The Libertango Smokin' Club - Thursday 8th December 2011

The Libertango Smokin' Club

A night of passion, heat and decaying glamour with a twist!
Taking you on a rip roarin' ride through the underworld and outer antics o
f a woman on the edge....

Nicole Rourke brings the character to life in 'The Suitcase Milonguera' -
A torrid tale of tango featuring dancer Hernan Catvin.

For a teaser....

The wonderful Truly Divine gives her own unique interpretation of the character's world, playing out her emotional heartstrings with gusto.....and piano accompanyment by Mr Bryan Mullen.
For a taste of Truly...

The Libertango Smokin' Club dares you to a night of sultry passion and blistering wit. Be sure to check for your nearest fire exit!

When : December 8th (Thursday) 2011.
Where : The Back Loft.
How much: €10
Doors open at 8pm. Show starts 8.30 sharp!

Ballyrogan Expression

Please join us for the opening reception 
Ballyrogan Expression
on Thursday 1st December 2011 

Ballyrogan Expression is a group collaboration of artists whom have either lived or worked at Ballyrogan House. This show includes six artist who work in various disciplines including; Film, Print, Painting and Graphics.
This exciting exhibition presents a mix of six established and emerging artists. This collection of artists, though disparate, is essentially connected by the use of contemporary methodologies in dealing with each individual discipline. All have spent time at Ballyrogan House

Prime presents the Jazz Is... mini-festival

A boutique music festival presented by The Prime Collective. We have a five-day line-up of gritty funk, smooth tones, hard-hitting jazz, acoustic instrumental and experimental improvised music for your pleasure. 22 - 26 November 2011 in various venues. 

Friday 25th  8-11pm  €8 adm.

Leafzang sextet 8pm

Leafzang sextet takes the approach of adding cello, clarinet and sax to a guitar trio, resulting in a balance of warm acoustic tones ranging from chamber ensemble to European jazz.

Bryan Quigley & Gordon Delap 8.45pm

Quigley plays the bass like few others, approaching it from the basis of pure sound rather than notes and rhythms. Delap provides the electronic ammunition – live processing that results in an otherworldly sound world between the two.

Rhombus 9.20pm

Playing all original music written by Dennis Wyers, Rhombus draws from Norwegian and British jazz, contemporary classical, blues and South-Indian music, moving between textures to create colouristic and often rhythmic compositions.

Paul Roe & Danny Roe 10.00pm

Everyone loves to see things kept in the family, and this is no exception – son Danny provides the percussion to his father’s etherial clarinet – Paul, who recently had an album released on Diatribe records.

Saturday 26th  8-11pm  €8adm. 

Concrete Soup: Colm O’Hara presents Concrete Soup 8.00pm

Colm O’Hara is one of the best trombone players around - he’s been playing with all sorts of interesting musicians over the past few years. Recently, he’s been curating a night that he dubs ‘Concrete Soup’, an assortment of improvising musicians that O’Hara personally assembles in one-off groupings. The result is an evening of music that will never be performed the same way twice, but one that leaves a lasting impression.

Will feature: Lauren Kinsella, Fergus Cullen, David Lacey, Conor Murray, Derek White, Matthew Berrill, Cathal Roche, MERSK collective from Cork and many more.


Moving Backwards. Backwards Moving

Opening on Wednesday 16th November, (6-8pm) 
Daily viewing Thursday 17th to Sunday20th November, 3-6pm til Friday, by appointment only Sat-Sunday (call 0872753944) .

Moving Backwards. Backwards Moving focuses on past movements can be seen in an instant, where it can be recognized and is never to be seen again. To articulate this past does not mean to recognize it the way it really was, it means to seize hold of a memory as it flashes into our consciousness, before it is lost again. Moving Backwards. Backwards Moving intends to reverse this by capturing a memory and preserving it through the manufacture of sculptures based on the movement itself. The sculptures consist mainly of unorthodox materials, in combination with structural materials such as wood and metal. With the amalgamation of all these necessary factors it allows for the opening up of new possibilities for exploring reality and live new fictions through the investigation of body movements and mimesis.

About the artist: Evelyn O' Connor is an emerging artist who recently graduated with a first class honours degree in painting from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2010. She also attended, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste Karlsruhe for a short period of time in 2009. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most noted was an exhibition entitled, Ich suche eine WG, which was held last June in Karlsruhe, Germany. She was also shortlisted for the Irish Residential Studio Award at The Red Stables twice and has just completed a bursary which she received from the Contact Studios in Limerick.

Negative Exposure - November 24th - 28th

Negative Exposure
an exploration of the body through fine art nude photography
with Photographers
Karol Liver and Douglas Ross
and models
Juchi, Rachel Lally and Spunky Gore

   This November sees the opening of an exciting exhibition and associated events at the Back Loft. From November 23rd through to the 28thNegative Exposure will present the breath-taking and insightful work of two fine art photographers and three art models, who have worked in close collaboration to bring this highly unusual exhibition together.
   The depiction of the human body in art has long been contentious. This exhibition has been put together by five people who have consciously addressed these issues in their work . The diverse ages (23 - 57) and cultural backgrounds (Ireland, U.S., Poland and Italy) have informed the development of the work and issues of gender and sexuality are examined directly in some of the work. Above all this is an exhibition of work involving five people who are passionate about the power and beauty of the human body and its depiction in fine art photography.
   The active participation of the three models is a unique feature of this exhibition. In addition to actively collaborating in the creation of the photographic work, the models have worked creatively with castings of their own bodies and also produced video footage looking at some of the issues around figurative art, modelling and photography.
   As well as the exhibition, the Negative Exposure group are running a fine art photography workshop and a multi-facetted evening which will go into the exhibition in depth and explore the issues it raises.
                   November 23rd - 28th , Exhibition open 1 - 7pm daily.
                   November 24th, Opening night 6-9pm.
                   November 26th,  All day workshop (view details below!)
           November 28th, Night of discussion, performance, multi-media presentations.

All events are free, except for workshop.
To see the work of everyone on the team:
Karol Liver:



This full day workshop on fine art nude photography is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Negative Exposure”. Participants will spend half the workshop with each photographer covering preparation, the working relationship between model and photographer, lighting, the shoot and post-production. Participants will have a shoot with a model as part of each session, i.e. two shoots during the day. Each group will be kept small to ensure in-depth dialogue and a reasonable time to shoot.
Karol Liver and Douglas Ross are two innovative photographers with different styles and working in different ways. Karol Liver has an improvisational approach to developing the content of his work, with meticulous attention to technical execution. By contrast, Douglas Ross prepares his themes intensively before the shoot and then improvises technically. 
Juchi, Rachel Lally and Spunky Gore are three models, each with their own exciting and distinctive style. They have participated actively in the development of the work in “Negative Exposure” and will give participants a rare opportunity to dialogue with them about the model’s perspective, as well as a couple of wonderful opportunities during the workshop to work with them.

Places are strictly limited to allow for the close personal involvement of participants. A deposit of 50 euro will secure your place. Payment through PayPal to