“Clare Notebooks 2014 – a summer to remember…” OPEN CALL


“Clare Notebooks 2014 – a summer to remember…”

To celebrate Culture Night on 19th September 2014,
The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, will host
“Clare Notebooks 2014 – a summer to remember…”

The Courthouse Gallery is extending an open call to visual artists, writers, poets, dancers, architects, musicians and anybody who is interested in participating, to work on a notebook during the timeline July – September, in any form they wish. The invitation is open to anyone based in County Clare or Clare people living abroad.

Essentially, for those involved in Clare Notebooks 2014, it is an opportunity for any engagement with the notebook that they may choose, be it creatively questioning, observing, recording, writing, making scores, planning, drawing, observing, mark-making and self-reflection etc.. All forms of intervention are welcome. Everybody starts with the same blank notebook, so it creates a timeline of creativity during the summer of 2014 in Co. Clare. (There is no requirement to complete the notebooks).

The notebooks will be shown at The Courthouse Gallery on Culture Night 19th September. They will be accessible for all to see, picked up, opened and touched.

We hope that people involved will be able to attend the event, to celebrate, socialise, to meet and to experience each other’s notebooks. This project is limited to one hundred notebooks supplied for free by The Courthouse Gallery on a first come first served bases. The notebooks will remain the property of each individual and will be available for collection after the exhibition.

The notebooks are available now at the Courthouse Gallery
They can be collected Tuesday – Saturday from 12 – 5 pm.
Phone 065 -7071630, email thecourthousegallery@gmail.com
For anyone living outside of Ireland we will be happy to post a notebook to you. The deadline for return of notebooks to the Gallery for the exhibition will be Tuesday 16th September.

We are looking forward to your creative participation and hope that Culture Night will be a great celebration in Ennistymon.

With kind regards,
Jackie Askew & Trudi van der Elsen

‘Buttons and Drones’ – Charlie Piggot & Eugene Lambe at The Courthouse Gallery, Saturday, July 5th @ 8pm

The Courthouse Gallery is proud to present ‘Buttons and Drones (and much more)’, a musical evening with Charlie Piggot & Eugene Lambe

 buttons and drones

Eugene Lambe

Although a native of North County Dublin, Eugene moved west in the early 70’s and became immersed in the vibrant emerging traditional music scene in Galway and later in Co Clare. Eugene has devoted a large part of his life to the making and playing of uilleann pipes and wooden concert flutes. He worked for a couple of decades from the old school house in Fanore and in more recent times has been working and living in Kinvara. He has traveled extensively playing traditional Irish music in the continental USA, New Zealand, Europe, Alaska, Mexico, Iceland, Norway and the Faeroe Islands.

Charlie Piggot

Charlie Piggott from Cobh, Co. Cork, has been playing traditional music from a young age. One of the founding members of De Danann, he toured Europe and the USA extensively, and was involved in several recordings with the band. He was one of the most influential Irish banjoists in the generation after Barney McKenna of the Dubliners. Strict adherence to tradition is important to Charlie in his performance of music and every effort is made to rescue old rare and seldom played tunes from the tradition. He now plays two-row melodeon in the old push and draw style, and two recent recordings with Clo Iar Chonnachta are “The Lonely Stranded Band” and “The New Road”. He is also co-author of the book “Blooming Meadows: The World of Irish Traditional Musicians” published by Townhouse (1998).

Admission €12 – €8 concession


Salmon Poetry presents an evening of poetry at The Courthouse Gallery, Wednesday, 18th of June@ 7pm. Featuring:Daniel Tobin,Christine Casson & Knute Skinner

Daniel Tobin is the author of five books of poems, Where the World is Made (University Press of New England, 1999), Double Life (Louisiana State University Press, 2004), The Narrows (Four Way Books, 2005), Second Things (Four Way Books, 2008), and Belated Heavens (Four Way Books, 2010). Among his awards are the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry, “The Discovery/ The Nation Award,” The Robert Penn Warren Award, the Greensboro Review Prize, the Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a fellowship in poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

His poems have appeared nationally and internationally in such journals as The Nation, The New Republic, The Harvard Review, Poetry, The American Scholar, The Paris Review, The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, The Hudson Review,The Kenyon Review, Image, The Times Literary Supplement, Stand, Agenda and Poetry Ireland Review. His critical study,Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney, came out to wide praise from the University of Kentucky Press in 1999. His recent book of essays, Awake in America, appeared from the University of Notre Dame Press in 2011.

Tobin edited The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007),Poet’s Work, Poet’s Play: Essays on the Practice and the Art (University of Michigan Press, 2007). His work has been anthologized in Hammer and Blaze, The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets, Poetry Daily Essentials 2007, Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn, Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, The Norton Introduction to Poetry, and elsewhere. He has also published numerous essays on modern and contemporary poetry in the United States and abroad. He is Interim Dean of the School of the Arts at Emerson College in Boston.

Christine Casson is the author of After the First World, a book of poems (Star Cloud Press, 2008). Currently she is writing a book of non-fiction that explores the relationship between trauma and memory, as well as a study of the poetic sequence entitled Sequence and Time Signature: A Study in Poetic Orchestration. Most recently her poetry has appeared inDoubleTake, Agenda (England), Stand (England), The Dalhousie Review, Natural Bridge, Slant, South Dakota Review, andAlabama Literary Review, and in the anthologies Fashioned Pleasures (Parallel Press, 2005), Never Before (Four Way Books, 2005), and Conversation Pieces (Everyman’s Library, 2007). She has published critical essays on the work of Leslie Marmon Silko and the poetry of Linda Hogan and is Scholar / Writer in Residence at Emerson College in Boston.

Knute Skinner’s first book of poetry, Stranger with a Watch, appeared in 1965 and contained early poems written in Iowa. His second collection, A Close Sky over Killaspuglonane (1968), showed the influence of the people and the landscape of rural Clare. Since then, he has published eight more books and six chapbooks. His poems, which have appeared widely in serial publications in Ireland, England, Australia and North America, show a variety of styles, including both free and formal verse. Two collections, The Bears and What Trudy Knows, both published by Salmon Poetry, demonstrate a marked departure from his usual lyric mode, as the poems are all fictional narratives highlighting brief moments in the lives of the imagined narrators. In 2007 Salmon Poetry brought out a collected edition, Fifty Years: Poems 1957-2007 and in 2010 Salmon published a memoir, Help Me to a Getaway.
Skinner founded the Signpost Press, a nonprofit corporation devoted to publishing contemporary literature, and he was a founder and editor of the Bellingham Review. He was awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts and has received residencies from the Huntington Hartford Foundation, The Millay Colony for the Arts, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and Fundación Valparaíso. Along with his spouse, Edna Faye Kiel, he resides year round in Killaspuglonane, Co Clare. His latest poetry collection is ‘Loose Connections’ (Salmon, 2013)

Admission is free and All are Welcome!!!