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15/09/2015 NO REPRO FEE, MAXWELLS DUBLIN PIC SHOWS: The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins are pictured at the Arts Council offices today (tues) with l to r writer Edna O’Brien and visual artist Imogen Stuart. The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, presided at a ceremony this afternoon, Tuesday 15th September 2015, to mark the election of visual artist Imogen Stuart and writers Edna O’Brien and William Trevor as Saoithe in Aosdána. The honour of Saoi is bestowed for singular and sustained distinction in the creative arts; this afternoon, the President presented both Imogen and Edna with the symbol of the office, a gold torc. A representative of William Trevor accepted the torc on his behalf. The ceremony took place at 2:30pm at the Arts Council's offices at 70 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Aosdána was established in 1981 by the Arts Council to acknowledge creative artists who have made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland.  Membership of Aosdána, which is by peer nomination and election, is open to artists engaged in architecture, choreography, music, literature and the visual arts and, currently, the body has 249 members. Members must have been born in Ireland or have been resident here for five years, and must have produced a body of original work. Members of Aosdána nominate and elect the Saoithe and no more than seven artists may hold this honour at any one time.  The present Saoithe are: Seoirse Bodley (music), Anthony Cronin (literature), Brian Friel (literature), Edna O’Brien (literature), Camille Souter (visual arts), Imogen Stuart (visual arts),William Trevor (literature). The ceremony was attended by many of the artists' colleagues and numerous members of Aosdána, including Mary FitzGerald, Theo Dorgan and Vivienne Dick. Also present were Arts Council Director, Orlaith McBride; Arts Council Chair, Sheila Pratschke; and Registrar of Aosdána, Audrey Keane. PIC: NO FEE, MAXWELLS  Joe Stuart | Head of Press and Communicatio

15/09/2015 NO REPRO FEE, MAXWELLS DUBLIN PIC SHOWS: (l to r) Arts Council Chair, Sheila Pratschke, Mrs. Sabina Higgins, Visual Artist Imogen Stuart, The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, Writer Edna O’Brien and Arts Council Director, Orlaith McBride are pictured at the Arts Council offices today (tues). The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, presided at a ceremony this afternoon, Tuesday 15th September 2015, to mark the election of visual artist Imogen Stuart and writers Edna O’Brien and William Trevor as Saoithe in Aosdána. The honour of Saoi is bestowed for singular and sustained distinction in the creative arts; this afternoon, the President presented both Imogen and Edna with the symbol of the office, a gold torc. A representative of William Trevor accepted the torc on his behalf. The ceremony took place at 2:30pm at the Arts Council's offices at 70 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Aosdána was established in 1981 by the Arts Council to acknowledge creative artists who have made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland.  Membership of Aosdána, which is by peer nomination and election, is open to artists engaged in architecture, choreography, music, literature and the visual arts and, currently, the body has 249 members. Members must have been born in Ireland or have been resident here for five years, and must have produced a body of original work. Members of Aosdána nominate and elect the Saoithe and no more than seven artists may hold this honour at any one time.  The present Saoithe are: Seoirse Bodley (music), Anthony Cronin (literature), Brian Friel (literature), Edna O’Brien (literature), Camille Souter (visual arts), Imogen Stuart (visual arts),William Trevor (literature). The ceremony was attended by many of the artists' colleagues and numerous members of Aosdána, including Mary FitzGerald, Theo Dorgan and Vivienne Dick. Also present were Arts Council Director, Orlaith McBride; Arts Council Chair, Sheila Pratschke; and Regist

15/09/2015 The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, presided at a ceremony to mark the election of visual artist Imogen Stuart and writers Edna O’Brien and William Trevor as Saoithe in Aosdána. The honour of Saoi is bestowed for singular and sustained distinction in the creative arts; this afternoon, the President presented both Imogen and Edna with the symbol of the office, a gold torc. A representative of William Trevor accepted the torc on his behalf.