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The art business - it is a business more than a world - is constantly changing. Trends, tastes and values alter and fluctuate. Prices are set where demand for an artist's work meets its scarcity. But one factor remains constant; the best work will be recognised...eventually.

Good advice to artists is to to be brave, take risks and work hard. Keep making and creating and be dogged about it. Be wolfhound about it, if you will. After all, the animal that graces our cover has been around since 7000BC, predating both Newgrange and Michael D. Higgins.

The same advice can be given to anyone. Tough times don't last, tough people do, and if you are to make it in any business/world you have to persevere. 

Fear of failure is not an option anymore. Keep going, keep ploughing, keep furrowing away and eventually it will become good. You can't afford to stand still anymore. If you have an idea, pursue it, before someone else does. 

In the words of Beckett, "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again."

Who is issuing a war cry this week? Ciaran. Michael, Kate 'Blaise' Coleman,  Camille or Roisin

"The animal depicted in this illustration is an Irish Wolfhound." - James Earley
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March 22 2012


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when
Runs til April 29th

how much
Free

exhibition
Sam Douglas - Remnants

Anyone familiar with Brideshead Revisisted- if you’re not I raise my eyebrows at you!- will recollect the part when Charles Ryder travels around South America to paint and languish in solitude. It is why we love him. Sam Douglas’s paintings look like what I imagine Charles’s would’ve looked like. Douglas has spent the last few years travelling through mountain ranges- the Caucasus, Himalayas, Atlas and Picos de Europa. His subjects- peaks and waterfalls- emerge from the darkness of shadows and densely applied oil paint, their highly varnished look giving them an air of otherworldliness. The exhibition note says that these places offer “space for escapist reverie” to the painter, but they do so also to the audience. Each geographical place is morphed by the painter’s own feelings into cold distant places of loneliness. / Roisin Agnew

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March 22 2012


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
7pm

how much
Free

talk
City Intersections

We know this much: millennial cities aren't anything like those retro futurist urban-scapes as seen in classic midcentury sci-fi, full of gleaming steel monoliths and flying cars. In reality our cities are dense conurbations of connected villages heaving with a tapestry of humanity. Here's a chance to weave your unique thread of urban experience into the local fabric via the next dublintellectual.ie event. It is a series of 10 interactive public discussions examining city living and the things we urbanites may be thinking, loving, wanting and missing. Speakers will include a Mayoral contribution touching on municipal wide schemes, a literary take on Dublin 2016 by Claire Kilroy, Una Mullaly bears witness to the city's popular culture and Maeve Higgins takes us on her journey through a well known street. / Elish Bul-Godley

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March 22 2012


where
Sebastian Guinness Gallery, 42 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
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when
Until April 21

how much
Free

exhibition
Daragh Hughes - Black and White

In Black and White, emerging Irish artist Daragh Hughes explores the beauty of the human body. Hughes' nudes are somewhat more evocative of the works of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, yet these headless giants are bodies to inspect and not designed to provoke. The paintings are a non-pornographic appreciation, and Hughes' commendable unwillingness to airbrush the nudes is a refreshing change from the constant manipulated images we frequently endure. Daragh worked fast and confidently on location for the past few weeks, waiting for each layer of paint to dry to move on to the next stage. This exhibition is also interactive in that it is possible to see the making-of video of the works, which begs the question...is something beautiful because it's good or good because it's beautiful? / Emily O'Callaghan

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March 23 2012


where
The Anglo Building, Over Samuel Beckett Bridge, IFSC


when
All day, all night

how much
Free

exhibition
Art at the Anglo building

Ah, the monstrous Anglo shell. That metaphor for our abandoned excesses (for our, read banker, if you're a banker, read banker and you'll still see 'our') Someone's cheering up the half demolished, entangled, hunk of concrete fail and its posse of cranes but we don't know who...Art has gone Guerrilla, and the Anglo building probably holds more promise and hope with the pasted colour and mural of vibrancy on its walls, than it would ever have had, even if it had been finished and filled with side partin' Martins with cardboard-stiff pinstripe suits, sitting on wire furniture imported from Japan. The art is a statement, and it's there for people to make a statement with. Will the public steal it? Deface it? Ignore it? Get there before the man tears it down. Naughty, squatting art is where it's at. / Kate Frances Coleman

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March 23 2012


where
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
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when
6pm

how much
€20 (Donation)

fashion show
Fashion against Racism

Coco Chanel, probably the most influential figure the fashion industry has ever seen, once said; 'In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different'. Shame then that the industry isn't exactly known for the positive effect it has on society. Nor is it normally seen as a champion of social inclusion, interculturalism or a celebrator of differences. There are people though, who understand that the influence the fashion industry has can be used for good, as opposed to Zoolander levels of evil. Fashion Against Racism Ireland is the brainchild of ordinary people who believe in change and are hosting an evening of fashion and multiculturalism in the opulent Oak Room in the Mansion House. The proceeds will go towards charity, and the dress code is fashionably loud & glamorous. / Jessica Hayden

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March 23 2012


where
Teacher's Club, 36 Parnell Square West Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€12 - €16

theatre
Oleanna

“If all else fails there is always teaching.” To be a teacher is the career equivalent of having a small penis. So usually those who teach have an axe to grind, and students will forever bear the brunt of this. It is therefore very difficult to sympathise with them, as we have all experienced their wrath. Yet Oleanna tries to make us do just that when a student, not happy with her grades, makes a sexual harassment claim against her college professor. Although it may be difficult to justify the student’s actions, you have to admit it is kind of cathartic watching a professor get knocked down a peg or two. Surely everybody has had a teacher they have wanted to slap. The fact that the teacher and student are played by a real life teacher/student duo just makes it that bit better. You can almost taste the sweet justice. / Jonny McCully

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March 24 2012


where
Brooks Hotel, 59-63 Drury Street, Dublin 2.


when
3pm

how much
Free

fashion
Irish Historical Costumers

Who doesn’t love dressing up? It’s one of the most fun parts of being a child that is somehow still acceptable as an adult. The newly formed Irish Historical Costumers Meetup Group are holding an afternoon tea where those of us with covert inclinations toward prancing about in crinolines or britches can try on and swoon over masks and cloaks and voluminous dresses and impossibly elaborately embroidered jackets. The organiser, Laura, is a period costume maker with a wardrobe full of clothes that she wants to wear but that haven't been in fashion for at least 200 years. She’ll be bringing them along and everyone is encouraged to bring their own for maximum costumed fun. Apparently there will also be vast quantities of clotted cream that must be eaten, preferably with scones. / Alex Calder

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March 24 2012


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
8:30pm

how much
€28

gig
Spiritualized

It's easy to poke fun at the Spiritualized formula. You've got the Velvet Underground/Stooges inspired rock rave up, the other song that starts off acoustic and then gets all grandiose and orchestral, lyrics that will more than likely feature some combination of the words soul, down, fire, and lord, the occasional free jazz freakout, and then the gospel choir turns up. But despite frontman/mastermind Jason Pierce's single-minded devotion to a rather narrow set of sonic signifiers, he's still bloody good at what he does. He especially excels in a live setting (I'd make a case for the Royal  Albert Hall double disc being the only worthwhile live album of the last two decades. Go on, prove me wrong) and this gig will offer a chance to hear songs from imminent album Sweet Heart Sweet Light, the band's first in four years. Win Tickets / Conor McDevitt

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March 24 2012


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€16.50

gig
Memoryhouse

Reading about a young Canadian band that sound a lot like Beach House didn’t do much for me. Learning that they’re named after a Max Richter album piqued my interest. One listen to the slow-motion majesty of Lately and I was hooked. Sure, comparisons to the Baltimore duo are apt, but Evan Abeele and Denise Nouvion have already evolved since The Years EP and their debut, The Slideshow Effect, finds the reverb turned down and the tempo somewhat accelerated. Add a strong visual element thanks to Nouvion’s photographic and film expertise and Abeele’s classically trained background and you’ve got a lot more than initial impressions might suggest. The band’s first Irish show was an unenviable mid-afternoon slot at Oxegen 2010. Whelan’s intimate ambience will offer a welcoming home for their soft-focus dream-pop. Win Tickets / Brian Keane
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March 24 2012


where
The Mezz, 23 Eustace Street Dublin 2


when
7:30 pm

how much
€5

club night
Rough Sex

The charts may be dominated by various X Factor contestants brandishing their bubblegum pop on the brainwashed public, but there are still a few die-heard musicians out there who are bucking trends and creating their own unique and individual sound. Labeled 'alternative' by those who don’t understand, I just call them fab! Thanks to dark overlord Simon Cowell’s influence there are very few places you can see this music live, but The Mezz has come to the rescue with this new night which will feature the best in alternative music. This week sees Budget of the Shopping Anarchist headlining, fresh from the release of their debut EP. Support is ably provided from the marvelous French Bird - whose energetic sound belies a punk edge and Swords natives April Space who pride themselves on their melodic riffs. Rough and ready.  / Frances Winston

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March 25 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
10:20, 1pm, 3:40pm, 6:20pm, 9pm

how much
€6.48 - €11.30

cinema
21 Jump Street

We're so inured to the Hollywood remake machine at this point (coming in 2014, Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Seriously) that the arrival of a movie based on the barely remembered and frankly ludicrous 80s curio 21 Jump Street elicits no more than a tired shrug. Thank the lord then, that the makers of this revamp are keenly aware of the ridiculousness of the property. Anchored by an endearing double act between Academy Award nominee (as he must henceforth be known) Jonah Hill and towering slab of man meat Channing Tatum, this takes the dumb premise and runs with it, piling on the absurdities to breathless and hilarious effect. Tatum deserves special praise, throwing off the shackles of a series of eye candy roles with a winningly goofy performance as the least convincing fake high school student ever. / Conor McDevitt

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March 25 2012


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€12

gig
Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell

It brings a tiny tear to your eye. The kind that glints on your cheek, that you don't really want to dab away, cos it's just that poetic. This is the music of girls in floral chiffon and trailing scarves and boys who trample barefoot in summer. It's inherently romantic, but not sickly. There are notes of jealously and sadness in the lilting melodies. They sound broken crackling, with sparse twinging and twanging of a guitar in the background, a delicate finger plucking away, almost seeing guitarist, instrument on knee, sagely nodding with a lip gripped pipe, so throw another sod of turf on the fire, look at its orange majesty for a second, and then venture out into the cold night to Whelan's, where your heart will be kept toasty warm in the fleeced, gloved hands of that duo of delicacy, Jonny and Lucy. Win TicketsCora Burke

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March 26 2012


where
Dublin Conservative Club, 20 Camden Row Dublin 8
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when
8pm

how much
Free

talk
Monthly General Meeting #2

The Monthly General Meeting is a brand new nomadic night of learning, laughing, seeing and hearing curated by the unlikely pair of Shane Langan of comedy group Diet of Worms and Níal Conlan from indie band Delorentos. After enormously enjoying the inaugural night, which took place in the somewhat enigmatic Hacienda Bar on Little Mary Street (which included music by Delorentos, comedy from Megan Nolan, a talk by author David Malone and a film premiere from Stevie Russell), I am thoroughly intrigued about the next one in the similarly ‘out of the way’ surroundings of the Dublin Conservative Club on Camden Row, this coming Monday. The theme will be ‘It’s all Politics’, and with its secret line up of contributors, this is an evening to keep one on his or her toes. / Alan Bennett

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March 26 2012


where
Rothar Cafe
Fade Street
Dublin 2

when
6:30 pm

how much
Free

workshop
Women on Wheels (first meeting)

Cycling in Dublin is a man’s world - 80% of pedal-pushers are male. While it’s been claimed this is because women are more cautious about safety, I suspect many are more worried about committing fashion crimes. But ladies, fear not. Contrary to what many cyclists will have you believe, you don’t need to dress like you’re competing in the Tour de France to pedal into town. OK, pencil skirts are out and mascara needs to be waterproof, but it’s often easier to cycle in high heels than to walk in them. Cycling also burns calories, saves a fortune on taxis and is environmentally friendly. If you’re starting out, however, you may feel you need advice that’s more practical than “wear waterproof mascara”. The Women on Wheels will provide just that, along with some inspiration in the form of the documentary Beauty and the Bike. / Anne Hayden

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March 27 2012


where
The Loft Market, Top Floor The Powerscourt Townhouse 59 South William Street Dublin 2
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when
Tues-Sun, 10am - 6pm

how much
Depends

fashion
The Loft Market (re-opens)

Up and running five years, The Loft Market has established itself as one of the top go-to places in Dublin to find independent art, fashion and design. Whether it's an original handmade piece, a unique gift, or some re-vamped vintage, this place always seems to throw up some new treasures. They also put an emphasis on locally and ethically made products - which you can tell yourself if you feel you're about to get a case of post-shopmatic-stress syndrome. The good news is that, after a few minor bumps and delays, they are re-opening today in a new space at the top floor of Powerscourt, and from this week on, you'll be able to pop in any day except Monday. Hopefully this will make the place more accessible to everyone and give the designers a bigger push. If you're a designer yourself, you can apply HERE. / Rachel Ray

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March 27 2012


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
1.10pm, 3.35pm, 6pm & 8.30pm

how much
€7.50 / €9

cinema
This Must Be The Place

Sean Penn's aging Goth rocker character Cheyenne sums it up best at the end: "There's something not quite right here". Paolo Sorrentino's peculiar film boasts an off-kilter storyline, strong cast and soundtrack by Will Oldham and David Byrne. Penn is holed up in a lavish Irish estate with his wife (Frances McDormand) and a young punk he befriends (Eve Hewson). He's struggled since two brothers committed suicide to his tortured lyrics. Next we're in New York starting a journey to find the Holocaust persecutor of his recently deceased father. A character transformation ensues through stunning scenery with a sublime musical interlude by David Byrne. But all too often, I felt zipped into the suitcase that Cheyenne drags behind him everywhere wanting to glimpse more shards of light from the script. Still it has many oddball moments to cherish. / Zach Joyce

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March 27 2012


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8.15pm

how much
€12-€20

theatre
Agamemnon

The first - and only complete - part of the Oresteia is currently running in the The Project Arts Centre Dublin. This is apparently the first ever professional production in Ireland - staged by the CSI. No, not that one, the other CSI (Classical Stage Ireland). Lesa Thurman and Michael Bates make for an impressive pair as Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, but personally I felt the 'first watchman' stole the spotlight. I think without previous knowledge of the play it could seem they were all - well you know - speaking 'Greek' sometimes. So it maybe worth having a read-over of the plot before your visit. Word of warning though, starts 8:15PM sharp (that's not 'doors open') so get there before unless you fancy a scolding. Win TicketsRachel Ray

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March 28 2012


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
6 - 8pm

how much
Free

opening
Kevin McSherry - The Exile's Return

Three cheers for the Copper House Gallery. And three well deserved beers when you find it. I felt like Jason searching for the Golden Fleece as I plodded around the side streets of Dublin 8 in my quest to locate it. Unlike Jason, once I found it, I vowed to return. The Copper House Gallery have been striking their own gold with recent shows, and this should be no different. I've loved Kevin McSherry's work for some time now. Whether it was a hearty chortle as his visualisation of Syphilis at an exhbition in the United Arts Club, admiring his depiction of Copper in the Science Gallery's Element exhibition or wondering what was going on in his cranial space at South Studios Laundry exhibition. McSheery has a wheel-barrow load of humour, a cement mixer of talent and I expect a full, beautifully-built house for this launch. / Vernon Steel

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March 28 2012


where
The Coach House, Dublin Castle

when
8pm

how much
€15 / €10 / €40 (Family)

concert
Fidelio Trio/Carol McGonnell

Music Network’s latest offering presents the London based Fidelio Trio augmented with Dublin born clarinettist Carol McGonnell. A cursory browse at the trio’s discography shows a wide sweep of the twentieth century’s most influential composers (Ravel, Schonberg and Korngold) to an album of modern Irish Trios featuring work by Donnacha Dennehy and Deirdre Gribbin. McGonnell is based in New York and has collaborated with leading composers including Elliott Carter and Oliver Knussen. The music for this tour reflects an interest in challenging work. Bartók’s Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin & Piano brings out that composer’s Hungarian influence and Messiaen’s deeply moving 1941 Quartet for the End of Time was first heard in prisoner-of-war camp, where the French composer was being held captive. Win Tickets / Des FitzGerald

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Aoife Walsh - The South Circular

Meet digital entrepreneur Aoife Walsh ahead of the launch of The South Circular, a journal for the short story aficionado.

My love of short stories started with Alice Monroe. In my twenties I was one of those people who thought of loads of things I wanted to do and then never did them. About a year ago I told my brother what I was thinking and he said why don’t you just give yourself a year and do it. 

March last year I registered the company - South Circular,  I set up an open call for writers, and that’s how it came together. The priority was to learn the nuts and bolts of running this kind of business. One of the greatest difficulties starting off was having the courage to tell people what I wanted to do. The second fear was asking for help. But once I did, I was bowled over by the response.

I hope The South Circular will rise between the worlds of graphic design and publishing.  There’s a huge energy at the moment and my hope is that it will continue to thrive unharnessed.

The South Circular is being launched March 26th. Issue 1 is available to download from for just €3. PHOTO: Mark Duggan.