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HOW I LEARNED TO  REALLY SEE by Saoirse Cruise

HOW I LEARNED TO REALLY SEE by Saoirse Cruise

It’s been over a year now since I started my Magic Turtle mentorship programme with Art To Heart. I have truly learned a lot in this time from working with different types of people, sprawling across different backgrounds, experiences, ages and abilities. Along the way I’ve…

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PIZZA STROMBOLI

PIZZA STROMBOLI

The rolled up pizza, also known as pizza Stromboli is not a traditional Italian recipe but comes from the USA. It was created during the 50’s in Philadelphia when the cinema world was rocked by actor Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini’s love story….

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THE SIEGE OF ENNIS

THE SIEGE OF ENNIS

In the closing frames of the documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, writer and musician Nick Cave concludes “In the end I am not interested in that which I fully understand – the words that I have written over the years are just a veneer. There…

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THE TIME OF MY LIFE

THE TIME OF MY LIFE

Speech at the launch of COLOUR! by Jole Bortoli My true name is Red. Once a magician told me that you should never reveal your true name to others let’s they gain power over you. But I feel safe here in the Ark, so I…

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A BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE! By Ali Waters

A BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE! By Ali Waters

Thoughts I had during my time as an intern at The Ark.   “Jole once told us, that if you make a mistake, you can always make it into something spectacular!” Aoife, Third class. Through working as an intern in The Ark, I learned a…

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MY NAME IS RED

MY NAME IS RED

Preparation work has finally started for the COLOUR! Summer programme in The Ark. In the light-filled workshop on the top floor a busy team of artists is working hard on the many aspects of the forthcoming exhibition and workshops. Tasks have been assigned according to personal skills…

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  • Friend Barbara patiently waiting for the train.

    Friend Barbara patiently waiting for the train.

  • Ice cream kiosk in Noto.

    Ice cream kiosk in Noto.

  • Baroque stone masks in Ragusa-Ibla.

    Baroque stone masks in Ragusa-Ibla.

  • Grinning masks in Scicli.

    Grinning masks in Scicli.

  • Jole's big breakfast in Ragusa-Ibla.

    Jole's big breakfast in Ragusa-Ibla.

A TASTE OF SICILY

Last September after the art course in Stromboli Island ended, myself and a friend took the ferry to Sicily and by train we slowly made our way to the most southern part of that region to visit the towns of Noto, Scicli and Ragusa-Ibla built in…

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AHOY!  Adventure Awaits….. by Anne Hedermann

AHOY! Adventure Awaits….. by Anne Hedermann

“Awaken your spirit to adventure Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk.”  ‘For a New Beginning’ – by John O’Donohue Awakening the heart and spirit to adventure is an apt metaphor which captures my experience of excitement and intrigue on discovering Jole’s inspirational…

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

There are pockets of time in my working day that are very precious to me and I cherish them greatly. It is the time before the starting of any workshop, before the group arrives – either children or adults – in my studio or venues I work…

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BENEATH THE SURFACE

BENEATH THE SURFACE

I love lakes. I was born near a lake and there is a lake at the back of my house in the Burren, Co. Clare. The two couldn’t be more different. The first is big, deep and mysterious; the second is shallow and its shape…

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