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Posted on Fri 5 May 2017


TRISKEL ARTS CENTRE is issuing a callout for its 2018 Visual Art programme. Triskel celebrates its 40th year in 2018 and are looking forward to working with exciting visual artists for this landmark event.

Three exhibitions are being offered through the callout process.

These exhibitions will be located in Triskel Gallery Space.

The applications will be reviewed and selected by a jury.


To make a submission:

Email an exhibition proposal.

Include up to six images of your work and an up to date CV.

Do not send any hardcopy proposals or original artwork.


Send submissions to before 5pm, Friday 30 June.


Writers from the Balkan region take the Triskel stage at Cork World Book Festival

Posted on Fri 28 April 2017

Turkish writer, Ciler Ilhan, author of the controversial collection of short stories, Exile (Istros Books, 2015) spoke of how delighted and relieved she was to be in an environment “where writers can speak at ease”. Sharing the stage with her was Aleš Šteger, poet, novelist and publisher from Slovenia, who came to Cork marking the publication of ‘Absolution’, his first novel, which has been published in English by the pioneering British publisher, Istros. Susan Curtis, founder and chief editor, was also present and was congratulated for her extraordinary contribution towards “opening the eyes and minds of English language readers to the wealth of writing from the Balkan region”. The Irish Times literary correspondent, Eileen Battersby, opened the evening by proposing this audience simply look at the books on offer, ” Without being a salesman,” said Battersby, “I thought it would be a good idea to bring some of the books with me.” Emptying the contents of a large wicker basket, she commented on the wide tastes of the Irish reading public, and in particular the readers of Cork city and Cork county, “it’s obvious that the Cork Librarians are very well informed, they have to be considering the adventurous readers they have to satisfy. How fortunate we are to have to such an informed festival director as Ann Luttrell.”

Image of Aleš Šteger, Eileen Battersby, Susan Curtis, Cilar Ilhan and Ann Luttrell.

Aleš Šteger, Eileen Battersby, Susan Curtis, Cilar Ilhan and Ann Luttrell

For those readers wanting an introduction to the region, Battersby suggests reading Rebecca West’s travel journal from the 1930’s – ‘Black Lamb, Grey Falcon’ and also the 1961 Nobel literature laureate, Ivo Andric, ‘The Bridge Over the Drina’ and ‘Bosnian Chronicle’.

The contents of Battersby’s basket can be seen here below….

Evald Flisar, My Father’ Dreams, On the Gold Coast and Three Loves, One Death (Slovenia) tranlated by David Limon
Faruk Šehić, Quiet Flows the Una ( Bosnia) Translated by Will Firth
Mihail Sebastian, For Two Thousand Years (Romania)
Ismail Kadare, Chronicle in Stone (Albania)
Dimitru Tsepeneag, The Bulgarian Truck and Waiting (Romania)
Goran Vojnovic, Yugoslavia, My Fatherland (Slovenia) Translated by Noah Charney
Alek Popov, Mission London and The Black Book (Bulgaria) Translated by Daniella and Charles Gill de Mayol de Lupe
Mircea Eliade Diary of a Short-Sighted Adolescent (Romania) Translated by Christopher Moncrieff and Christopher Bartholomew
Alma Lazarevska, Death in the Museum of Modern Art (Bosnia) Translated by Celia Hawkesworth
Sabahattin Ali, Madonna in a Fur Coat (Turkey)
From Montenegro- Hansen’s Children by Ognjen Spahic and Till Kingdom Come by Andrej Nikolaidis. All translated by Will Firth
The Encounter by Petra Popescu (Romania)
Panorama by Dušan Šarotar (Slovenia) translated by Rawley Grau (recently shortllisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize)
Farewell, Cowboy by Olja Savicevic (Croatia) translated by Celia Hawkesworth
Aleksandar Prokopiev’s Homunculus (Macedonia) translated by Will Firth
Gabriela Adamesteanu, The Encounter (Romania)
Slobodan Selenic, Premeditated Murder (Croatia)
Life Begins on Friday by Ioana Parvulescu (Romania) translated by Alistair Ian Blyth
The Great War by Aleksandar Gatalica (Serbia) translated by Will Firth

Check out Oscar Nominations at Triskel Christchurch Cinema

Posted on Fri 24 February 2017

Oscar season is upon us! The Academy Awards will be taking place this Sunday 26th February, and we have a wealth of films coming up competing for that coveted gold.

Adding to recent screenings of La La Land, Pablo Larrain’s moving tribute to Jackie Kennedy with a stunning career-defining performance by Natalie Portman simply titled Jackie, and Best Documentary nominee Life, Animated the next few weeks are packed with films up for awards.

This weekend we screen Best Picture nominee Manchester by the Sea, star Casey Affleck is a favourite for Best Actor! Other Best Picture nominations are the powerfully moving Moonlight and inspirational true story Hidden Figures, both playing 12-15 March.

Toni Erdmann is a favourite to take home the Best Foreign Language Oscar, and will play here 5-8 March. Mike Millis acclaimed dramedy 20th Century Women is up for Best Original Screenplay, and will play here 19-22 March.

Who are your favourites to take home what award? At the end of the day it’s an honour just to be nominated. The best way to catch up with some fantastic and celebrated films from 2016 is cinema time spent here at Triskel Arts Centre.

La La Land has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Original Song (Audition and City of Stars), Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, and Best Film Editing. It’s tied with 195-‘s All About Eve and 1997’s Titanic with the most nominated film ever with 14

Jackie is nominated for Best Actress (Portman), Best Original Score and Best Costume Design

Alonside Best Picture and Best Actor for Affleck, Manchester by the Sea has been nominated for Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges), Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams) and Best Original Screenplay

As well as Best Picture, Moonlight has been nominated for Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), Best Supporting Actress (Naomie Harris), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing

In addition to best Picture, Hidden Figures is nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) and Best Adapted Screenplay

Triskel pays tribute to late Poet John Montague

Posted on Sun 11 December 2016

Triskel Arts Centre express condolences at the passing of esteemed Poet John Montague who has died aged 87 on Saturday, December 10th.

Triskel’s Artistic Director Tony Sheehan said, “He was one of our most renowned Poets, an active member of the Triskel Board during its formative years and he will be missed by the many writers, artists, poets and musicians who revered him here in Cork.”

John was educated at University College Dublin as well as in Yale and Berkeley. His illustrious career saw him publish over 30 books of poetry. He lectured in UCD, UCC, the Sorbonne and many American Univerisities. He was co-founder of Claddagh Records, became president of Poetry Ireland in 1979 as held membership of Aosdana.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


Posted on Thu 15 September 2016



  1. The historic festival didn’t actually take place in Woodstock, but at a hay field owned by a dairy farm in a smalltown called Bethel, 43 miles away from the New York town.


  1. The farmer who rented his land, Max Yasgur, was ostracised and sued by his neighbours for property damage in the aftermath (though he got compensated for the far more serious damages done to his farm!). While he never regretted his decision, he refused to rent out his farmland again for a 1970s revival.


  1. Due to the hay field being a late venue change, festival organisers did not have enough time to fence and ticket the arena. The event was free to its 400,000 attendees.


  1. Rumoured acts that never showed up included The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Those who turned down playing included The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Iron Butterfly were scheduled to appear, but got stuck at an airport.


  1. Several attempts to prevent people from visiting the site include spreading chicken manure on one of the anniversaries, and making a police car and tractor roadblock on another. Since then, however, the town of Bethel have embraced the festival .


  1. The site of the festival had a plaque commemorating it in 1984 and the Bethel Woods Center of the Arts in 2006. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performed at the center 37 years after their Woodstock performance and Richie Haven, who opened Woodstock, had his ashes scattered on the site in 2013.


  1. Joan Baez was six months pregnant when she performed on the opening night.


  1. People loved the festival so much that it went on an extra day despite no actual gigs being booked!


  1. Namesake events for the festival were held in 1979, 1989, 1994, the infamous 1999 event, and 2009.


  1. The documentary filmed at the event, Woodstock, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1970.One of the film’s seven editors was an early in his career Martin Scorsese


  1. Woodstock’s director was Martin Wadleigh, whose only non-Woodstock related director credit is Wolfen, a dreamlike horror crime movie 1971 starring Albert Finney.


  1. Time Magazine once heralded Woodstock as “the greatest peaceful event in history”

Triskel pays tribute after death of composer John Gibson

Posted on Fri 2 September 2016

Triskel Arts Centre express condolences at the passing of Cork based Composer John Gibson who died unexpectedly Thursday, 1 September.

John Gibson
Triskel’s Artistic Director Tony Sheehan said, “John was a gentle, humorous and talented man, he was also a brilliant teacher. We were honored to have worked with him when we he was specially commissioned to write the new music for the opening night of Christchurch in April 2011.  John’s contribution made this landmark event a momentous night. He will be missed be the arts community in Cork and beyond.”

A Dublin native, John had lived in Cork since 1982. He is considered one of the country’s leading pianist-composers. John informed the careers of hundreds of musicians through his position as a Lecturer in Piano at the CIT Cork School of Music for 29 years.

John’s own performative career spans five decades. He has been played with the National Symphony Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra and the Vanbrugh Quartet as well as in a solo capacity.

John is responsible for 90 compositions including a piece commissioned in 2010 by Cork City Council for “Christ Church Music”, which was performed at the official opening of Triskel Christchurch in April 2011.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.





Posted on Tue 21 June 2016

Frankie Whelehan has been elected as the new Chairperson at Triskel Arts Centre the 2016 AGM on Monday 20 June.


Whelehan is a leading figure in Cork business, having worked in hotels since the late 80s. He founded and operated Choice Hotel Group until its sale in early 2016. At its largest, Choice Hotel boasted 24 hotels in its portfolio. In April this year, he purchased the Montonotte Hotel. Whelehan also heads up is First Choice Purchasing LTD, which delivers procurement solutions to its clients. He is on the board of the Fáilte Ireland Business Tourism Forum and is a founder of the Daisychain Foundation, which provides hotel breaks for families of children with disabilities.

Paying tribute to outgoing chairperson Liam Ronayne, Whelehan said “I am very honoured to be taking over from Liam, who chaired Triskel through the most ambitious development in the history of the organisation. I am delighted that Liam will remain on as a board member and continue to offer his expertise to us.

“Cork is known as a city that promises a different experience, and you certainly find that at Triskel Arts Centre with its incredibly concert hall in a beautifully restored Georgian Church.” Whelehan added.

“Triskel has gone from strength to strength since it first opened nearly four decades ago, and has really made its mark in the city as a sophisticated cultural institution. I look forward to the next couple of years where the organisation will build on its enduring success.”

Photo Credit Gerard McCarthy


Posted on Tue 7 June 2016

  1. Bloomsday commemorates the life and work of James Joyce. Its date, June 16, coincides with the day that the events of his novel Ulysses takes place.


Louis Lovett plays JOHN MCCORMACK Muireann Ahern plays LILLY MCCORMACK  Frank as Shem Sitting Hovel  Dream Joyce on Stage in Spotlight

  1. James Joyce was an early patron of cinema! He founded Ireland’s first cinema, Cinematograph Volta, which opened in 1909. It was demolished in 1948 and long thought forgotten by history, but a memorial plaque was eventually unviled in 2007 marking the theatre site.


  1. The 1987 adaptation of his short story ‘The Dead’ (screening at Triskel Christchurch Tue 14 June) was the final film by legendary filmmaker and actor John Huston. A passion project of Huston’s, he directed the film while wheelchair bound and connected to an oxygen tank.


  1. Joyce was rather famously associated with another celebrated Irish writer, Samuel Beckett. Joyce dictated parts of Finnegan’s Wake to Beckett, and Beckett wrote an essay on Joyce titled ‘?’.


  1. The 1967 Adaptation of Ulysses (playing at Triskel Christchurch Sun 12 June) is contested for being the first ever movie to drop the f-bomb. It is contested with the movie I’ll Never Forget for the honour, both released in 1967.


  1. Ulysses (1967 movie) was also not officially released in Ireland until 2000, though it was played in secret in the Irish Film Theatre throughout the 90s.


  1. Joyce had a rather infamous dinner party with Marcel Proust in 1922, where the two literary legends discussed their ailments and not having read each other’s work.


  1. Correspondent letters to his wife Nora revealed some peculiar interests of the Dublin writer…more info here


  1. Joyce is a well-recorded music lover, and struck a friendship with Tenor John McCormack, a friendship explored in the Cork film Shem the Penman Sings Again (playing Triskel Christchurch Thu 16 June). McCormack encouraged Joyce to take part in the Feis Ceoil in 1904, which he won the bronze medal in.


  1. Joyce gave us the word ‘quark’, the word for an elementary particle. It was taken from Finnegan’s Wake.

Compiled by Daniel Kiniry

Images are stills from Shem the Penman Sings Again

Credit 1 & 2: Karol Kaczmarczyk, Credit 3: Amanda Ferriter

Deep Focus: Women In Film Festival announced for 6 – 8 May 2016

Posted on Tue 8 March 2016

Showcasing the finest feature, documentary and short films from around the world, Deep Focus: Women In Film Festival is a celebration of female directors who tackle a wide range of subjects with unique and distinctive voices.

The Violators LOW RES

Amongst the films which will be screened are The Violators, in which author Helen Walsh makes a striking debut as writer/director with this powerful new British drama set against the backdrop of the grim Cheshire housing estates following teen Shelly as she navigates hard urban realism in the midst of absent parents and scant opportunities.  No Home Movie, which is the final work from, now deceased, avant-garde Belgian director Chantal Akerman focuses on conversations between the filmmaker and her mother Natalia just months before her mother’s death. This intimate video essay serves as tribute to Natalia, a Polish immigrant and Auschwitz survivor who died in 2014 while unpacking the director’s sense of home in the absence of her parent.

Deep Focus: Women In Film Festival is programmed by Fiona Hegarty, Naoimh Ní Luanaigh and Chris O’Neill. Hegarty has previously worked as Programme Development Manager at Cork Film Festival, Ní Luanaigh is a filmmaker whose last short film Kennedy Quay has played to wide acclaim at numerous festivals. Alongside his role as Head of Cinema at Triskel Christchurch O’Neill programmes for Cork Film Festival, the Dundead Film Festival in Scotland and is an independent filmmaker.

Further details announced Monday 21 March

Orson Welles centenary marked by Chimes at Midnight screening 30 May

Posted on Sat 16 May 2015


Orson Welles is one of the incontestable giants of world cinema. His work as both actor and director left an indelible mark on generations of filmgoers.

Citizen Kane (1941), which he directed and starred in at the age of just 26, has been repeatedly enshrined by critics as the Greatest Film Ever Made and its influence on filmmakers of every stamp is widely acknowledged. His success in the role of Harry Lime, the seductively corrupt villain of Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949), ensured him massive popular acclaim. Yet he is still in many ways underappreciated as a filmmaker. Welles remains now, as always, ahead of his time. In this, his centenary year, cinema still hasn’t caught up with the extraordinary verve, freedom and creative innovation of many of his later masterpieces. One of these is coming soon to a cinema near you!

To celebrate a hundred years of Orson Welles, Triskel Christchurch Cinema will be screening a gorgeous new restoration of one of his finest achievements, Chimes at Midnight (1966). Welles made three highly unconventional films adapted from Shakespeare of which Chimes at Midnight is the most highly regarded. They all succeed in the rare, if not unique, accomplishment of keeping Shakespeare’s original language and yet making it seem that he wrote them for the screen rather than the stage. address finder แผนที่ดาวเทียม Adapted from elements of five of Shakespeare’s plays, Chimes tells the story of his recurring character, the rascally Sir John Falstaff and his ultimately tragic father-son relationship with Prince Hal. Hal is torn between sowing his wild oats with Falstaff and loyalty to his father, King Henry IV.

Welles uses this drama as a frame in which to embroider a vivid, rambunctious and ultimately elegiac personal vision of medieval England. Built around a towering performance by Welles himself as the lovable rogue Falstaff, the film features an exceptional supporting cast that includes Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, and John Gielgud as the ageing King Henry. A famous highlight of the film is its powerful staging of the Battle of Shrewsbury, which set a new standard for grittily realistic depictions of historical warfare.

Don’t miss the rare opportunity of seeing the film of which Welles himself declared “it’s my favourite picture” on the big screen!

Text by filmmaker and writer Maximilian Le Cain who will introduce the screening 8.15, Saturday 30 May.