Online workshop offerings from the Linenhall Arts Centre

Linenhall Arts Centre’s first ever online workshop offerings with Maeve Clancy drawing, Tracy Sweeney Paint and Alice Kinsella Poetry

Announcing the Linenhall Arts Centre’s first ever online workshop offerings which kick off next week (6-10 April) with mix of visual art and writing for adults, children and young people.

It all starts on Monday (6 April) at 11.00am with Achill based artist Maeve Clancy presenting a drawing workshop for children and young people on the Linenhall’s facebook page. We’re all spending a lot of time in our own homes at the moment. This workshop will explore drawing portraits, and specifically interior portraits, images of people in their home surroundings. Maeve will look at some famous works of art from artists who have done just that, and will share some drawing tips and approaches that can be used.

Artist Tracy Sweeney who is based in Straide will be on the Linenhall’s Live Instagram feed next Wednesday (8 April) at 11.00am with “Lockdown Painting” a workshop for anyone interested in giving a painting a go. It’s a chance to get stuck in creatively and banish some lockdown blues. Tracy will be presenting a variety of painting techniques, the only limit here is your imagination!

On Thursday (9 April) at 3.00pm poet Alice Kinsella, from Claremorris, will present a guided poetry workshop for young people. Alice worked with a group of teenage poets at the Linenhall Arts Centre in autumn 2019 on We are the Poets, a project run in conjunction with Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan. This migration of her workshop practice to the online sphere is one to put in your diary. It will be broadcast on the Linenhall Arts Centre’s facebook and Instagram feeds.

Speaking about the offerings Arts Access Officer at the Linenhall Orla Henihan said “Time and space away from the usual everyday routine can open up opportunities for people to think differently, and we’re hearing informally about lots of creative activities going on in homes all around the County. We hope that these workshops will support and encourage this activity in some small way. We’re really fortunate in Mayo to have lots of fantastic artists working all around us. This is a first for us in terms of providing workshop offerings in the online space, and it’s a learning process. I’m hugely thankful to the artists involved for taking on this challenge.”

To engage with these workshops simply follow the Linenhall Arts Centre’s Instagram and Facebook pages and tune in at the listed dates and times.

Artists Biographies

Tracy Sweeney’s paintings are held in major collections, galleries & museums throughout Ireland, Europe & the US, but her true love is allowing people to realise that we all have an artistic gift that can allow us to express our creativity with our own homes, creating works that will feed our imaginations over & over again. She lives by the mantra 'Art is habit'.

Based in Mayo, Sweeney's dynamic paintings have won major awards including the prestigious Pollock Krasner Award in New York. Sweeney’s numerous international exhibitions have been met with much acclaim, particularly the Paris Biennale 109 and a major group exhibition; ‘Grafiktriennalen’, opened by King Carl Gustaf of Sweden in Stockholm. 

Maeve Clancy works in installation, animation, set design and comics. She creates work for children and adults using cut paper, stories and drawings. Her solo and group exhibitions include Paper Tales (Linenhall Arts Centre), Hidden Places and Local Foreigners (Riverbank Arts Centre), and Nine (The LAB).  She has created music videos, theatre sets, and fictional documentary and historical comics. Past commissions include a pop-up book for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 international advertising campaign and a large scale installation at a National Trust property in Somerset. Most recently she was designer on Branar Téatar do Pháistí’s large scale promenade theatre piece Sruth na Teanga as part of Galway 2020. She has facilitated numerous workshops at the Linenhall Arts Centre and is currently Visual Artist in Residence in Contemporary Drawing at Mary Immaculate College Limerick.

Alice Kinsella's poetry has appeared in Banshee, The Irish TimesPoetry Ireland ReviewThe North, and Multipoetry Project Krakow, among others. She has received residencies/bursaries from SICCDA Liberties Festival, John Hewitt International Summer School, and Cill Rialaig Artists’ Residency. Her work has been translated into Polish, Arabic, and Greek. She has read her poetry in Ireland, the UK, and France and her work has been performed or screened in Australia, Greece, USA, and Iraq. Her second pamphlet Sexy Fruit (Broken Sleep Books) was a Poetry Book Society Spring 2019 Selection.

Alice is an experienced workshop facilitator and has led several projects including We are the Poets in conjunction with Laureate na nÓg at the Linenhall Arts Centre. She holds a BA in English literature and philosophy from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in Writing from NUIG.

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