Thursday, August 19, 2010

X-PO – The Door is Open. Public Meeting 6th September @8pm

Over the last few years the X-PO LOCAL ARTS PROJECT has been supported day by day, week by week, month by month by the people of the locality. Whether it be setting up and running clubs, groups and exhibitions for singers, dancers, knitters, Irish speakers or local map makers; providing tea and buns for the exhibition launches; organising with the Kilnaboy Development Association the wonderful children’s Christmas Party; supporting coffee mornings, card games, pub quizzes and social nights; attending talks on killeens, natural history, local history, herbs and caving – the events have been run and the people have come. Each September since the X-PO started it has held a General Public Meeting to allow people to make their feelings about the project known. The meeting also serves as an introduction to the X-PO for those who have not heard of it and a report on the year’s activities for those who have. An invitation is extended to everybody to get involved with the project either by joining in the clubs and groups, setting up a new club or group. Please turn up for the Public Meeting and find out about the social and cultural opportunities taking place right on your doorstep.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

EVENTS at X-PO Final week before Summer closure!

Wed. 26th May Archaeological field trip in the High Commons area of Kilnaboy led by long-time resident Michael Lynch. The High Commons has one of the densest concentrations of archaeological monuments in the entire country.

Meet at 7.00 pm at the lay-by of the old church in Kilnaboy on the R476 Corofin to Kilfenora road. All welcome and the event is free of charge.

Fri. 28th May at 7pm/8pm/9pm:



Meet Dorothy. Dorothy is eighty and lives alone in a Victorian house in Birmingham. She has one eye, no teeth and a soft spot for Starsky and Hutch.

A visual theatre portrait telling the intricate story of one life. Visual artist and puppeteer Sarah Fuller and performer Vanessa Earl are collaborating to bring Dorothy’s story to life using shadows, objects and performance. Her story is told through the memories of her eight-year old grand-daughter who spent many weekends at her house.

Performance lasts approximately 30mins. There will be no seating, so please be prepared to stand.

This is a work-in-progress performance, there will be no charge but any donations will be received with pleasure!

Until 30th May EXCEPT Friday 28th

X-PO Mapping Group Research, Tracing & Tales of Kilnaboy Townlands & Inhabitants

The houses and remains of houses from 24 of the townlands of Kilnaboy named, traced and placed alongside accounts of the occupants.
This work is the fruit of the past two years work by members of X-PO mapping group who meet every Tuesday from September to the end of May.
Open: Mon-Fri 8 - 10 pm. Sat and Sunday 2 - 5 pm.

Friday, March 5, 2010

GMIT Verge Symposium.

Date: Monday 19th April 2010
Venue: Theatre 1000, New Building, GMIT, Dublin Rd., Campus, Galway.
Time: Presentation by Georgina Barney: 2.30
Symposium: 3 - 6pm

The aim of this symposium is to consider the form and content of a new visual art publication, VERGE. The publication is intended as an alternative to urban-based visual arts publications and contains articles from writers, artists and poets on issues relating to rural arts and profiles of pertinent projects.
Each speaker has particular knowledge to bring to this discourse- visual arts practice, art history, sociology, agriculture, heritage and critical theory. It is intended that they bring an external perspective to the publication and stimulate an open interrogation of the direction and dissemination of future research at the institute. The symposium will inform the focus of future trans-disciplinary and practice-led research at GMIT. Research already developed at the institute has fed into a module on Art and Heritage in Rural Contexts. A significant proportion of students studying at GMIT are from rural backgrounds. At a time of accelerated socio-economic, cultural and environmental change, the particular challenges of all forms of visual art practice in rural public spaces is a subject of ongoing research within the institute.

The symposium will be preceded by a presentation by UK based artist Georgina Barney, on her project Great British Farming. The artist is currently undertaking a PhD through practice at Grey’s School of Art Aberdeen.

Jay Koh, Artist,
Megs Morely, Artist/Former Public Arts Officer Galway City Arts Office.
Pat Cooke. Director of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management (UCD)
Michaele Cutaya, Freelance Writer/Artist.
Dr. Anne Byrne School of Political Science and Sociology (NUIG)
Dr. Aine Macken Walsh, Teagasc Rural Economy Research Centre
Jenny Haughton Public Arts Policy Advisor, the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaionn.
Catherine Marshall, Art historian.
Chair: Deirdre O’Mahony, Artist/Lecturer (GMIT)

The symposium is free but places are limited.
To register please email:

Second Tues of the Month Talk

Michael Lynch will be giving a talk on the archeology of the Burren. X-PO next Tuesday 9th March at 8pm.
Free All welcome.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Robin Sheen Caving in the Burren.

Next X-PO Mapping Group Second Tuesday of the Month Talk: Tues 9th Feb. 2010.
Robin Sheen 
Caving in the Burren.
Robin has explored the caves of the Burren for the past 30 years and the X-Po is delighted to have this opportunity for him to share his knowledge with the community.
Free... Donations welcome!