Pre-Conference Tour: The Arts in Galway

The Arts in Society Conference is pleased to announce the Pre-Conference Tour.

© Galway Arts Centre
© Macnas

Join other conference delegates the day before the conference begins for a walking tour that will introduce participants to the history of Galway and its artistic personalities, organizations, and venues, both past and present.

You will visit many of Galway’s artistic spaces, including the Galway Arts Centre, the Town Hall Theatre, An Taibhdhearc, Druid Theatre and Judy Greene’s pottery shop in the heart of Medieval Galway, and the site of Galway’s first theatre in Kirwin’s Lane, which existed from the late 18th Century onward.

During the walk, you will learn about Galway's medieval history, the Tribes of Galway, the birth of cultural nationalism, and the role of Lady Gregory, William Martin, Synge and Yeats, the Land War and boycotting, and 19th century radical writers such as O'Brien and Davitt.

There will be a discussion of the Irish language revival movement, the birth of Irish language theatre, and the work of Walter Macken, Pádraig O'Conaire, Micheál Mac Liamóir, and Hilton Edwards, and these writer's relationship with Orson Wells.

You will visit Nora Barnacle’s House and talk about the life of James Joyce, his time in Galway, and The Dead. This will be followed by a visit to a druid theatre to discuss the development of the arts in modern Galway with a focus on the works of Tom Murphy and Martin McDonagh.

The tour will also provide an introduction to many of Galway’s current arts festivals and projects, including Macnas, the Galway Arts Festival, An Chúirt – Galway’s International Festival of Literature, and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.

Tour Information
Date
: Tuesday, 23 June
Time: 15:00-18:00 (3:00-6:00 PM)
Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Meeting Location: The Archway, Located at the entrance to the Quadrangle, NUI Galway (view Google map or view campus map, marker #8)
Cost: US$25

NOTE: It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring water.

Booking: Reservations can be made by clicking the button below. Please note, only reservations that have been paid in full will be considered confirmed and space is limited. Simply requesting a reservation will not guarantee a place on the tour.

Conference Welcome Reception and Exhibition

The Arts Conference is pleased to announce the Conference Welcome Reception and Exhibition.

Common Ground Research Networks and the Arts in Society Conference will be hosting a welcome reception directly following the last session of the first day, 24 June. The reception will feature the launch of an art exhibition by Burren College of Art staff and students. Join other conference delegates and plenary speakers for drinks, light hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to converse.

Reception Information
Date:
Wednesday, 24 June
Time: Directly following the last session of the day
Location: Foyer of the Arts Millennium Building
Cost: Complimentary to all conference delegates

There is no need to pre-register for this event.

Conference Barbecue at SULT

The Arts in Society Conference is pleased to announce the Conference Barbecue Dinner.

Join fellow delegates and the plenary speakers for a barbecue dinner at SULT. Long been famed for its top quality food, SULT is the main on-campus bar and restaurant offering a beautiful river-view terrace. SULT uses only top-quality ingredients to create delicious and wholesome meals. Dinner will include live traditional music with singing and dancing to be enjoyed by all.

The barbecue will include the following:

  • Seasonal salad with a selection of dressings
  • Grilled Cajun chicken breast with tomato salsa
  • Grilled beef burger with caramelized onions
  • Artisan pork sausage
  • Roasted falafel, toasted nuts, and lentils with coriander yogurt
  • Curried rice with raisins and almonds
  • Potato and scallion salad with a creamy sauce
  • Chocolate fudge cake with ice cream and caramel sauce
  • Assortment of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

Dinner Information
Date: Thursday, 25 June
Time: 19:00 (7:00 PM)
Location: SULT, Students' Union, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland (view map)
Cost: US$50

Booking: Reservations can be made by clicking the button below. Please note, only reservations that have been paid in full will be considered confirmed. Simply requesting a reservation will not guarantee a place at the dinner.

Closing Session and Award Ceremony

The Arts in Society Conference is pleased to announce the Conference Closing Session and Award Ceremony.

Come join the plenary speakers and your fellow delegates for the Conference on the Arts in Society Closing Session and Award Ceremony, where there will be special recognition given to those who have helped at the conference as well as announcements for next year’s conference. The ceremony will be held at NUI Galway directly following the last session of the day.

Date: Friday, 26 June
Time: Directly following the last session of the day
Location: Plenary Room, NUI Galway

There is no need to pre-register for this event.

Post-Conference Tour Option A: Visit to Burren College of Arts, The Burren, and the Cliffs of Moher

The Arts in Society Conference is pleased to offer an optional post-conference tour.

Join other conference delegates the day after the conference concludes for a visit to Burren College of Arts, The Burren, and the Cliffs of Moher.

This tour will introduce participants to the Burren College of Art and take in key aspects of the Burren as a protected karst limestone landscape. This will include experiencing the complex ecology and layered history of the area, and a visit to Richard Long’s work of land art, A Circle in Ireland, which raises questions on the role of art in a protected environment. The itinerary will also include a tour of the Burren, including the Burren Uplands and the Poulnabrone Dolman as well as a visit to the world famous Cliffs of Moher Centre. The bus will arrive back in Galway at 18:00 (6:00 PM).

Please note that the walk to and from the Richard Long artwork on the Doolin coast covers classic examples of karst limestone, and appropriate footwear is necessary. Depending on the weather, rain gear may also be required. The visit to the Cliffs of Moher will allow participants time to view to the cliffs and to take a light lunch at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre. Lunch is not included in the cost of the tour.

Tour Information
Date: Saturday, 27 June
Meeting Time: 8:45 AM
Departure Time: 9:00 AM
Duration: 8.5-9 hours
Meeting Location: The Archway, Located at the entrance to the Quadrangle, NUI Galway (view Google map or view campus map, marker #8)
Cost: US$45

NOTE: It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring water. Rain gear may also be necessary depending on the weather. Lunch is not included in the cost of the tour.

Booking: Reservations can be made by clicking the button below. Please note, only reservations that have been paid in full will be considered confirmed and space is limited. Simply requesting a reservation will not guarantee a place on the tour.

Post-Conference Tour Option B: Visit to Cnoc Suain and Ceardlann Craft Village, An Spidéal

The Arts in Society Conference is pleased to offer an optional post-conference tour.

© Cnoc Suain
© Cnoc Suain
© An Ceardlann Craft and Design Studios

Join other conference delegates the day after the conference concludes for a visit to Cnoc Suain and Ceardlann Craft Village, An Spidéal.

Located in the Conamara Gaeltacht (Gaelic-speaking area of Connemara), Cnoc Suain is a restored hill village, with cottages dating back to the 17th century and surrounded by ancient blanket bogland, overlooking mountains, river, lake, and sea. In this intimate setting you will be introduced to the vibrant living culture, customs, and practices of Ireland, including the Irish language, the uses of wild herbs and seaweeds, and a demonstration of brown soda bread making and tastings by the fireside. You will also be introduced to the wild Connemara landscape and the story of peat turf; the wonders of Sphagnum moss – the bog maker – and strange tales of bog bodies and bog pools. Your visit will conclude with some live traditional music and song, and you will have the opportunity to take to the floor for an Irish Céilí group dance. This will be a hands-on and enjoyable experience, with instructions all the way!

An Ceardlann Craft and Design Studios is an Irish handcrafts haven where ten in-house artisans design, create, and sell their unique wares. Various studios house these artist's workshops where basket weaving, acrylic painting, stained glass, pottery, screen printing, weaving, and Celtic jewelry are created. Why not enjoy lunch in their café & bakery, Builín Blasta Café, located in the heart of the Village and offering a range of fantastic home-made dishes and delicious desserts. The café also stocks a range of Builín Blasta chutneys, salad dressings, and hand-made chocolates to take home and savor. Lunch prices range from €8-€20.

Enjoy a walk on the beach overlooking Galway Bay with beautiful views of the Burren and the Aran Islands before heading back to NUI Galway. The bus will arrive back in Galway at 16:00 (4:00 PM).

Please note that this tour will involve walking, so appropriate footwear is necessary. Depending on the weather, rain gear may also be required. Lunch is not included in the cost of the tour.

Tour Information Date: Saturday, 27 June
Meeting Time: 9:15 AM
Departure Time: 9:30 AM
Duration: 6.5-7 hours
Meeting Location: The Archway, Located at the entrance to the Quadrangle, NUI Galway (view Google map or view campus map, marker #8)
Cost: US$60

NOTE: It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring water. Rain gear may also be necessary depending on the weather. Lunch is not included in the cost of the tour.

Booking: Reservations can be made by clicking the button below. Please note, only reservations that have been paid in full will be considered confirmed and space is limited. Simply requesting a reservation will not guarantee a place on the tour.