Events

Samhain Term 2018-19

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Wednesdays 7, 14, 21 November
Scottish Gaelic Conversation
Sydney

Learners, practice your Gaelic in a friendly environment with gentle guidance.  Our learners’ group provides a welcoming and supportive atmosphere to make use of your Gaelic, whether you have just a few words or are an advanced learner.  Absolute beginners are also welcome to come and listen to the sound of this beautifu language.
Schedule
6.30-8.30 – weekly seminar
Venue
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Handouts and light supper included
Scottish Gaelic Conversation registration form

Saturday 24 November
Exploring Celtic Art seminar

Sydney

A lavishly illustrated exploration of Celtic art motifs and techniques through the ages.  We will eplore the best, most intriguing and quirkiest of Celtic manuscripts, sculpture and metalwork of the bronze age, iron age and early medieval period.
Schedule
10.00am-11.30am – spirals, knots, keypattern and interlace
11.45am-1.00pm – depictions of animals and people
Venue
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost
$50 ($35 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet and morning tea included
Celtic Art Celtic Knots registration form

Saturday 24 November
Drawing Celtic Knots workshop

Sydney

Learn the basic design techniques of Celtic knotwork, as seen in manuscripts such as the Book of Kells. Draw your own Celtic knots as we guide you through the steps.  Take home your own piece of original Celtic artwork.
Schedule
2.00pm-3.30pm – techniques, grids and layouts
3.45pm-5.00pm – experimenting with design
Venue
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost
$50 ($35 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Materials and afternoon tea included
Celtic Art Celtic Knots registration form

Celtic art & Celtic knots day package
$95 ($65 student/unwaged)
Celtic Art Celtic Knots registration form

Sunday 2 December
Holy Islands – Iona and Lindisfarne Study Day
Canberra

At the centre of Saint Columba’s federation of monasteries and churches, the island of Iona was a centre of learning.  We will spend the first half of this study day with this beautiful island and its intriguing history.  In particular, we will discuss the complicated history of the church in Saint Columba’s time, and investigate the many early medieval and later artefacts associated with Iona.
The tidal island of Lindisfarne was settled by monks from Iona at the invitation of the king of Northumbria.  It came to be of central importance for Christianity in the north of England. We will explore the background of Lindisfarne’s establishment and its role in the development of Christianity in England. Lindisfarne is the place of origin for many important early medieval manuscripts including the Lindisfarne Gospels, and we will look closely at manuscripts and other artefacts from Lindisfarne and the surrounding areas.
Schedule
11.30-1.00 – Saint Columba and Iona
2.00-3.00 – Iona artefacts
3.15-4.15 – Lindisfarne: history and place
4.30-6.00 – Lindisfarne artefacts
Venue
Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street Weston
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
includes lunch, afternoon tea and booklet
Canberra registration form

Saturday 8 December
Book of Kells study day
Thirroul

The Book of Kells is a beautiful, illuminated manuscript made around 750.  In this day-long event, we will consider the context of the church in Ireland and Scotland, and the relationship of the Book of Kells to Saint Columba.  We will spend time investigating the long traditions of Celtic art, and the materials, construction, decoration and content of the Book of Kells itself.  Join us for a look at the manuscript, its background and its decoration.  We will have many photographs of details from the manuscript and other objects.
Schedule
10.00am-11.30am – Saint Columba and the church
11.45am-1.00pm – Iona and Kells
2.00pm-3.30pm – the Book and its decoration
3.45pm-5.00pm – artistic influences on the Book
Venue
Thirroul Community Centre, 352 Lawrence Hargraves Drive Thirroul
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, lunch and morning and afternoon teas included
Book of Kells Thirroul registration form

Saturday 15 December
Celtic Christmas Crafts & Traditions workshop
Sydney

Learn about Christmas traditions in the Celtic countries.  Write a Christmas greeting in your medieval or modern Celtic language of choice.  Make decorations and cards with Celtic motifs to take home.
Schedule
10.00am-11.15am – Celtic Christmas traditions
11.30am-1.00pm – decoration-making
2.00pm-3.15pm – Celtic-language Christmas greetings
3.30pm-5.00pm – card-making
Venue
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street Sydney
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Materials, morning and afternoon teas included
Celtic Christmas registration form

Saturday 12 January
Scottish Gaelic Poetry seminar
Sydney

Poetry is a fascinating and beautiful way in to language and culture.  In this half-day seminar, we will read and discuss a selection of Scottish Gaelic poems and songs in Gaelic with English translations.  No knowledge of Gaelic is required:  Gaelic-speakers, learners, and those with no Gaelic will  all have the opportunity to enjoy the sound and meaning of the poems, and explore their expressions of Gaelic culture.
Schedule
10.00am-11.15am – traditional Gaelic poetry and songs
11.30am-1.00pm – contemporary Gaelic poetry and songs
Venue
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street Sydney
Cost
$50 ($35 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet and morning tea included
Scottish Gaelic Poetry registration form

Sunday 13 January
Who were the Celts? study day
Canberra

A day-long introduction to the culture of the Celts, focussing on bronze-age, iron-age and early medieval language, art and archaeology.  We explore questions of identity, location and time period.  We investigate archaeological sites for what they can tell us about Celtic culture.  By looking at artefacts we identify the distinctive art styles associated with the Celts.
Schedule
11.30am-1.30pm – chronology, geography and lifestyle
2.30pm-4.00pm – archaeological sites
4.30pm-6.00pm – art and artefacts
Venue
Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street Weston
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged)
Booklet, lunch and afternoon tea included
Who were the Celts Canberra registration form

Saturday 19 January
Celtic illuminated Manuscripts study day
Sydney

Spend a day looking at early medieval Celtic illuminated manuscripts from the modest Book of Mulling to the extravagant Book of Kells.  Our list will include Scotland’s only securely identified example, the Book of Deer, together with better- and lesser-known examples from various parts of Great Britain and Ireland. We will discuss the manuscripts’ makers, their background and decoration. We will enjoy close examination of photographs of details from manuscripts across space and time.
Schedule
10.00am-11.30am – the earliest Celtic illuminated manuscripts
11.45am-1.00pm – pocket gospels, psalters and other manuscripts
2.00pm-3.30pm – the illuminated Gospel Books
3.45pm-5.00pm – details and common threads
Venue
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street Sydney
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, morning and afternoon teas included
Celtic Illuminated Manuscripts registration form

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Friday 15 to Sunday 17 February 2019
Scottish Gaelic Retreat
CALLALA BEACH

Spend a weekend immersed in Scottish Gaelic at beautiful Callala Beach on the NSW South Coast.  We will have exclusive use of a holiday house and numbers will be limited to a maximum of eight.  Formal Gaelic language classes will be interspersed with gentle walks on the beach, cooking traditional Scottish dishes and enjoying the outdoors – all in Gaelic.  No prior knowledge of Gaelic required.  More details will be available soon.

July 2019
Early Medieval Scotland and Ireland study tour

Join Dr Pamela O’Neill on a tour of early medieval sites, museum and library collections interspersed with informative talks.  Join the whole tour, or choose just a week in either Scotland or Ireland.  More details will be available soon.

 

On very rare occasions, we may have to cancel an event due to circumstances beyond our control.  On such occasions, we will notify all registered participants and arrange a full refund.  If you are unable to attend an event for which you have registered, we will arrange a full refund if you cancel with at least 48 hours’ notice.  If you cancel with less than 48 hours’ notice, we will endeavour to arrange a reduced registration fee for a substitute event.

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