Monday, 25 September 2017

September 2017 Blog Catchup

For a number of reasons, I haven't been keeping up with my blog, apologies. I have however been busy on various T+L and personal projects since last March...

On Friday, 31st of March 2017, I was part of a review panel for the Slovenian agency NAKVIS. The institution reviewed was IAM – Institute and Academy of Multimedia in Ljubljana.

March 2017 - Ljubljana IAM review team

March 2017 - Ljubljana airport Lilienthal glider

On Tuesday May 16th 2017, I travelled to Split in order to participate in an AZVO (Croatian Quality Assurance agency) review of Mostar University in Bosnia Herzegovina. I was responsible for Chairing the 17th of May review of Mostar University’s Academy of Fine Arts in Široki Brijeg, ably assisted by my great friends Prof.  Branko Matulić and Marina Grubišić.

May 2017 - Mostar University - Academy of Fine Arts

May 2017 - Mostar - Stari Most

From 26th to 29th of June, I travelled to Ghent, for the latest Tempus ALIGN planning meeting.

Ghent JUNE - Dulle Griet small

Ghent JUNE - Geert takes command - cropped

Ghent JUNE - Tempus ALIGN planning meet - group shot

My film ‘Prison Room’ was accepted for the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh, but I withdrew it with apologies. Following the death of my mother on 1st of May, I just didn’t feel up to doing film festivals over summer 2017. Thanks again to the Fleadh’s wonderful Short programme team for their patience and understanding.

prison room film - parajanov in prison suit

Over the summer, I worked on a new, longer animation project component with the working title ‘desert town’ (‘Grad Bak Tallab’) and I made two experimental film pieces ‘pond’ and ‘whelan’s hill’. I also completed a commissioned film for Tipperary County Council. The commissioned film is titled ‘A Great Silence’ and is part of the upcoming 2017 National Famine Commemoration. 

Here's a snippet from The Tipperary Star of 18th Sept...

On Thursday 28 September the local primary schools project will be launched at the Community Hall in Ballingarry. Local artist Katy Goodhue has produced a series of 5 pieces of art reflecting the Famine in the local area. Based on her research over the summer for these pieces she has also gone to the 6 local schools and worked with the children to create an artistic response to the Famine in the area. These works will be on display in the community hall and at the Famine Warhouse 1848 for the Commemoration itself. A short film by local filmmaker David Quin was also commissioned as part of the Creative Ireland programme by the Arts Office and Heritage Office, again as an artistic response to Famine in the local area. This will also be screened on Thursday evening.

July - character construction 'Desert Town' film

At the start of September (5th Sept to 8th Sept), I travelled to Moskva for a Tempus ALIGN project review of Moscow State Pedagogical University’s ‘Pedagogical Management’ MA.

Sept 2017, MSPU - the ALIGN panel and our guides admire the view

Sept 2017, MSPU - ALIGN panel assembles for peer review

Sept 2017, MSPU - lecture theatre

On Saturday 9th September I was delighted to participate in Damer House Gallery’s 2017 ‘Homeland’ exhibition. My participating film was entitled ‘Who Owns The Blackbird?’

Damer House Gallery image - 2017 Homeland opening - group shot

Damer House Gallery image - 2017 Homeland opening - artists group shot

Damer House Gallery image - 2017 Homeland opening - artists

Damer House Gallery image - 2017 Homeland exhibition - my film playing

Damer House Gallery image - 2017 Homeland opening (DQ and Patricia)

Next, early October trip to Kyiv and Yerevan for the Tempus ALIGN closing conferences! I'm exhausted even thinking ahead to them!