IMMA announcement on death of Patrick Scott


Patrick Scott, Meditation Painting 28, 2006, Gold Leaf & acrylic on unprimed Canvas, 122 x 81 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, the artist, 2013

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is very sad to announce the death of the great Irish artist Patrick Scott today (Friday 14 February 2014) on behalf of Eric Pearce, partner of Patrick Scott, and the family of Patrick Scott.

The Chairman, Board, Director and staff of IMMA extend their deepest condolences to Eric Pearce and the family of Patrick Scott. Patrick Scott has been a defining figure of Irish art for over 70 years and the retrospective exhibition due to open tomorrow (Saturday 15 February) is testament to his extraordinary career, life and achievements as an artist. He will be sorely missed by the arts community and IMMA is honoured to pay tribute to one of Ireland’s most important artists with this major exhibition on which Patrick Scott worked closely with the curator Christina Kennedy, Head of Collections, IMMA.

It is Eric Pearce and the family’s wish that the launch of the exhibition Patrick Scott: Image Space Light proceeds as planned tomorrow afternoon, at 3.30pm, as a celebration of Patrick Scott’s life and work.

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Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen


Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen’s The Little Radio album starts out traditionally enough in a jazz vein. Ballamy’s sonorous tenor saxophone blows out the opening bars of that standard Body and Soul. Then, rather surprisingly, in comes the playful button accordion of Carstensen. These two obviously know how to have fun (they do a version of Teddy Bears Picnic) and have been known to take special requests via Twitter at their gigs. This is one concert where it’s definitely ok to whip out a smartphone. Ballamy is making a quick return to these shores having played a critically acclaimed concert with English compatriot June Tabor in January. He’s also a former member of the pioneering British big band Loose Tubes. Curiously, Carstensen became the first person in Norway prosecuted for playing the violin whilst driving. Best take the bus to tonight’s gig…

Sunday 2nd February, DUBLIN
The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
Start Time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: €18 / €13
Bookings: 01 4750224/

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Irish Baroque Orchestra – Concerti Bizzarri


If snowdrops appearing are a sure sign of the (admittedly early) spring, another would have to be the annual series of late January concerts with the Irish Baroque Orchestra. This year’s theme is encapsulated in its title – Concerti Bizzarri. This closing concert features works by Johann Ludwig Bach (second cousin to J.S. Bach), Vivaldi and Telemann (who’s Overture/Suite La Bizarre fits the programme perfectly. Once again under the direction of Grammy-nominee Monica Huggett, the performance features varied combinations of baroque instruments not often seen elsewhere. The natural horn, viola d’amore, the oboe-d’amore and lute all add to the sound generated by the period string section. In the space of just an hour, in the beautiful setting of University Church, the Irish Baroque Orchestra will send you bouncing out of winter into spring.

Fri 31 Jan, 7.30pm: Newman University Church, DUBLIN (Tkts 16/14 euro)

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Benjamin Britten centenary: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s Big on Britten season

RTÉ NSO horn player Marie-Luise Neunecker. Photo: Janna Saksala

This year is Benjamin Britten’s centenary and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra is celebrating in some style with the second in a series entitled Big on Britten. Born in the fishing port of Lowestoft in Suffolk, on England’s east coast, the sea always had a strong pull on Britten and the Four Sea Interludes is the the most outstanding example of this influence. Composed as orchestral pieces to divide the opera Peter Grimes: Dawn; Sunday Morning; Moonlight and Storm capture the North Sea in all its moods. Britten spent the early part of the Second World War in America and the concert reflects this with Bernstein’s On the Town (Three Dance Episodes) and Copland’s ballet score Appalachian Spring. Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, based on a selection of six nocturnal poems by, among others, Blake, Jonson and Keats also features.

Artbeat’s Des FitzGerald spoke with Declan McGovern, RTÉ NSO General Manager (and programmer of the Big on Britten season) about the composer and his work. Listen back to the interview here.

Big On Britten: Britten & America
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Friday 18 October at 8pm
National Concert Hall
Prices: €35, €30, €24, €18, €10
Box office: 01 417 0000

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Jordi Savall / Triúr – Sunday 25 August


East Clare fiddler Martin Hayes is widely recognised as one of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians. His musical compass stretches far beyond these shores however, and this concert – curated by Hayes – illustrates this philosophy perfectly. This special doubleheader event, (Hayes performing with Triúr) brings the Catalan early music violist Jordi Savall to the National Concert Hall. His justly famous playing on the soundtrack to the film ‘Tous les Matins du Monde’ explored the world of Sainte-Colombe, a celebrated 17th Century French master of the viola da gamba. Savall has been one of the leading lights in the early music movement since the 1970s. Exploring the rich traditions of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music, it was perhaps inevitable that Savall would turn to music from Ireland and Scotland, which features in this concert.

Jordi Savall / Triúr
Sunday 25 August
National Concert Hall

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Artbeat 17 July 2013 | photographer Aga Maru; Art Clash


Listen back to this edition of Artbeat here.

Photographer Aga Maru joined Des FitzGerald in studio to talk about her new exhibition ‘Sunday Utopia’. From the press release: “While most of Dublin’s residents are relaxing in their homes eating Sunday lunch and reading the papers, Maru finds herself wandering through empty streets observing the other side of the Sunday Utopia. The sedate atmosphere cherished by most, for Aga as an adoptive citizen, it feels strangely intimidating. What on another day might feel like a new home, stripped of its midweek bustle and vigour, seems foreign and desolate to Maru.”

Sunday Utopia runs from July 31 – August 4 at 33 Mill Street. Visit for more on Aga’s work.

Organised by artist and curator Aine Macken, Art Clash is one of the latest creative initiatives on the Dublin art scene, aiming to fuse night classes with night life. By merging workshops facilitated by Irish based working artists with a clubby, social side – Art Clash aims to sensually please. These non-average classes provide enthusiastic participants with a multitude of disciplines such as – Film, Performance Art, Illustration, Animation, Fashion and Street Art. Artbeat’s Adrian Colwell caught up recently with Aine to talk about the initiative.

For more information on upcoming events, please visit For more on Aine and her practice, please visit

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Artbeat 03 July 2013 | Birmingham Royal Ballet; 1913 Lockout play ‘Scabs’


Ambra Vallo as Giselle and Jamie Bond as Albrecht. Photo: Bill Cooper


Listen back to this week’s programme here.

With four performances only the world renowned Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from tomorrow, Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 July. The company is bringing its renowned production of Giselle marking Birmingham Royal Ballet’s return to Dublin following the celebrated performances of Coppélia in July 2011. Des FitzGerald talked to Ballet Mistress Marion Tait from Birmingham Royal Ballet who’s been with the company since she was fifteen.

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2
Tickets: Priced from €25.00
Thursday 4 July 2013 7:30 pm; Friday 5 July 2013 7:30 pm;
Saturday 6 July 2013 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Ticketmaster: 0818 719 377

The Ten Days in Dublin Festival kicks off tomorrow and among the many offerings is a new play Scabs about the Lockout in 1913. The play’s writer and director Naomi Elster joined Des live from a technical rehearsal (with apologies for the sound quality). The interview also features an extract from the production with actors Robert Harrington and Áine de Siún.

The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street
July 4th–6th, 2013 @ 8:30pm
Tickets: €10/€8 concession – available on the door

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