Events

Imbolc Term 2019

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Friday 1 February 2019
First Anniversary
Hyde Park, Sydney

Come along to Hyde Park to celebrate the first anniversary of our first event, with music, food, drink and the chance to socialise.
Time
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue
Hyde Park, Sydney
Wet weather location to be determined
Cost

Free – rsvp using form below, facebook or email

 

 

Sunday 3 February 2019
The Picts and their Art study day
Canberra

The Picts occupied much of the territory of north-eastern Scotland in the iron age and early medieval period.  We will attempt to separate speculation from fact, and understand as much as it is possible to know about the Picts.  We will also look closely at the Pictish carved stones, considering the nature and style of the carving, its influences and possible meanings.
Schedule
11.30am-1.30pm – who were the Picts
2.30pm-4.00pm – Pictish symbols
4.30pm-6.00pm – Pictish art
Venue
Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street Weston
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, lunch and afternoon tea included
The Picts and their Art registration form

Wednesday 6, 13, 20 February 2019
Irish Language Conversation evenings
Sydney

Learners, practice your Irish 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 beautiful language.
Schedule
6.30pm-8.30pm – weekly
Venue
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street Sydney
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet and snacks included
Irish Conversation registration form

Saturday 9 February 2019
An Leabhar Mor reading day
Penrith

An Leabhar Mor is a project bringing together 100 of the best poems ever written in the Gaelic languages together with newly commissioned art and calligraphy. The poems range from the earliest known poem in Old Irish c.500AD to the latest offerings from Scottish Gaelic and Irish languages. The book was published early in the 21st century. Join us to read some of the poems in the original language and the translated version, and to enjoy high resolution close-ups of the artworks.
Schedule
10.00am-11.30am – medieval
11.45am-1.00pm – early modern
2.00pm-3.30pm – Scottish Gaelic
3.45pm-5.00pm – Irish
Venue
Penrith Gaels Cultural & Sporting Association, 75 Richmond Road corner Glebe Place, Kingswood
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, lunch, morning and afternoon teas included
An Leabhar Mor registration form

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.  Twin share rooms and shared bathroom facilities will be provided in the house. If you wish to participate in the weekend but do not wish to share a room, please contact us as other accommodation arrangements are available.  Formal Gaelic language classes will be interspersed with gentle walks on the beach, cooking traditional Scottish dishes and enjoying the outdoors – all in Gaelic.  All activities are optional, providing time to relax.  All meals, materials, accommodation, etc. are included in the price.  No prior knowledge of Gaelic required.
Venue
Holiday House, Callala Beach, NSW
Cost
$400 ($300 student/unwaged) – limited places available – please register in advance
Meals, materials and accommodation included
Scottish Gaelic Retreat registration form

Saturday 23 February 2019
History of the Celts in 20 Objects study day
Melbourne

The Celts are defined linguistically, and yet we are able to associate a vast collection of objects, decorative and utilitarian, with Celtic culture over more than two millennia.  An attempt to define the history of the Celts through such a small sample as twenty objects is doomed to failure.  Rather, this study day seeks to touch on some of the more intriguing aspects of Celtic culture though the objects that are associated with it. In examining our twenty objects, we will also glance quickly at some additional objects that did not make the cut.  We will talk about what makes an object Celtic, what is special about each object, and how it represents a particular aspect of Celtic culture.  Each object will be illustrated with a range of photographs.
Schedule
10.00am-11.30am – metalwork
11.45am-1.00pm – stone sculpture
2.00pm-3.30pm – manuscript
3.45pm-5.00pm – other objects
Venue
TBA, Melbourne
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, morning and afternoon teas included
History of the Celts in 20 Objects registration form

Sunday 24 February 2019
Celtic Art workshop
Melbourne

A lavishly illustrated exploration of Celtic art motifs and techniques through the ages, exploring the best and quirkiest of Celtic manuscripts, sculpture and metalwork. Learn the basic design techniques of Celtic knotwork, as seen in manuscripts such as the Book of Kells.  Take home your own piece of original Celtic artwork.
Schedule
10.00am-11.30am – spirals, knots, keypattern and interlace
11.45am-1.00pm – depictions of animals and people
2.00pm-3.30pm – techniques, grids and layouts
3.45pm-5.00pm – experimenting with design
Venue
TBA, Melbourne
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, materials, morning and afternoon teas included
Celtic Art registration form

Wednesday 6, 13, 20 March 2019
Scottish Gaelic Conversation evenings
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 beautifuls language.
Schedule
6.30pm-8.30pm – weekly
Venue
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street Sydney
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet and snacks included
Scottish Gaelic Conversation registration form

Sunday 10 March 2019
Celtic Art workshop
Canberra

A lavishly illustrated exploration of Celtic art motifs and techniques through the ages, exploring the best and quirkiest of Celtic manuscripts, sculpture and metalwork. Learn the basic design techniques of Celtic knotwork, as seen in manuscripts such as the Book of Kells.  Take home your own piece of original Celtic artwork.
Schedule
11.30am-1.00pm – spirals, knots, keypattern and interlace
2.00pm-3.30pm – depictions of animals and people
4.00pm-6.00pm – drawing your own knots
Venue
Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street Weston
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, materials, lunch and afternoon tea included
Celtic Art registration form

Saturday 16 March 2019
Holy Islands – Eileach seminar
Inner Western Sydney

Eileach an Naoimh, in the Garvellachs off the west coast of Scotland is traditionally associated with Brendan the navigator. It contains relics of the early medieval period in the form off a bee-hive hut and cross-marked stone, together with later monastic remains. This seminar will explore the material remains and history of the two islands.
Schedule
10.00am-11.30am – Eileach an Naoimh geography, topography and natural history
11.45am-1.00pm – medieval history and archaeology
Venue
TBA
Cost
$50 ($35 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet and morning tea included
Holy Islands registration form

Saturday 16 March 2019
Holy Islands – Skellig seminar
Inner Western Sydney

Skellig Michael, off the west coast of Ireland is a World Heritage site containing bee-hive huts and cross-marked stones, now famous as a Star Wars location. This seminar will explore the material remains and history of the two islands.
Schedule
2.00pm-3.15pm – Skellig Michael the place
3.30pm-5.00pm – early medieval history and archaeology
Venue
TBA
Cost
$50 ($35 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet and afternoon tea included
Holy Islands registration form

Holy Islands day package
$95 ($65 student/unwaged)
Holy Islands registration form

Sunday 23 March 2019
Celtic Art workshop day 1
Glen Innes

A lavishly illustrated exploration of Celtic art motifs and techniques through the ages, exploring the best and quirkiest of Celtic manuscripts, sculpture and metalwork. Learn the basic design techniques of Celtic knotwork, as seen in manuscripts such as the Book of Kells.  Take home your own piece of original Celtic artwork.
Schedule
TBA
Venue
TBA, Glen Innes
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, materials, morning and afternoon teas included

Sunday 24 March 2019
Celtic Art workshop day 2
Glen Innes

A lavishly illustrated exploration of Celtic art motifs and techniques through the ages, exploring the best and quirkiest of Celtic manuscripts, sculpture and metalwork. Learn the basic design techniques of Celtic knotwork, as seen in manuscripts such as the Book of Kells.  Take home your own piece of original Celtic artwork.
Schedule
TBA
Venue
TBA, Glen Innes
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, materials, morning and afternoon teas included

Saturday 30 March 2019
Celtic High Crosses study day
Revesby

Celtic Christians from the 7th – 10th centuries erected magnificent carved stone crosses commonly known as high crosses. The crosses are embellished with scenes from the bible and possibly other sources, together with abstract Celtic art. Join us for a virtual tour of Celtic High Crosses from Ireland and Scotland. We will explore the meaning of the scenes and symbols carved on the crosses and the historical background to their creation.
Schedule
10.00am-11.15am – the cross in Celtic art
11.30am-1.00pm – Irish high cross
2.00pm-3.15pm – Pictish cross slab
3.30pm-5.00pm – other Celtic crosses
Venue
Revesby Workers Club, 2B Brett Street, Revesby
Cost
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, morning and afternoon teas included
Celtic High Crosses registration form

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Save the dates!

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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