Claremorris Community Arts & Heritage Festival 19-28 Aug 2016

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 13:07

It's festival time again, celebrating community Arts and Heritage in Claremorris and its hinterland. This fledgling festival is beginning to spread its wings to other rural communities with other artists and everyday experts working in a community context. We're really pleased with the participation of locals last year in our events and the support we've gotten from other groups within our community to continue offering Arts and Heritage events. This year we're focusing on our sense of identity and re-evolution in an environmentally friendly way.

We live in a beautiful and relatively unspolit part of the world, with more history in our soil than one could imagine. If you don't believe me come to our Festival Opening Reception and the opening of Farmer/Artist Clive Bright's Exhibition on the secret life of soil. 

Have a look the line up of events and feel free to contact us for futher info. Our details are at the bottom.

 

Walking with Awareness

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 10:28

 

 

I go walking most days around McMahon Park or further afield and into the mountains at the weekends with different groups. It's my way of unwinding and sometimes of thinking in relative silence, except for the birds and the wind or rain. 

I set up GOA Claremorris as others were also interested in walking and we're still doing it everyday in our way. Not always together or at the same pace or even in the same direction but that does matter? Not really unless we're trying to create awareness and that's something I'm immersed in.

Awareness of our environment, our heritage, our culture and our sense of identity as part of a local and global community is partly the reason and the other is that it's a healthy exercise and necessary for me to get away from the noise. I don't always succeed as I'm often accompanied by concerns or walking for a reason.  

In the last month I've walked for Parkinson's and Pieta House, with GOA Claremorris, The Lake District Hillwalkers, with GMIT Guiding course group, with Pat Keane from Claremorris Historic society and on my own through woods and forest paths in Mayo. 

It's good to walk in the company of others and also by myself but what I'm often not aware of is the beauty that surrounds me and I don't know if it's because I'm too concerned about myself or preoccupied with the meaning of it all.

It's Wednesday, which means I'll be walking again with the local group. Some of us were dancing Salsa last night so we may be walking differently this evening to get those bums moving with some rhythm. I'll leave the music for the birds and trees and the sound of our feet to accompany us.

 

Clive Bright

Friday, 22 April 2016 16:23

Clive Bright is an artist who lives on his family farm in south county Sligo. Since graduating from NCAD in Dublin in 2003, Bright has proven noticeably prolific. He has enjoyed success in a line of solo, joint and group shows to date.

Bright works principally with oil paint but drawing & line play a constant and major role in his work. He avoids slipping into a process or procedure of creating a drawing or painting: "I constantly try to change how I approach a painting or a subject"

Bright's way of life on the farm, and his painting complement one another perfectly. In fact, it is from his personal connection with the farm that he draws much of his inspiration. His sensitive and intuitive treatment of his subject is unmistakable.

The relationship between Bright and his surroundings is deeply rooted, evoking a sense of history and timelessness. Each piece of work is not only aesthetically captivating, but has the ability to move you out of your current surroundings and into his, perhaps experiencing at least some of his wonderful affinity with past and present.

Bright's paintings have a universal narrative. Through absence, and the use of inanimate objects, Bright creates a sense of human presence, which in turn personifies the objects. His deep understanding and appreciation of his subject evokes powerful sentiments communicating more than just a visually pleasing experience.

July/August: Kiltimagh here comes Shakespeare in the Park!

Friday, 25 July 2014 14:46

I love my cast almost as much as I love Shakespeare for having created A Midsummer Night's Dream.

I don't think I've ever had so much fun directing a play and it's fair to say we truly are hempen homespun amateurs de theatre - lovers of theatre.  When we pull together rather than against each other it makes it all worthwhile and after some doubts as to whether we'd ever get this show on the road here we are again on the road to Kiltimagh. 

It is kind of funny how things work our because I've wanted the Non Prophet Organisation's performances to tour in a community context just like this, using our public spaces and creating site specific performances.

I hope there'll be more to come. I've been busy filling out funding applications after receiving invitations to participate in a creative Europe project about trees and landscape, which concerns our performance footprint and our socio-ecological environment. The other invitation is to the EFA's Festival Manager's Atelier in Poznan in October 2014 and with no money I can only hope funds will come from our representative bodies.

Once we paid off what I owe from our last production that we ran for free we can start thinking of other ways of earning enough to boraden our horizons. Italy beckons next year.

Andiamo!

Kind Wishes,

John Farragher

Artistic Direction:  http://www.nonprophetorganisation.eu/

Tel: +353 (0)85 7506104

 

 

I like Claremorris in June, how about you?

Monday, 30 June 2014 14:30

 

Brevity is the soul of wit but when it comes to thanking people the list is long and we'd rather include everybody than leave anybody out, which we inevitably will if we start naming individuals or organisations that helped us in our run up to the first edition of the Non Prophet Organisation's Claremorris community festival. It's about creating a sense of community and we believe whether or not you participated you played a part in what we set out to address with the non prophet festivals: We can flourish and grow if we work and play together as a community.

We'd rather you acknowledge your own participation in any way you see fit and if we haven't thanked you personally already it's simply because we haven't had time to get round to you as of yet. It may seem like we've more time than sense on our hands but believe us when we say working for the leisure industry is a labour of love.

Our Saturday evening entertainment in the square began with brazilian reggae beat that brought those gathered to their feet. Followed by trad music and dance from Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Claremorris courtesy of the Feeneys. We went from Sean Nos to line dancing thanks to Keiran Kenny and Co. Our scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream would not have been complete without a wedding dress and the Straw Boys who helped us set the stage for what was a wonderful performance picnic on Sunday. Our guests from Galway, Ala, provided carrot cake as well as their forum theatre piece on Fracking: Divide and Conquer that got us talking about community and our Shakespeare in the park "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with masks provided for the fairies by our lovely Lisa from Studio C and more music from the Feeneys  brought our entertainment to an end just as the evening was setting in.

We're glad to say that we had a lovely couple of sunny days for our community to come together and judging by the reaction and positive comments from all present who participated long may we continue to entertain ourselves in our community.

We'd like to thank everybody in our global community who helped make the festival happpen and we hope to entertain you again soon with another outdoor performance of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Let the moon shine for us at Lughnasa as the sun did for the summer solstice, to help celebrate our seasons and our flourishing festivals that celebrate and show our gratitude for life!

 

Our deepest gratitude to you for participating

Sunday, 29 June 2014 08:05

Our Saturday evening entertainment in the square began with brazilian reggae beat that brought those gathered to their feet. Followed by more music and dance from the Feeneys. We went from Sean Nos to line dancing courtesy of Keiran Kenny and Co. Scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream would not have been complete with the Straw Boys who helped us set the scence for what was a wonderful performance picnic the following day with our guests from Galway Ala's. Their forum theatre piece on Fracking got us talking about community and our Shakespeare in the park "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with masks provided for the fairies by our lovely Lisa from Studio C and music by the Feeneys with Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Claremorris brought our entertainment to an end just as the evening was setting in.

We're glad to say that we had a lovely couple of sunny days for our first non prophet festival with Claremorris Community and judging by the reaction and positive comments from all present and who participated long may we continue to entertain our community.

We'd like to thank everybody in our global community who helped make the festival happpen and we hope to entertain you again soon with another outdoor performance of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Let the moon shine for us at Lughnasa as the sun did for the summer solstice, to help celebrate our seasons and our flourishing festivals that celebrate and show our gratitude for life!

Kind Wishes,

John Farragher

Artistic Direction:  http://www.nonprophetorganisation.eu/

Tel: +353 (0)85 7506104