Introducing mini-spring season at Roscommon Arts Centre

Roscommon Arts Centre’s mini-spring season gets underway with a new virtual programme of free engagements for the public to enjoy. The programme provides a platform for a host of Roscommon artists as they showcase and celebrate the wealth of artists living in our region and introduce the public to some of the visual artists they are working with during 2021. The series of short events will be available on both the centre’s Facebook Page and website.

Guest curators on the programme include musician John Wynne, author Gerry Boland, and dancer Mintesinot Wolde, while Naomi Draper, Visual Art Curator at the centre, has worked with participating artists to create new art boxes – and the centre welcomes back Kyle Riley from ‘Little Folk Music’ for more lively music sessions.

The programme got underway last week and continues until March, with new elements being added to it as they are developed.

From Monday, January 26th, the arts centre embarked on an eight-week programme of traditional music under the ‘Reel Thing’ banner with ‘The Reel Thing: Lunchtime Tunes’.  Every week, a different musician will perform three tunes a day, every day, at 1.15 pm on the centre’s Facebook Page for you to enjoy.

These micro performances are compliments of musicians John Wynne, John Carty, John and Dylan Carlos, Mossie Martin, Alan Kelly, and John Kelly, and introduces two up and coming young local musicians, Breda Shannon and Emily Keane.

‘The Story Writers’ is a new weekly programme of short stories from some of the county’s most established writers. Every Tuesday for the next six weeks, one participating writer will read one of their own stories via Roscommon Arts Centre’s Facebook Page; it will also be made accessible via roscommonartscentre.ie.

Contributors include the well-known Michael Leyden, both Words Ireland/Roscommon Arts Centre Mentorship awardees Louise G. Cole (2019) and Amy Barry (2020), John Mulligan, Anne Byrne, winner of the 2020 New Roscommon Writing Award, and Gerry Boland himself.

‘Sit Down and Dance’ is an at-home dance initiative aimed at older people and those living in care settings for the times we are in. The Arts Centre invited their 2020 Dancer in Residence Mintesinot Wolde to create a series of short (ten minutes or so) gentle, chair-based movement sessions to keep older people moving during the lockdown.

With simple, safe movements, easy to follow instructions and some great tunes in the background, older people are encouraged to replay the videos throughout the week, and every Wednesday a new series of movements will be released online.

Saturday mornings won’t be the same for the next couple of weeks thanks to Kyle Riley’s antics! ‘Little Folk Music’ is a live Saturday morning session for little people (on Facebook). The 2021 visual art programme will merge curator-in-residence Naomi Draper’s research interests around studio and educational practices looking at areas of play, materialism, and craft.

Roscommon Arts Centre’s virtual Spring Programme is supported by Roscommon County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland. Full details are now available on roscommonartscentre.ie. All programme elements can be accessed free of charge.