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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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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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A DECLARATION OF LOVE

A DECLARATION OF LOVE

Exactly 30 years ago in the month of February I packed my bags and the tools of my trade, gave notice to my partner in business who gave me a compass in return and left my country for an indefinite amount of time. I was…

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UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGES

UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGES

A friend of mine gave me the gift of a book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a brilliant novel about a timid man in his later years, who discovers that a former friend and colleague is seriously ill. Harold sets out with the intention of…

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FOR THE ANCIENTS

FOR THE ANCIENTS

This year’s theme of Voyages has been explored widely by the Art Group in RehabCare, Dun Laoghaire. Over 8 sessions we have worked intensively surfing the waters of creativity, navigating from island to island, painting those imaginary places and telling their stories. Now that we have reached our…

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That Particular, Precious Ingredient

That Particular, Precious Ingredient

Travel Diary – 21 July 2014 As I travelled by train from Sondrio to Malpensa airport I reflected on the holiday that was ending and on what seemed to have been the most recurring topic of conversation during my stay: food, Italy’s national obsession. The…

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Strange Boats

Strange Boats

KEEP CLOSED AT SEA said the sign on the door of the fishing boat berthed in Howth’s harbour. I took mental note of it feeling it was a coded message of some sort which I had to pay particular attention to, which I did. Those…

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