Linenhall a beacon of creativity

Staying In

The lights are out in venues around the county, but The Linenhall Arts Centre continues to blaze a trail 

Ciara Moynihan

The doors to the Linenhall Arts Centre might be shut for now, but the team there is making sure Mayo audiences are kept in touch with creativity and the arts, thanks to the internet.
Many people have found themselves putting paint to paper for the first time during the endless days at home, perhaps discovering a newfound grá for art as a creative outlet. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a more-seasoned palette wielder, some direction from an expert is always welcome.
Artist Betty Gannon will be hosting a workshop on still-life drawing via Zoom on Saturday, March 27, from The Linenhall’s Community Arts Room. Betty is well-loved as a facilitator, and she’ll guide participants through the various elements involved in creating a still life drawing.
The workshop will take the form of a demonstration, so everyone will have the opportunity to see Betty in action, and there will be ample opportunity for participants to ask questions. Tickets are just €15, spaces are limited.
Tickets are now also available on the Linenhall’s website for the arts centre’s new online music series, Stories, Songs and Shenanigans with Aindrias de Staic. The first session will be tomorrow night (Wednesday), March 24, with the superb Noelie McDonnell and Nicola Joyce of the Whileaways. Expect lively music, warm chats and a lot more in the atmospheric Linenhall theatre. Tickets are just €5 per session.
Irish traditional flautist and uilleann piper and Gradam Cheoil-award-winner Emer Mayock’s Stór Ceoil Mhaigh Eo returns this Thursday, March 25. Previous episodes, available on the Linenhall’s YouTube channel, have featured Joe Byrne, Gráinne Hambly, Diarmuid Gielty, Mary Staunton, John McHugh, Julie Langan, Pat Murphy and Deirdre and Silvie Golden.
The Linenhall’s ‘A fine line…’ poetry series also continues with poets from around the country. Available on the arts centre’s Facebook and YouTube channels throughout the month, the series will be featuring Damian Gorman, Jack Lynch, Natasha Remoundou and Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe and others.
Another ongoing online series, Hall Talk, celebrates 30 years at the Linenhall with Bolay Residency artist Bryan Gerard Duffy. A host of figures have already been interviewed by Bryan about their Linenhall Arts Centre experiences, including artist Ian Wieczorek, poet Terry McDonagh, former Linenhall Director Marie Farrell, artist Alice Maher, naturalists Lynda and Chris Huxley, photographer Alison Laredo and many more.
The Linenhall Film Club has also returned, kicking off its interesting and diverse line-up of curated films with the Australian version of Icelandic film ‘Rams’. By renting the movie directly through The Linenhall’s website, the centre will receive 50 percent of the rental fee, and you’ll be directly supporting the club’s future film programme, so it’s a win-win.
So whether your thing is art, music, poetry, film or storytelling, you won’t have to go without while the world battles to restore normality. As always, the arts are there to provide escape, expression, hope and connection.