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ARD RÍ STUDENTS SET TO PERFORM WITH THE THREE TENORS 

Students from Ard Rí National School are busy learning lyrics and putting the finishing touches to their do-re-mi's ahead of a very special guest performance with The Three Tenors at Solstice Arts Centre on Friday 10th February.

The school choir was approached directly by The Three Tenors in November to join them in a special arrangement of Phil Coulter's Home From The Sea, a song made famous by folk singer Liam Clancy. The students will also bring plenty of their own flavour and musical preference to the concert with their performances of Firework by Katie Perry and When I Grow Up from the smash-hit West End musical Matilda.

Following two previous sold out performances at Solstice, The Three Tenors Ireland - RTÉ award-winners Derek Moloney, Dominic  McGorian and Shane Morgan, will introduce new hits Caledonia, Over the Rainbow, RUN and I Don’t Wanna Talk About It along with firm favourites from Sinatra, Pavarotti, The  Dubliners and many more.

The Three Tenors, with very special guests Ard Rí National School, take to the stage at Solstice Arts Centre on Friday 10th February at 8pm. Although selling fast, there are still tickets available priced at €25 HERE or on 046 909 2300.

 

AUTISM FRIENDLY SCREENING OF DISNEY'S FROZEN AT SOLSTICE

An Autism Friendly Screening of Disney’s mega hit Frozen (Sing-Along version) added to WINTERIFIC! Famly Fun Day at Solstice Arts Centre

Solstice Arts Centre has announced a new initiative in consultation with Meath Autism Network to introduce Autism Friendly Screenings of their children’s movies, beginning with a special screening of Disney’s Frozen.

On Sunday 11th December, Solstice will celebrate WINTERIFIC!, an annual family fun day full of free activities for children, including winter crafts, facepainting, festive music and goodies. Also taking place on the day is a sold out screening of a sing-along & dress up version of Disney’s Frozen.

Solstice has now added an Autism Friendly Screening of the Disney mega hit that has enthralled children (and driven parents up the walls) for the past three years. Starting at 11:30, the screening will consist of small changes to the atmosphere of the theatre to make the experience easier on children with autism, including leaving the lights on a low setting, lowering the volume of the film slightly and reducing the capacity to allow for movement during the screening. Solstice Arts Centre will also work with families to include individual requests  wherever possible. 

Solstice Arts Centre’s WINTERIFC! Family Fun Day takes place from 11:00am – 2:00pm on Sunday 11th December, with the Autism Friendly Screening of Frozen starting at 11:30am. Tickets are €4 and can be booked online HERE or on 046 909 2300.

 

 

 

SOLSTICE WELCOMES NAVAN BOOKSHOP TO THE CENTRE

Blackbird Books to join Meath’s creative community in new home at Navan’s Solstice Arts Centre

(Wednesday 3rd August, 2016) Blackbird Books, the Navan independent bookshop established by husband and wife team Shane Breslin and Lorraine McKeever Breslin last year, is moving to a new home as part of the creative community at Solstice in the coming weeks.

The bookshop, which had set up home at Old Corn Market in the town early last year, made a positive impact on Navan’s burgeoning creative events scene with a number of readings, book launches, open mic nights, children’s events and even music gigs over the past 12 months and is now officially joining the town’s creative hub in its new home at Solstice.

While visitors praised the coffee and sweet treats which formed part of the Blackbird Books offering, the move to Solstice allows bookshop owner Lorraine McKeever Breslin to concentrate her energies on what she feels she does best - getting great books into the hands of readers of all ages, while at the same time benefiting from the fact that it is now inside the doors of the county’s principal events arena and the proven reputation of new neighbours at Solstice, The Box Cafe.

“We loved having a small coffee shop where people could come, browse the books and relax over a hot drink,” says Lorraine. “However, I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t distracted us from the books, and I just think that it is going to be the best of all worlds at Solstice. -We will try to give our bookselling business the best possible chance, while at the same time benefiting from the fact that one of the best theatres in the country, a fantastic art gallery and exhibition space and The Box Cafe, which serves some of the best lunches and cakes around, are all just a few steps away! We couldn’t be happier with the way things have worked out. ”

“I’m delighted that Blackbird books have accepted our invitation to join our creative household at Solstice” says Belinda Quirke, Artistic Director of Solstice. “This forms part of our strategic vision for the centre to be a hub of creativity for artists, industries and citizens to informally connect with culture in the northeast region.  Blackbird Books are a likeminded creative business that understand and promote the enrichment of everyday life through cultural moments and kinship.  A mutual sincere goodwill lends itself to the promise of an imaginative and sustainable partnership”.

Among the authors who read at Blackbird Books in its first year were award-winning novelists and short story writers Donal Ryan and Nuala O’Connor, crime writer Jax Miller, historian Frank Shouldice and poets Peter Fallon and Tom French. Musicians which graced the upstairs space at the old Blackbird Books included the world-famous The Bookshop Band and singer-songwriters Saramai, Christy Leech, Rosa Nutty, Participant, Myles Manley and Joy Booth.

“Our customers loved the events we ran over the past year or so,” says Lorraine. “I loved our Birdsong intimate music gigs, author readings and book launches, and we are definitely going to be planning more events under the Blackbird Books banner soon. We also hope to be able to help out the team at Solstice in whatever way we can to bring some amazing events to the people of Meath. We just can’t wait for September to come around so we can settle into our new home!”

Blackbirds book will relaunch at Solstice on Culture Night September 16th at 6.30 p.m.

 

SOLSTICE ARTS CENTRE IS SEEKING AN EXPERIENCED TECHNICAL MANAGER

(Thurs 07 July 2016) An experienced Technical Manager is required to oversee all aspects of technical production of this busy multi-disciplinary arts centre.

Candidates should forward their Curriculum Vitae with a covering letter outlining their qualifications and experience to the :

Administration Manager,
Solstice Arts Centre,
Railway Street,
Navan,
Co. Meath

or e-mail info@solsticeartscentre.ie not later than 5 p.m. on Friday 05 August.

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KELLS ARTIST WINS INAUGURAL SOLSTICE VISUAL ARTS AWARD

(Monday 20 June 2016) Kells artist Kevin Lindsay has won the inaugural Solstice Visual Arts Award at the launch of the fifth annual SURVEYOR exhibition on Saturday 18th June. SURVEYOR presents a selection of current contemporary visual arts practice throughout County Meath and is organised by Solstice Arts Centre each year. As part of the award, Lindsay won a €1,200 bursary to contribute towards his continued practice within the visual arts field.

The winning piece, titled Ridge, is a sculptural work made from concrete ridge tiles. Lindsay lives in Cortown, Kells and graduated from DIT in 2015.  He has spent many years working in construction and this influences the nature and the form his work takes. The crux of his sculptural work concerns diverting stock construction materials from their intended destiny and divesting them of their utilitarian identities. These individual units are deliberately left physically unaltered and are can conceivably be returned to their previously determined roles.

“My practice is founded on the ‘unit’ or ‘module’ and investigates the inherent aesthetic contained within the mundane. My work is predominantly sculptural, however, photography, video, music and performance also play an important role. My sculptural work concerns diverting stock construction materials from their intended purpose, creating forms and returning them to their original role unmodified” says Lindsay of his work.

Lindsay had some stiff competition to win the new award with SURVEYOR receiving an unprecedented 240 artworks from 93 artists this season. 72 pieces from 49 local artists were chosen for the exhibition. SURVEYOR runs until Friday 8th July, Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm and entry to the exhibition is free. 

 

ED BYRNE - OUTSIDE LOOKING IN TOUR ON SALE 1ST JUNE

23rd September – Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

Tickets from €27 inclusive booking fee charges – on sale Wednesday, June 1st at 9am

There is nothing quite like seeing Ed Byrne doing what he does best. Which is having a live audience eating out of the palm of his hand as he delivers a stand up masterclass so simple in execution (and so effortless in easy going floppy haired charm) that you forget that not every comic is as good as this.

As an observational live stand up comedian Ed Byrne is unrivalled. Ed will make his highly anticapted return to stand up on Irish soil this September, with a three consecutive nights in Ireland, kicking off at Pavillon Theatre, Dun Laoghaire followed by Solstice Arts Centre, Navan  and Black Box Theatre, Galway. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday June 1st at 9am from Ticketmaster.

He has performed hit UK tours, West End solo runs and developed huge success on the International Circuit where he has performed to capacity audiences across the world.

Ed’s television career is now in its 3rd decade! He has consistently made television appearances since his first break on Jonathan Ross’s Big, Big Talent Show (ITV, 1995) with a breakthrough stand up set. Over the years Ed has made some sparkling appearances on Mock The Week, Buzzcocks, Graham Norton Show, Have I Got News For You and Live At The Apollo (all BBC).  Recently Ed’s Presenting stints (2014,15 & 16) on Comic Relief Bake Off has brought Ed to a huge broad range audience (look out for him in this year’s Sport Relief Bake Off!).

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The Sunday Times

That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. the other one. You know him.  Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!

“Comedy’s holy grail.... Go see!”  ✭✭✭✭

Edinburgh Guide

‘A string of comedy gold moments’  4 STARS

Sunday Times

“A masterful display of the comics art…this is a seamless and perfectly timed show that could stand proudly next to any Izzard, Bailey, Carr or Skinner stadium-filler” ***** 


'HOUSEHOLD' CREATIVE RESIDENCIES AT SOLSTICE

Solstice is a creative hub for the arts in the county of Meath. We are inviting conversations with artists and companies continuing the support of our residential practice programme entitled Household. We want work, and the creation of new work to emanate from our building, and in doing so stimulate mindful connections with audiences and communities in the county. We also want to support the development of new work within our excellent facilities here. Sometimes this will be about staff and facility support, other times this will be about collaborative production. After seven years of residential practice at the centre, we happily have no fixed ideas of what that might be, what that might entail, or how long it should be, in order that we remain consistently fresh to new thinking of what our household in the palindrome can be, and what we make together.

To discuss further, please contact Belinda Quirke, Artistic Director/CEO
email: belinda.quirke@solsticeartscentre.ie

Solstice Arts Centre is an award winning multidisciplinary arts centre in Navan, Co. Meath. From January 2008, Tall Tales Theatre Company programmed all activities from Solstice Arts Centre, Navan providing for new and original theatre production, professional development and community projects in Co. Meath. They commissioned, developed and produced new Irish work, creating a programme of activity that was both artistically exciting and accessible. Solstice Arts centre successfully commissioned “Moment” by Deirdre Kinahan and co-produced “Maisy Daly’s Rainbow”, “Chance”, “Bogboy”, “Halcyon Days of which “Moment”, “Bogboy” and “These Halcyon Days” (with Landmark Productions) have toured internationally. Moment (2009) continues to be staged globally.

With the establishment of the Arts Council of Ireland artist in residency scheme, Deirdre Kinahan (playwright) became artist in residence at Solstice in 2012. In 2013, Artists Jason Byrne (Director), Ella Clarke (Dance) were also funded by the Arts Council of Ireland Artist in residency scheme.

Redmond O’Toole (classical guitar) became resident at the centre in 2014 and performed with various guests exhibiting a diverse range of programme. In October 2015, he performed the world premiere of “Cortège” by Ian Wilson. During his residency he also participated in an intensive and vibrant collaborative programme with St. Anne’s Primary School, Navan. 

30/03/2016

ARTIST CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT SOLSTICE

Solstice has always strived to generate greater wellbeing and life experiences through engagement in the arts, but also connect our communities with
professional artists and their practice.

We would like to invite professional artists in all art forms to submit proposals concerning participatory programmes of creative engagement, and/or
professional development as part of our season 2016/2017.

These programmes are not limited to workshops and discussion structures etc., but could also respond to aspects of Solstice artistic programme in both visual and performing arts. As an artist, engagement may be practice led, and may require a longer term conversation with us concerning how we best support that work.

If you are interested, we are grateful to receive the following by email by Friday 7 May, 2016
•     Initial concept with proposed costs and structure/requirements where possible
•     Samples of relevent work in this area
•     Your CV of arts practice
•     You will also be asked to submit Garda clearance as well as up to date child protection training

For further general information or enquiries please contact Carol O’ Connor on carol.oconnor@solsticeartscentre.ie | Tel: 046 9092300 

11/03/2016

NEW SOLSTICE SURVEYOR VISUAL ARTS AWARD

Solstice announces the establishment of a new visual arts award of €1200 for its annual exhibition, SURVEYOR. Artistic Director Belinda Quirke said that the establishment of this award aims to stimulate and support the development and work of visual arts practice in the county. The ‘Solstice Visual Arts Award’ will be awarded to a work of distinction in any medium.

Solstice Arts Centre would like to invite artists living in or from the county of Meath to submit works for inclusion in our fifth, SURVEYOR open exhibition. SURVEYOR serves to support value and encourage Artists in the development of their practice and creative career. This exhibition presents a selection of current contemporary visual arts practice throughout the county.

  • There is a limit of 3 submissions per artist.
  • Entry fee is €10 (per artist). All application forms must be completed and returned to Solstice by Friday 27th May 4pm.  Address soft copies to carol.oconnor@solsticeartscentre.ie clearly titled “SURVEYOR Application 2016”.  Alternatively hard copies can be addressed to: Surveyor, Carol O’ Connor, Solstice Arts Centre, Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland.
  • The drop off date for work is 11am- 4pm Saturday 11th June.  Applicants should ensure that all work submitted has the attached label with entrant’s name, work title and arrow indicating correct viewpoint, securely affixed to the work/s you are submitting.  Duplicate label if necessary and attach to each physical work submitted.
  • Contact will be made with artists on 15th June with results of their submission. 
  • Unsuccessful work must be collected by the artist from Solstice by 15th of June (11am-4pm). Failure to collect work by this date will result in its disposal.
  • A commission of 20% will be payable to Solstice on all sales.
  • Work will be selected by an independent curator.
  • Opening of Exhibition will be on Saturday 18th July at 3pm.

DOWNLOAD 2016 SURVEYOR APPLICATION FORM (pdf)

DOWNLOAD 2016 SURVEYOR APPLICATION FORM (Word)

 

For further information or inquiries please contact:  tel. 046 9092300 / carol.oconnor@solsticeartscentre.ie

13 January 2016

DUALITY OF FORM

Solstice Arts Centre would like to invite you and a guest to the exhibition opening of Duality of Form on Wed 20th Jan at 7pm. Participating artists - Eleanor Duffin, Caoimhe Kilfeather & Barbara Knezevic, curated by Mary Cremin. Followed by wine reception and artist discussion. RSVP joy.russell@solsticeartscentre.ie / 046 909 2335. Accompanying music event Thurs 18th Feb, Quiet Music Ensemble: QME is a Cork-based experimental music group. Admission Free (Pre-booking essential)

 

 

 
 
 
 

24 September 2015

Alan Butler in conversation with Conor McGarrigle

Thursday 01 October, 3.00pm

Alan Butler and Conor McGarrigle trawl though matter and issues regarding the current state and usage of the worldwide web as explored in Butler’s current exhibition We Were Promised Anarchy, But What We Got Was Chaos.

Conor McGarrigle is an Irish new media artist, researcher and Assistant Professor in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver.  His work is concerned with the integration of digital technologies into the everyday, the spatial implications of location aware mobile devices and the social, political and cultural implications of Big Data. His work has been exhibited widely internationally in over 70 exhibitions including the 2011 Venice Biennale, The Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Fundació Miro in Mallorca, the St. Etienne Biennale, EVA International Ireland’s Biennial, SIGGRAPH, Site Santa Fe and FILE São Paulo. He is an Assistant Professor in the Emergent Digital Practices program at the University of Denver.

McGarrigle holds a PhD from the Dublin Institute of Technology, a MFA from the National College of Art and Design Dublin, a BSc from University College Dublin and was Research Scholar at GradCAM Dublin from 2008-2012.

Alan Butler exhibtiton We Were Promised Anarchy, But What We Got Was Chaos runs until 9th October 2015

Admission Free

 

17 September 2015

More events for Culture Night

Just announced: We are making 'The Whistling Girl' a free event as part Culture Night on Fri 18th September. This new show of cabaret and vaudeville features music inspired by the poetry of the great Dorothy Parker, brought to us by renowned vocalist Honor Heffernan and composer Trevor Knight.

Book Here

Don't forget our Galleries will also be open for Culture Night from 7pm – 9.30pm with the exhibition 'We Were Promised Anarchy, But What We Got Was Chaos', from Dublin artist Alan Butler.

 

 

 

16 September 2015

We are opening Culture Night!

Solstice Galleries will be open Friday 18th September from 7pm - 9.30pm for Culture Night. Come along to see how artist Alan Butler, has transformed the space to create a realm of psychedelic colour, with headless bodies, bodiless heads, frenetic moving images, and bombastic waffle. Entitled We Were Promised Anarchy, But What We Got Was Chaos, this exhibition brings together numerous approaches that lament the potential of the World Wide Web as a platform or device for free expression and democracy. Through the use of an assembly of new and traditional media, Butler’s work here presents the current state of the Internet as a giant surveillance machine-cum-shopping mall.

 

 

09 September 2015

We are currently recruiting for the position of FOH & Box Office Manager.

The position requires people who have flexibility to work daytime, evenings and weekends on a casual part time basis. Candidates should have experience of working in a busy location and ability to perform in high pressure situations. Candidates should also demonstrate experience in supervising staff, ability to pay attention to detail, together with a knowledge/interest in the arts.

Candidates should forward their Curriculum Vitae with a covering letter outlining their qualifications and experience to the:

Administration Manager, Solstice Arts Centre, Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath or e-mail info@solsticeartscentre.ie not later than 5 p.m. on Friday 18th September, 2015.

Candidates may be short listed, based on the information supplied on their application.

Meath Arts Centre Company Ltd, trading as Solstice Arts Centre is an equal opportunities employer.

 

 

27 February 2015

ST PATRICKS CLASSICAL SCHOOL PRESENTS AN ART EXHIBITION: CREATIVE “PATS” AT SOLSTICE ARTS CENTRE

Opening Night:  3 March 7pm

Running until 10 March

This year St Patrick's Classical School celebrates 85 years of classical education in Navan.  To celebrate this occasion, the Music and Art Department have collaborated with Solstice Arts Centre to  producea series of events which will take place in Meath’s centre for the arts. An Art Exhibition will run from the 3-10 March at the ground floor space of The Box Café in Solstice Arts Centre. The Art Department have produced a series of artworks to highlight the talent and artistic achievements of its students, showcasing  work completed by senior art pupils in St Patricks.  St Patricks Classical School has a thriving and vibrant Art Department which is a testament to the schools ethos in its pursuit of excellence both academically and artistically.

Creative “Pats” began two years ago with a small group of senior art pupils. The purpose of Creative “Pats” was to give art pupils an additional avenue to develop and explore their art work in a creative environment. This group has grown from strength to strength over the past two years. The work is a representation of the dedication and hard work of the art pupils in the school. The exhibition displays an eclectic mix of work which includes portraits, poster design, drawing and photography.

 

16 February 2015

ST JOSEPH'S SECONDARY SCHOOL EXHIBIT ARTWORK AT SOLSTICE ARTS CENTRE

Solstice Arts Centre is delighted to host an exhibition of artwork created by 2nd year students at St Joseph's Secondary School Convent of Mercy.  36 students in total will exhibit across media, to include drawings, textile pieces and reduction lino prints, all of which are for sale.  Why not pick-up your own original art-work for €60?

The exhibition launches on Monday 23rd February at 6pm with light refreshments at The Box Cafe, ground floor of Solstice Arts Centre.  This is a FREE event and all are welcome!

 

 

 

26 November 2014

ARTIST MARIE HANLON REFLECTS ON HER EXHIBITION AT SOLSTICE ARTS CENTRE: Everything we see...

Closing 6 December, don't miss the opportunity to experience this show during its final 10 days.

Everything we see...The space at Solstice, or more correctly, the spaces, since it comprises three exhibition rooms and a large foyer, encourages the artist to be bold, to break out and do something different. For this exhibition I made video and installation pieces, a new development for me, but without question, one that marks the  direction of my work from here on. There were many firsts in this show.

Part of the learning experience was how to site five video monitors in the main room without ending up with a row of screens. My solution was to place a 14-foot plinth diagonally in the space, then stand one small monitor at either end. The remaining screens were hung at different levels on the surrounding walls, avoiding uniformity and allowing each work to exist as an entity in its own right.

There are seven pieces with sound in the show, the potential for unbearable cacophony was very real, I kept the audible sound in the end rooms and used headphones for the middle space. Of course there is a degree of sound drift, but just as the space itself flows from one room to another through double doorways this  seemed acceptable. All the works deal in one way or another with the question of perception, this is the unifying factor within the show.  I see this exhibition as a point of departure and I am grateful to the many people who helped realise it. (Marie Hanlon, 26 November 2014)

 

 

30 September 2014

OCTOBER AT SOLSTICE: NEW THEATRE, HALLOWEEN EVENTS, MUSIC, FILM  & LOCAL ARTS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's a strong month for Local Arts this October at Solstice Arts Centre.  Kicking-off with the Royal Variety Charity Show next Saturday 4 October we welcome the very popular Spotlight, Yellow River Drama Club and Youth Work Ireland to the Solstice stage.  Music-wise, the nearly thirty-strong choral force that is Navan Male Voice Choir  perform 18 October with a host of guests including Tara Ladies Choir, the Meath Harp Ensemble and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann - to name a few.  Later this month, we welcome back Beaufort College for two nights on 22 and 23 October, with this year's musical sensation 'Back to the 80s...The Awesome Musical'.  

The brilliant 'Two Brothers - Vladimir & Anton Jablokov' perform their contagiously rhythmic violins on Wednesday 8 Oct.  Accompanied by their piano player, Adam Kuruc, experience wide-ranging music from Brahms and Bach to movie scores and musicals such as The Godfather and Fiddler on the Roof.  An immensely enjoyable evening of music with instantaneous toe-tapping from audience members a guarantee!  

In Theatre, a choice of dynamic theatre shows edges us closer to the Halloween spirit!  The creators of Austen's Women present Female Gothic - a celebration of female writers from the Victorian era.  Playing 24 October at Solstice, this performance is thought-provoking and delightfully creepy, where a woman shares chilling tales of the macabre and uncanny.  

Jonathan Harker and Dracula, starring Gerard McCarthy (best known for TV roles in The Fall, Hollyoaks and Vikings), presents a new adaptation of Bram Stoker's iconic masterpiece on vampirism.  This production is a feast for all the senses using backing screens, projections, surround sound and a newly commissioned score.  Be entertained, spooked and immersed in the bloody tale of Dracula 11 October.

Spiral staircase, Rhinoceros beetle,Ruins street, Fig tart, Rhinoceros beetle, Via dolorosa, Rhinoceros beetle, Singularity point, Giotto, Angel, Hydrangea, Rhinoceros beetle, Singularity point, Secret emperor

Halloween calls for some spooktacular entertainment for children over the mid-term and Jackula for 4-10year olds does the trick on Saturday 25 October (7pm).  The 'Halloween Spooktacular' offers a 3-day workshop bonanza at Solstice from Tuesday 28 - Thursday 30 October.  This is a hands-on arts and crafts workshop with artist Sarah Standing and is suitable for 6 - 10 year olds.

Visual artist Michael Wann talks about his work as exhibited in 'In A Landscape' at a free event in Solstice Gallery this coming Wednesday, October 1st.  ‘In A Landscape’ comes to an end 11 October, so don’t miss the opportunity to experience this group show.  Watch out for information on our upcoming exhibition with Marie Hanlon’s 'Everything We See...' exhibition which launches Thursday 23 October.  

And finally, our film club injection this October is Calvary (2013), directed by the now somewhat controversial director Michael McDonagh. It screens Wednesday 15 October.  Is it or is not an Irish movie...you can decide!  Find out more about our Solstice Film Club bundle here.  

Book by phone on (046) 909 2300 or online: www.solsticeartscentre.ie.  We look forward to seeing you at Solstice this Autumn.

 

 

23 September 2014

MUSIC DUOS HIT THE SOLSTICE STAGE

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Exceptional music duos hits the Solstice stage this Autumn.  We welcome home Navan-native Oisin Leech, alongside Mark McCausland, when The Lost Brother’s (Losties!)  perform their beautifully crafted songs and melodies on 3 December, with special guests (to be announced) for a Christmas hootenanny!  Two Brothers – Vladimir and Anton Jablokov play their contagiously rhythmic violins with piano accompaniment, 8 October.  And master-songwriter, Phil Coulter, returns to Solstice with singer Geraldine Brannigan for his ‘Echoes of Home’ tour, 5 November.  Just announced!  Singer-sensation Father Ray Kelly plays one of his two Irish dates at Solstice, 6 November. He came to fame when he sang Hallelujah at a wedding and has warmed-hearts nationwide and worldwide as his performance went viral via YouTube.  

Have you ever experienced an Opera? Well this is your chance!  Opera Theatre Company come to Solstice 13 December with their adaptation of The Elixir of Love (l'Elisir d'Amore).  We move from Opera to Trad - when we Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a very special evening's entertainment, welcoming none other but Kevin Conneff - the rhythmic heartbeat of The Chieftains - who will perform with Solstice's musician in residence, guitar-player, Redmond O'Toole, 21 December.  Performing in the intimate setting of Solstice Gallery, Kevin and Redmond will play songs and tunes from traditional Irish to the depths of Spain....a perfect way to sign-off a wonderful season of music at Solstice.

 

16 September 2014

THEATRE FOR ALL TASTES AT SOLSTICE

In theatre, Solstice plays host to local arts groups, national touring companies, one-man and one-woman masterpieces as well as debut plays by Ireland's top writers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We welcome back TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, as it continues to resonate intimately with audiences and stirs every emotion from tears to laughter. With heartwarming performances by Terry Byrne and Andrew Murray, Tuesdays with Morrie plays Solstice 10 October, €16/€14.

We're pretty excited to experience a very innovative adaptation of JONATHAN HARKER AND DRACULA which presents an added dimension to Bram Stoker's iconic masterpiece using multiple cameras, backing screens, projections, surround sound and a newly commissioned score.  It's promising to make audiences scream....do you dare?  11 October, €20/€16.

FEMALE GOTHIC is one to watch, receiving 4 and 5-STAR reviews in the UK.  Dyad Productions presents this one-woman masterpiece, told in the thrilling tradition of MR James and Edgar Allan Poe.  This literary spine-chiller celebrates three lost gothic works from the great Victorian female writers and will immerse the audience in these eerie tales of the macabre.  24 October, €18/€14.

He's from Navan, so automatically we're big fans, but so is most of Ireland!  RTE's LOVE/HATE creator, Stuart Carolan, brings his debut play to Solstice.  Set in Armagh in the 1980s, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH tells the story of a family entrenched in paramilitarism.  Described as a black comedy, which is chillingly real, and where violence and suspicion emerges throughout.  Chances are, if you're a fan of Carolan's penmanship, this is for you.  14 and 15 November, €18/€16.

 

 

Finally, Navan Theatre Group presents KEVIN'S BED written by Bernard Farrell.  The cast has just recently been announced and features Paul Robin as Kevin, Mick Robin as Dan, Paula Gibney as Doris, Ciara Cassoni as Pauline, Nigel Ryan as John, Deirdre Doyle as Betty, Ann Fleming as Maria and Ciara O'Donoghue as Cecily.  As with all Navan Theatre Group productions, this will be a great run at Solstice, from 19 - 22 November. €16 / €14

Click here for further information on all Theatre at Solstice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 September 2014

CINEMA AT SOLSTICE  

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 FILMS for €18 with the Solstice Film Bundle.

Our Autumn Film Season kicks-off tonight with the first of 4 screenings.  The Lunchbox (2013) is beautifully shot in Mumbai, India.  Described by Variety as 'A feel good movie, that touches the heart', the story depicts how a little pinch of happiness can change your life forever.  Food, sights and sounds of India carries audiences on this very poignant journey.  Trailer & Tickets Here

Calvary (2013) has been the Irish film to watch, with Brendan Gleeson tipped for an Oscar nomination.  Perhaps more dark than the trailer would lead you to believe, this is a complex tale revealing a dissection of contemporary Irish society involving a murder mystery.  This is one to catch on the big screen while you still can.  Trailer & Tickets Here.

Ilo Ilo (2013) is are choice foreign film this season, receiving rave reviews worldwide and best first film award at Cannes Film Festival (2013).  Ilo Ilo is a richly humane and consistently absorbing independent film from Singapore set in the late 90s.  It tells the story of a relationship between a family and their newly arrived Filipino maid.  Trailer & Tickets Here.

White Christmas (1954).  It's hard to go there right now - but this is where you'll want to be in three month's time when Christmas is upon us.  The Hollywood golden-age film that has given us the classic Christmas anthem to melt all hearts at Christmas time, White Christmas gives you the greats in the guise of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.  Trailer & Tickets Here.

 

05 September 2014

CHILDREN'S EVENTS AT SOLSTICE THIS AUTUMN 

The Solstice Autumn programme is making life more enjoyable for all young families out there!  A full list of Children's Events is now available at the rear of our Autumn brochure.  

CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL, organised by Meath County Council takes place 20 September and UK author, Jeremy Strong, is popping by to read some hilarious passages from his one hundredth book, recently published.

WATCH THE BIRDY plays two shows at Solstice on 30 September - one show especially for schools.  From the people who brought us Jack and the Beanstalk, this  very magical show tells the story of an egg that doesn't want to hatch.  A host of excitable woodland creatures, all played by Patrick Lynch, helps the birdy on its way.

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR is a hands-on workshop with goulish games, fancy dress, tricks and treats!  Catering for 6-10 year olds, this workshop will ensure the basics are there for creating the ultimate haunted house.

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, presented by Branar, will bring your child on a joyful journey through the most magical night of the year - Christmas Eve.  It's this theatre performance that will bring you straight into the Christmas buzz!

ELF FACTORY is back!  On  9 December there are three opportunities to experience Santa's elves perform using shadow play and puppetry.

WINTERRIFIC & SOLSTICE CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP is a family day at Solstice with free and ticketed events.  Get your face-painted, be part of a workshop with artist Sarah Standing or catch the super MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992) film later that day.  A relaxed, fun day in Solstice with Christmas goodness taking over the building!

ROBIN HOOD THE PANTO!  And what is Christmas without the PANTO!  Panto plays from 20 December through to the new year, so there's ample opportunity to take part in all that Panto offers from costumes, songs and dancing to Panto hijinks and inevitable audience participation.  When Panto arrives, it is officially Christmas!

 

02 September 2014

PARENT & TODDLER GROUP RE-STARTS 9th SEPTEMBER

Now that the bigger kids are back at school, why not bring your little ones into Solstice for our Parent & Toddler group with Joanne.  

Sessions take place every Tuesday, from 9 September, and are 2hrs in duration.

Bookings: Contact Joanne on 086 849 5302

Cost: €4 First Child.  €2 Additional Children.

 

14 July 2014

CALL FOR TENDERS FOR OPERATION OF CAFE IN SOLSTICE ARTS CENTRE

Solstice Arts Centre is seeking expressions of interest to operate and promote the daytime café at the centre.  A detailed proposal/submission, including a letter stating your formal expression of interest should be submitted to belinda.quirke@solsticeartscentre.ie  or addressed to Belinda Quirke, Solstice Arts Centre, Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath, to be received no later than Thursday 31 July 2014.  Late tenders will not be considered.

ABOUT SOLSTICE:  Located in the centre of Navan, Solstice Arts Centre operates a theatre, visual arts and studio space attracting diverse footfall to its range of activities throughout day and night. Outside of night time activities, Solstice Arts Centres’ core opening hours are between 10-4 p.m. Monday –Saturday.

For Tender Guidelines and/or to view the premises in advance, please email Alison.dowling@solsticeartscentre.ie or phone 046 909 2300.

 

WONDERLAND THEATRE CAMP - CALL FOR ASSISTANTS

This 6-day children's theatre camp runs in Solstice Arts Centre from Mon 21 - Sat 26 July, from 10:30 - 3:30pm daily.  Wonderland are calling out to people who are interested in assisting the workshop leader as well as participating and mentoring the children aged between 7 - 12 years.

The camp welcomes participants into a colourful world of drama, music, dance, comedy, playwriting, stage design and lighting - culminating in a performance of a play the children have written, directed and designed themselves!

As assistant, you are invited to take part and assist the children to get the most out of all activities.  You may be required to assist children come-up with stories and ways of staging these.  You might also be a partner to a child, re-explain the tasks at hand and provide a little warm pastoral care if needed.

If happy to do so, assistants might take-on the daily morning warm-ups and fun drama games to get us started!  This is not a requirement, but is an option if you are interested in gaining experience in this area.

The most important role is as guardian and second adult at the workshops - in compliance with Child Protection Laws.  And second on the list, is having fun, getting involved and being part of an energetic and creative week.

For more information, please contact Wonderland's Artistic Director Alice Coghlan: alice@wonderlandtheatre.com

 

 

Wonderland Workshop Assistants Needed!

Professional Theatre Company Wonderland are looking for bright, fun, theatre lovers to assist facilitators at their Easter drama camp for 7-12 year olds at Solstice Arts Centre 14-17 April, 2014. The Volunteer will assist workshop leaders - each of whom is a working Theatre or Opera Practitioner and/or a member of Wonderland’s Production Team. The 4-day workshop will immerse children in a world of drama, music, dance, singing, sound art, comedy & theatre design, culminating in a chance to ‘Make a Play in a Day’.

Responsibilities of the Assistant
•    To assist Workshop Leaders in their day-long drama, music, dance, design, comedy or technical theatre workshops
•    To help children realise the goals of the workshop, e.g. offering ideas and feedback as to the pieces the children are working on
•    To provide warm pastoral care, and if needed, discipline
•    To assist with the daily morning warm up focusing on warming up the voice, body and the imagination
•    To follow Wonderland’s Child Protection Policy
•    To be on duty during the 5 hours of the workshop, plus to be available to greet the children 10 minutes before workshop start time
•    To have the best of fun with everyone!

Conditions
Please note this position is voluntary and most suited to someone who lives locally as there is only a limited budget for travel expenses. The position could suit an older secondary school student (main assistant must be 18+ but additional assistants may also apply) looking for work experience, a teacher in training or someone looking to gain new experience in the performing arts 

To apply contact alice@wonderlandtheatre.com

For more information on our workshops please watch this video:


 

Free Gallery Talk

We are delighted to announce that the Head of the Abbey Theatre Costume Department, Niamh Lunny will join Angela O'Kelly in conversation this Wednesday 19 March at 7.30pm. Angela O’Kelly is a well-known Irish Designer and the Curator of Costume: Behind the Scenes. This exhibition follows the work of Ireland's only full time costume workshop, the Abbey Theatre Costume Department.

The Gallery Talk will centre around the journey from initial concept through to finished piece; looking at sketches, designs, fabrics, traditional construction methods and unexpected techniques used in making costume for Theatre.

As part of the exhibition Costume

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Theatre Review

Read Paul Connolly's review of 'The Last Apache Reunion' performed by Navan Theatre Group!
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Navan Theatre Group

Our guest reviewer Paul Connolly has pre-viewed Bernard Farrell's 'The Last Apache Reunion', which will be performed by Navan Theatre Group this week. We will post his follow-up review of the play after opening night this Wendesday!
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Solstice Membership Launch

Become a Member and help us to deliver exceptional programming for all to enjoy! Our official Membership Launch will takes place on Tues, 5 November, 6.30pm. All are welcome to join us in the Foyer for an intimate wine reception where you will have the opportunity to learn about the work that goes on at Solstice with Director, Belinda Quirke. Learn more....

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Guest Blogger Posts

Have a look at our blog to see two new guest blogger posts. The most recent is a review of A Wake in the West by guest blogger Declan Power.

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The Day I Met Oliver Reed 

It seems that a lot of people have Oliver Reed stories.  Read Peter Toner's account of meeting the legendary hellraiser in a pub in Dublin in the early 70's on our blog!  In honor of the play Oliver Reed - Wild Thing coming to the Solstice on Thursday the 23rd of May we are delighted to publish this entertaining story. The Day I Met Oliver Reed

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Guest Bloggers Wanted!

We are looking for guest bloggers to review some performances at Solstice.  For full details see our blog

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Photos from our current exhibition

The photographer Ollie Brookes has taken some great pictures of our current exhibition No Matter Where You Go, There You Are. See them on the blog here

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Cultural Companions

We launched the first Cultural Companions Meath initiative in collaboration with Meath Arts Office, Meath Library Service and Age & Opporunity in Solstice on Wednesday. It was a great day! You can find out more about the initiative and download a subscription here or take a look at photos of the launch on our blog

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ARD RÍ STUDENTS SET TO PERFORM WITH THE THREE TENORS

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ARD RÍ STUDENTS SET TO PERFORM WITH THE THREE TENORS  Students from Ard Rí National School are busy learning lyrics and putting the finishing touches to their do-re-mi's ahead of a very special guest performance with The Three Tenors at Solstice Arts Centre on Friday 10th February.

AUTISM FRIENDLY SCREENING OF DISNEY'S FROZEN AT SOLSTICE

By Solstice Thursday, 8th December 2016 | 0 comments
An Autism Friendly Screening of Disney’s mega hit Frozen (Sing-Along version) added to WINTERIFIC! Famly Fun Day at Solstice Arts Centre Solstice Arts Centre has announced a new initiative in consultation with Meath Autism Network to introduce Autism Friendly Screenings of their children’s movies, beginning with a special screening of Disney’s Frozen.

SOLSTICE WELCOMES NAVAN BOOKSHOP TO THE CENTRE

By Solstice Wednesday, 3rd August 2016 | 0 comments
Blackbird Books to join Meath’s creative community in new home at Navan’s Solstice Arts Centre (Wednesday 3rd August, 2016) Blackbird Books, the Navan independent bookshop established by husband and wife team Shane Breslin and Lorraine McKeever Breslin last year, is moving to a new home as part of the creative community at Solstice in the coming weeks.
An experienced Technical Manager is required to oversee all aspects of technical production of this busy multi-disciplinary arts centre.

KELLS ARTIST WINS INAUGURAL SOLSTICE VISUAL ARTS AWARD

By Solstice Thursday, 23rd June 2016 | 0 comments
(Monday, 20 June, 2016) Kells artist Kevin Lindsay has won the inaugural Solstice Visual Arts Award at the launch of the fifth annual SURVEYOR exhibition on Saturday 18th June. SURVEYOR presents a selection of current contemporary visual arts practice throughout County Meath and is organised by Solstice Arts Centre each year. As part of the award, Lindsay won a €1,200 bursary to contribute towards his continued practice within the visual arts field.

ED BYRNE - OUTSIDE LOOKING IN TOUR ON SALE 1ST JUNE

By Solstice Friday, 27th May 2016 | 0 comments
ED BYRNE - Outside looking in Tour 23rd September – Solstice Arts Centre, Navan Tickets from €27 inclusive booking fee charges – on sale Wednesday, June 1st at 9am There is nothing quite like seeing Ed Byrne doing what he does best. Which is having a live audience eating out of the palm of his hand as he delivers a stand up masterclass so simple in execution (and so effortless in easy going floppy haired charm) that you forget that not every comic is as good as this.

'HOUSEHOLD' CREATIVE RESIDENCIES AT SOLSTICE

By Solstice Friday, 1st April 2016 | 0 comments
Solstice is a creative hub for the arts in the county of Meath. We are inviting conversations with artists and companies continuing the support of our residential practice programme entitled Household. We want work, and the creation of new work to emanate from our building, and in doing so stimulate mindful connections with audiences and communities in the county. We also want to support the development of new work within our excellent facilities here. Sometimes this will be about staff and facility support, other times this will be about collaborative production. After seven years of residential practice at the centre, we happily have no fixed ideas of what that might be, what that might entail, or how long it should be, in order that we remain consistently fresh to new thinking of what our household in the palindrome can be, and what we make together.

ARTIST CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT SOLSTICE

By Solstice Thursday, 31st March 2016 | 0 comments
Solstice has always strived to generate greater wellbeing and life experiences through engagement in the arts, but also connect our communities with professional artists and their practice.

NEW SOLSTICE VISUAL ARTS AWARD

By Solstice Friday, 11th March 2016 | 0 comments
Solstice announces the establishment of a new visual arts award of €1200 for its annual exhibition, SURVEYOR. Artistic Director Belinda Quirke said that the establishment of this award aims to stimulate and support the development and work of visual arts practice in the county. The ‘Solstice Visual Arts Award’ will be awarded to a work of distinction in any medium.

DUALITY OF FORM

By Solstice Wednesday, 13th January 2016 | 0 comments
Solstice Arts Centre would like to invite you and a guest to the exhibition opening of Duality of Form on Wed 20th Jan at 7pm. Participating artists - Eleanor Duffin, Caoimhe Kilfeather & Barbara Knezevic, curated by Mary Cremin. Followed by wine reception and artist discussion. RSVP joy.russell@solsticeartscentre.ie / 046 909 2335. Accompanying music event Thurs 18th Feb, Quiet Music Ensemble: QME is a Cork-based experimental music group. Admission Free (Pre-booking essential)

LAUNCH OF CULTURAL COMPANIONS

By Solstice Arts Centre Friday, 26th April 2013 | 0 comments
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We had a successful launch of Cultural Companions on Wednesday 24th April in Solstice.  It was officially opened by Leas Cathaoirleach, Cllr Jimmy Fegan and there was music from cellist Grainne Hope. There was afternoon tea and a chance to meet new people and to network with new cultural companions.

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