Archive for August, 2008

Rethinking Workshops and A Broken Appliance Depot

August 22, 2008


See below for workshops as part of Carol Anne Connollys AFTER project. See also


Inflatable Bandstand (ten year crescendo)

August 22, 2008

Gareth Kennedy’s Inflatable Bandstand had its first outing last weekend in Manorhamilton. Watch out for the project at its other locations (see last post)


August 22, 2008

AFTER, (responding to a changed landscape)

From August through September 20th 2008
AFTER is a landmark public art event that addresses the unprecedented effects of Ireland’s recent economic boom on the rural landscape. It was initiated through the TRADE programme run by Roscommon and Leitrim arts offices and has grown into an artist-led public art event.
Acclaimed international artist, Alfredo Jaar facilitated exchange and discussion between the five AFTER artists during a yearlong engagement as part of TRADE. The project developed an alternative and innovative model for arts practice, which benefits from the artists specific knowledge of their respective locales and their shared concerns for the environment.
The scope of the five combined AFTER projects will see them address diverse publics and locations across the Roscommon and Leitrim region. Each project manifests different strategies both in conceptualising and engaging with the idea of the ‘public’.

The five AFTER projects and artists are:
Broken Appliance Depot, Carol Anne Connolly:
The Broken Appliance Depot presents and discusses alternative and creative solutions addressing the re-use of surplus ‘objects’ and ‘buildings’ in our communities. The project consists of two elements
1. The creation of a solar powered light installation
 from disused household appliances to make a temporary
 intervention at the site of a proposed ESB pylon in Grange, Co. Roscommon.

  2. The use of a newly developed property, currently vacant, that will hold workshops and events concerned with the management of   waste-material and the built environment, curated by the artist and facilitated by practicioners based in the region.

Workshops will include ‘ Reinventing Suburban Housing Estates’  by Leitrim based architect Dominic Stevens and ‘Energy Supply, Energy  Cost’ and  ‘How to Make a Solar Thermal Heater’  a talk and workshop  led by energy consultant Peter Schneider. Workshops are
 free to the public, early booking is advised as places are limited. Times and dates are included on the flyers included on this email.
To book contact the artist on 086 3778368 or


Inflatable Bandstand; (10 Year Crescendo), Gareth Kennedy:




The Inflatable Bandstand is a 4.88 metre tall structure inspired by the development of the Irish economy over the last 10 years. From mid August it will tour towns and villages of Leitrim and Roscommon. A marker in time, an epic musical score composed by Ian Wilson will be  performed live from the bandstand by Saxophonist Cathal Roche. Locations to date include Manorhamilton, Killargue, Drumshanbo, Carrick-On-Shannon and Roscommon Town. For more information please contact 087 6168813
View Finder, Alice Lyons:
A sited poem at the Barracks, Cootehall, County Roscommon. A trick on the old and new Cootehalls (involving mirrors). The dates for Viewfinder are July 25th to September 20th.
Aggressive Localism, Christine Mackey:
This work proposes practical and redemptive tactics towards man-made structures and surfaces through the planting of native Irish wild-flower seeds. These ‘micro-wildernesses’, support a critical investigation of global seed production and creates a platform for environmental issues materialized through civic actions and movements on the land.
Rain Catcher, Anna MacLeod:
RAIN CATCHER is a sculptural work that posits sustainable alternatives to the contamination of domestic drinking water. It employs a solar filtration system to make rainwater potable and provides a platform for discussion of water issues by supplying safe drinking water to the public. At the Dock from September 6 – 20th.
For up to date information on AFTER see, or contact Also look out for the project map from August 20th.


Artist Alfredo Jaar will launch AFTER at The Dock, Carrick on Shannon from 2pm, Saturday September 6th.

John Brady’s Gigantic Cart

August 14, 2008

As part of everyday–an exhibition of art works that arise out of the things that are under our noses, underfoot, on the table, in the wardrobe, on the farm, around the corner, that ran from 5th April to the 17th May this year, artist John Brady built a gigantic cart on the forecourt of The Dock. You can see images of the cart here or to see what peoples responses were check out

Congratulations Edel and Kevin!

August 12, 2008
Congrats, from everyone at The Dock, to Edel and Kevin who recently got married. Edel is the Education Officer at The Dock.
Edel and Kevin

Edel and Kevin

JAZZ 08 @ The Dock

August 12, 2008

JAZZ 08 @ The Dock

A must for any self respecting Jazz fan out there…a new jazz season is coming to The Dock this Autumn. It kicks off on Friday 12th September with jazz veteran Hugh Buckley “Sketches of Now” (check out his myspace),  followed by fantastic The Elio Villafranca Quartet on Friday 17th October and finishing
Friday 14th November with new kids on the block, Trihornophone, shown below.

For these gigs the performance space will be transformed into an intimate cafe style setting…very laidback

Tickets are priced €15 each or you can get a season ticket for just €35



We have teamed up with the lovely people at The Oarsman, Carrick on Shannon who not only do fantastic food and drink but they are offering a complimentary bottle of house wine to every couple who order a three course meal before any of the jazz gigs. All you have to do is show your tickets when ordering. Restaurant open from 6.30pm.

The Oarsman


Welcome to The Dock Blog

August 8, 2008

Hello everyone,

Welcome to The Dock Blog!

If you don’t know already The Dock is an Arts Centre in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim. Located on the banks of the Shannon River it is home to a black box theatre, three beautiful gallery spaces , artists studios, workshop rooms, the Back Room Cafe Bar and The Leitrim Design House.

This blog has been set up as another way to stay in contact with you. Listings and booking information can all still be found at our main website but you will find extra previews, reviews and photos here.

Hope you enjoy,


The Dock Team