Our doors may be closed, but we’re still serving the community
IT’S AN exciting weekend as our RCC SOUNDS community mixtape gets its first audio visual edition and the first poet takes over the RCC Curated Content Instagram page recently lauded by Arts Council Ireland.
Virtual Artist-in-Residence, Declan Devlincontinues to capture fantastic photos of the Letterkenny area and its people during COVID-19 restrictions, while Maura Logue has added a fourth date to her series of live performances.
The Open Group Show presented in association with The Minecraft Gallery is still on display, attracting new visitors every day.
The positive feedback keeps flooding in as new members join in the various initiatives every day and it really lifts our spirits. If you would like to leave us some feedback on Facebook, CLICK HERE
The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny is proudly supported by Donegal County Council and Arts Council Ireland.
RCC SOUNDS 014: SLOW PLACE LIKE HOME
We tasked a mix of local, national musicians and music fanatics to each curate a playlist under a theme of their own choice.
This community mixtape, lovingly selected by musicians to help keep us company during this period of unknown, will be released at least twice a week.
For a special edition of RCC SOUNDS, Slow Place Like Home presents a curated audio-visual mix on the RCC Facebook Page tonight (Friday), 15th May at 11pm. Tune in and chill out!
Slow Place Like Home is the music of producer/musician Keith Mannion. Based in the forests of South-West Donegal, he has already released a series of EPs and three critically-acclaimed albums.
He is currently writing new material as Slow Place Like Home and has just finished a forthcoming album as a member of the heralded Scottish-based band Gaze is Ghost.
Click HERE for all playlists to-date by Tommy Callaghan, Paul Connolly (The Wood Burning Savages), Maria McCormack, John O’Neill (The Undertones), Áine Ní Bhreasláin, BANYAH, and many more.
DECLAN DEVLIN – VIRTUAL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE – MAY 2020
May RCC Virtual Artists-in-Residence, Declan Devlin is documenting the Letterkenny area during COVID-19 restrictions.
The photographer has already taken some wonderful portraits with residents in the Cathedral town and captured the Letterkenny area during this period with some fantastic shots which will be exhibited at the RCC in the near future.
You can get an insight into Declan Devlin’s residency by following his and the RCC’s social media pages.
THE MINECRAFT GALLERY x RCC GROUP EXHIBITION
Curated by RCC Virtual Artist-in-Residence, Joe Fahy
THE RCC & The Minecraft Gallery are delighted to present works by 21 Irish and International Artists in an entire ecosystem of a virtual exhibition space built completely inside the open world sandbox game, Minecraft.
MAURA LOGUE – VIRTUAL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE – MAY 2020
RCC Virtual Artist-in-Residence, Maura Logue’s first two performances have been watched by nearly 4,000 people worldwide.
In collaboration with Donegal Arts Office, the actor, director and playwright is presenting a number of live streamed performances entitled Through the Red Door – Original Irish Stories Live by the Fire, with music by David Ison.
In her third of four performances, Maura will present The Scattering on Wednesday, 20th May, 7pm.
The story, written and performed by Maura, captures life on a Donegal island in the 1920s. It extends the story of Sally Doogan, a minor character in Peadar O’Donnell’s ‘Islanders’. ‘The Scattering’ is a story of humanity, resourcefulness and choices against the reality of poverty in 1920s Donegal.
WHAT started as a ‘simple’ challenge has turned into a full youth engagement programme with nearly 6,000 families now participating.
The ‘RCC for Kids’ Facebook Group and youth engagement programme aims to entertain, challenge and educate young people with a variety of activities, such as ‘Home is where the Art is’, that are sure to bring the whole family joy during this period.
Has your family joined ‘RCC for Kids’, yet? CLICK HERE
We have invited artists, curators and poets to take over our new RCC Curated Content to present their work, thoughts and ideas. Each artist will present curated content for seven days.
This week, we welcome Poet, Emily S Cooper who has been published in The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Banshee, Hotel and Poetry Ireland Review, among others.
In 2019 Emily took part in Poetry Ireland Introductions and was a recipient of the Next Generation Award by the Arts Council of Ireland. She has been granted residencies by the Irish Writers’ Centre, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Greywood Arts.
Emily is writing a collaborative collection on Picasso’s lovers with Jo Burns and her debut pamphlet comes out with Makina Books this year. FOLLOW HERE
STILL (A)LIFE ART CHALLENGE
Curated by The Glebe House and Gallery
The RCC asked the The Glebe House and Gallery in Churchill to curate an art challenge for adults.
Every Tuesday The Glebe posts photographs of a still life set up using items from the Derek Hill Collection on its Facebook page.
At the end of the week it posts photos of your artworks on The Glebe House and Gallery Facebook page.
This week’s still life challenge comes from the Rose Bedroom in the Glebe House. The Victorian scrap work screen in the background is a favorite with our visitors. There’s a lot of detail in in this photograph so it’s a real test.
Use any medium you like, have fun with this and be adventurous – e-mail jpegs of your drawings to firstname.lastname@example.org
THE REMOTE INSPIRATION CHALLENGE
We’re asking Donegal residents to help us document their experiences during COVID-19 isolation in Donegal.
A selection of submissions made during the challenge will be printed and exhibited at the RCC in the near future.
Join the Remote Inspiration Challenge by clicking on the button below and start posting your photos in the group (please limit it to one submission per day).
If you do decide to leave the house please remember to observe social distancing at all time and stay local. If you arrive at a busy area, turn around and either go somewhere quiet, or go home.
With so many people sharing their talents online, the RCC team created the ‘Ceol agus Quarantine’ group on Facebook aiming to help promote musicians, storytellers and poets doing live streaming sessions during.
The team would be delighted to hear from you if you have any ideas or would like help promoting content!
Come join the other over 1,000 members in Ceol agus Quarantine!
For further information on the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny’s Spring 2020 Online Programme, click on the above links (headlines), browse our website and follow the RCC on social media!
The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny is proudly funded by Donegal County Council and Arts Council Ireland.