Autumn in NUI Galway
Since the announcement of GMR and NUI Galway's new partnership in August, GMR has continued to work with the university on a number of collaborations. 2017/18 Semester 1 saw the continuation of a very special partnership between GMR, ConTempo and the Creative Writing Department under the guidance of Dr John Kenny, Director of the BA and MA programmes in Writing. During interactive seminars, ConTempo and the writing students focused on the creative process and connections between literature and music. On Thursday 28 September, an event showcasing the artistic results of the 2016/17 collaboration was presented in the Aula Maxima NUI Galway.
For a second year in a row, GMR collaborated with NUI Galway on a special lunchtime Culture Night event. Presented in the Quadrangle the theme of time was explored on a charming trail through this iconic space. Audiences wandered through the curious surrounds of the Geology corner losing themselves in dramatic readings from students of Drama, Theatre and Performance, with music from ConTempo Quartet and the NUI Galway staff choir, and works from NUI Galway’s visual art collection. The event included an introduction to the James Mitchell Geology Museum, Galway’s ‘hidden museum’.
GMR’s Space & Sound series has celebrated the launch of NUI Galway’s new and refurbished buildings over the past number of years by linking music performances with talks on the history and development of these buildings and departments. With NUI Galway’s capital development project at an end, the series concluded on Sunday 1st October at 1pm in the brand new Human Biology Building. GMR was delighted to partner with Architecture at the Edge for this event, the latest addition to the Galway’s festival calendar. ConTempo was joined by STW Architect's Paul Mannion and Peter Duddly for a history of the building's development. One of Galway Music Residency’s talented Apprentice Ensembles, Amoroso Quartet, also performed as part of the festival on Saturday 30th September in the Life Course Building at NUI Galway.