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TWO SEPTEMBERS… by Orla Jones

TWO SEPTEMBERS… by Orla Jones

I remember as the anticipation of the pending Sicilian trip approached, my busy packing and checking of passport expiry dates the general organizing of kids, house and pets for my impending departure day. Leaving the September of Dublin with the falling leaves and winter coats…

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  • Artwork by Jole Bortoli

    Artwork by Jole Bortoli

  • Artwork by Barbara O'Meara

    Artwork by Barbara O'Meara

Ratljóst – Enough light to navigate by

Ratljóst is an exhibition of work by artists Barbara O’Meara and Jole Bortoli produced last November during a month-long residency in Laugarvatn, a village some 70km from Reykjavik, Iceland. The show marks the collaboration between two artists who, over four weeks time, with just enough…

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A Friend writes from NZ

A Friend writes from NZ

And how many million times have I said it, but I have started to change the record and I’m discovering my creativity in many ways. We’ve moved from our last rental house which was big but uninspiring and now (for at least six months) we…

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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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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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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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DON’T POSTPONE JOY! By Jacinta Swann

DON’T POSTPONE JOY! By Jacinta Swann

By Jacinta Swann It is three years since I braved going to the ‘Art of a Good Saturday’ in Rockforest. On the first morning, I consoled myself that it was only for a morning, I didn’t have to commit!  I was terrified I wouldn’t be…

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KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR by Deirdre Lenehan

KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR by Deirdre Lenehan

Schooldays. Bells ringing. Girls tumbling out through classroom doors.  Footsteps echoing along a corridor towards a distant stairwell.  Turning onto the landing at the grey end wall, and then the starkly simple choice to go upstairs or down. Adolescence… a time for dreaming. The dream world…

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The Magic Turtles Two Years On

The Magic Turtles Two Years On

A few weeks ago we celebrated the end of the Magic Turtles’ first mentoring programme and announced the start of a second one. The original group was ‘graduating’ and the second was being welcomed into the family and, like in all family gatherings, food and…

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CREATIVITY, THE BLACK CATHOLICS AND ME

CREATIVITY, THE BLACK CATHOLICS AND ME

Interview with John Sutton. John what do you do? I work mostly with three creative people Charlie O’Neill – copywriter and my co-owner in Persuasion Republic, Roddy Doyle – creative writer and Jole Bortoli – visual artist, Art to Heart’s Director and my wife. I…

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