What's On

Friday 13 October 2017 – Saturday 13 January 2018, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge

Halcyon Days

glór is delighted to present a mixed media exhibition featuring the work of both established and emerging artists.

glór launched its open call exhibition asking artists nationally to respond to the theme of Halcyon Days. Work selected includes print, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and textiles as well as painting and showcases the diverse range of work being made both locally and  nationally. The Halcyon is a bird of Greek legend and the name is now commonly given to the European Kingfisher. The ancients believed that the bird made a floating nest in the Aegean Sea and had the power to calm the waves. Our current use of ‘halcyon days’ tends to be nostalgic and recalling of the seemingly endless sunny days of youth.

The exhibition also showcases the exceptional standard of visual arts in Co. Clare and features a significant cohort of Clare based artists.

View the exhibition catalogue here.

Ceramic work is presented by Helen Griffin, Niamh Harte and Jane Seymour; textile artists include Joke Buursma and Nicola Henley, and beautiful fine art prints come from Ria Czerniak-LeBov; Norah Brennan; Debbie Godsell; Maeve Coulter; Johnny Horne and Louise Leonard. The work of two photographers features – that of Hennessey Award nominee Gerry Blake and Mark Baker with his Portraits of Hebron.

Sara Dowling has produced a fascinating video and performance piece, whilst Maree Hensey and Catriona Moloney have created work that is both poignant and magical, and laden with nostalgia.

Painters featured include Nathalie El Baba, Vivienne Bogan, Imelda Bradly, Tom Climent, Wil Gilchrist, Kevin Lowery, Jill Miller, Adam Pomeroy and David Smith. Each painter has responded to the theme differently and has created captivating and inspirational work for glór’s gallery spaces.

Friday 3 November, 11am, free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Áine Phillips

in association with Clare Arts Office and The Artists' Resource Room

The Artists' Resource Room is a visual artist-led community group providing a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare in the form of regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings and debates.

Áine Phillips is a visual artist based in Ennis and is Head of Sculpture at Burren College of Art. She has exhibited and performed her work widely in Ireland and internationally.

Join us for tea/coffee in the Spás at glór at 11am followed by our meeting at 11.30am.

On Friday 3 November we welcome Little John Nee.

Little John Nee is a writer and performer based in Co. Galway in the west of Ireland. A prolific creator of work for theatre he was elected to Aosdána in 2016. His style of theatrical storytelling with music has won him international recognition; “Rural Electric” was described by the guardian as a “masterpiece of storytelling”; his play “Sparkplug” won an Irish Times Theatre Award for his sound design the radio version won a Special Mention Prize at the Prix Italia 2013. In 2016 he published a book of Haiku “The Apocalypse came on a Friday” and previously his “A Donegal Trilogy” was published by An Grianan Theatre. He has released an album of songs from his theatre shows recorded with The Caledonia Highly strung Orchestra.
Little John will discuss his extensive body of work and his unique creative process.

Friday 1 December, 11am, free of chrage

The First Friday Series curated by Áine Phillips

in association with Clare Arts Office and The Artists' Resource Room

The Artists' Resource Room is a visual artist-led community group providing a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare in the form of regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings and debates.

Áine Phillips is a visual artist based in Ennis and is Head of Sculpture at Burren College of Art. She has exhibited and performed her work widely in Ireland and internationally.

Join us for tea/coffee in the Spás at glór at 11am followed by our meeting at 11.30am.

On Friday 1 December we welcome Frank Golden.

Frank Golden is a Clare-based poet, novelist, and screenwriter. He has published five books of poems, the most recent of which was gotta get a message to you (Salmon Publications 2017) “This is a poet to get excited about. Risk-taking…rhapsodic…elevated.” Afric McGlinchy/Southword. His novel, The Two Women of Aganatz (Wolfhound Press), was described by Carol Coulter in The Irish Times as “uncomfortable, but compellingly and poetically described by a powerful imagination”. 2015 saw his return to the novel with The Night Game (Salmon Publications) “A challenging, transgressive, and gripping read.” Declan Burke/The Irish Examiner. He has received bursaries and awards from the Irish Film Board and the Arts Council of Ireland. Frank Golden is Head of Creative Writing at the Burren College of Art. Frank will discuss his creative methods and his cross disciplinary practice which extends into visual art alongside writing and film making.