We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone but there are still opportunities to enjoy the arts and creativity as we social distance and isolate. We at Age & Opportunity arts have been impressed by the many organisations around Ireland who have taken their work online and made it fully accessible at this time. So, to make it easier for anyone who wants to taste all of the amazing work out there no matter what age they are, we’ve decided to gather a list of online opportunities across a range of activities – from watching opera to dance classes – which you can take part in without having to leave the house. These are categorised by theme, so we hope there’s something for everyone.
We know that a lot of focus right now is on accessing the outside world through the online world, and that this isn’t possible or easy for everyone. Many of the arts and crafts activities can be printed out so if you know someone who would appreciate it, why not print some off to leave at their door step?
People Making: Creativity at Home (including care homes)
Free online dance sessions for women affected by cancer every Friday with MoveDanceFeel, open to women at any stage in their cancer journey (pre, during, post treatment) & for women supporting someone with cancer. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Learn how to make a flower mandala with artist Marcela Trsova as part of Luminate@Home
Cook along with Colm O’Gorman as he shares recipes and photos of #coronacooking on his Instagram page
Sheena Wilkinson is hosting two virtual creative writing workshops for MHS Heritage & Culture Ltd. on Saturday 20th June and Saturday 11th July at 3.30 pm. Each workshop will be hosted on Zoom and will be about an hour and a half long.
Attending Online Events: Listings
Fallow Table is a playful and surreal short dance film created by Junk Ensemble and Luca Truffarelli, available to watch on the Project Arts Centre website until June 18th
Cork Midsummer Festival presents #MidsummerMoments from 10 – 21 June, an exciting programme of events including travelling theatre, billboard walks and online performances and discussions.
Listen to Glucksman Director Fiona Kearney and the eight participating artists discuss their work for a new offsite project #NewLight. The billboard project encourages rediscovery of Cork city’s pathways and passages.
On June 26th at 8PM, Actress Eilish O’Carroll will be joining Barry from Blanchardstown Library for an online chat about her life and work – the video will be posted on Fingal Library’s social media.
James Joyce’s Ulysses will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio One Extra on Tuesday, June 16th from 8am and it is available at https://www.rte.ie/culture/ulysses/
INO’s first podcast produced in partnership with dlr Libraries is a two part series that explores the different voice types you’ll hear in an opera performance, presented by INO Artistic Partner and mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty.
What the Hell/Heaven Are We Doing? Laureate For Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry is back with a brand new discussion on all things writing with award-winning novelist Colm Tóibín.
Tune in and re-watch Emma Langford’s Virtual Sing-Song with special guests.
Catch up on Rick O’Shea’s ‘Shelf Analysis’ series as he talks to award winning authors about their life, work, and favourite books.
IMMA Screen is an online screening series showcasing film and video works from the IMMA Collection. New screenings will be available monthly, presenting works by Irish and international artists alongside a new interview and related material from the IMMA Archive.
Tips and Tricks: Resources for artists and creativity leaders
Link to Theatre Forum Reopening Arts Centres Guidelines.
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection measures to provide income support to people affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht document for Arts Sector re Covid Supports.
The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has a dedicated helpdesk for queries about income support. You can send an email to email@example.com with a short description of your question along with your telephone number. An official will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your query.
Theatre Forum have published their guidelines for reopening arts centres
Pan Pan Theatre are hosting three symposium hours to mark the end of the Pan Pan Internaitonal Mentorship
Arts & Disability Ireland is inviting curators, producers, arts managers and artists with disabilities to submit expressions of interest to curate an edition of Curated Space in 2020.
FringeLAB Resident Artists are running Zoom sessions spanning producing advice, creative conversations and environmental escapism – book early to secure your spot.