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Aosdána Members Tom de Paor, Valerie Mulvin & Deirdre Kinahan announced as part of Places Matter conference 2022 in VISUAL, Carlow.

The Arts Council and Local Government will jointly host its third biennial conference, Places Matter, in VISUAL, Carlow on March 24th and 25th.  In what will be one of the first in-person conferences to take place in over two years, the Arts Council will take a deep dive into how the Arts Council and Local Government can invest more creatively in people and places. Aosdána members Valerie Mulvin, Deirdre Kinahan & Tom de Paor both contribute as speakers or artists.   

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Laureate for Irish Fiction 2022-2024 Blog

Reading Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’

When Ulysses is finished after seven years labour (diversified by eight illnesses and nineteen changes of address from Austria to Switzerland, to Italy, to France), I shall need six months rest-not necessarily in jail.’

Joyce to John Quinn, 7 January 1921

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Aosdána elects 5 new members

Today, Aosdána, the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland, elects five new members. The five newly elected members are: Anne Enright (Literature); Amanda Coogan (Visual Art); Rachel Joynt (Visual Art); Diana Copperwhite (Visual Art); Linda Buckley (music). This brings the total membership to 250 members.

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Aosdána expresses great sadness on the death of John Kinsella

Born in 1932, John Kinsella was one of Ireland’s foremost composers .He spent much of his early life as a composer while also working in RTÉ, initially in radio production and later as Director of Music. He retired as Director of Music in RTÉ in 1998 to concentrate of full-time composition.

He produced a substantial compositional output, initially in serialist-modernist styles, before a major re-evaluation and shift of approach in 1979 after which he developed a more personal tonally-centred style.  A masterful orchestrator, amongst the large output of predominantly instrumental music are a remarkable eleven symphonies, several concertos for different instruments and a great diversity of chamber music, including a series of very fine string quartets.

His work has been widely performed and recorded, and he received the Marten Toonder Award in 1979 and was a founder member of Aosdána in 1981. In 2019 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Concert Hall.

Arts Council Chair Professor Kevin Rafter commented: 

“John Kinsella leaves behind a great legacy, both the large body of musical work which will live on and delight audiences in concert halls and recordings for many generations to come, and his place in the affections by so many people who were fortunate to know him as a gentle and warm artist and human being. He will be sorely missed, but leaves us greatly the richer for his time amongst us.”