Monday, January 28, 2013

4 Things You Need Right Now

Are you feeling disconnected from the art world? Stuck in an art rut? (and not in the art-block sense?) Feel like giving yourself a kick into action? Here are 4 things you should download/do/read right now!

Cool App

This app is presented by Visual Artists Ireland, the Arts Council, and the Mayo County Council for some reason. I have it on my android phone, it is brilliant and I use it every day. I've tried other art-news based apps but this one really clever and relevant and just wins hands down. It's basically a run-down of the art news from the Visual Artists Ireland newsletter. It also has a great wee Listings tab that lists all the art events advertised on the VAI website. Every artist with a smart phone and who wants to keep connected with the greater Irish art world should really download this.

Cool Software

Free for a Year! If you are woeful at organisation and pricing (you may be worse than you think) you should download some handy database software for inventory, invoicing, sales, archiving, basically get yourself an office to start selling from. Artbase is another very cool one, but it costs like a million euro. A few others ranging from $70 to $1000 are listed in this Art Business blog. To make your art business suceed (because, until you have an agent for an accountant for a spouse, you are a business person AND an artist, not just the latter), you must acquire all of the technology and all of the spreadsheets.

Cool Article

Arts Funding and Bursaries: Deadline Time. You heard it, time to research your art-funding options courtesy of the state et al. Arts Council, Culture Ireland, County Council Funding, as well as specifics such as MAKE, the Rehab Visual an Performing Arts Fund, the Wellcome Trust and the YYEA are all looking to give away some money.

Shut up and take my forests of funding applications!!!

Cool Clothes

Art is the Cure is a loosley defined art therapy organisation and every time a t-shirt is bought from their site, funds go towards free creative workshops. Every t-shirt is a can pf spray paint. How cool is that?

If only it came in more complementary colours.

Cool Art Update

I made photoshop art!! Yee!! Here is a link to my deviant page with the first photoshop cartoons I have ever done. Lots of mistakes, lot of learning. A lifetime fear of layers is now a relative comfort and a very slight trepidation. If I can do it then anyone can!

So I almost starved to death and then the Galway workforce welcomed me back with open arms. This means that I'm hoping to do more list-based posts like this one for a while, until I get some time off waiting tables to plough back into my art business research. I also don't take advantage of this format and of my encyclopedic mind for art-resources quite enough. List-base posts being more readable?? Pfft!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

To Dole or not To Dole

I've been doing some field research over the past few weeks into the life of the artist turned constant job hunter. My working life is now a set of revolving doors. I've worked for two different businesses, been ejected from both since, and dumped many many CVs upon the populace since I've returned to Galway and ran up a lot of rent and bill debt. I consider myself a piece of sea foam floating on the turbluent seas of minimum wage employment. This is part of my overall research into how to make money as an artist in Galwayand the realities of an artist trying to make it in the recession. As well as being..well, reality.

I have established the two Ugly and Unavoidable Realities that must be dealt with when you first decide to become an artist. Very simply, once you recognise and overcome them both, you'll be flying. They are:

1. Wanting to be an artist. 
2. Having the support to be an artist.

With regards to point no.; if you're a typically sensitive artist with low self-esteem, self-belief and out-in-out poor self-motivation, you can watch a lot of videos like this and this, read a lot of inspirational quotes like this and this, get all pumped up, black out the ever-present Nay-sayers, and be sent, battle-crying, to your Wacom tablet. It can take months, years, even decades, to get beyond this point of self-doubt (thanks education system).

Got to lending one of these and it has solved all art material and art technology mental-block problems. Every artist should have one.

However, once you finally start to feel good about your own ability as an artist and commit yourself to the most Difficult Job in the World (because, let's face it, you know you couldn't be happy any other way), Reality no. 2 emerges. You realise that the rest of the world demands, without fail, a consistent weekly cheque from you. The rest of the world being; the banks, the landlords, the telecommunications and electricity companies, specsavers, etc. The brand new artist does not get a weekly check from their imaginary art boss. You're reading inspirational Zen Pencils comics to get you in the arty zone one minute and then you're forking over the last coins in your wallet to print out dozens of CVs the next so you can pay for the UPC bill. Joining the nearest self-sufficient artist-atelier in Paris as the next logical step just isn't a viable option for the artist these days. know...we live in the real world and not an art history book.

The economy does not have an Artist Entry Route with a form to fill out and certificates to collect so that you can be granted access into the Art Market, earn a weekly wage and pay your weekly living expenses for various state services and general exisitng costs. There are enough pressures out there from the likes of Conservative Parents, Rubbish Critical Peers (who are all jealous of your commitment to The Dream) and the Conventional Education System telling you to go back to college/get that masters/get a job with KPMG etc. without having to live in a stressful and terrifying hand-to-mouth world for an undetermined length of time. A new artist doesn't need to this myriad of voices telling them to stop before they've even begun on top of an economy that appears to not want their economic contribution (no matter how much it might actually need you).

In order to face this Reality no.2, I like to regard the survival plan in two ways – you can go public or you can go private. You can sign up for the financial security offered by the state in the form of job seekers allowance or you can hack it in dirty world of private industry, i.e. Perusing the Visual Artists Ireland website for gallery submission ads by day, very very slowly building up your reputation and portfolio, and working in lots of call centres and pubs by night until your sales on Etsy start to break even (which it took you about 2 months to set up because you were so busy working). Then you can maybe consider moving to art full-time, after a term of employment long enough and terrible-manager-less enough to accumulate some capital.

Obviously the greatest problem I have with the private solution (which also happens to be my area of “research”) is the obvious lack of security when you're truly expendable (and when your manager thinks you have no knowledge of labour laws. Or human rights.). You have a lot of work to do as an artist. Especially at the beginning (by beginning I mean the day you overcome Reality no.1). You are an entrepreneur as well as a craftsperson. You need to manage your precious time, build up contacts, publicise yourself endlessly, be in a constant state of learning and upskilling, generally learn to business, and of course, make the art. 

Working in a minimum wage job has certain benefits to an artist: you have contact with non-artists, which is good for the soul, staving off solitude, and finding someone whose auntie might like a painting of their cat. You earn more money than if you go public. You get richer faster - more materials, more courses, more travelling, more peace of mind. “Keeping the day job” is regarded as essential to being a working artist by some (see Austin Kleon's advice and Hugh McLeod's list (scroll down to no. 7). A dual-life or artist/barista or artist/teacher or artist/dog groomer is an important daily mental exercise for many, like tuning in and out of both sides of your brain to maximise efficiency and creativity. And for others (like myself), it can leave you totally work-drained. Even when the creative synapses are still firing and crying out for an outlet, your poor little hands are limp and covered in ground coffee stains.

Here is the public option outlined - Signing-on to the dole. Which can take months. After you're on, your weekends are spent fastidiously filling out forms and generally chasing more various avenues of artist funding, from the artscouncil and from intiatives from your local county council (again hounding the adverts on Visual Artists, what a website). Some day, after fighting apathy and the temptation to sleep in until 2pm every day, you might just be able to develop your own sense of entrepreneurship and make your own money, save for a mortgage, and earn independence.

Here's two of my favourite pages from an online comic I got to reading years ago. I highly reccomend it. After a couple of years of burger-flipping, courier-ing, and being a masseuse, and surviving the humiliation of abject poverty in Montreal as a Fine Arts Graduate in Ceramics, Liliane attempts to begin her own freelancing illustration business. Naturally enough, she runs into financial difficulties immediately and is encouraged by her friends to overcome her prejudices about social benefits, having worked hard all her life to make ends meet:

Jen Hesnan is an arts facilitator who has her foot firmly into the broader Community Arts network, who runs the GALCA Galway Community Arts facebook group (find it and join it RIGHT NAO), has some great words about not only the artist's inevitable and logical dependence on the public sector, but their necessary direct contribution to it, community arts and arts facilitation through community-focused programmes being her forté. Putting an artist in a community role is a no brainer when you think about it. Doesn't it make sense for an artist, whose job is to make art that makes people happy, should be repaid by the community they enrich through designated public funding? In theory?? In particular, the much maligned Jobbridge scheme can actually offer a three-pronged benefit to the starter artist – they can get connected to a community, make both arts and non-arts-sector contacts (rather than be a recluse waiting for their millionaire to ride in the door on a winged unicorn or only make friends with grumpy coffee merchants) and they can produce art in a genuine art-career setting. You are officially in the arts sector and you don't have to move back in with the parents who live in Ballynowhere, Co. Isolated ! This is after the appropriate training of course, especially if you're going to be assisting in areas like art therapy or art and health promotion.

Jobridging with an arts organisation or general youth organisation is an option I had never really considered, being so focused on getting the profession of artist on an equal setting to other professions (which isn't necessarily...necessary or realistic, as the more research I do reveals). Arguably, this solution is even more effective with keeping in touch with the outside world through the non-arts sector “day job”.

What have I decided to do? Well, I like the idea of the Artist Dual Role and, 2013 being the year of following life-long dreams and all that, I'm trying my hand at a new trade that will satisfy the tech itches, the design itches, and the start-up business-mania fascnation itches – Web Development. It's time to get serious about making the blog look good (I'm thinking that teal is a nice signature colour). I think that getting a better understanding of the basis of the tech market, the apparently most thriving industry in Ireland for now, would be great to examine non-conventional careers for the art grad. Also I found this article, amongst others from TechCrunch, a few days ago and squeeee-d everywhere.

It is a glorious new world.

Aditionally, I could always make artist portfolio websites for the artist list myself. Gathering the Galwegian artists together on an internet platform is proving...challenging.

To conclude, here is a brilliant video about being a writer in Galway on the dole, by Julian Gough and Olaf Tyaransen. 
"In a way, our generation was quite lucky, in that we didn't have the option of work...if you could keep your overhead low enough, you could explore culture; you could read, you could go to the library, you could find out what you wanted to do with your life. It was actually quite a luxury."

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Best Cartoons from Imgur

It's taken a few years, but I have masterfully constructed an internet-based network for all my art influences. It is a veritable interstellar-highway of that art-I-wish-I-could-do pumping into my computer all day, every day. This comprises of an engorged NetVibes feed art pages and art groups, a painstakingly-categorised (that was a long evening) bookmarks folder for artists and art networks, a huge list of art pages I've subscribed to on Facebook, and many bulging volumes of files for art I find about the internet that I will definitely, definitely need later for copying.

The particuarly inspiring cartoon images I have saved to my "Cartooning and Caricatures Ideas" folder (oh, how it heaves, whilst my "Finished Work" folder does not). These are specifically three-panel-style cartoons, funnies and gags, not illustration per se. Anything that's .jpg and that makes me want to draw and write a better cartoon strip ends up in here.

These cartoons can have a particuarly good layout, a great sense of humour that gets me completely, a message that I want to communicate, an art style that speaks to me the most, etc. And sometimes you get a cartoon that boasts all of these.

All personal and overly nostalgic cartoon-taste aside, where do I frequent the most to find the very best of cartoon-commentary? That diffuses straight out of the zeitgeist, the media that speaks the truth about the unique experience of our generation? That is the most relevant to our times?

Sometimes, just sometimes, it can be genuinely productive to fall into procrastination pits like Imgur (queue the inspirational quotes for sensitive artists about procrastionation being useful for creatives). But I think it is one of the best places to find cartoons for inspiration.

There are lots of funny, meme and image-sharing websites about the place, but so many cartoons get posted on Imgur. Besides making me super jealous and more and more anxious to copy their style and content, I find the variety and type to be terrifically telling for art and audiences. The way I see it, the cartoons that gain the most popularity on Imgur's up-voting system are the art and ideas that are generally fashionable and that impress the current generation of user-consumers the most. Unfortunately, I won't be depending on this for an Ozymandius-wall-of-TVs-style litmus test of artistic trends for very much longer. An insular community culture has taken over Imgur by it's "imgurian" users to an extent that it's ability to reveal trends and ideas about the broader internet shrinks more and more every day.

Art Zeitgeist
"Twitter is like Ozymandias' wall of tv's in Watchmen. You don't read every tweet, but from the whole you can absorb the zeitgeist." - Mike Pohjola, on Twitter

However, one major problem I have with this constant stream of cartoon variety is that, more often than not, the artist of said artwork will not be credited, unless it is the artist himself who has uploaded the image. This displeases me greatly. Let that be a lesson to you cartoonists and artists to stick your name and website at the bottom of every image you let loose into the internet. Which is why I will now post just a few of the best from my personal collection of winners:

The Irreverant and Damn Funny

The Political

The Artistic

And these are a few of the online comics that I admire the most, for style, content, humour and spirit. The ones that have it all:

Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

Stop Paying Attention by Lucy Knisley

Doodletime by SaraSeeAnderson

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Did you Support Your Local Art Workers?

Galway city was magical during that December-time madness when everyone empties their pockets into the luxury goods market.

Galway Christmas Pathological Gomez

Did artists in Galway take advantage of this money-catching frenzy? Why yes, yes they did.

I took a wander through the city centre on the 18th of December to take stock of the most obvious efforts of Galway craft-makers to sell to the seasonal shoppers. From a market-perspective this is totally relevant to my art business-critiqueing study. Think of it as a art-market-permeability and accessibility assessment and as a chance to showcase my super vintage fun times with Pixel-o-matic.

First off, the Christmas Market:

Galway Christmas Market Pathological Gomez
Hip border, vintage and sparkles makes every lame camera-phone photo better.

Galway Christmas Market Craft Village Pathological Gomez
I remember a lot of bobbly scarves, wood carvings and soap.

My favourite part of the Market were the cute illustrations of various market sponsers - hotels, restaurants, etc, - on the Christmas Market barriers. So simple and so charming.

Pathological Gomez
Generic Galway Cornerstone Merchant

Christmas Market Pathological Gomez
 I have no idea who did them but I'm going to go ahead and imagine it was Proof for now, seeing as how go-to they are for all manner of grandiose design work in Galway. 

 The Saturday market down by St Nicolas's was operating during weekdays on the run up to Christmas. To my delight it was bursting with artist stalls. Galway city's 70,000+ population was simply spoilt for choice. Diana Piavorova and Chris Murray were the two that enraptured me the most.

Galway Art Market Christmas Pathological Gomez

Galway Art Market Pathological Gomez

Diana Piavorova Galway Art Market Pathological Gomez

Peter McManus the Framer and artist-promoter can be found at the market promoting the vivid expressionist  landscapey work of several artists in postcard, print and framed form. He has a gallery known as Blow-in Galleries that is currently...websiteless..sigh.

Peter McManus Framer Art Pathological Gomez

Galway Art Market Pathological Gomez

Peter McManus Galway Art Market Pathological Gomez

Bryan Bam Chisholm Art Galway Shop Street Pathological Gomez
Some properly mad fine art for unsuspecting shop street shoppers.
The most visible artist in Galway city has to be the one who has their own spot on Shop Street. The only time of the year that Bryan BAM Chisholm seems to share this en plein air gallery space (acquired after about 8 years of determined art squatting) is during the Arts Festival, where caricaturists, facepainters and hair-bead-braiders perch beside his permanent easel display. During the season, he was breaking out the abstract, the surreal and the ever-popular Samuel Beckett portraiture to strike gold and lure more Galwegians into art patronage. Because it's really really in vogue to be "working on" a website rather than to actually have one, here is a nice biographical video made about BAM and his work, and here are the photos from one of his indoor exhibitions (where I got to part ways with 20 euros for an earth-toned still-life).

I was proud of the smattering of private art galleries that had their doors wide open this end-of-December. For the Vanda Art Gallery I feel the most protective of and emotionally invested in, being a permanent gallery business run and stocked by one artist - yes, an artist - in one of the most expensive areas in Galway to rent. I also love how commerial Vanda Luddy has made her "Ronseal" art - iconic Galway postcard scenery picturing everywhere from the university to the Claddagh, in a clear, uncomplicated style that indicates yes you are definitely buying an artwork, you can even see the pencil lines and brush strokes, but you are not going to be challenged or art-elitist-ed out of the room in any way. Simply can't get more accessible than this.

Vanda Art Gallery Galway Pathological Gomez

Another artist who runs the Galway Art Classes (well done of your super high SEO for "Galway, art"), Jim Kavanagh, rented out another unit in super-rent-street for a few weeks to sell his very Irish, very likeable and ultimately sellable dramatic landscapes. All boxes ticked for a good Christmas art gift - lets hope his work now appears in everyone's auntie's sitting room.

Jim Kavanagh Art Galway Christmas Pathological Gomez
I have to say I am the most proud of this instagram-ing. I swear to the muses I am talented.

Here are two galleries in Galway I've had my eye on for a thorough nosey adventure and a hearty bit of gallery-owner interviewing: Obsolete Gallery in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre and Galway Bay Galleries off the illustrous Dominic Street. Both were in full swing for the Christmas season:

Galway Bay Galleries Day of the Dead Exhibition Pathological Gomez
Showcasing their Day of the Dead exhibtion earlier this year. Photo nicked from their expertly-utilised Facebook page.
Obsolete Gallery Space Invaders Eyre Square Shopping Centre Pathological Gomez
Galleries with massive graffitti art influences does things to me. Speaking of which Finbar247 had an admirable and highly successful Christmas effort to rake in the dollars.

 Also a word in for Funky Fairtrade in the Bridge Mills. A notable amount of Galway-based craftspeople sell their absolutley gorgeous, squeee-inducing work in this year-old enterprise. Again their Facebook page does more justice to their product display than my camera phone ever could.

Funky Fairtrade Galway Pathological Gomez
Photo also acquired from Facebook page.

 Also it was here that I did my part to Support Your Local Craft Workers this Christmas, an economic cause close to my heart.

Bandia Jack Roberts Pathological Gomez
Pendant featuring my favourite High Cross by Jack Roberts - Bandia Jewelery (weirdest link to an artist's contact details yet).

What did you do?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The List: Art Workers in Galway

First of all; Brilliant reaction to the last entry. Thanks for all the reads, the favouriting, and subscribes! Before I've even began SEO-ing my blog properly and making it not look like crap. Just wow.

Before I went off to Poland for an awesome free holiday in Krakow, where I gawked at a lot of architecture and pro-human-interaction town-planning and went to a student art exhibtion (lol), I added two new tabs to my page. I am launching a list of Art Workers on one tab and a list of Art Peoples - everyone else related to the visual art market on the second. As part of my overarching project to study artists in Galway and find ways to maximise their development and earning potential (including my own), I want to create a finally definitive art-yellow pages for Galway City. That US study on the art market in various cities - Investing in Creativity - that I raved about on my last post really blew my mind.

When I began with this list it was all on one tab. I quickly saw how huge this list was going to be and so now  all the art workers I can find get their own blog tab and categories (for now, until I can afford a super awesome website). This is also a much less lonely and neglected place for my collection of artist pages than my sprawling bookmarks folder.

This is the ultimate labour of love and rampant obliging the categorisation-obsessive Monica Geller in me. I still want to write about other things like run-of-the-mill art reviews, comics and illustration, urban art and make my own art (all my materials are still in Donegal, sob) and upskill, as well as work two friggin part time jobs for a few months to emerge from the murky stomach-clenching, nightmare-ish world of post-student debt. However, whilst the austerity economy threatens to topple and crush the Irish Artist who lives off grants, dole and no currernt and reliable understanding of the market that they're trying to sell their work in, that is without a doubt the most important thing to write about. Before I start to generally gush about local artists. Especially after Arts Council funding has just been cut by 4% as of yesterday and artists are being shouted at to become entrepreneurs and leaders of their own income streams.

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Time for the artist's wage methinks.

When I have either more people to write for this blog or better time management, I will do proper heavy interviewing of Galway artists to turn this pleasing exericse in categorisation into a valid art-market framework for artists that is specific to Irish norms of art business, based on the Urban Institute study's framework, which began with interviews. All these intended interviews with my fellow artists would aim to correlate all their bickering, opining and long weaving rhetorics about the Galweigan art bubble into something substantial, productive and progressive. In the absense of a proper market analysis for Irish artists (although I looking for pre-existing art market reports for this country here, here and here) I will collect more kinds of data to create a proper market analysis (if the art market here can actually be tied down into a market category, see my hesitation about that in my last post). If my business education is to turn up anything useful for my art goals, I want to apply it to create real business models in the arts sector that can help artists.

I have my own criteria for adding artsy people to this list -
  • they must have a website/facebook page/tumblr that they regularly update with their progress and their completed work. An artist who is serious about expanding their money-making potential and who doesn't have an online presence or never updates is not worth the time it takes for me to type their name (if you are established and have your own carefully constructed ear-to-mouth network of buyers who only ever contact you by landline then grand, good for you. Go read my other awesome blog posts.);
  • I promise to not be a horrible corruption monster and only add my friends/people I think are seriously cool and am trying to suck up to (of which, I assure you, there are many). Most of the artists will be Irish connected and mostly Galwegian for now. I must profess; there will be a lot of Societies people. That is where my artistic base and beginnings in Galway began, and there are a legion of Societies people who are jaw-droppingly talented and hard-working and who I'd love nothing more than to see succeed;

    Generic photo of super happy societies students being creative and hardworking together. I do believe this was the very first Muscailt Arts Festival I was involved in - back in 2008. Ah those formative years.

  •  I will endeavour to keep my very particular tastes for art out of selecting and deselecting artists. Whilst I naturally lean towards comic book illustration, very expressionist and figurative art, surreal art, stuff with buildings and cityscapes in 'em, and graphic vector work, I will always be proud of you if you genuinely work to make a success of your art, even if I think you bore the brains out of me (and not in a good way);
  • I'm giving priority to visual artists and designers. Other fields in the arts should really find their own obsessives to build them big bloggy databases. Writers and performers that are supplementary to visual artists I want to include, e.g. comicbook writers, actors who collaberate with designers, models, lighting designers, etc. I feel that the specific field of musicians and the live music in Galway scene is a bit too far outside of my tendrils and personal interests in write about properly, but sure, we'll see how easy it is to guide them under my massive blanket definition. I am generally a sucker for any kind of start up business from young Irish people, so I will probably find a way to include a lot of businesses and individuals who are just really super cool.

This collection of everyone else who make up the art market will include:
    1. Artistic Groups and Collectives
    2. Artistic Industries
    3. Artist “Producers”
    4. Art Commentators, Magazines and Advocates/Activists  

    1. Artistic Groups and Collectives
    Basically collaberative groups that, whilst they're not employing anyone, are directly assisting artists to improve their ability to self-employ and self-manage, without selling their work. Balancing the fantastical bohemian lifestyle with a good splash of business reality.

    Love this. Source: Image from Diary of an Arts Pastor, very informative and interesting article about the "Artist-Prophet" phenomenon. Worth a peruse.

    2. Artistic Industries
    These would in theory “employ” the visual artist - give the artist a commerical outlet. Whether my inquisitive wee study ends up revealing that these loosely defined "industries" in Galway only ever seek “employees” within their own super incestous network of ass-lickers OR that Galway artistic industries are unbearable bureacratically fair and regulated in terms of recruitment, I shall list them all. Include graphic design studios, art galleries and auction houses, animation studios, art auction houses, theatres, etc. Also I will give preference to galleries that show off local artists first and foremost.

    3. Artist “Producers”
    These are the producers of artists, not the producers of artistic products. I still believe that the best kind of artist is the self-taught artist, but I will list the art colleges and institutions that run art training courses for Galwegians and have at the very least an undeniable networking role in the art world. Is a lack of training really a barrier to entry? Or is it a barrier to entry within itself? Ho hum.

    <img src="art-school.jpg" alt="Art School" />
    <3 <3 Art School Confidential fuck yeeeh <3 <3

    4.   Art Commentators, Magazines and Advocates/Activists 
    Artzines (which have absolutely expoded in the past two years or so, absolutely love the entrepreneurialism and hopefulness of them all), particuarly notable art tumblrs,websites, art critics, etc etc, that focus on Ireland and more.

     Obviously there will be overlap and general blurring in some of these groups, e.g. an artist collective with their own cop-op art gallery, an artist who runs their own gallery and sometimes feels generous enough to sell other people's stuff on some commission, etc., etc.

    Again, these categories are very broad and aren't designed to adhere to anyone else's definition and understanding of the overall playing field but my own. For big official economic stats there are just-barely definitions of artists as cultural economic agents within a broader economy by the almighty Fás: see Fás National Skills Bulletin and their many related publications on job sector supply and demand (which is really informative and eye-opening anyway). If I ever got together the resources to draw up a proper theoretical framework I would love to completely Porter's Five Forces the hell out of this city. This is of course Galway-focused, but I would love to later apply this fantasy theoretical framework to other artsy cities like Cork and Dublin and then the greater island of Ireland.

Comments on all this are totally welcome, also let me know if you want to be included in the list, should include someone/something and/or have terrifying Galway art market secrets for me.