Arts, Crafts and Music

The islands attract many artists and craftspeople of all types. Inis Mor regularly has groups who come who are photographers. I deal with a number of them and I give them some input about the island , about its history and it helps them to focus on a theme for their photographic exploits.

There are regular creative writing groups that attend workshops every year . The island inspires, it is full of stories . Every house, location , mark on the landscape has a story attached to it and there is people here who could tell you those stories and that can enrich your own imagination and get you writing creatively . There is so much room for artists because the light on the island is wonderful. Apart from attracting artists there are a lot of resident artists on the islands. There are also few poets resident on the Island.

People also come to the islands to learn crafts especially the crafts that have practiced on the islands over the centuries. Basket-making is very popular on the Aran islands and there are well established teachers of it running courses. Knitting and its associated crafts are also extremely popular including weaving and spinning wool. Lots of different people on the island practice different crafts and are willing to teach them to others so there is a great opportunity.

Music is also popular and a whole artistic pursuit on the Aran Islands. There is music in bars at night and a lot of music in the children and the adults of the island particularly if you are interested in traditional music, traditional singing, dancing, folk dancing, playing instruments such as the fiddle or violin, accordion, flute. These are the sorts of instruments you will find here and are practiced here. People are attracted here for all sorts of reasons to do with the arts.