Arts in Action

Arts in Action offers access to a variety of international-standard arts events throughout the academic year. Each year the programme is packed with rich and diverse performances focusing on emerging and established professional artists and also on performances by international names from the world of theatre, literature and traditional music.

All events are free to attend and will take place mostly at The Cube and Bailey Allen Hall in Áras Na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway. The programme commences in the second week of each semester, September running until the end of March 2015/16. Students on some programmes will work with the Arts in Action team as part of their course work, for example, MA in Arts Administration and MA in Drama and Theatre Studies. Every student can attend the events.

In 2014/15 performers included: Olwen Fouéré, Mick Moloney, Peadar O’Ríada, the Mulcahy Family and Dolores Keane, Vincent Woods Nell Ni Chróinín,. Lillis O Laoire, NUI Galway Choral Singers and Medical Orchestra Ensemble Eriu and many more. This year also sees a commemoration of Maud Gonne, the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats and two new collaborations with NUI Galway’s Moore Institute and the James Hardiman Library.

Vincent Woods, poet, RTÉ Arts broadcaster and journalist, said: “The Arts in Action programme at NUI Galway is a rare and very impressive example of a university incorporating creative performance into its academic calendar, a blueprint for all third-level colleges in Ireland. I commend it for its vitality, diversity, relevance and richness.”

Arts in Action has been building over three years to support specific undergraduate and post-graduate modules as well as having a significant input into the programmes for International Students. The content of the programme is designed in such a way that it is now aligned to a teaching theory component within a two-hour seminar and is a credit bearing module for both Irish and International students.

Mary Mc Partlan, Traditional Artist-in-Residence at the Centre for Theatre and Performance and Artistic Director of Arts in Action at NUI Galway, said: “This year’s programme marks the ultimate goal and objective of embedding the creative arts into academic modules, creating a full programme in such a sustained and significant way that fulfils all the aims and outcomes for credit bearing modules, available to all students across the campus, with structured, bespoke space opportunities for visiting students to immerse in Irish Traditional Culture.”