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European Art Cinema Day

Triskel Christchurch are delighted to participate in this year’s European Art Cinema Day on Sunday 14 October, the only cinema in Ireland to be involved.

CICAE and Europa Cinemas have teamed up with more than 600 cinemas to present a curated program including previews, children’s films and historical classics. With a wide variety of guests, events and exhibitions, the program will be as diverse as European Art Cinema itself.

We’re marking it with a screening of Dogman followed by a live streamed Q&A from the London Film Festival. Dogman is inspired by one of the most infamous crime stories in post-war Italy, in which a 27-year-old dog groomer was driven to commit an extraordinary act of violence.

Dogman will receive its UK Premiere on European Art Cinema Day at BFI Southbank with director Matteo Garrone and lead Marcello Fonte in attendance for a Q&A.

Curzon Artificial Eye and BFI LFF are also pleased to confirm the simultaneous live previews taking place across approximately 40 cinemas UK-wide, including the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN).

ENDUSER Opening in Triskel Christchurch

ENDUSER, Tomas Penc’s evolving two-part exhibition, opens in Triskel Christchurch on Thursday 11 October 2018 and will run for three months. Penc, who creates work that is often site-specific, said, “The installation alludes to the mind-set we, as users, hold towards science and technology and its revolutionary potential that allows us to contest the boundaries of our collective existence traditionally demarcated by the external concept of God. This trend, however, also entails some dark aspects of how we relate to ourselves, one another, and our environment, all of which is the subject matter of the exhibited artwork.”

Part of Penc’s exploration of that mind-set means his exhibition will not be promoted on Triskel’s social media platforms, an unusual tactic to take in today’s “always on” marketing oriented world, a world that Penc thinks is damaging to our spiritual sanity. There is also an audio aspect to the installation – every hour, a synthetic voice will read aloud text underpinning the visual experience.

Penc’s artwork draws from psychology and symbolism used in the advertising industry, visual art references, and popular culture signifiers and the ways they determine meaning and frame of perception in the current world. It is concerned with the unresolved relationship we have with the present day technology as “new reality” through which this perceived world is operated, both in abstract and material terms.

The first part of ENDUSER by Tomas Penc shows in Triskel Christchurch between 11 October and 7 November, and the second part between 22 November and 22 December.

The exhibition is streamed online at enduser.live

More info at tomaspenc.art

Xenophon Opening in Triskel Gallery Space

Words from the bottom of the ocean

Xenophon: Ubi Tunc Vox Inauditae Melodiae? Et Vox Inauditae Linguae? is a new installation by McGibbon O’Lynn, exploring post-human regenerative therapies. It opens in Triskel Gallery Space on Thursday 4 October at 6pm and all are welcome.

Visual artist Siobhán McGibbon and writer Maeve O’Lynn began their collaboration on The Xenophon Project in 2015. Together they have created a future world in which a fictional race of post-humans can enhance their anatomy and genetic make-up but continue to struggle with communication in a way that is all too human. McGibbon, who is from Cork, said, “This is an inter-disciplinary art and words project that employs sculpture, narrative, animation and technology to explore the interstices between art and science, and the future of the human species.”

The post-humans of the project attempt to communicate through means that humans can no longer understand. Despite having embraced bio-tech and animal hybridization, communication continues to pose a challenge. This dialogue will, therefore, be experienced through the mediums of poetry and music, highlighting the redundancies and inadequacies of ordinary language to form the basis of much meaningful communication, culminating, instead, with movement, animation and non-lexical song.

Belfast-based O’Lynn continued, “Xenophon is a speculative commentary on a spectrum of related bio-ethical issues: current research in bio-inspiration, regenerative medicine, stem cell applications, transhumanism, and immortality.”

Xenophon: Ubi Tunc Vox Inauditae Melodiae? Et Vox Inauditae Linguae is part of McGibbon O’Lynn’s on-going Xenophon Project collaboration and is inspired by the work of twelfth-century Catholic mystic and noted natural historian Hildegard von Bingen, who developed one of the first invented languages, Lingua Ignota, for purposes unknown; perhaps to communicate with people and societies far in the future.

Xenophon runs from 4 October until 25 November.

Creating Space for Art at Triskel

Triskel Arts Centre has announced the artists selected from their Open Call 2019. Triskel’s Artistic Director Tony Sheehan said, “We’d like to thank the all the artists and the selection panel who took part in this Open Call. We received over 100 submissions for five exhibition slots, and I think the final choices made by the panel led by Valerie Byrne will make our visual arts programme for 2019 vibrant, exciting and challenging.”

Valerie Byrne, director of the National Sculpture Factory, said, “I was delighted to be invited to chair the selection panel for Triskel Exhibitions 2019 and to have the opportunity to work with curators Declan Rooney and Victoria Evans. We were very impressed by the variety and standard of over 100 submissions received for programme and this made our task all the more difficult. We are very pleased with the unanimous selection of five exciting shows for 2019 and hope that the viewers will enjoy the work as much as we did. Triskel has traditionally been an important venue for the Visual Arts in Cork and we hope that the high calibre of the shows selected for 2019 will bring visual arts to the forefront again.”

The artists will exhibit a variety of media and themes over the course of the year. Bennie Reilly combines existing and newly developed works informed by her interest in museology, natural history and antiquities, while Vukasín Nedeljković’s Asylum Archive contains photographs, essays, interviews, reports and ephemera related to the lived experience of asylum in Ireland.

Evegeniya Martirosyan will continue her exploration of natural processes and material transformation through sculpture, music and video. A collection of works on paper by Stephen Dunne, completed during his residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art last year, have not been displayed publicly to date. Kevin Mooney’s paintings are rooted in mythology and semi-fictitious Irish art history.

The panel included Victoria Evans, a freelance curator who is currently Project Manager for Creative Journeys with NCAD and Dublin Airport, and Declan Rooney, an artist who studied Fine Art Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and Performance Art at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig, Germany.

Announced: New Cinema Brochure Out Now

The latest brochure for Triskel Christchurch Cinema is out now with an exciting line-up of films. The programme is as eclectic as ever, highlighting the finest in current theatrical releases as well as a selection of classics I am sure that you will enjoy.

There is the Polish film Cold War from the Academy Award winning director of Ida; the delightful American dramas Lucky (starring Harry Dean Stanton), The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Columbus; a special screening of the Italian picture The Dogman (plus a live-streamed Q&A with director Matteo Garrone); and three
exciting documentaries from Ireland (A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot), Britain (Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.) and France (the Academy Award nominated Faces Places).

There are also some notably off the wall films such as Climax from controversial director Gaspar Noé, the violent revenge thriller Mandy featuring an intense Nicolas Cage, and a tribute to the late filmmaker Tobe Hooper: along with such masterpieces as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist, there is his rarely-seen debut feature Eggshells.

Chris O’Neill – Head Of Cinema

Triskel wins Community Impact category at JCI Cork Friendly Business Awards

We are delighted to win the Community Impact category at the recent JCI Cork Friendly Business Awards. We were nominated by a member of the public and judging was done by a mystery shopper.

We’d like to thank our staff and our audience for all being so wonderful and supportive!

And congratulations to the other winners:

Good Day Deli: Best Disability Access & Overall Winner

Tom Winter’s Barbers: Best Customer Care

Cornstore: Best Layout and Design

Bark and Bumble: Best Digital Experience

Quay Co-op: Best Eco-Friendliness

Announced: Music Network bring Amatis Trio & Roller Trio to Triskel

Triskel are delighted to partner with Music Network to bring two amazing trios to Cork this Autumn.

Amatis Trio will perform in Triskel Christchurch on Saturday 13 October. Lea Hausmann (Violin), Samuel Shepherd (Cello) and Mengjie Han (Piano) are an exhilarating young piano trio who won the audience prize at the Grachtenfestival-Concours in Amsterdam mere weeks after forming. On this tour they will premiere a new work by Irish composer Amanda Feery, commissioned by Music Network. Always lyrical, often surprising, catch this trio while you can!

The Roller Trio will join us on Sunday 28 October during the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Expect plenty of punchy grooves, high octane technicality, deceptively catchy riffs and swirling electronica as the Mercury Award-nominated Roller Trio roar into town, delivered with a trademark swagger and visceral energy that has seduced critics and fans alike.

Announced: Quartets at Triskel – Autumn Series 2018

Presented by Triskel Arts Centre in association with the National String Quartet Foundation

The National String Quartet Foundation is committed to bringing live chamber music to audiences throughout Ireland and to creating and supporting performance opportunities for Irish musicians. This autumn series at Triskel offers recitals by four top flight quartets playing a wide variety of music from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

The series forms part of a nationwide season which presents eight string quartets, all based in Ireland or with Irish connections, in more than thirty concerts. Full details are at www.nsqf.ie

Ficino Quartet Saturday 22 September

Carducci Quartet Saturday 20 October

ConTempo Quartet Saturday 3 November with special guests Christopher Marwood & Simon Aspell

Lir Quartet Saturday 8 December

Announced: Spotlight Chamber Music Series

Following the success of its inaugural season last year, the Spotlight Chamber Music Series returns to Triskel Arts Centre this Autumn/Winter with four Saturday lunchtime concerts in September, October, January and February.

Funded by the Arts Council and supported by Triskel, the series is based on the principle of bringing together some of Ireland’s most distinguished musicians to play with one another in small ensembles. These concerts showcase a wide range of repertoire and a variety of instrumental formations. The featured composer of the Spotlight Chamber Music Series 2018 is Cork native Sam Perkin, whose works will be performed in all four concerts, the first of which will see the world première of his String Trio “Flow”.

Spotlight I Saturday 8 September 2018

Spotlight II Saturday 6 October 2018

Spotlight III Saturday 12 January 2019

Spotlight IV Saturday 2 February 2019

Announced: Triskel ECM Weekend at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

Triskel ECM Weekend at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival


  • Invincible
  • Open Land – Meeting John Abercrombie











Over the last number of years, the Triskel ECM WEEKEND has earned international acclaim. This year Triskel are presenting this mini-festival, now in its 4th year, in association with the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, as a part of the International Jazz Festival and the Triskel Arts Centre’s 40th Anniversary.

Curated by Triskel and ECM Records, the programme offers a spectrum of cutting edge contemporary jazz that includes debut ECM projects and veteran ECM musicians in double bill concerts, a specially devised concert of classical music from the ECM New Series and film screenings. A pop-up Record Store will be open for the weekend at the venue.

Friday 26 October – ECM Cinema

6pm: Screening of Invincible – Werner Herzog, 2001. (133 mins). Anna Gourari (who features in the Saturday lunchtime live concert) has a starring role alongside Tim Roth in the film based on the life of Jewish folklore hero and circus performer Zische Breitbart.

8.45pm: Screening of Open Land – Meeting John Abercrombie – Arno Oehri 2017. (90 mins). An intimate portrait of the great guitarist, filmed near the end of his musical journey. The film by Director Arno Oehri and Producer Oliver Primus also features contributions from Gary Versace and Adam Nussbaum among others.

Saturday 27 October, 1pm: ECM New Series Concert with Anna Gourari and Zsófia Boros

The artists are collaborating in a concert of solo and duo works specially devised for the ECM Weekend.

Anna Gourari is one of the most outstanding pianists of her generation. Her playing has been described as ‘technically perfect’ and ‘dazzling’, an ‘almost perfect blend of fiery attack and poetic magic’ combined with ‘pure intellectual freedom’.

Zsófia Boros’ guitar playing is subtle and restrained, accompanied by a melancholy grace. As the subtleness of her playing unfolds, the attentive listener perceives its quiet virtuosity. Her restraint arises quite naturally from the knowledge of her own ability to become one with her instrument and, thus, never to let virtuosity dominate the music.

Saturday 27 October, 8pm: Kristjan Randalu Trio + Dino Saluzzi Group

Estonian Kristjan Randalu makes his ECM debut with a striking album of his own rigorous yet lyrical music, sensitively played by a trio formed especially for this recording, with US guitarist Ben Monder and Finnish drummer Markku Ounaskari. The trio line-up was suggested by producer Manfred Eicher after hearing Equilibrium, Randalu’s 2012 duo recording with Monder. The featured compositions on Absence are robust, and in the past Randalu has played them also as solo piano pieces.

Dino Saluzzi Group – El Valle de la Infancia

The veteran ECM artist brings the world famous popular Group to Ireland in this exclusive concert where he will present works from his album El Valle de la Infancia and some of his unpublished repertoire Mozart por Saluzzi. Dino Saluzzi (Bandoneon), Félix Saluzzi (saxophone and clarinet), José María Saluzzi (guitars) and Matías Saluzzi (bass). Percussionist U. T. Gandhi completes this powerful quintet.

Sunday 28 October, 8pm: Kit Downes – Obsidian (with Tom Challenger) + Tord Gustavsen Trio

Kit Downes is critically regarded as one of the UK’s outstanding young jazz talents. Some of his earliest musical experiences were as a church organist and in recent years, he has been revisiting the instrument, exploring its sonic possibilities and idiosyncrasies. For the ECM Weekend, Downes will perform from Obsidian on the TC Lewis Church Organ in Christchurch. He will be accompanied by Saxophonist Tom Challenger.

Tord Gustavsen Trio’s much anticipated new album for ECM The Other Side will be the basis for this exceptional concert in the perfect setting of Triskel Christchurch that features Sigurd Hole on double bass and Jarle Vespestad on drums. Gustavsen arranged several chorales by Bach for the album, as well as one by 19th-century Danish composer, organist and folklorist Ludvig Mathias Lindeman. Bach’s “Schlafes Bruder” has deep groove, led by Vespestad, while Lindeman’s “Kirken, den er et gammelt hus” has a feel that’s alternatively ruminative and rhapsodic, with an electronically shaded intro. “We’re interpreting the church music that I grew up with in an abstract way,” the pianist explains.

Tickets go on sale from Thursday 9 August at 10am.

Tickets:€35/32 (+ €1 booking fee)

August & September Cinema at Triskel Christchurch

We have another diverse and exciting selection of movies at Triskel Christchurch in August and September.

There are acclaimed documentaries such as Studio 54, McQueen and Filmworker, powerful world cinema from France (The Guardians), Spain (Summer 1993) and Poland (Cold War by the Academy Award winning director of Ida) and notable American independent films with First Reformed and Lucky.

We also have several classic movies screening during this period: Gleaning Truths is an eight-film season dedicated to the work of French director Agnès Varda; The Beatles’ animated feature Yellow Submarine receives a rare big-screen outing and has been digitally restored for picture and sound; and 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Stanley Kubrick picture that changed science fiction cinema forever, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

And last but certainly not least, we welcome Irish director Donal Foreman to present his latest work The Image You Missed. This fascinating and unique documentary is not to be missed.

All films are online now and available to book.

Chris O’Neill – Head Of Cinema

Announced: Jimmy Crowley & Songs from the Beautiful City

Triskel are delighted that Jimmy Crowley will perform his show, Songs from the Beautiful City, in Triskel Christchurch in September 2018. This will be an evocative celebration of the history of Cork through beautifully crafted narrative songs and ballads performed by Cork’s very own Bard.

We’ll let his fellow bards say what needs to be said about him:

“The test of any singer is whether or not you listen to him – I have Jimmy Crowley’s Jimi Mo Mhile Stor in the car at all times.” Liam Clancy

“Jimmy and I have been on the one road for many’s the long mile and my journey is always shortened when I meet him.” Christy Moore

“Since I have known Jimmy Crowley, which is quite a while, the qualities which I have admired most in him are his consistency, his integrity, and his ability to adapt and be receptive to all kinds of music, his uniqueness. And for me, he embodies the spirit and voice of Cork and he’s a great singer.” Ronnie Drew

“Jimmy Crowley is a musical icon in Irish tradition. He sings out from his own ground to a world of listeners. And the lift and lilt of his voice is the listener’s joy.” Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, Irish World Centre, University of Limerick

“He remains a unique interpreter of songs both traditional and contemporary with a special gift for communicating with his audience.” Mary Black

“For me, he embodies all that is good and true about the music in which we are involved.” Martin Carthy

“He is a consummate stage performer as well as a song writer, adding colour adding colour to his songs by weaving stories about Cork characters, maritime exploits and daily life into his act. His singing style is truly unique – nobody hearing Jimmy could possibly mistake him for anyone else.” Mick Moloney

His concerts will 27–29 September and tickets will be on sale next week.