Bealtaine Event – Roots and Shoots: Dawn to Dusk Film Screening and Talk

Roots and Shoots- Dawn to Dusk Film Screening and Talk is taking place at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise on Tuesday 16th May starting at 2:00pm as part of Bealtaine Festival with free admission. Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age.


Dawn to Dusk, an artist documentary film which observes and documents the artists’ collective Na Cailleacha. Na Cailleacha, (the Irish word meaning witches or divine hags) are six visual artists, one jazz musician, and a curator-writer who came together during 2020 to explore being female, older and hopefully wiser. Between all, the group collective share over 500 years of experience of being women, artists, of being a curator/writer/historian and a composer.


The film screening will be followed by an interview with the filmmaker Therry Rudin, Curator-writer Catherine Marshall (both members of Na Cailleacha). The event will be chaired by Ann Marie Kelly – Radio Producer/Content Creator Midlands Ireland.



Therry Rudin, was born in Switzerland and has lived in Germany, USA and Brazil. She attended the ‘Basler Kunst Gewerbe Schule’ and the ‘Kunst- Akademie’ in Munich, Germany. She first came to Ireland in 1985 and lived in Limerick for five years, where she founded the art school ‘Studio 55’ and published the poetry magazine ‘Anima’. She lectured in the Fine Art Department of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology until 2013. And she has exhibited widely in Ireland, Switzerland, Brazil and USA, Barcelona, Spain in selected solo and group shows. She exhibits regularly in collaboration with her partner the artist Patricia Hurl. In 2005 curator of ‘Living Landscape’ Symposium in collaboration with the West-Cork-Arts-Centre, part two curator of a publication ‘Living Landscape’ Barcelona/West-Cork-Arts-Centre 2008/2009.  Moving to Roscrea Co.Tipperary 2009, and in 2012 launching the artists led space, Damer House Gallery with artist and partner Patricia Hurl and in collaboration of OPW, Damer House and Castle, Heritage Centre Roscrea 2012. Therry developed in 2013, Damer House Gallery a yearly program dedicated to art films, ‘Homeland’ in collaboration with Barcelona Loop Festival. Therry was invited with Patricia Hurl to participate on the Bealtaine Festival, artists travel residency ‘Catch the He(art) with curator Michelle Browne and following artists Mary Kelly, James King. Therry taking part in a group show Bád curated by Fergus Murphy in Damer House Gallery. For the last 15 years Therry and Patricia created performance film like ‘Once Upon a Time’, ‘Swansong’, ‘The Waiting Room’ and working now on a new video performance that received the Agility Award from the Arts Council Ireland. For the past years Therry completed documentaries ‘The last of the Summer Wine’ 2019, the story of the town Roscrea. The award-winning Documentary, (Washington Film Award, Best Documentary) and International Film Festival Zürich, Switzerland (Best Documentary) ‘Dawn to Dusk’ a film on the women artists group Na Cailleacha. The films are supported by the editor Barbara Hebkes Next too Dawn to Dusk for the film ‘the moon is set in motion and the golden stars appear’ Best Creative short Film Halicarnassus Film Festival, Bodrum, Turkey. Therry received many artists grant the last was the Agility Award and is planning a short future film in collaboration with Lindsay Sedwidge (Script Writer) and Barbara Henkes (Editor).


Catherine Marshall is a curator, art historian and writer. Former Head of Collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (1995 -2007), she has lectured at TCD, UCD and the NCAD and was Visual Arts adviser to the Arts Council’s Touring Experiment, 2007–8, She was co-editor of the Twentieth Century volume, of the Art and Architecture of Ireland, Yale University Press, 2014. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in the History of Art by University College Dublin in 2019. She has curated exhibitions all over Ireland, and also in China, the USA, Canada and Britain. Her most recent curatorial Project; The Age of Reason/Unreason, The Art of Na Cailleacha, STAC, Clonmel, Ballinglen, Co. Mayo, Wexford Arts Centre, Garter Lane Arts Centre. 2021–22.. Catherine most recent publication; Irish Art 1920–2020 Perspectives on change, co-edited with Yvonne Scott, Published by the Royal Irish Academy, 2022


Ann Marie Kelly has worked for over 2 decades as a broadcaster and photographer. Her most recent documentary produced for RTE Radio 1 was broadcast on New Year’s Day was The Sawdoctor’s ‘I want my old job back’ after she reunited the band after 20 years apart. She won 2 IMRO radio awards in 2018 for her radio program ‘The Open Door’ on Midlands 103. A weekly documentary series where Ann Marie ventured out amongst the community to reveal the hidden stories and characters of the Midlands. She still presents her awards winning Roadhouse Cafe show every Friday night from 10pm. Her film documentary ‘Wally’ was shown on RTE 1 in 2013. She presented the AMKelly show in Today FM from 2000 to 2010. She now works as Communications & Marketing Executive for Midlands Ireland and continues to present her award winning Roadhouse Cafe music program on Friday nights in Midlands 103



The event is part of Roots & Shoots exciting nationwide programme of Visual Arts events taking place as part of the Bealtaine Festival and in partnership with Irelands leading visual artists organisations. The event is partnership with Laois County Council and Age & Opportunity for Bealtaine 2023.


To book a place on the Dunamaise Arts Centre website or phone the box office:  057 866 3355

Free Admission


Full Laois Bealtaine 2023 programme can be found here on


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