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OPEN NOW photo submission

Black Hole Studio have entered five photos into the OPEN NOW photo competition run by the Photo Factory, Belfast & the Gallery of Photography, Dublin. The photo shown here is of the foyer of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona To view all the photos click on this link.


Happy New Year 2012

Frenchpark Crib 2011/2012

Hope everyone has survived the turkey or turkey(s) as this stage. Hope you all had a lovely christmas and enjoyed the company of family and good friends. As we start a new year let us rejoice in the little things we take for granted family, friends and neighbours.. Happy New Year to you all.

Recipe for a Good New Year


    Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past—have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time.

Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing— don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.

All good things must come to an end

Well, the long awaited play has been performed and well received on two packed nights in the local hall.  I have not heard so much laughter in a long time, it was an absolute tonic. Thank you very much to our audiences on both nights who supported us it was greatly appreciated and we wont know what to do with our time now.  Thanks also to a brilliant cast who did a wonderful job.

Free Portrait Shoot

What the Frack? poster

As part of the TRADE Residency programme run by Roscommon and Leitrim Arts Departments Black Hole Studio will be hosting a free portrait session by the portrait and video artist David Michalek some day during next week, October 17-21, 2011 (exact day and time to be confirmed). David Michalek has worked on Calvin Klein campaigns and for Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines and will photograph anyone who is willing to add their face to the campaign intended to raise awareness of Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing).

Fracking is the process of extracting gases from deep within shale rock. In places where fracking has already taken place there has been a rise in cancer rates, death to livestock and water contamination. In Pennsylvania methane has risen to 17 times the normal levels near fracking sites. Exploration licenses for fracking have been issued in Leitrim, Fermanagh, Roscommon & Sligo. Pat Rabbitte, the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural resources has asked the EPA to conduct a study over concerns raised by residents in these areas.

To find out more, keep an eye on this web-site where the exact date and time of the photo session will take place. Please come along to have your portrait taken for free and where members of ENGAGE, a collective set up by the TRADE Residency artists,  will have further information. All family members  are welcome as we would like to have all ages represented in the campaign photos. Alternatively, you can contact Black Hole Studio to show your interest who will then inform you directly when the shoot is taking place.