Cavan Arts e-bulletin: Issue 31. What's on.....
Cavan County Council

Those Who Swim (in) The Forest

Those Who Swim (in) The Woods is an exhibition of work by three Irish artists, Michael Holly, Ross Cochrane and Alan James Burns, that was initiated in the context of the Estonian forest. It opened in Y Gallery, Jakobi 1, Tartu, Estonia on Friday 14th August.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 30th August 2015. Gallery opening times are Wednesday - Friday 12noon - 7pm and Saturday - Sunday 12noon - 5pm.

Using the Irish relationship with forest as a metaphor, this work identifies the hidden treasures and the hidden dangers in the human psyche, in national identity and in sites where people and landscape interact.

Those Who Swim (in) The Forest is a result of a residency in MoKS August 2014, organised by Cavan County Council Arts Office in Ireland and funded as part of the EU Leonardo Da Vinci Programme.

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'Pledge of the Metalmen' by Barry Linnane

This specially-commissioned artwork will be launched in Bailieborough on 15 September. This piece celebrates the rich industrial history of Bailieborough and in particular the foundry.

A public meeting with the artist will take place at Bailieborough Library on September 1 at 7pm.  Barry Linnane will discuss the inspiration for his work and the process involved in creating bronze sculptures. 

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Prestigious Exhibition for Cavan Artist  

Cavan artist Michelle Boyle has recently been accepted into the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Collection at the Piano Nobile London. The exhibition will feature 100 works by British and Irish artists, and showcases the best of contemporary self-portraiture.




Preview of Kilmore, Cavan Culture Night 2015 

Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge. This year there are 24 individual events scheduled to take place in Cavan on Culture Night.

For more information on Cavan events click here. A downloadable events programme will be available shortly.
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Launch of 'At the Edge' publication

Following a successful series of literary workshops hosted by the artist, a new book of poetry 'At the Edge' by Kate Ennals will be launched in Cavan and Galway next month.

Cavan: Townhall on Friday, 4 September with poet Noel Monahan 

Galway: on Friday, 11 September with poet Kevin Higgins

The book is available from Lapwing or Kate, or from any good bookshop (but if it’s the bookshop, the poet and publisher are paid less). £10 or €15 including p&p.

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Café Sessions

Café Sessions takes place every fortnight at Chapter 1 Café, Main Street, Cavan. With an 8pm start on a Thursday evening, the venue quickly packs out with enthusiastic spectators and fans, so it’s always advisable to arrive early.

Relying on the generous donations of the audience, Café Sessions supports emerging artists specialising in music and spoken word with the odd surprise in other art forms. Pun intended and it only adds to the excitement! It has featured a host of once unknown and now celebrated artists such as Stephen James Smith, The Strypes, Lisa O’Neill, The Eskies, Clara Rose, Felix Sonnyboy Wilson, The Sons of Robert Mitchum, The Mighty Stef, Ana Gog, Aaron Van Haaster, Harry Bird & The Rubber Wellies, The Savage Jim Breen, Travis Oaks, The Radioactive Grandma, Louisiana 6, to name a few.

A mixture of artists from far flung places just passing through on tour and artists who consistently return to perform at the Café Sessions makes this part of the staple diet of artists and audience alike. If you haven’t tried the Sessions already, come along and bring your friends, you won’t be disappointed! And if you’re up for a really late night you can always join the Irish Trad Sessions in Blessing's Bar across the road which start almost immediately afterwards.

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