What's On

Friday 9 June - Saturday 29 July, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge

Thread Song

An Exhibition of Textiles by members of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Thread Song commemorates the life and work of Nobel Prize-winning poet, William Butler Yeats, one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature.

Work in Thread Song has been made in response to the life and/or poetry of W.B. Yeats. Yeats was greatly inspired by the Irish landscape, as is evident in his work. The artists were asked to respond to The Song of Wandering Aengus. This poem, which first appeared in 1899 in a collection of over 30 poems entitled The Wind Among the Reeds is a wonderful example of the rich visual and textural possibilities of Yeats’ poetry. The collection was published at a time of cultural innovation in Europe when writers and musicians were becoming more aware of the traditional oral culture of their native lands, helping to further develop and drive the cultural innovation in Europe.

Work in this exhibition is a celebration of Ireland, through the prism of one of its most renowned literary icons. Featured artists include Frances Crowe, Patricia Cox, Frances Leach and Lesley Stothers.

Textile workshops run by Frances Crowe for Adults and Children on 21 July. Click here for more details.

Frank Golden and Mike Douse, members of The Clare Poetry Collective will perform a lunchtime reading of selected Yeats' Work on Thursday July 20th at 1.15pm.

Friday 7 July, 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 7 July we welcome Dominic Stevens (architect).

Dominic Stevens is an award winning architect who has focused on cutting edge contemporary architecture projects in the Irish landscape. His work has been recognised internationally and he represented Ireland at the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture with his project FluidCity proposing a new vibrant rural/urban city along the length of the Shannon river. In Clare he recently completed a new Coastguard Station for the Department of Transport in Doolin in County Clare, at the foot of the Cliffs of Moher. For TARR Dominic will talk about his recent and upcoming projects.

Saturday 8 July, 12pm - 5pm, Free of charge

Game Over by Ana Colomer

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2017

Game Over is an interactive art installation by Ana Colomer and Coder Dojo Ennis.

It is a game at development stage that invites the player to become part of the so called refugee crisis, trying to survive a journey with multiple obstacles and levels. The player starts in Aleppo, where it’s raining bombs, goes through a raging sea, runs from police with batons along a barbed wire fence, and navigates obstacles.  Chances of survival are minimal.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Parental Guidance advised. Content may upset young, or sensitive children.

Friday 21 July, Children's workshop 10am - 12pm, €10 (including materials)
Friday 21 July, Adult workshop 2pm - 4pm , €25 (including materials)

Thread Song - Textile Workshops for Children & Adults

Delivered by Textile Artist Frances Crowe

Workshops will be given by Frances Crowe, one of the makers in Thread Song, an exhibition by The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, running in glór’s gallery upstairs until 29 July.

Frances is a fibre artist based in Roscommon, whose inspiration comes from the landscapes and surroundings of her country studio.  She works in a variety of materials, paint, collage, mixed media - but her primary thought process is in fibres. She collects materials such as wool, rope, cotton, and twist and weave them together to form individual, original works of art. Having obtained degreed is both Art & Craft Design and Fine Art from NCAD, Frances went on to teach and subsequently set up her own studio in Roscommon. She has been awarded numerous grants and awards including first prize in the 2011 Royal Dublin Society National Crafts Competition. Frances has exhibited widely and her work has been commissioned by local authorities and private clients.

Children’s workshop (6+) 
Learn how to put on a warp and weave colour and texture. Design your own sample, table mat or functional object.
All materials provided. The children can take home their card loom and continue to weave or finish in the class, time permitting.

Adult tapestry weaving workshop
Using a tapestry weaving frame each learner will put on a warp, build the floor of the tapestry. Learn how to weave plain, diagonal, pattern and texture.
The frame can be taken home to continue working.

Friday 4 August to Saturday 30 September, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge

The Wild Atlantic Way

An Exhibition of New Work by Dympna Bonfield

The Wild Atlantic Way exhibition takes the viewer on a wonderful, winding road of seashores, surf and sea-swells, of soft bog cotton, of furze, of stony Burren, of childhood, of sand, of home, of friends, of solitude.

Dympna Bonfield’s work evolves from waiting, contemplating, and when the right moment arrives, unleashing colour and movement onto the canvas. The canvas, thick or thin with paint, makes colour blocks melt, prisms explode, swirls converge, reds-blues-purples – all hues submerge.  To meet Dympna’s work is to encounter freedom, spirit and space – her works silently speak volumes, butterfly netting moments of life. In essence, moving through this exhibition, along its Atlantic way, allows us a meditation on life’s moments encapsulated.

Dympna Bonfield is an Irish artist who exhibits work both nationally and internationally. After spending many years living and working in Dublin she returned west, to her native County Clare. She qualified as an art teacher at the National College of Art in Dublin and began exhibiting in Dublin. Some years ago she undertook further training at Goldsmiths College, London University, where she qualified as an art psychotherapist. She has since designed and facilitated a course for psychotherapists enabling them to use art in their work with adults and children.