The Western Skyline Podcast – 11 August 2018 A Cruinniú na mBád Special

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Photo: Cruinniú collection on Facebook

A live outside broadcast of The Western Skyline on the Saturday of the mighty Cruinniú na mBád Festival in Kinvara – complete with crying babies and the sound of turf being offloaded from the Galway Hookers at the pier outside our studio!

There are interviews with Gráinne, Claire, and Anna – three of the young artists showing work over at the Courthouse Gallery in the village. Also a discussion with Lily Johnston about KAVA artists’ work which is on display around the village during the Festival. And Paul Crowley joins me to talk everything ‘Cruinniú’ as the Galway Hooker boats edge into the harbour. The grace and beauty of the boats has to be seen to be truly appreciated.

Music from two featured albums – Shaun Davey’s ‘Granuaile Suite’ and La Bottine Souriante’s ‘La Traversée de l’Atlantique. Plus vocals from Rita Connolly.

Yes – it’s a very LIVE Western Skyline this week!!!

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The Western Skyline Podcast – 02 December 2017

On this Western Skyline: news of exhibition openings & local concerts. Also, Christmas gift ideas for students, families, and the arts lovers in your life. Plus music by Macca & Wings, Joe Jackson, Air, Altered Images, Lloyd Cole, Johnny Cash, Simon, and Garfunkel, and the divine Joni Mitchell. Photo © Karen McDonnell.

 

The Eldest V

Last weekend was spent in the company of dear friends in London.

The timing was deliberate: Una & Mairead treated me to a visit to the Vanessa Bell exhibition.

20170501_135850.jpg I’ve a long lasting fascination with the Bloomsbury set. I’ve played Vita Sackville -West & Virginia Woolf, so I’ve read a lot written by and about them. But I’ve always had an affection for Vanessa – the other Stephen girl.

So it was wonderful to head to Dulwich on a sunny April day and take in what is the most comprehensive solo exhibition of her work since her death in 1961.

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The range of work is wonderful: from still lives to landscapes; abstract to portraits.

Also included are designs she worked on with Duncan Grant, family photos, and letters – such as the one above written to Roger Fry in 1914.

And – of particular interest to this fan of the Two Vs – the dust jackets designed for the Hogarth Press:

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The exhibition runs until 4 June. The Dulwich Gallery is set in lovely leafy grounds, with outdoor seating and great coffee. You could spend a day away from the city mayhem in an oasis of flowering calm, and visit Vanessa at the same time.

Go on, treat yourself.