Saturday 21 July 2018

Eyes down and look in, its our 2017 Great Arts Quiz

 

Author Sally Rooney. Photo: Tony Gavin
Author Sally Rooney. Photo: Tony Gavin

If you're not organised for tomorrow by the time you read this, you may as well give up, give in.....and give your brain a boost and a blast. Our inventive and erudite quiz setter Alison Walsh has cast a cool eye over the artistic year - and has set an intriguing test of wits and memory.

So throw a log on the fire, pour yourself a glass or cup of whatever you fancy, and show off all you know about the arts. As ever, I've sourced you a super prize of a sumptuous two-night break for two - this time at the sublime Mount Juliet Estate in arty Kilkenny - for the first all-correct entry I open. A very happy Christmas and a serene 2018 to readers, writers, music-makers, artists and lovers of the arts everywhere. Madeleine Keane, Literary Editor Madeleine Keane, Literary Editor

MUSIC

1 This New York rapper had a hit this summer with Bodak Yellow. Who is she?

2 Picture This, featuring Ryan Hennessy and Jimmy Rainsford, had a brilliant year in 2017. From which Irish town do they hail?

3 The R'n'B artist French Montana's Unforgettable was all over the radio this summer. He is the ex of which Kardashian sister?

4 Ed Sheeran, blockbusting balladeer, was forced to take time out of world domination following an accident when he broke his arm. How did it happen?

5 This Irish band were proclaimed as 'the coolest thing to come out of Tullamore' with their breakout hit, That Good Thing. Who are they?

6 Kendrick Lamar ripped up the charts this year with his album Damn. From which LA neighbourhood does the rapper hail?

7 Meanwhile, which rapper unleashed a freestyle blizzard on a President he termed 'orange' among his more flattering descriptions?

8 The Blue Room, by this Irish traditional band has been on many 'best of' lists this year. Who are they?

9 "Clean living keeps me in shape. Righteous thoughts are my secret. And New Orleans home cooking." Which rock 'n' roll icon, who sadly died this year, said this?

10 This Irish rock singer credited a 'brush with death' as inspiration for his group's new album. Who is he/are they?

FILM

1 Song of Granite, Pat Collins's drama-documentary is Ireland's entry for an Oscar for best foreign-language film. Which Connemara sean-nos singer does the film commemorate?

2 The second series of the Royal soap/drama The Crown, starring Claire Foy as Elizabeth II, is available on streaming service Netflix. For which aristocrat does Princess Margaret fall in this series?

3 Wonderwoman, starring Gal Gadot, provided a welcome feminist boost to the superhero franchise this year. Who played the original Wonderwoman in the TV show?

4 This movie, starring Emma Stone, recalled which 1970s sporting battle, between "hairy-legged feminists" and "male chauvinist pigs"?

5 Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk was an immersive, grand-scale epic of that WW2 evacuation. Which singing superstar played humble soldier Alex in the movie?

6 Barry Keoghan was proclaimed hottest newcomer for his performance as a deranged young man in The Killing of a Sacred Deer. On which TV drama did he cut his acting teeth?

7 Blade Runner 2049 had nostalgia freaks and new audiences crooning over its splendid visuals. In the original movie, which character said: "Replicants are like any other machine, either a benefit or a hazard. If they're a benefit, it's not my problem"?

8 Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson starred in a tearjerker based on the bestselling novel by RJ Palacio. What's it called?

9 Saoirse Ronan found herself in hot water this year for that Aer Lingus sketch, but she also sports an Oscar-worthy performance in which American indie movie?

10 Ireland lost a shining light of the creative world with the death of this man, writer of It's Not Yet Dark. Who is he, and what book did his wife write this year?

ART

1 Photographer Dennis Dinneen was the subject of a fond remembering at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in TCD this year with Small Town Portraits. Which Irish town did he commemorate in his work?

2 The Pritzker Architecture Prize was awarded to which Girona-based collective this year?

3 P Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud was revealed as the buyer of which rare Leonardo da Vinci work, described as "a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time"?

4 This street-art collective, based in Dublin, created a mural celebrating rap artist Stormzy this year, attracting the ire of Dublin City Council. Who are they?

5 Which Irish architects, also winner of the inaugural RIBA International Prize, will curate the 2018 Venice Biennale?

6 Which British city was the venue for the 2017 Turner Prize award ceremony and why was it chosen?

7 The Yellow River, which opened at the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan, is a collaboration between Irish poet Gerard Smyth and which Irish landscape painter?

8 The work of Lucien Freud, "one of the greatest realist painters of the 20th Century", has been showing at IMMA for much of this year. To which writer, and member of the Guinness family, was Freud married?

9 Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting was one of the hottest gallery tickets of the year this summer. Where did it take place?

10 Strange Attractors showing the work of Ronnie Hughes, "one of the most dynamic abstract painters working in Ireland today", was a collaboration between the RHA, the Limerick City Gallery of Art and which other Irish gallery?

BOOKS

1 "I thought it was a hoax," said this author of his Nobel Prize for Literature win this year. Who is he?

2 Which novel, by Irish writer Marian Keyes, featured a man leaving his middle-aged life to backpack around South-East Asia?

3 Elizabeth Strout's Anything is Possible is a continuation of the character she invented in which previous novel?

4"My life has been a seamless piece of laziness, and work, and thoughts... over the years," said Bernard McLaverty in an interview, commenting on his long absence from the writing scene. With what novel did he return?

5 Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends - "a bracing novel of ideas", according to The New York Times, was one of the most talked-about debuts of the year. Name the two characters in the novel's central friendship.

6 American writer George Saunders won the Booker Prize this year for his novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. What does the word 'Bardo' mean?

7 "We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future." This eminently quotable playwright was thoughtfully commemorated by Gabriel Byrne in RTE's My Astonishing Life. Who is he?

8 Montpelier Parade, by newcomer Karl Geary has been shortlisted for which major literary prize?

9 "The work I've done? If it wasn't me, I'd be impressed." Which Irish writer said this of his work, when publicising his new novel in September?

10 Tangleweed and Brine, by Deirdre Sullivan and Karen Vaughan, is a feminist retelling of what?

THEATRE

1 "Well, shall we go? Yes, let's go." These lines come from which Beckett play, revived to great acclaim this year by the Druid Performing Arts Company?

2 Which British actress returned from a 25-year career in politics to grace the London stage with her "sandpaper voice, gliding movement; complete, ferocious concentration" in King Lear?

3 Cillian Murphy announced recently that he is due to pair up again with Enda Walsh for a new play based on what book by Max Porter?

4 Alexander Wright adapted novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald's most famous work into an 'interactive, narrative-led, freeform immersive experience' at the Gate Theatre this autumn. What's the source material?

5 "The cast brings out the deep poignancy at play here" wrote The Examiner of this company's production of Dancing at Lughnasa. Name the company.

6 The Ferryman, by Jez Butterworth, attracted rave reviews in London for its portrayal of an Armagh family during the Troubles. Which starry name directed the play?

7 The adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses by which Irish novelist played on the Abbey stage this October?

8 Who took over from Michael Colgan as Director of the Gate Theatre earlier this year?

9 The musical adaptation of this famous Irish example of "mis lit" was acclaimed to be "surprisingly uplifting" by the Irish Mirror and "Ireland's answer to Blood Brothers" by the Independent. What is the book on which the musical is based?

10 Lisa Davidson starred in Fiona Shaw's adaptation of which Greek tragedy at Wexford Festival Opera this autumn?

WIN A RELAXING BREAK AT MOUNT JULIET

You haven't done all this work for nothing. We've a fabulous prize for the winner of 2017's Great Arts Quiz. Our winner will enjoy a two-night stay for two people at the gorgeous Mount Juliet in medieval Kilkenny.

Elegant, luxurious and beautiful, Mount Juliet Estate is a magnificent, sprawling 500-acre country estate - one of Europe's finest - with a stunning Georgian house set at its heart. Just outside the thriving artistic town of Kilkenny, Mount Juliet Estate is all understated luxury in a place of unique natural beauty. Relax in a cosy nook by the fire with the papers or a good book or explore the splendid gardens and sprawling estate - a haven of peace and beauty.

In October they opened their brand new Hunter's Yard accommodation. Just a five minute walk from the Manor House, it's home to 93 elegant new rooms and the winner will enjoy two nights here as well as dinner one evening in The Hound at Hunter's Yard.

To be in with a chance to win, answer all the questions (or as many as possible) on the pages and include these along with your name, address and contact details below. Please send it to The Great Arts Quiz 2017, Sunday Independent, 27-32 Talbot Street 1, by Thursday January 18, 2018.

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Terms & conditions apply. Prize is two nights B&B in Hunter's Yard and one dinner for two in The Hound. Subject to availability, non-transferable and not valid for Christmas, New Year's Eve or bank holiday weekends. No cash alternative. www.mountjuliet.ie

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