Curating exhibitions

Curating exhibitions for Art Access For Ipswich since January 2004 has been a cultural experience, while dealing with the disadvantaged, persons with special needs and mainstream artists. Reflecting upon and interpreting artworks has heightened my senses in the need to address equality between the viewer and artists.

I as the organizer need to fulfil the wants of the viewer in identifying quality artworks from the Ipswich region, while presenting a focus on persons with a disability within the mainstream art world and field of curating.

The tools of a curator can break down the barriers of discrimination through presenting individual works from artists, while not making reference to whether the artist has a disability or is disadvantaged in anyway. What matters most to the viewer and the artist is the quality of the work

Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Art Classes
Irish Craft Update is advertising art classes in Ranelagh. They’re happening every Wednesday from the 16th of September, in the Mount Pleasant Tennis Club.
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Ranelagh Gaels Ladies’ Team

The Ranelagh Gaels, Ranelagh’s local Gaelic club, now have a Ladies’ Team. Read more about it on the Ranelagh Gaels website!
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Helen Turkington, Mint, GMale

There’s a good bit of coverage of Ranelagh businesses in yesterday’s Sunday Business Post – Helen Turkington is profiled, there’s word from Dylan McGrath on why Mint closed, and there’s a story about GMale, run by Gavan and Joe Glynn. The Glynns clearly know their audience:
“an Xbox is available to play at reception, while beer is offered in the afternoon and sports generally feature on GMale’s plasma screens.”

Mint Restaurant Closes

There’s some coverage on the Herald of the closure of Mint, Ranelagh’s top-rated restaurant, and a bit of speculation as to who to blame. Interesting material, and of course, there’s the question of whether the next business in that premises will survive long – I’ve seen three different businesses in there, as well as a period when it was unoccupied.

Bistro Bianconi Chef to enter World Championships

Bistro Bianconi’s Fran Carroll is to enter the world pizza championships in Las Vegas. Apparently, his entry is the Jameson & Black Pizza,
“An unlikely combination of Jameson Whiskey, Clonakilty black pudding, Cashel blue cheese, bacon and apple”
If that makes it to the menu in Bistro Bianconi, I’ll be trying it. If it doesn’t, I may have to try making it myself…

Tree Down

There’s a fine image of a tree down in Ranelagh Gardens in Speak from the Hip. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen trees coming down in Ranelagh, but since this winter’s weather has been a lot colder and windier than the last few, I suppose it’s not surprising.

Ranelagh Balloon Flight & Pearse Schools

There are two Ranelagh mentions in the Irish Times today. One concerns Patrick Pearse’s legacy as an educator, with regard to the school in Cullenswood House, and the other is an entry in the Irishman’s Diary column about the unveiling of a statue in Ranelagh Gardens to commemorate the balloon launch there in 1785 by a fellow called Richard Crosbie.

Ranelagh Arts Festival 2007 – Féile Raghnallach

Welcome to the 3rd annual Ranelagh Arts Festival, which promises to be the best yet, with something for everyone in the community.

Our programme comprises a good local base with a dash of exotic flavouring. A very special participant is Maura O’Connell, whose collaboration with Ciarán Tourish in their reworking of the music of the old-time Céilí bands ensures a cultural event of national significance. John Keogh’s history of the formative years of Rock ‘n Roll (1956-61); the Irish abstract art exhibition curated by Michael O’Sullivan; the tribute to Anthony Cronin, the eminence gris of Irish literature; and Desmond Ellis’s stage adaptation of his book Bockety — all combine to make the Ranelagh Arts Festival worth putting in your diary!

From classical music to the Battle of the Bands, the cinemobile, historical walks and talks, and fringe events — there is something for all age groups and artistic tastes.

The Festival is run by a local voluntary committee, with not one paid employee and is our contribution to creating a sense of community in the area.

Books About Ranelagh

Finding books about Ranelagh or its history is difficult – considerable searching has only found me a couple of references, although one of them is very good indeed.

Ranelagh is mentioned in Chapter 16 of The Neighbourhood of Dublin, written by Weston St. John Joyce around the end of the 19th Century.

A rather more up-to-date account is Deidre Kelly’s Four Roads to Dublin: The History of Ranelagh, Rathmines and Leeson Street, published in 1997. It deals with the origins of Ranelagh, Rathmines, Donnybrook and Ballsbridge, from the days when they were an unclaimed area outside the walls of Dublin to the present day.

Ranelagh is also mentioned occasionally in Families of Co. Dublin, Ireland, although that’s probably more of interest to genealogists than people living in or visiting the area. It was produced by the Irish Genealogical Foundation in 1999.

Recreation & Parks

For all that it has more trees and green areas than many parts of Dublin, Ranelagh has few public parks. Ranelagh Gardens lie at the North end of the village, and can be accessed by an arch under the Luas line. Another gate gives onto Chelmsford Road, via a short alley, and a third (not always open) into the housing off Northbrook Avenue. Dartmouth Square is better hidden, but can be accessed via Dartmouth Road, which runs parallel to Northbrook Road.

Mount Pleasant LTC, in the centre of Mount Pleasant Square, provides facilities for Tennis, Squash, Badminton and Table Tennis.

The Ranelagh Arts Festival is set for 28th September to 1st October in 2006, and has fundraising events before that – check the site for details.

There’s a very pleasant walk to be had by the Dodder River as well – from Ranelagh Village, head South down the Sandford Road to Clonskeagh, walk west through the Dodder Park, turn back across the river on the old footbridge at Milltown, and follow the Milltown Road back up to the Sandford Road. More adventurous walkers can go as far West as the Dropping Well Pub, and back North through Rathgar and Rathmines, or even further, to Bushy Park in Terenure.