Category Archives: Feile na gCloch

Feile na gCloch – Wrecked

On Friday morning, the Feile na gCloch sketchers went on a pilgrimage to the Plassy shipwreck. Sketches from Brenda, Chris, James, Jesse, John, Pat, Sean, Stephen, Susan.

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Feile na cGloch – on the beach

On Friday afternoon of Feile na gCloch, the sketchers explored the area around the beach. Sketches from Brenda, Susan, Chris, James, John, Josephine, Pat and Stephen.

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Feile na gCloch Festival of Stone is an annual event on Inis Oírr that takes place every September. It brings together practitioners in stone walling, stone carving and letter carving from around the world to celebrate the heritage of the stones of the Aran Islands. This year, a new workshop was introduced, to reflect on the role that drawing and sketching plays in each of these traditions. The workshop was lead by JesseJames and Pat McAfee.

Loose schedule for 4 day sketch out during Feile na gCloch

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Feile na gCloch 2017

4 day Sketch-Out Loose Schedule

Thursday 14th Sept

If you arrive early, you might like to enjoy casual sketching along the shore line beyond Tigh Ned’s from 2pm – 4pm.

An Halla 4.30-7PM Welcome and talks (see brochure). An Halla is in the school up behind the sports ground. It is roughly located at number 3 on the map (see below).

Friday

Morning 9am – 1pm sketching the Plassy shipwreck. Meet at 9am sharp at An Halla. The shipwreck is about a 20 minute walk. We will leave An Halla at 9.10am. If you are late, please make your own way to the sketching location. Beyond the beach, walk out past the airport, keeping left along tarmac roads.

(Raining option – Aras Éanna exhibitions. Aras Éanna arts centre is sign-posted from the villages. It is a large grey building towards the west of the island)

Lunch – in Tigh Ned’s down near the harbour

Afternoon 2pm – 4pm sketching the beach and Harbour. Meet on the harbour wall at 2pm. If late, make your own way to the sketching location and get stuck in.

(Raining option – Tigh Ned’s near the harbour)

5PM-7PM talks at An Halla including ‘Tales of the Inis Oírr Zibaldone. Exploring worlds through an artist’s notebook” by sketcher’s Jessica Peel-Yates and James Moore at 6pm.

Dinner Tigh Ruairi 8PM (Dinner not included in price of the weekend)

Social gathering after dinner Tigh Ned’s or Tigh Ruairi’s

Optional – performance by MacDara at Áras Éanna at 9pm. MacDara Ó Conaola is an authentic and highly renowned traditional and sean-nós singer from Inis Oírr. The concert will last one hour. Aras Éanna arts centre is sign-posted from the villages. It is a large grey building towards the west of the island.

Saturday

Morning 9am – 1pm sketching at O’Brien’s Castle / Caislean Ui Bhriain. Meet at 9am sharp at An Halla. O’Brien’s Castle is about a 10 minute walk. We will leave An Halla at 9.10am. If you are late, please make your own way to the sketching location. Follow the tarmac road between the sports field and the campsite, turning right up the hill at the sign to the Seaweed Cafe and continue up the hill.

(Raining Option – Cafe Una near the harbour)

Lunch – in Tigh Ned’s down near the harbour

Afternoon 2pm – 4pm Sketching the Dry Stone Wallers

(Raining option – TBC)

Dinner Tigh Ruairi 8PM (Dinner not included in price of the weekend)

Social gathering after dinner Tigh Ned’s or Tigh Ruairi’s

Sunday

9 am – 1pm Sketching Teampall Chaomháin, the sunken church. Meet at 9am sharp at An Halla. Teampall Chaomháin  is about a 10 minute walk. We will leave An Halla at 9.10am. If you are late, please make your own way to the sketching location. Beyond the beach, look out for the gravetones on a small hill.

 

Féile na gCloch 14 – 17 Sept

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The Inisheer Zibaldone will be presented at Féile na gCloch on Inis Oirr from 14 -17 Sept 2017. The Festival of Stone incorporates stone wall building, stone carving, letter carving and on location sketch outs.

On Location Sketch Outs Exploring Inish Oírr

Spend three days exploring Inis Oírr through sketching during Féile na gCloch. Capture the magic scenery and culture of the smallest of the Aran Islands in your artists’s notebook. Experience this intimate island through drawing her castles, shipwrecks, churches, lighthouse, seascapes and iconic dry stone walls.

– Through on location sketch outs you will discover the rugged beauty of this jewel in the Atlantic.  Enjoy the creative camaraderie and be part of the exhibition of work done over the weekend.

– This long weekend is for the self-motivated sketcher who wants to enjoy a fun and sociable time drawing on location in an ancient landscape. All levels of experience welcome.

– Join a sketch out to capture the creation of a dry stone wall with prizes for the most evocative sketches.

–  Each sketch out starts with a fifteen minute warm up talk with tips and inspiration from experienced sketchers.

– Leave the island with a sketchbook full of memories.

Find out more about Féile na gCloch at http://heritage.galwaycommunityheritage.org/content/new-contributions/feile-na-gcloch-2017.