1. Artistic Director Cian O'Brien and Exhibitions Manager Rachael Gilbourne talk about Conjuring for Beginners which runs at Project Arts Centre, Dublin until 11 August 2012.

    Visual arts is taking over the building to present three unique exhibitions and our most ambitious project to date.

    Conjuring for Beginners has transformed the building; the Space Upstairs has become a giant gallery filled with sculpture on an enormous scale, by one of Ireland's most promising young artists Sam Keogh; the Cube is home to a trio of artworks, light, sound and video installations by Janice Kerbel (CA/UK), Zbynek Baladrán (CZ) and the 2010 Turner Prize winning artist Susan Philipsz (UK); and in the gallery the final piece of the exhibitionis a collection of sculptures as the works of Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel (FR), Angela Fulcher (UK/IE) and Ruth E. Lyons (IE) play out side by side.

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  2. A glimpse of what you can expect to see from Conjuring for Beginners at Project Arts Centre, running until 11 August 2012.

    Visual arts is taking over the building to present three unique exhibitions and our most ambitious project to date.

    Conjuring for Beginners has transformed the building; the Space Upstairs has become a giant gallery filled with sculpture on an enormous scale, by one of Ireland’s most promising young artists Sam Keogh; the Cube is home to a trio of artworks, light, sound and video installations by Janice Kerbel (CA/UK), Zbynek Baladrán (CZ) and the 2010 Turner Prize winning artist Susan Philipsz (UK); and in the gallery the final piece of the exhibitionis a collection of sculptures as the works of Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel (FR), Angela Fulcher (UK/IE) and Ruth E. Lyons (IE) play out side by side.

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  3. The Last of The Red Wine (the prequel/sequel)
    Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

    Running: 11 Nov 2011 to 14 Jan 2012

    PARTICIPANTS: Doug Fishbone, Hayley Newman, Kim Noble, Sally O’Reilly, Michelle Owoo, Colin Perry, Caroline Smith and Bedwyr Williams
    CURATORS: Tessa Giblin and Sally O’Reilly

    More info and photos @ http://www.projectartscentre.ie/programme/whats-on/1449-the-last-of-the-red-wine

    What sort of artists would allow themselves to be involved in a sitcom based in the art world? According to common clichés, they would perhaps be narcissistic or arrogant or obtuse or opportunist. You might think that art is given a hard enough time in the media without ‘insiders’ holding themselves up for ridicule too. Early in 2011, however, an unlikely group of artists, comedians and writers worked together on The Last of the Red Wine, a radio sitcom based in the artworld. Used to being the subject of their own work, the collaborators instead cast themselves in a collective farce, written and performed in the course of one week.

    Put together quickly, this sitcom was never going to be of industry standard. It was quite amusing in places and embarrassingly not in others; but the main point of interest was how a group of people with such different ideas of what is funny worked collaboratively, without anyone incurring too heavy an insult or injury. The next instalment of the sitcom at Project Arts Centre, The Last of the Red Wine (the prequel/sequel), dissects the mix of people and personalities involved in the original project and examines the processes of self-representation in their individual practices.

    This collection of videos, audio, photographs and sculptural installation ridicules, jokes and pokes fun at the character of the sitcom artist. Compared with the clichéd representations of artists garnered from television programmes – screened here in clips edited by O’Reilly and Colin Perry from such classics as Upstairs Downstairs, Blackadder and General Hospital – it reveals further absurdities about art and acts as a pastiche of the artworld.

    There are a range of colourful characters including Doug Fishbone, who it turns out is a smooth-tongued chancer, Hayley Newman a resourceful exhibitionist, Kim Noble a divisive wrangler, Sally O’Reilly a relentless absurdist, Michelle Owoo a coercive trickster, Caroline Smith an over-emancipated housewife and Bedwyr Williams a disgruntled ghost.

    The exhibition is rather like the mythical lion with the head of one lion and the body of another - it is not entirely clear which bit is in earnest and which bit is just plain ridiculous.

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  4. The Big Deal
    Project Arts Centre 31 Oct to 5 Nov 2011
    Tickets €16/14/12

    Following the hugely successful premiere of The Big Deal at Kilkenny Arts Festival 2011 Una McKevitt (Victor and Gord, 565+) brings us an extraordinary real life story of two women who knew from a very young age that they were born into the wrong bodies. Scripted from original material provided by the contributors – including journals, poems, songs and interviews –The Big Deal charts the incredible personal gains and losses each has made to become the women they have always been.

    “Moving and sometimes stunning.” The Irish Times

    “The subjects in McKevitt’s important new work remind us there are many voices yet to be heard.” Irish Theatre Magazine

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  5. We caught up with some of the audience after A Midsummer Night's Dream? to find out what they thought of the show, find out what they thought now.

    A Midsummer Night's Dream runs at Project Arts until Saturday 18th June. Tickets are €20/16.

    Book yours now on 01 8819 613

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