Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Presence Of Absence Photographic Exhibition Evening - Coleraine

Free Draw - Win a Framed Print from this Exhibition!

To be in with a chance to win one of my framed prints from this exhibition all you have to do is:

1. Attend the exhibition and take a selfie beside your favourite print
2. Like and share my facebook page:
3. Post your selfie pic to my page along with the title of the print and why you like it.

On completion of all three, your shot will be placed into a album named contestants. 

At the end of the exhibition the winner will be  randomly chosen from the entries by the curator of the Riverside Theatre and notified through Facebook.

Just a reminder that I am holding my first solo photography exhibition this year in the foyer of the Riverside Theatre in Coleraine. It is called ‘The Presence of Absence’ and is a framed and beautifully presented series of 100 photographs of Ireland's abandoned ‘big’ houses, workplaces, factories, hospitals and cottages.

Over the past 10 years, I have made a mission of researching, accessing and capturing these buildings that most of us drive past or see from a distance through overgrown hedges. The detail of dusty lofts, coats in wardrobes and stunning Georgian staircases have been thoughtfully and beautifully recorded for posterity.

Yours sincerely,

Pete Irvine

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

#SaveTheDal - New Year's Parade - Saturday January 3 - Ballycastle

"Dr Gavin McDonnell MB, BCh, MD, FRCP. the leading consultant neurologist specialising in Multiple Sclerosis, has offered to help and advise Moyle Council and ‘Save the Dal’ campaign on proposals to secure improved provision of respite services for patients suffering from MS and other neurological conditions.

This is excellent news, Dr McDonnell is recognised as a leader in the field of neurology, and he played an instrumental role in setting up the main outpatient clinic for MS at Belfast City Hospital and the new purpose built unit at Musgrave Park. His contribution will therefore be very valuable and must carry great influence with Health Trust decision makers."

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Save the Ulster Orchestra - BBC - A Question of Equality

George Bain: "The reason that we are in grave financial difficulties is again quite simple.  Like most arts organisations, our two main income streams are from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, on the one hand, and, secondly, the BBC pays us — that is partly BBC Northern Ireland and partly Radio 3 — for the music that we supply to it.  Over the last four years the funding from both those sources has declined by 28%, which is roughly £1 million in real terms.  For an organisation that was underfunded and under-resourced — neither the players nor the staff have had a pay rise since 2008, and the orchestra has not been able to tour for 10 years, long before the cuts came — it simply means that we are not viable."

John Myerscough produced a report in 1912 into BBC's Performing Groups- London (2), Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow. [link to report included in BBC article].

The Ulster Orchestra has a different funding structure to these Performing Groups but could it be getting a fairer share of licence payers' money?

Kevin Magee has produced some figures: UO costs £4.5m/yr; BBC gives £0.64m. According to that 2012 Myerscough report, a BBC orchestra costs about £6.1m of which the BBC contributes about £5.2m. Arts Council Wales contributes £0.8m.

In other words, for every £1 the BBC licence payers contribute to the BBC's performing groups, they contribute 13p to the Ulster Orchestra.