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Elsewhere – an opera about the ‘Monaghan Asylum Soviet’

Michael Gallen’s new production is an extraordinary reminder of an extraordinary time, writes Prof Brendan Kelly Elsewhere, a new opera by Michael Gallen, will premiere at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in November.The opera is loosely based on the history of the ‘Monaghan Asylum Soviet’ that was established at St Davnet’s in 1919. The story…

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A talk with … Bianca Divito

Lead artist at Divito Studios, Bianca Divito is an award-winning stained-glass designer and conservator, hailing from Co Wicklow. Having worked on the conservation of priceless stained glass windows throughout Europe, her deep understanding of her craft led her to experiment with outdoor installations, as well as innovative techniques and materials — including airbrushing, Swarovski crystals…

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A talk with … Sarah Harvey

The Medical Independent talks to Sarah Harvey, a London-based painter known for herlarge-scale depictions of figures immersed in water.  Sarah Harvey’s work has been shortlisted for, and has been the recipient of, many awards, including the Insight Investment Newcomers Award from the Royal Academy of London. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions in…

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A talk with … Tara Prendergast

The Biscuit Factory is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Tara Prendergast. It is an online membership community for creative people who want to make a living from what they do and feel proud of what they put out there.  Well known in the creative space in Ireland for her Ted Talk, The Creative Revolution, Tara has…

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A talk with … Adam H Stewart

Adam H Stewart is an award-winning director, animator and editor. Born and raised in the Dublin mountains, he is a naturalised US citizen. He got his first break in the film industry when he worked with Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning costume designer Charles Knode on Braveheart. Following this early experience in feature film, Adam studied…

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A talk with … Emer Roberts

An edgy and elegant luxury fine-art jewellery brand, Emer Roberts Design’s aesthetic evolved with Emer’s exploration of our fellow mammal — the rat. Her unusual, multi-award winning architectural/art deco designs and Wearable Biology designs include the tail and lower jaw of the rat; the latter inspired by the elegant and organic patterns of Art Nouveau.…

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A talk with… Conor Horgan

Conor Horgan began his career as a photographer, then directed over 70 TV commercials and pop videos before moving on to write and direct drama and documentary films. His most recent film, The Queen of Ireland, broke box office records for an Irish documentary. Something no-one knows about you? I’ve never sat all the way…

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A talk with…Sineád Roberts

The Medical Independent talks to Irish designer Sinéad Roberts —  founder and Director of The Costume Room. Sinéad has designed and created for everything from theatre to marketing companies before deciding to launch her own label in 2017. The Costume Room is a sustainable luxury clothing brand for women and men who want contemporary, bold,…

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A talk with… Steve Doogan

A talk with… Richard Hearns

In our new ArtSpeak section, we will hold a series of conversations with some of Ireland’s leading artists. We talk to artist and painter Richard Hearns about his practice and plans for 2020 1 Any upcoming talents that impress you? In 2017 I had the opportunity to work with a young musician and budding artist,…

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