Summer Arts Programme

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2017 Summer Arts Programme

The Arts Office, Laois County Council had an array of workshops for young people over the month of July. Starting off with an innovative workshop titled Cog and Axle with Colm O’Hanluain running in Portlaoise from Tues 4th to Thurs 6th July  for ages 10-12.  The workshops involved learning about simple machines through story and play. Participants created complex hanging mobiles based on the story of Henry’s Piano and engaged in, paper engineering (pop-up cards) using their understanding of levers and inclined planes.

At the Laois Arthouse in Stradbally well-known artist Caroline Conway explored pattern and texture through print and collage over 3 days from Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th July in the mornings from 11-1 and a second workshop in the afternoon from 2 to 4, for children aged 6-12.  Caroline has been working in schools and with community groups for many years. Having trained at Edinburgh College of Art in print and fabric, she has exhibited widely and been awarded a number of Public Art Commissions, working in the mediums of printmaking and animation.

Young people interested in pottery joined Fins Pottery Tuition from Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th July from 2-4 in the MDA building in Mountmellick for some fun working with clay. Over the three days participants explored the many different techniques of creating with clay.

The Youth Café, Rathdowney hosted a three day introduction to drama for young people, led by drama tutor Mirjana Rendulic.   Mirjana is currently working with Laois Youth Theatre in Portlaoise. She is a qualified Drama Facilitator, Actress and Writer and holds L.A.M.D.A Gold medal in Acting, HND in Performing Arts and Fetac (Level 6) in Drama Facilitation.

The programme also included workshops as part of our social inclusion policy with art workshops happening in the MDA Mountmellick, in association with the Youth Development Centre. For adults a painting course  titled “Painting and Drawing in Light, Mood and Movement”,  took place at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally from the 7th to the 9th June,  directed by acclaimed artist John Keating. 





The Music Generation Laois Summer Programme 2017 also included a busy line up with a School of Rock and Pop, running from  3-7 July,  a Trad Summer School,  from 21-23 July as well as some very exciting concerts

Opening Gala Concert featuring tutors from the Summer School and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra on Friday 21 July,  at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, at 8pm.

Beoga on Saturday 22 July, at The Courtyard @ Kavanaghs, Main St, Portlaoise at 7pm. Beoga are a brilliant Irish Trad band who have shot to international fame since recording with Ed Sheeran. Admission €15, book tickets in person or online through Kavanaghs Live Music Venue.

Student & Tutor Concert on Sunday 23 July in the Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, at 3pm. This finale concert will showcase students from the Summer School. Free admission, donations welcome.

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