Virtual Studio Tour with Edwina Guckian, Natalia Beylis & Esther Hoad

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A virtual studio tour with Sean-nós dancer Edwina Guckian, sound artist Natalia Beyliss and writer Esther Hoad.

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Creative Frame is delighted to host our first ‘Virtual Studio Tour'.

The virtual studio tours give us a glimpse of the diversity and breath of creative practices of artists in the Creative Frame network and is a unique opportunity to hear a wide range of artists talk about their process and practice from the spaces in which they create.

For our first tour we will be going behind the scenes with Sean-nós dancer Edwina Guckian, sound artist Natalia Beyliss and writer Esther Hoad.

Edwina Guckian hails from outside the village of Drumsna in Co. Leitrim. She learned her dancing from her mother and the local dancers of Leitrim and Roscommon. Her style is greatly influenced by the style of local music she grew up listening and dancing to. Having started teaching dancing at the age of 16, Edwina has now taught her steps and toured with shows and bands in every continent all over the world. In 2004 Edwina established her dance club Áirc Damhsa which now has over 400 members, 11 teachers and is based in 9 counties. In 2017 Edwina was awarded the Art’s Councils Next Generation Award and most recently she was awarded Artist in Residency at the Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo where she is working on a dance theatre piece for children in collaboration with the children at Áirc Damhsa Dance Club.

Natalia Beylis' work revolves somewhere between sonic story-teller, composer and multi-instrumental musician. In her recordings and performances, she layers seemingly incongruous sounds atop of each other to spawn strange juxtapositions and garbled parallels. She regularly creates participatory sonic engagements through workshops and events. The Quietus described a recent album as “an exceptional release of instrumental incantations and explorations”. In addition to a busy performing schedule both with bands and as a solo performer she also runs a record label, Sofia Records, and is a regular contributor to Dublin Digital Radio where she explores the medium of radio as art.

Esther Hoad is a writer. Her writing has been published in the Leitrim Guardian, and online in Northwest Words Issue 12. She won the Leitrim Guardian Literary Award 2020 for her short story, Swimming Donkeys and, in 2015, she received their first prize for her poem, Atonement. Before Covid19, in February 2020, she was Overall Winner at the Dublin Story Slam. On International Women’s Day 2020, at The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Esther read a commissioned piece for A Miscellany of Women’s Voices.

The studio tour up will take the form of  ZOOM video meeting. To participate you will need a laptop/desktop computer with a webcam  and a good internet connection (broadband or 4G). Once you have registered you will be sent a meeting ID and a Password.

This event for members of Creative Frame, a free network for full time professional artists of all disciplines in the North West of Ireland. If you are interested in learning more about the network visit http://www.creativeframe.eu

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