floating World Series, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin 1.
VISUAL talks – Place, Poetry and Image
Sat 25th April 3pm, Free
Clare Langan in conversation with Orla Ryan on the making of The Floating
World and Langan’s practice, with a special recital by poet Kerry Hardy, in
partnership with Poetry Ireland.
VISUAL Programme of Events January – May 2015 Cosmic Dust
Cosmic Dust
↘ Main, Link, Studio Galleries
January 24th – May 17th
Rudolf Steiner, Anita Groener,
Martin Healey, Brian King, Chris Fite
Wassalik, Ruth Lyons, Mark Cullen
and Remco de Fouw. Featuring
George Melies film Le Voyage dans
la Lune (1902)
This exhibition has been kindly
supported by the Anthroposophical
Society of Ireland and Carlow Local
Authorities Arts Office
Cosmic dust: tiny particles of solid material floating around in the space between the stars.
This organic matter is the raw material the earth is made from.
VISUAL presents Cosmic Dust, a group exhibition looking at attempts to
orient ourselves in the universe that maintains us. Gathering the ideas of
artists, scientists and philosophers, Cosmic Dust explores ways in which art,
science and the spiritual can combine to offer a deeper understanding of the
metaphysical nature of existence. From our connection to the natural world to
our place in the stars, the exhibition delves into humanity’s poetic attempts
to build systems of thought, meaning and belonging in the face of a vast and
unknowable universe.
Associated Events and Activities:
Permaculture and the Ethics of Earth Care
Sat 7th March 10am, €35 including bus
Join us for a daytrip to Cloughjordan Eco Village to explore sustainable
and ethical ways of working in harmony with nature. This event has been
coordinated in conjunction with The Carlow Community Garden Project.
Meet at VISUAL for 10.
Curators Tour Sun 8th March 2pm, Free
A family-friendly tour of the exhibition Cosmic Dust with curator Emma-Lucy
O’Brien. This tour will be prior to storytelling with Aideen Mc Bride – make an
afternoon of it!
VISUAL talks – Cosmic Thoughts
Sat 21st March 2.30pm, Free
A stimulating afternoon of discussion with artists and performers from this
season at VISUAL. Speakers will include artists Anita Groener, Lucy McKenna,
Remco De Fouw, Martin Healey and Ruth Lyons; scientist and theatre-maker,
Niamh Shaw; Curator of Cosmic Dust, Emma-Lucy O’Brien and John Clarke,
Anthroposophist and John Cage expert.
Left image: Steiner Board:10/02/1923 Booking; 059 917 2400
Lucy McKenna
Process Space
↘ Upstairs Lobby Gallery
7th March – 12th April
Process Space
↘ Upstairs Lobby Gallery
19th April – 3rd May
Lucy McKenna
Artist Lucy McKenna gives us a glimpse into her working process. Her work
traces humanity’s various attempts to reconcile its position in the universe via
scientific experiment, technological progress, ritual practice and folklore.
A presentation of films, images, and research materials from Nimble Spaces,
Enabling Design, documenting long term collaborations between artists,
architects and adults with a disability, considering ‘home’ and shared living.
Participating artists and architects include Rhona Byrne, Paul Bokslag, LiD
Architecture, Meme Architecture, Rionach Ni Neill and Studio Weave. Part of
the Ways to Live Together: New Cultures of Housing conference on 1st May.
Left image: Ecology of Colour by Studio Weave (UK). Photo: Jim Stephenson.
Right image: Electron Cloud by Lucy McKenna, polypropylene steel installation, 2012
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Paper Visual Art –
Writing Art Criticism
Sat 21st February and
Sat 28th March
10am – 4.30pm
Documenting Your Work Sat 28th February and
Sat 7th March
11am – 4.30pm
Colour Mixing Workshop
Sat 14th March
11am – 4.30pm
Paper Visual Art – Writing Art Criticism
PVA is an online and printed journal of art criticism. Over the course of
two Saturdays, PVA editors and art critics Nathan O’Donnell and Marysia
Wieckiewicz-Carroll will lead workshops on writing art criticism. These will
be open and welcoming sessions, exploring the theoretical and practical
aspects of writing about visual art and what it means to produce a regional
art criticism. Workshops are open to writers at any level. Places are limited
and attendance on both days is essential.
Documenting Your Work
This workshop, led by professional photographer Ros Kavanagh, will involve
guidance on: colour-accurate photography of flat artwork, behind glass and
with cross polarization; the use of colour patches and icc profiles; the use of
studio lighting and speedlight flash; photographing sculpture using lighting;
and installation photography. Participants will need to be proficient with a
digital SLR camera and familiar with Photoshop. Due to the technical and
hands-on nature of this workshop places will be limited. Attendance on
both days is essential
Colour Mixing Workshop
This workshop, led by artist Brigit Flannery, will help you identify colour
and how to achieve your desired shade and tone. It will explore basic
colour theories including those of philosopher Rudolf Steiner, and guide
participants in the making of their own individual colour palettes. Bridget
is a painter who exhibits nationally and internationally. She has a particular
interest and expertise in the theories and techniques of accurate colour
mixing. A materials list will be provided. Booking; 059 917 2400
A Life Casting and Silicon
Prosthetics Workshop
Dave Cullen
↘ Lobby Gallery
Sun 22nd February, Mon 23rd
February, Sun 1st March and
Mon 2nd March
10 – 6pm
€350 (€175 deposit required
by 7th Feb)
Evil Chimp FX presents
Life Casting and Silicone
Prostethics Workshop
Ever wanted to channel your inner zombie or create
your own crazy cat face? Then this work shop is for
you! Brought to you by Dave Cullen from Evil Chimp FX,
this four day workshop will cover all of the skills and
techniques needed to create individual masks.
From an introduction to life casting, to sculpting your
face prosthetic, right through to application of the
mask and removal of the prosthetics, this workshop is
a step by step guide. Participants will also have their
work professionally photographed and will be able to
keep their own life cast after the workshop.
This promises to be a truly unique experience. Age: 18+
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A Whistle Stop Tour
of the Galaxy
Astronomy Ireland
Tue 24th February, 11.30 – 12.30
Primary Schools, 1 – 2pm
Secondary Schools
Group rates Please contact Box Office for more
details on 059 917 2400.
In-depth Explorations
for Senior Cycle
Group rates Please contact Box Office for more
details on 059 917 2400.
A Whistle Stop Tour
of the Galaxy
Join Astronomy Ireland on this immersive journey into space – explore and
learn about the planets and their moons, comets, and our home galaxy,
the Milky Way. It will also prepare students for the total solar eclipse on
March 20th!
In-depth Explorations
for Senior Cycle
Intensive two-hour workshop for senior cycle art classes, exploring new
approaches to the leaving cert galleries question. Workshops aim to give
students a new understanding and perspective, using experiential learning
in the galleries to make the question – and answer – come alive.
Dates can be arranged in conjunction with the school group and around
school timetables.
IFI Schools Screenings
German Film: Life’s no Piece of Cake
Tues 10th Feb, 11.30am
Spanish Film: The Golden Dream
Thurs 26th Feb, 11.30am
French Film: Film and date tbc
Group rates Please contact Box Office for more
details on 059 917 2400.
IFI Schools Screenings
This season we will bring three films from IFI School’s Programme,
especially tailored for post-primary language students. Booking; 059 917 2400
Each Sunday afternoon this Season we’ll have activities
suited to families and children. From beautiful theatre
plays and puppetry to art workshops, storytelling to
film – there will always be an enjoyable afternoon in
store! Perfect to combine with lunch in Lennon’s and
a stroll around the galleries.
18th Jan Lamberts Theatre Puppet show: Hansel and Gretel see p17
25th Jan Family Art Workshop €5
1st FebArt workshop with artist Lucy McKenna €5
8th Feb Tales of Space with David Donohue €5
15th Feb Film – Moon Man €5
22nd Feb Family Art Workshop
1st Mar Play – To Space see p24
8th Mar Tales of Space with Aideen McBride €5
15th Mar Musical – Wizard of Oz see p26
22nd Mar Family Art Workshop €5
29th Mar Tales of Space with Aideen McBride €5
5th AprEaster Sunday closed
12th Apr Ballet Barn – Peter Pan see p29
19th Apr Family Art Workshop
26th Apr Film – ET
3rd May Tales of Space with David Donohue €5
10th May Sing and Shine with Aspiro Choir see p31
17th May Theatre – Human Child *note 5pm start time see p33
24th May Family Art Workshop €5
Please note – our Art Workshops have limited places so must be
booked in advance.
VISUAL Programme of Events January – May 2015 Moon Man
Family Sunday Films
Dir: Stephan Schesch,
Sarah Clara Weber
Lang: English/95 mins Cert G
Sun Feb 15th, 3pm
Dir: Steven Spielberg
Lang: English/115mins Cert PG
Sun March 26th, 3pm
VISUAL Parent & Toddler class
Wednesdays from
7th Jan – 27th May
€4 (1 adult + 2 toddlers or 2
adults + 1 toddler)
Places are limited and must be
booked in advance.
Moon Man
Moon Man is a lively and offbeat animated feature from the Oscar-nominated
producers of The Secret of Kells, Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon. Based
on Tomi Ungerer’s best-selling children’s book of the same name, this
beautifully-drawn film tells the story of the man on the moon who comes
to Earth on the tail of a passing comet...
Family Sunday Films
First released in 198 and one of the highest-grossing films ever made,
ET tells the story of Elliott, a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial,
dubbed “E.T.”, who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings try to
help it get home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother
and the government.
Parent & Toddler Class
Don’t forget our Parent & Toddler Class! Facilitated by
educator and artist Mairead Kealy, this is a morning
of fun art and play for parents, guardians and their
toddlers. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided for the
grown-ups. Booking; 059 917 2400
The Great Beauty
(La Grande Bellezza)
Dir: Paolo Sorrentino
Lang: English and Italian/142 mins
Cert: CLUB
Tues 6th January, 8pm
Winner of the Oscar for Best
Foreign Language Film 2014.
The 100 Year Old Man Who
Climbed the Window and
Dir: Felix Herngren
Lang: English and Swedish/
114 mins Cert: 15A
Tues 3rd February, 8pm
Winner of the Audience Award at
European Film Awards 2014.
Magic in the Moonlight
Dir: Woody Allen
Lang: English/ 97 mins Cert: PG13
Tues 3rd March, 8pm
The Great Beauty
La Grande Bellezza
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way
through the lavish nightlife of Rome for
decades, but after his 65th birthday and a
shock from the past, Jep looks past the
parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd,
exquisite beauty. Poignant, provocative and
with a stunningly beautiful soundtack
The 100 Year Old Man
Who Climbed the Window
and Disappeared
Based on the internationally best-selling
novel by Jonas Jonasson, the unlikely story of
a 100 year old man who decides it’s not too
late to start over. For most people it would
be the adventure of a lifetime, but Allan
Karlsson’s unexpected journey is not his first.
For a century he’s made the world uncertain,
and now he is on the loose again.
Magic in the Moonlight
Stanley is a magician who has dedicated his
life to revealing fraudulent spiritualists. He
plans to quickly uncover the truth behind
celebrated spiritualist Sophie and her
scheming mother. However, the more time
he spends with her, the deeper he falls…
Woody Allen back to his quirky best!
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January – May 2015 Continuing to bring you the best in European and classic film, the VISUAL cinema club
membership represents fantastic value at only €30 for seven screenings, temporary
memberships available on the night for €7/€5.50 per screening.
Attila Marcel
Dir: Sylvain Chomet
Lang: French/106 mins Cert: CLUB
Attila Marcel
33 year-old Paul is a sweet man-child, raised
in Paris by his two eccentric and overprotective aunts. His aunts have only one
dream for him: to win piano competitions.
Although Paul practices dutifully, he remains
unfulfilled until he submits to the interventions of his upstairs neighbor, Madame
Proust, in a colourful, whimsical and sweetly
funny tale.
Tues 7th April, 8pm
Winner of the Best Actor Award
at the Beijing Film Festival
Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski
Lang: Polish/82 mins Cert: PG 13
Tues 5th May, 8pm
Winner of the International
Critics Award at Toronto
International Film Festival 2014
The Black Stallion
Thurs 8th January, 8pm
A young nun in 1960s Poland is on the brink
of taking her vows when she discovers a
troubling family secret at the time of Nazi
occupation. It prompts her to take a journey,
opening up a new and challenging world.
Visually stunning, starkly poetic and with
outstanding performances, it’s been hailed
as a masterpiece by film critics –  Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian)
and Tim Robey (The Telegraph).
WillFredd Theatre VISUAL Theatre Company in Residence
The Black Stallion
As WillFredd begin the final preparations for
the making of their brand new work, JOCKEY,
we explore Ireland’s passionate love affair
with horses. Adapted from the beloved novel
by Walter Farley, The Black Stallion is a 1979
family classic highlighting the bond between
man and horse that leads to astonishing
feats on the race track. Join Director Sophie
Mottley, Writer and racing enthusiast David
Donohue, cast and crew for an evening of hot
toddies and horse talk, with panel discussion
after the screening. Booking; 059 917 2400
The Comedy Club is back! Laugh away the winter blues
with some of the best in the business in the cosy confines
of the GB Shaw Bar. With hot toddies on demand, we’ll
get you through to the summer!
Kevin McGahern
Thurs 26th March, 8pm
Chris Kent
Thurs 23rd April, 8pm
Kevin McGahern
Host and frontman of RTE’s Republic of Telly,
Kevin is well-known for his infamous The Man
Who Slipped on the Ice video, directed by
Tom Walsh and also for his starring role in
The Hardy Bucks. These days he can be found
behind the desk on Republic of Telly and on
stage in the various comedy clubs in Dublin.
Chris Kent
Back for his third year, Chris deals with his
irrational fears and a quirky combination of
real life events. Growing up with misophonia
(hatred of certain sounds-not including
laughter... phew!), is only the tip of the iceberg.
Voted within the Top Five Irish Comedians (Hot
Press Magazine), sharing the stage with Bill
Burr, Dylan Moran and David O’Doherty, Kent is
effortlessly original; a natural born comedian.
John Colleary
Thurs 21st May, 8pm
John Colleary
When not gigging nationwide and beyond,
John stars and co writes for IFTA nominated
shows Irish Pictorial Weekly (RTE1), and The
Savage Eye (RTE2). Colleary also scooped a PPI
award for sketch comedy on Today FM’s Last
Word – a festival regular and a must see.
“John Colleary delivered what can only be
described as a flawless set” – GO Belfast
“...worth seeing again and again and again.”
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January – May 2015 VISUAL EVENTS
The Fresh Prince of Delamere!
Sat 3rd Jan and 28th Feb, 8pm
“Simply put, Delamere is a master”
– The Scotsman
Lisa Richards Agency presents
The Fresh Prince
of Delamere!
Delamere is renowned for his quick-witted
on-stage banter, well-observed yarns and
sell-out shows – including the Melbourne
International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh
Fringe Festival and the Montreal Just For
Laughs Festival. Expect this show to deliver
the same powerhouse performance from the
star of RTÉ’s The Panel, 2nd Republic, BBC’s
The Blame Game, Fighting Talk and Michael
McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.
An evening of Tears,
Cheers and Laughter
Thurs 15th and Fri 16th Jan, 8pm
Carlow Little Theatre presents
An evening of Tears,
Cheers and Laughter
CLTS kick-start our theatre year with 3 one act plays. Interviews with Loneliness
is a though-provoking look at the lives of 3 different women, each searching for
the beauty and essence that lies within. Pete and Joe at the Dew Drop Inn is a
funny and incisive look at life through the eyes of 2 drinkers who regularly meet
at the bar and discuss what hits their fancy on any given day. Costa Del Packet
is a very funny lool at package holidays as four women arrive at Del Sol and find
themselves stranded in a workman’s hut on the site of their hotel!
Hansel & Gretel & Bosco
Tom Kelly Promotions presents Lambert Puppet Theatre’s
Sun 18th Jan, 3pm
Hansel & Gretel & Bosco
The Lambert Puppet Theatre is nationally
and internationally renowned for its work
throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. They
have created some of Ireland’s most loved
puppet characters, including Wanderly
Wagon’s Judge, and of course, Bosco, who will
make a guest appearance at the start of this
show. This is a beautiful production with large
puppets, colourful sets and exquisite lighting,
suitable for an age group up to ten years. Booking; 059 917 2400
Reelin’ in the Showband Years
with compere Ronan Collins
Thurs 22nd Jan, 8pm
Tommy Swarbrigg presents
Reelin’ in the
Showband Years
Relive the magic of the Dance Hall Nights
with this smash-hit show featuring a galaxy
of stars from the era. Ronan Collins – as
well as singing a Joe Dolan number or
two – will compere a host of acts including
the legendary Roly Daniels; The Conquerors
Showband; Eileen Reid; Lorraine McDonald;
and Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg – plus
a surprise or two as always!
PJ Gallagher: Concussion
Lisa Richards Agency presents
Sat 31st Jan, 8pm
PJ Gallagher: Concussion
Naked Camera’s PJ Gallagher makes his
highly anticipated debut at VISUAL, Carlow
with a brand new show. PJ has played sold
out shows throughout Ireland and at the
biggest and best comedy festivals that the
country has to offer. He also recently guestpresented Radio Nova’s Morning Glory show,
before racing off on the Route 66 Motorbike
Challenge in aid of Temple Street Hospital.
Rebecca Storm
Verdant Productions presents
Fri 6th Feb, 8pm
Rebecca Storm
After a sell-out concert in Dublin at the Bord
Gáis Energy Theatre in 2011, theatre icon
Rebecca Storm returns for a special show
for one night only in Carlow. This is a unique
opportunity to see the leading lady of musical
theatre perform much-loved musical classics
plus some of her personal favourites from a
career that has spanned 30 years.
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Isla Grant: From the Heart Tour
Sat 7th Feb, 8pm
Tom Kelly Promotions presents
Isla Grant:
From the Heart Tour
Scotland’s most popular singer-songwriter Isla Grant makes a welcome return
visit to Ireland for the now traditional tour. In the last year she has completed
hugely successful tours of New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK and
once again received a Gold Disc for CD sales. Add this to six Platinum Discs
already received in Ireland and you can see why this ‘Scottish Lass’ is so
popular! Her highly entertaining concert features all of her hit songs.
The Kings of Kilburn High Road
Thurs 12th and Fri 13th Jan, 8pm
Carlow Little Theatre presents
The Kings of
Kilburn High Road
Back by popular demand, last summer’s production returns for two nights
only! Six Irishmen emigrated to London in the 1970s, planning their triumphant
homecoming as rich men. Twenty five years later, only Jackie returns home – in
a coffin. In the shoddy back room of an Irish centre in Kilburn, the remaining
five gather to mourn him and the loss of unfilled dreams. Cast includes Paddy
Behan, Larry McNally, Kieran Shields, John Hickey and Paul Dunne. Booking; 059 917 2400
After a sell-out show last November VISUAL are
delighted to announce the return of The David Ayers
Quartet for three more gigs this Spring!
For Jazz and Love
The David Ayers Quartet
and Dr Noel Kavanagh
Sat 14th Feb, 8 – 11pm
The David Ayers Quartet
Sun 22nd March and
Sun 19th April, 4 – 7pm
A Valentine’s Night Special
For Jazz and Love
The David Ayers Quartet is joined by special guest Dr. Noel Kavanagh – Dr. Blue
Note to some – for a quirky, provocative and entirely entertaining lecture on
the philosophy of love. For those who have love and those in pursuit of it, we’ll
be serving prosecco and whiskey sours!
The VISUAL Jazz Café
The David Ayers Quartet
The David Ayers Quartet is led by accomplished American guitarist David
Ayers and superbly accompanied by some of Ireland’s finest musicians in
Padraig Whelan (Piano, Vocals), Ken Nolan (Acoustic Double Bass) and Ger
Farrell (Drums and Percussion). Their sound is inspired by the great 50s and
60s Blue Note-ers Jazz groups and whether they are playing the classic
beautiful standards or a bluesy soul tinged original, it always swings like mad!
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Irish Modern Dance Theatre presents
Thurs 19th Feb, 8pm
The internationally acclaimed Irish Modern Dance Theatre, brings its explosive
new piece, Hyperactive to VISUAL’s galleries, hot on the heels of standing
ovations at Galway Arts Festival and Dublin Dance Festival. This hugely
athletic, funny and high-energy piece features a cast of four outstanding
male dancers, whose backgrounds range from Broadway to street dance.
Stretching horseplay and dance to the limit, this human dance installation
gives a unique interpretation of VISUAL’s stunning gallery spaces in a notto-be-missed performance. “Hyperactive… teeming with dance energy and
boyish glee… get-down-and-dirty dance. It is highly charged, wonderfully
high-octane exhibitionistic fun, an entertaining sugar rush for all involved.”
– Seona Mac Reamoinn (The Irish Times)
Dance Workshops
Sat 14th Feb, 3 – 5pm
Re Orga Dance Workshops
(over 50s)
Every Wednesday from
14th Jan, 11am
Dance Workshops
For anyone interested in dance and movement, this is an opportunity to join
Irish Modern Dance Theatre’s John Scott in an exploration of how the body
moves and responds to space.
Re Orga Dance
Workshops (over 50s)
These popular sessions led by dance artist Alicia Christofi-Walshe, encourage,
inspire, and motivate people to get dancing. The classes emphasise maintaining flexibility, strength, balance, and co-ordination, all in a relaxed and social
environment. Special Re Orga workshop with John Scott – Wed 4th February. Booking; 059 917 2400
The Fureys
Fri 20th Feb, 8pm
The Fureys
The Fureys are responsible for some of the most
stirring music ever to capture the public imagination.
Their songs and music have received standing ovations
in some of the biggest concert halls around the world.
Renowned for hit songs I will love you, Sweet 16, The
Green fields of France, The old man and Red rose café
they will also be including songs from their new album
The Times They are a Changing.
Starring Ben Dolan
My Brother Joe – The Story Of Joe Dolan
Sat 21st Feb, 8pm
My Brother Joe – The Story Of Joe Dolan
Throughout his singing career, Joe Dolan’s energetic
and charismatic stage performances thrilled audiences
throughout the world.
Joe’s brother Ben shared the stage with his younger
brother for 47 fun-filled years. He returns now to share
the songs and stories, joined by his daughter Sandra,
sons Ray and Adrian with Karen and The Dolans, plus
The Original Joe Dolan Backing Band.
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Voice Box
Thurs 26th Feb, 7.30pm
Voice Box
This Spring, we will hear from a host of inspiring people. Ten speakers have 5
minutes each to tell us why they do what they do. Come along to cheer them
on and enjoy an fun and inspiring evening with Carlow’s creative forces.
Speakers include; John Clark (Music in Kilkenny co-ordinator and John Cage
expert), Anya von Gosslen, (Gallerist and Curator), Remco de Fouw (Artist),
Bridget Flannery (Artist) – and many more!
Kindly supported by Carlow Brewing Company and Carlow Local Authorities
Arts Office – free bottle of O’Hara’s with the first 30 tickets!
Memory Box
Equinox Theatre presents
Fri 27th Feb, 8pm
Memory Box
Equinox Theatre Company presents Memory Box: a dystopian world in which
people who are different are feared, persecuted and hunted. Memory Box tells
the gripping tale of an extraordinary man who journeys to escape the ‘regime’
armed only with his memories. Equinox was started in 2008 as part of KCAT
Art & Study Centre. It has grown into a bold, brilliant, beautiful and brave
ensemble. Artists with learning disabilities and other disadvantages work in
collaboration with other professional theatre practitioners to create work that
challenges and delights both makers and audience. There will be a post show
discussion following this performance.
Please note this will be a relaxed performance. Relaxed performances are
specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed
performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum
Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. Booking; 059 917 2400
Sun 1st March
Families Performance 3pm
Mon 2nd March
Schools performance 11am
Niamh Shaw presents
Carlow-born Scientist and performer Dr. Niamh Shaw has dreamed of
space travel from the age of eight. After a year of interviewing astronauts,
astrophysicists, space industries and potential future colonists of Mars, she’s
discovered that what was once her childhood dream may soon become a
reality. In a family-friendly multimedia immersive performance that buzzes
with new technologies, she explores the beauty, darkness and humanity of
Space – to infinity and beyond!!
With support of Arts Council and Science Foundation Ireland Discover
Programme 2014. Made in association with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory
and ESERO Ireland.
A Portrait of the Artist
as a Young Man
Thurs 5th March, 8pm
Directed by Jimmy Fay
Produced by Anthony Fox
Adapted by Tony Chesterman
The New Theatre in association with Richard Ryan Promotions presents
A Portrait of the Artist
as a Young Man
Following its national and Parisian tour, this classic tale of Stephen Dedalus
follows the young man during his formative years as he breaks away from the
Irish Catholic conventions of his past to become an artist who will “encounter
for the millionth time the reality of experience and forge in the smithy of my
soul the uncreated conscience of my race.”
 – Aoife Ryan ( “What makes this production such
a success is how director Fay allows the language to do the work, which Joyce
uses like a musician as he entices us to hear his song.” – Belfast Telegraph.
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Weighing In
Fri 6th March, 8pm
Starring Rose Henderson (Fair City,
Father Ted) as Breda and Isobel
Mahon (The Clinic, Glenroe) as
Pam McGowan
Cailín Deas Productions presents
Weighing In
Weighing In is a fast paced comedy about life, love and dieting – and how we
all need to adjust the scales to find the right balance. Easi-Slims insufferable
new member Pam McGowan has it all. With a perfect home life and having
lost four stone, Pam is only attending meetings to maintain her svelte figure.
She takes in hand the struggling Breda and power walks her into a new way of
life, a disciple of the highpriestess of low-carbs. However, when Pam’s mask
begins to slip, Breda is reminded that things aren’t always what they appear
to be – sometimes you already have the life you want!
“infectiously enjoyable… a delightful look at the hysteria of the weight-loss
industry” – Michael Moffatt
An Evening with Johnny McEvoy
Sat 7th March, 8pm
Tom Kelly Presents
An Evening with
Johnny McEvoy
Johnny McEvoy has been one of the most enduring and talented singer/
songwriters in these islands over the past 50 years. His concert performance
is second to none with his songs beautifully delivered with storytelling of the
finest order. This nostalgic evening of ‘Song and Story’ features all of Johnny’s
many hit songs, including Muirsin Durkan, Boston Burglar and Those Brown
Eyes. His songs are haunting, evocative and beautifully presented with many
in the folk and ballad style. Booking; 059 917 2400
The Wizard of Oz
Thurs 12th and Fri 13th
March, 7.30pm
Sat 14th March,
2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sun 15th March,
2.30pm and 7.30pm
Slapdash Theatre presents
The Wizard of Oz
Slip on your ruby slippers and hold onto your baskets as Kansas farm girl
Dorothy Gale is swept away by a magical tornado to a mystical land full of
witches (good and bad), munchkins (entirely good) and The Great and Most
Powerful Wizard of Oz!
Join Dorothy with her trio of unlikely guides on a perilous journey along the
yellow brick road (full of cantankerous trees, flying monkeys and lions and
tigers and bears – Oh my) to ask the Great and Powerful Oz to help her find her
way back to Kansas. A great and most magical family show not to be missed!
A Taste of VISUAL
Carlow Writers’ Co-Operative presents
Wed 25th March, 7.30pm
A Taste of VISUAL
Having explored the gallery spaces and the rich seams of thought in our
Cosmic Dust exhibition, Carlow Writers Co-op invite us to join them and sample
the fruits of their labour, accompanied by some delicious locally-produced
food and drink! This evening of short poetry and prose readings celebrates
the flourishing creativity of the Carlow region with all the senses, and sows
seeds for future harvests… Hungarian composer, Martin Sipos, based in
Bagenalstown will play some of his original compositions during the evening.
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Lucinda Sly
by John MacKenna
Fri 27th March, 8pm
Mend and Make Do and VISUAL presents
Lucinda Sly
by John MacKenna
In March 1835, ten thousand people crammed the streets of Carlow to see
the public hanging of Lucinda Sly and John Dempsey. It was to be the last
such hanging of a woman in the town. Sly and Dempsey had been convicted
of the murder of Lucinda’s husband, Walter. Lucinda was a Protestant, John a
Catholic; Lucinda was a landowner, John her labourer; Lucinda was 58 years
old, John was less than half her age. They were lovers.
John MacKenna’s new play is a tale of love, lust, land and murder – a passionate
and powerful play intended for over-16s. Lucinda Sly is the first of a trilogy of
plays – The Barrow Trilogy – set in this area, to be produced by Mend & Make Do
Theatre Co in association with VISUAL over the next two years.
The will be a post show discussion on Friday 27th March. Booking; 059 917 2400
Aisteoiri an Lóchrainn
(Theatre Festival 2015)
Sun 29th March, 8pm
For more information about
the festival, email [email protected] or call Glór
on 059 9158105
Féile Drámaíochta Cheatharlach 2015
Aisteoiri an Lóchrainn
Theatre Festival 2015
Beidh Féile Drámaíochta 2015 ar siúl in Amharclann VISUAL ar an Domhnach,
29ú Márta. Léireoidh Aisteoirí an Lóchrainn, Ceatharlach chomh maith le
cumainn drámaíochta trasna na tíre a gcuid drámaí ag an bhféile.
VISUAL will host the Irish Language Drama Festival 2015 on Sunday, 29th
March. Theatre groups from across the country including Carlow’s Aisteoirí
an Lóchrainn will perform dramas ‘as Gaeilge’ throughout the day.
This event is part of Féile na Gaeilge, the Irish language festival in Carlow which
runs throughout March and includes the Pan-Celtic Sing Contest in the Seven
Oaks Hotel on 7th March.
Mon 30th March and
Tues 1st April, 8pm
Delta Performers Proudly Presents:
Showtime! will bring you on a musical journey and features the amazing talents
of our performers developed over many years. Showtime! is a show about
hope, happiness, determination, working together, friendship and most of
all the enjoyment our performers demonstrate, as disability fades into the
background and real talent is the focus on the night.
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January – May 2015 VISUAL EVENTS
Peter Pan, Fairies and Broomsticks
Ballet Barn presents
Fri 10th April – Sun 12th April,
2.30pm and 7.30pm
€15/12/10 or €45
for a family ticket.
Peter Pan, Fairies
and Broomsticks
This season Ballet Barn presents six
performances of Peter Pan, variations
from La Sylphide and plus some fairies
and goblins! Join our young performers
as they celebrate their achievements in
captivating performances dancing to music
by Mendelssohn, Strauss, Shostakovich – and
even some Elton John!
Lock Up Your Husbands
The Nualas present
Fri 17th April, 8pm
Lock Up Your Husbands
When this show previewed in Dolan’s of
Leitrim at least three Gardai and a relationship
counsellor had to be called. As part of their
ensuing community service (six weeks
scooping out litter from the Shannon) the girls
were obliged, for health and safety reasons,
to call this sweltering new show Lock Up Your
Husbands. You have been warned.
David McSavage: Don’t Give Up
Sat 18th April, 8pm
“the most divisive comedian in
the country” – Evening Herald
Verdant Productions presents
David McSavage:
Don’t Give Up
The writer and star of the critically acclaimed
hit TV show, The Savage Eye, David McSavage
is one of Ireland’s most popular comedians.
His cutting commentary and performances
cover all aspects of life and nothing is safe
from his truth induced interpretations.
A regular guest on TV and radio shows in
Ireland for many years, David has also
toured extensively internationally. Booking; 059 917 2400
The Matchmaker
by JB Keane
Fri 24th April, 8pm
Starring comedian Jon Kenny and
Mary McEvoy of Glenroe fame in
Michael Scott’s hit production
Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine
Thurs 7th May, 8pm
SFX presents
The Matchmaker
by JB Keane
John B. Keane’s hilarious hit play follows
the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor to
make matches for the lonely and lovelorn
from all parts of the country. At the centre
of this celebrated production is John B’s
marvellous and mischievous wit coupled by
his unparalleled way with words.
Donal Lunny
and Andy Irvine
Between them, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny
have been at the helm of legendary traditional
and folk bands like Sweeney’s Men, Planxty,
The Bothy Band and, most recently Mozaik.
Over the course of their careers, they have
contributed to a veritable renaissance in Irish
traditional and folk music.
Ballet Ireland presents
Tutus & Beyond
Tues 21st April 8pm
Book before 20th March and get
your tickets for €14
Ballet Ireland presents
Tutus & Beyond
Ballet Ireland return with another fantastic
production. Tutus & Beyond pays tribute
to the purity of classical ballet, whilst also
celebrating the excitement of contemporary
dance.This production will chart a journey
of ballet from the late 19th century into
the 21st.
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January – May 2015 VISUAL EVENTS
Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer
Written and Performed by
Aidan Dooley
Fri 8th May,8pm
Play on Words Theatre present
Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer
“This magnificent revelation of a
fascinating character simply
compels a standing ovation”
– Gerry Colgan (The Irish Times)
Carmina Burana
↘ VISUAL Galleries
9 May, 8pm
Tom Crean, the intrepid Antarctic explorer
and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is brought
to life in this dramatic and humorous solo
performance by Aidan Dooley. This multiaward winning show has now played critically
acclaimed sell-out performances throughout
Ireland, USA, Australia, Europe and the UK.
Carlow Choral Society and members of the Aspiro Youth Ensemble
Carmina Burana
Image: Set design by Helmut
Celebrating their 50th Anniversary, Carlow
Choral Society join together with members of
Aspiro Youth ensemble and some of Ireland’s
finest professional musicians and soloists
to perform this powerful piece of music by
composer Carl Orff (1895 – 1982). This is a
unique opportunity to experience the work
in the stunning surroundings of VISUAL’s
Main Gallery.
Jürgens for a performance of
Carmina Burana in München
in 1959.
Aspiro presents Sing & Shine
Aspiro presents
10th May, 4pm and 8pm
€10/30 family ticket
Sing & Shine
Sing & Shine is an Aspiro Choir education and
outreach project for teenagers which aims
to enhance the well-being, mental health
and positive transformation of young people
through singing. Supported by Merck, Sharpe
and Dome via their ‘Neighbour of Choice’
programme. Booking; 059 917 2400
WillFredd Theatre presents The WORLD PREMIERE of
Fri 15th and Sat 16th May
Co-created with Emma O’Kane with support in development
from VISUAL, Carlow.
The Sport of Kings is in the blood. Emma O’Kane has just discovered it.
Emma has danced professionally for 20 years, from Ireland to Russia, en pointe
to pointe*. Now she’s jumping onto a new stage – a racecourse. But she’s not
riding out alone.
Her Damsire** Philip de Burgh O’Brien was a turf journalist in the 1940s-70s.
He died before Emma was born but now his writing lives on. From Philip’s
writing to Emma’s experience of learning to ride a racehorse, JOCKEY explores
the relationship between the dancer, the jockey and the Irish thoroughbred.
Working with jockeys, trainers, physiotherapists, bookmakers and racing
professionals in Ireland’s Thoroughbred counties, developed with support
from VISUAL, WillFredd Theatre bring you JOCKEY, a dance theatre piece which
is the culmination of a year’s collaborative encounters with the Irish Racing
WillFredd Theatre are VISUAL’s Theatre Company in Residence, supported in
partnership by the Arts Council, the Local Authority Arts Office and VISUAL.
Don’t miss their screening of The Black Stallion and discussion of this work
in progress on Thurs 8th Jan! See p15 for details.
*ballet term for dancing on your toes
**racing term for a horse’s grandfather
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Human Child
Collapsing Horse Theatre presents
Sunday May 17th, 5pm
Human Child
Inspired by changeling myths from Irish mythology and the poetry of WB
Yeats, Human Child is a blazing adventure, a fantasy story that mixes puppetry,
comedy and live music. “Come away, O human child! To the waters and the
wild. With a faery, hand in hand. For the world’s more full of weeping than you
can understand.” Come and celebrate Yeats’ anniversary with this beautiful
family show! Suitable for 6+
“A mountain of imagination... a marvel!” – Sunday Times. “Human Child is the
perfect escape, fortifying Collapsing Horse as one of the most exciting new
theatre companies in Ireland” – “Stand-alone triumph”
 – Herald. “Best Kids Theatre 2012” – Irish Times.
The Showcase of MGC’s
Young Composers’ Club
Sun 24th May
Details TBC
Music Generation presents
The Showcase of MGC’s
Young Composers’ Club
HOLD THE DATE!! This event will see the culmination of a year-long masterclass
project involving MGC’s Young Composers’ and Musicians’ Club showcasing
their new works written by young people for young people, mentored by
Linda Buckley and the Robinson Panoramic Quartet. The club evolved from a
collaborative project in 2013 between VISUAL, the Local Authority Arts Office
and Music Generation, which saw students from Borris Vocational School
respond to the work of Janet Cardiff by composing Speranza, a stunning choral
work, led by contemporary composer, Linda Buckley. Speranza has gone on
to be performed to critical acclaim internationally, so this promises to be an
inspirational evening of music! Booking; 059 917 2400
Ways to Live together:
New Cultures of Housing
Fri 1st and Sat 2nd May
Ways to Live Together: New Cultures of Housing
An international conference exploring
participative design, co-housing and
new ways to imagine social housing in
the 21st Century. The conference is a
co-production between VISUAL, Camphill
Communities of Ireland and Department
of Geography, Maynooth University,
funded by Irish Design 2015 and the
Arts Council.
VISUAL Programme of Events Centre for
and the George
Bernard Shaw Theatre ↘ Programme