It's been a busy year in glór and we look forward to the many great acts programmed for 2017, with more events going on sale weekly. Keep an eye on our social media pages and website to see new on sales.
At the start of a new year we take a moment to look back over 2016 in a year that brought many highlights, and sadness and joy in equal measure. As many of you may know, we lost our dear colleague Gemma in 2016 and her bright presence will always be missed. We appointed a new Director - Orla Flanagan - in September, and she comes at a very exciting time for glór, with the development of a new library and gallery in 2017 which, along with glór will create a dynamic, cultural hub for Clare.
In 2016 we forged some new collaborations with arts organisations and companies both locally and nationally, including collaboration with Rough Magic, whose work in development, Wood. Stone. Spider., platformed at The Dublin Theatre Festival in association with glór. We strengthened our links with Ennis Book Club Festival in March when we launched Léamh, a special reading programme for children and young people; and with Clare County of Culture and Bealtaine/Age & Opportunity with the VOLTage Festival in May.
We rolled out some exciting Artists' in Residence Schemes during 2016, such as Joanna Parkes' Rainbow Project for very young children, glór's Traditional Musician in Residence - Eoin O'Neill, ran Saturday afternoon sessions for children and families, and drama practitioner Marie McNamara focussed on the over 55s, with her Spring Chickens Drama Workshops. Through these unique programmes, glór aims to encourage connections between artists, audiences and communities throughout Clare and to create new work within the venue. We will continue in this vein in 2017 with a number of associated artists’ schemes and initiatives planned for the year.
glór is home to a great gallery space that holds excellent visual art exhibitions, and 2016 saw glór collaborate with national institutions including The Graphic Studio, Dublin, The Blackchurch Studio, Cork, Limerick Printmakers and with Clare Arts Office, The Irish Museum of Modern Art to present work that would not be seen outside Dublin otherwise. Of course, Clare is home to a vibrant visual arts community and its work was showcased in glór throughout the year, with exhibitions by Martina Cleary, Michael Lewisohn & Will Gilchrist, Richard Sharp & Tom Prendergast and the ever popular Embrace exhibition with Clare Arts Office.
In association with Clare Arts Office and The Artists' Resource Room, glór hosted The First Friday Series each month throughout 2016, featuring talks from the likes of Catherine Marshall, Una McCarthy, Mick O'Dea PRHA and Tanya Harris.
There were lots of logistics and pre-planning meetings in July in advance of Fleadh Cheoil coming to town. In glór we had a very busy box office and lots of fun meeting regulars and lots of new faces, in what was a fantastic 9 days for Clare.
In July, the venue continued its focus on children’s arts programming in collaboration with Ennis Street Arts Festival and UK based Children’s Theatre Company, tutti frutti who performed their only Irish date in glór with a production called WiLd! October saw us run a month long arts programme for schools, featuring performances from The Ark, Graffiti Classics and a very exciting aerial performance by Fidget Feet, called Cinder & The Ellas.
glór continues to work with many community groups over the years - too many to mention, (over 50!), but including the wonderful Pantaloons, The Ennis Players, Clare Youth Theatre, Corofin Dramatic Society, many brilliant Dance and Drama schools, and primary and post-primary schools from across the county.
November saw us celebrate a milestone 15 years in operation, and we look forward to the next 15 years with our customers and friends. We wouldn't be here without you, so keep coming - see a play, have a cup of coffee, be moved by music, have a laugh at a comedy night, visit an exhibition, join a workshop or just get blown away by some amazing performances.
Finally, all that remains is for us to wish you and yours a Happy New Year.