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Island City – Cork’s Urban Sculpture Trail: Open Call

An image of the front of the Christchurch building of the Triskel Arts Centre. It is three storeys high and is made of grey bricks. There are three arched windows on the second storey and two rectangular windows on the ground floor. There are three arched doors in the centre with a large porch.

Island City, Cork’s Urban Sculpture Trail, is an unique cultural trail of five public artworks throughout Cork City Centre and the fifth (and final) location will be Triskel Christchurch.

The artwork for Triskel Christchurch will be a large-scale, time-based artwork that will be projection mapped onto the South Main Street façade of our 300 year old Georgian building. Artists are invited to submit proposals and the deadline for final proposals is Tuesday 1 August.

Read more about the Open Call requirements here.

Vicky Langan announced as RESONATE 2023 artist-in-residence at Triskel Arts Centre

An image is framed with the logos for "Resonate", "Triskel" and the "Music Network" and captioned with the words "Vicky Langan: artist-in-residence 2023". As for the image itself, the right half of the picture shows the head and shoulders of a white woman, who is positioned obliquely to the camera. She has a sombre expression, a piercing between her eyes and is wearing white. The left half of the picture is out of focus, but seems to include rain against a grey background. The image has a morose tone.

Triskel Arts Centre and Music Network have announced Vicky Langan as their RESONATE artist-in-residence for 2023. Vicky, a Cork-based artist who works across sound, performance, and film, will develop a new work in collaboration with Cork-based filmmaker Maximilian Le Cain which will be presented at Triskel Arts Centre later this year.

This residency is one of six opportunities as part of RESONATE 2023, Music Network’s artist residency programme in partnership with glór (Ennis), Ionad Cultúrtha (Baile Mhúirne), The National Opera House (Wexford), Triskel Arts Centre (Cork City), The Dock (Carrick-On-Shannon) and Regional Cultural Centre (Letterkenny). This programme brings some of Ireland’s most established professional musicians to work in these cultural spaces across Ireland between July and December.

Now in its 3rd year, RESONATE provides support for professional musicians with a strong track record in music performance to develop new work and/or collaborations. Each residency provides a grant of €6,000 to enable the selected musicians to devote time to the creation of new work, in addition to a range of in-kind supports from both Music Network and each venue partner along with opportunities to showcase the work through live performances and digital updates.

Commenting on the announcement, Music Network’s CEO Sharon Rollston said: “We’re very pleased to be offering RESONATE together with our partner Triskel Arts Centre for a third consecutive year. It’s the most extensive of our musician residency programmes and offers lots of scope for musicians to develop imaginative new work, including cross-artform ideas where music is central. We’re excited to see what Vicky will develop together with Maximilian during her residency and look forward to sharing it with audiences at Triskel Arts Centre later in the year. ‘’

Artistic Director of Triskel Arts Centre Tony Sheehan said: “We’re very excited at the prospect of being able to host Vicky Langan in this 3rd iteration of the RESONATE Project and we look forward to working with her towards the Premiere concert event in December.”

Vicky is an uncompromising artist highly regarded for her raw performances which combine sound art, noise, field recording and film. Over the course of the residency, Vicky will research, develop, shoot, score and compose new work for super8, tape and violin, in collaboration with Cork filmmaker and critic Maximilian Le Cain. An expanded screening of this new work will be presented at Triskel Arts Centre in December.

Commenting on the award Vicky said “After a much-needed break from live music over the past two years, RESONATE allows me to return, consolidating both my sound and my still-developing film practice in a live capacity, for the first time. Thanks to Music Network and Triskel Arts Centre for this very exciting opportunity.”

Last year’s RESONATE artists-in-residence at Triskel Arts Centre were classical violinist Patrick Rafter and artist and composer Sam Perkin who created a new work titled Freedom In Performance.

RESONATE is a Music Network artist residency programme in partnership with glór, Ionad Cultúrtha, The National Opera House, Triskel Arts Centre, The Dock and Regional Cultural Centre.  The other five RESONATE artists in residence for 2023 are Ali Comerford at The National Opera House, Niamh O’Brien at Ionad Cultúrtha, Phil Robson at Regional Cultural Centre, Zoé Basha at glór and Ultan O’Brien at The Dock.

About the Artist

Vicky Langan is a Cork-based artist whose practice operates across several often-overlapping fields, chiefly sound, performance, and film.

With a focus on the sounds of the body and its functions, involving contact-miked skin, amplified breath and live electronic manipulation, Langan’s work sits between sound and performance art. Using simple raw materials such as domestic objects, hair and magnetic tape, she layers physical gestures and scraps of sound to create intensely personal imaginary landscapes where the material body and sensual inner worlds mesh. In opening herself emotionally, she creates warm yet discomforting rituals that at once embrace the viewer and remain resolutely private, exploring the limits of what can be shared between people and what must remain mysterious.

Her decade-long filmmaking partnership with filmmaker and critic Maximilian Le Cain has resulted in sixteen moving image works to date, with screenings and retrospectives of their work having been shown throughout the world. She is a recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Next Generation Artist Award for Music, as well as bursary awards from the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City Council and a Music Capital Scheme award.

More about Vicky Langan

YOU’RE INVITED to the opening of a new exhibition by Brian Magure, James Concagh and Robert Chase Heishman

Then I laid the floor is an exhibition bringing together the work of Brian Maguire (Dublin), James Concagh (São Paulo) and Robert Chase Heishman (Chicago). It opens in Triskel Christchurch on Saturday 15 July and runs until Saturday 30 September.

Brian Maguire explained how this exhibition came about, “In 2022 James, Robert and I convened in Brazil to embark on a project called The House That Valdemar Built. This centres on a deep engagement with the self-built family home of James’ in-laws in the Jabaquara community on the outskirts of São Paulo. The aim of our meeting was to produce works that told the story of one specific family who have been discriminated against because of their migrant status of being from the Northeast of Brazil.”

The exhibition’s title Then I laid the floor comes from Heishman’s film where Valdemar speaks about the original foundation and construction of his favela house. Each brick laid and floor added to the favela home of Valdemar and Valderci is a symbol of self-reliance out of necessity. It is this that Maguire, Concagh and Heishman’s respective artistic practices aim to accentuate, translate and express through a visual narrative of this family’s story that is emblematic of the spirit of their larger community.

Tony Sheehan, Artistic Director at Triskel Arts Centre, said, “The works in this exhibition speak to how the family have gracefully dealt with adversity, and found joy, dignity, pride, and self-respect. We are honoured to work with Brian, James and Robert because their project encapsulates what’s important to us at Triskel: supporting communities who are dealing with discrimination.”

The exhibition opening is at 6.30pm on Saturday 15 July in Triskel Christchurch.

Visit Then I laid the floor in Triskel Christchurch.

ANNOUNCED: Guinness Cork Jazz Festival at Triskel 2023

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is back the October bank holiday weekend and what a line-up we have in store for you. These incredible musicians will be live on the Triskel stage from Friday 27 October to Sunday 29 October. Triskel has always been a sanctuary for those who want to experience something truly special and the Jazz Festival is always an exceptional time. Join us for the best of jazz.

We’re also delighted at Triskel to continue our long standing association with ECM Records in a day dedicated to the music. This year on Sunday afternoon we are also marking the upcoming 40th Anniversary of the ground-breaking “New Series”, which has brought some of the most outstanding notated classical and contemporary music recordings to the world since its introduction in 1984.

Here’s the complete line-up:

Tickets will be on sale at 10am on Friday 7 July and tend to sell out so get your tickets now!

An absolute hoot for Cruinniú na nÓg

Cruinniú na nÓg is a day of free creativity for children and young people and this year, we’re welcoming young people (and their grown ups!) to Triskel to enjoy some film fun with Wallace & Gromit.

When their town’s prized produce start disappearing, our cheese-loving inventor and his savvy canine companion must use all their widely imaginative inventions to try and capture a mysterious beast of epic and fluffy proportions!

This special screening is part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2023. Entry is free and tickets will be released at 10am on Thursday 8 June.

Triskel Cinema Special Screenings this June

When former child actor and Hollywood TV sidekick Bruce Lee returned to his native Hong Kong in 1971 to star in two films for fledgling company Golden Harvest, movie history was made thanks to one of the most iconic partnerships between star and studio that cinema has ever seen. In only a handful of films, Lee high-kicked his way into audiences’ imaginations forever, thanks to his blistering screen presence and his masterful ‘Jeet Kune Do’ fighting technique. Three of those films will be screened at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, from Thursday 8 June, along with another season of films, the Three Colours trilogy by Krzysztof Kieślowski.

Chris O’Neill, Head of Cinema at Triskel, explained his reasons for running these two film seasons together, “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Bruce Lee and is also the 30th anniversary of the Three Colours films. We wanted to showcase the films that made Bruce Lee the first international martial arts superstar and the trilogy that explores the French Revolutionary ideals of freedom, equality and brotherhood, and their relevance to the contemporary world.”

The first two starring vehicles for Lee, The Big Boss and Fist of Fury (both directed by Lo Wei), smashed all box office records in Hong Kong and made him the most famous face on the continent. Lee asserted his artistic independence by directing, writing and starring in The Way of the Dragon, arguably his most thrilling and personal film. Tragically, on the cusp of achieving the international stardom he had long strived for, Bruce Lee died suddenly in 1973, aged only 32.

Thanks to Arrow Films, Triskel will present the three pictures that Lee made with Golden Harvest before his passing. Each one has been digitally remastered and will be presented completely uncensored. A selection of vintage original trailers for other martial arts classics will precede each screening.

Kieślowski’s award-winning trilogy is a snapshot of European life at a time of reconstruction after the Cold War, reflected through the filmmaker’s moralist view of human nature and illuminated by each title’s palette colour.

Also screening at Triske Cinema in June is The Wicker Man: The Final Cut. The classic folk horror will return to cinemas this Summer Solstice with a series of special one night only screenings that will feature Exclusive 50th Anniversary Event footage screening before the film.

Tickets on sale now and remember Triskel Cinema members get discounts on tickets as well as a free 90-day subscription to MUBI.

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ANNOUNCED: Michael McHale to Perform Romantic Piano at Triskel

Belfast-born Michael McHale has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He’s coming to Triskel for a four-concert series, The Romantic Piano, starting on Friday 12 May.

Friday 12 May 1pm: Romeo and Juliet featuring music from Beethoven, Field, Schubert and Prokofiev.

Friday 19 May 1pm: Love Songs featuring music from Schubert, Sholdice, Holmès, Schumann, Hammond, Mazzoli and Liszt.

Saturday 27 May 1pm: Moonlight featuring music from Linda Buckley, Beethoven, Áine Mallon and Beethoven.

Friday 9 June 1pm: Flights of Fantasy (for four hands) with pianists Gary Beecher, Gabriela Mayer, Donal McHugh, Ciara Moroney and Conor Palliser. In association with MTU Cork School of Music.

Our lunchtime classical music concerts are always popular so make sure to book your tickets now.

Open Call for RESONATE 2023 Music Network Artist Residencies

Triskel Arts Centre and Music Network invite applications from professional musicians for the RESONATE artist residency programme which provides support for professional musicians with a strong track record in music performance to develop new work and/or collaborations.

The residency is one of six opportunities across the country as part of RESONATE 2023, Music Network’s artist residency programme in partnership with glór (Ennis), Ionad Cultúrtha (Baile Mhúirne), The National Opera House (Wexford), Triskel Arts Centre (Cork City), The Dock (Carrick-On-Shannon) and Regional Cultural Centre (Letterkenny).

Now in its 3rd year, the residency provides a grant of €6,000 to enable a musician/s to devote time to the creation of new work, in addition to a range of in-kind supports from both Music Network and Triskel along with opportunities for artists to showcase their work through live performance and digital updates

Audiences will also have an opportunity to engage with our resident musicians at a public performance in Triskel in late 2023.

The residency is open to musicians of professional performing standard working in any genre of music. Applicants must be resident in the Republic of Ireland and be aged 18 or over. Applicants may apply as solo artists, on behalf of an existing group or ensemble, or for a new collaboration.

Commenting on the announcement, Music Network’s CEO Sharon Rollston said: “We’re very pleased to be offering RESONATE together with our partners at Triskel Arts Centre for a third consecutive year. It’s the most extensive of our musician residency programmes and offers lots of scope for musicians to develop imaginative new work, including cross-artform ideas where music is central. Audiences will also have an opportunity to engage with the resident musicians when they perform live at Triskel later in the year. ‘’

Tony Sheehan, Artistic Director at Triskel, said: “RESONATE is a fantastic collaboration that celebrates live musical performance, offering time, space and resources to musicians to make something special for the stage.  We’re thrilled to be part of a network that truly values and promotes live music.”

The 2022 RESONATE artists in residence at Triskel Arts Centre were classical violinist Patrick Rafter and artist and composer Sam Perkin who created Freedom In Performance. Motivated by a common desire to push the boundaries of performance practice and challenge what is widely considered to be the accepted concert format, they experimented with gesture and movement as central elements of their final performance at Triskel.

Anyone interested in making an application can register for an online information session at 11am on Monday 17 April.  A recording of the session will be available on Music Network’s website and social media channels from Tuesday 18 April 2023.

This year’s residencies will run from July to October and the closing date for applications is 2pm on Thursday 11 May 2023. Applications are made online. The application form, more information about the residencies and guidelines for applicants are all available on Music Network’s website.

Music Network and Triskel Arts Centre are committed to equity and inclusion, and particularly welcomes applications from under-represented musicians, including but not limited to: musicians of colour, musicians with disabilities, Traveller musicians and LGBTQ+ musicians.

RESONATE is a Music Network artist residency programme in partnership with glór, Ionad Cultúrtha, The National Opera House, Triskel Arts Centre, The Dock and Regional Cultural Centre.

ANNOUNCED: Max Zaska Selected for WRITE RECORD PERFORM residency with Improvised Music Company

In the centre of the image, there is a circular photo of a white man with chin length wavy dark blond hair and dark goatee and mustache. He is wearing a blue and red red sitting is a meadow of wildflowers with red poppies and orange flowers. The background of the image has people seated in pews on both sides of a centre aisle. There is red and blue lighting as Triskel Christchurch is set for a concert. On the bottom left corner, the words WRITE RECORD PERFORM are in block capitals, each word on a different line. On the bottom right corner, there is the Triskel logo (essentially the word triskel is lower case letters) and the IMC logo (a small graphic to the left of the letters IMC with Creative About Music on the line underneath).

Triskel, along with our partners the Improvised Music Company, are delighted to announce the winner of our WRITE RECORD PERFORM, a programme which allows a professional musician working in jazz or creative improvised music dedicated time, space and budget to develop a new musical concept in a holistic way. 

After an extensive application process, guitarist and composer Max Zaska has been selected as the winner of WRITE RECORD PERFORM in 2023. 

With a budget of up to €10,000 for the project, the artist will also have physical space to develop work at Triskel in Cork and at IMC’s new home for jazz The Cooler @ The Complex in Dublin. Mentorship and guidance will also be available for the artist from Triskel and IMC.

Max said; “I’m absolutely delighted to be chosen for the WRITE RECORD PERFORM residency programme. The work that will come out of this programme will not only benefit me, but 4 other songwriters in collaboration. The new music we create, record, and perform will have a long-lasting effect on all of our careers as artists. My deepest thanks to IMC and Triskel Arts Centre for your support. I’m excited to be returning to Cork and am buzzing to perform in Triskel Christchurch.”

Max Zaska is a guitarist, songwriter, musical director, and producer best known for his feel-good blend of modern funk, neo-soul, and indie jazz. With his band, ZASKA, Max brings his original songs to life through collaborations with many of Ireland’s rising stars, beginning with his first vocalist, Hozier. His critically acclaimed debut album, It Takes A Village, features over 25 performers including Wyvern Lingo and Loah.

Max co-produced ZASKA’s second album, A Better Way, which was released in 2022 and featured vocalists such as Tolü Makay, Faye O’Rourke (Soda Blonde), Melina Malone, Jess Kav, and Precious Okpaje (Super Silly). 

Through the support of WRITE RECORD PERFORM Max Zaska intends to collaborate with four vocalists to create a body of work that will be performed live with a full band at Triskel Arts Centre in September 2023 (date tbc) and recorded for future release in both audio and video. The vocalists involved in the project are Gemma Dunleavy, Shiv, Melina Malone, and JarJarJr. Stylistically, the music is grounded in jazz, and blended with R&B, hip-hop, and pop to create exciting new work rooted in the energy of live performance and collaboration. 

Artistic Director of Improvised Music Company Kenneth Killeen said, “Delighted for Max Zaska to be chosen for the 2023 edition of WRITE RECORD PERFORM in partnership with Triskel Arts Centre. The calibre of applications across the board was extremely high. However, Zaska’s clear vision for this project coupled with a sound rationale, which included strong collaborative elements, were ultimately the best fit. We wish him and the band the best with their WRITE RECORD PERFORM journey and look forward to the premiere of the work in the Autumn.”

In the Irish improvised music scene, pressing issues are apparent around space to develop and create new work. The role of the arts centre as a developmental, creative and performance space is a huge one, and WRITE RECORD PERFORM is just one way in which Triskel and IMC are working to address these issues. The divisions between creating, performing, and recording music which are created by current public funding structures can also pose problems to musicians in developing their work to its fullest potential. In improvised music, the creation and performance of music are often simultaneous, and can’t be easily distinguished. The WRITE RECORD PERFORM structure takes into account the totality of a musical work, and allows it space to breathe and develop.

Tony Sheehan, Director of Triskel said, “Our objective with WRITE RECORD PERFORM is to accompany artists on their journey from creation to recording and finally the staging of their work. Both Triskel and IMC are looking forward to working with Max Zaska in what will be a particularly dynamic and focused journey, and we are certain that the availability of both the Cooler with its excellent rehearsal facilities and the sublime Stage that is Triskel Christchurch will combine to produce an unforgettable collaborative experience.”

Follow Max’s WRITE RECORD PERFORM journey via his Instagram and look forward to the live recording in Cork this September at Triskel!


Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No, it’s Superman! We’re bringing back the original superhero, the film that made Christopher Reeve an international star.

Sit back and enjoy Superman leap tall buildings in a single bound (and see if you ever noticed that Superman and Clark Kent part their hair on different sides!).

It’s showing during Easter break so there are a few extra matinee screenings. Book your tickets now!

Learn About the Hidden History of The Red Rose

Artist and teacher Áine Andrews is back for a special edition of her popular Famous Paintings and their Hidden Histories workshops. This one-off, free workshop on Thursday 30 March 2-3pm is offered as part of this year’s Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Join Áine to learn more about The Red Rose by Sir John Lavery and afterwards maybe take a stroll to the Crawford Gallery to see the painting itself in all its glory.

Book now to secure your place for this free workshop.

Cork World Book Fest 2023 at Triskel

The background colour is yellow with block text in the top left hand corner saying Cork World Book Fest 2023. On the right is a graphic showing a book open flat with half the pages curling upwards and figures of trees, hot air balloons, clock towers, clouds, birds, paper aeroplanes popping out. The colours in the graphics are cream red, gold, turquoise blue.

Cork World Book Fest is a highlight of the literary calendar in Cork, bringing an extraganza of books and writers to the city each April. The fest incorporates UNESCO World Literature Day on 23 April, giving us the perfect excuse to celebrate all that’s wonderful about books and writers and reading.

This year, there are 7 events happening here in Triskel:

Most events are free – €5 for the Joseph O’Connor and Paul Muldoon events (or €8 if you get a ticket for both). Book now to secure your favourite seat!

You will get to enjoy so many more literary events in Cork City Library, on Grand Parade and Tuckey Street from 18-23 April. Check out the full programme of events or pick up a brochure in Triskel or in the libraries.