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THAT ‘Aha!’ MOMENT

THAT ‘Aha!’ MOMENT

The Duomo seen from the Baptistery, Pisa. Photo by Asha Joanna Zmuda In the sacred space of the Baptistery visitors were slowly pacing around observing, taking pictures, sitting on the marble steps resting when suddenly a sound broke through the silence. A voice crystalline and…

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THIS IS THE PLACE

Never say never. On the 23 December 2015, the day I thought of closing my Facebook page and never post a thing again, in a sudden change of mind I decided to keep using it but in a different way. The Christmas holidays were about…

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NO NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

NO NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

My new year’s resolution for 2015 had been to attend as many cultural events as possible; my evenings and weekends would be filled with going to exhibitions, concerts and plays. After reading the article “What we learned from the arts in 2015” published in the The…

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La letterina di Natale – The Little Christmas Letter

La letterina di Natale – The Little Christmas Letter

“To Mother and Father all my love for Christmas, Eugenio.” Once upon a time, when I was a child in primary school in Italy, on occasion of the Christmas festivities we used to write a special letter called ‘la letterina di Natale’, ‘the little Christmas…

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A Magical Place

A Magical Place

On the 29th November the first full-day ‘Sunday Art in the Burren’ saw a group of courageous people braving winds and rain for the pleasure of spending a day painting and print-making. Working with a restricted palette the participants produced some very interesting work in…

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IDDU – God of Fire

IDDU – God of Fire

Artwork by Saoirse Cruise Iddu (Him) is the nickname given by the locals to the volcano in the island of Stromboli, Italy. Its living presence inspires awe and has such a powerful effect on the imagination that regularly, every time we run a visual art course in Stromboli,…

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OUTSIDERS

OUTSIDERS

“This is art from beyond the world of art college networks, galleries and critics. The artists who made it, work from their inner vision, something that all good art aspires to but doesn’t always achieve. The artists make it because that it is what they…

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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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