The Linenhall Arts Centre's April Online Offerings Continue

Online workshops Linenhall Arts Centre

Throughout April the Linenhall is working with three Mayo based artists to present workshops in drawing, painting and poetry. They are available to view on the Linenhall’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Artist Maeve Clancy presents Drawing for Children and Young People, with a new instalment each Monday. Workshops include: ‘Interior Portraits inspired by Vermeer, Degas, El Greco, Van Eyck and Whistler’ (6 April); Animals and backgounds inspired by Henri Rousseau (13 April); Self-Portraits inspired by Frida Kahlo and Rembrandt (20 April); and ‘Drawing Landscapes, inspired by Van Gogh’ (27 April).

Lockdown Painting a workshop for anyone interested in giving a painting a go. It’s presented by artist Tracy Sweeney and is a chance to get stuck in creatively and banish some lockdown blues. Tracy will be presenting a variety of painting techniques, as she works on four different paintings in her studio over four weeks. The only limit here is your imagination! Tracy has been presenting a new workshop each Wednesday throughout April.

For young people with an interest in all things words, poet Alice Kinsella presents Guided Poetry Writing with a new video guide each Thursday. Areas explored include writing a poem using an object, using the five senses as inspiration, personification, using the ‘show, don’t tell’ approach, writing an Ode, and more.

To engage with these workshops simply follow the Linenhall Arts Centre’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

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 Times, Poetry Ireland Review, The 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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