Archive for June, 2010

National Campaign for the Arts…workshop

June 21, 2010

The National Campaign for the Arts  is organising a ‘National Day of Action’ in early September,  just before the Dáil resumes and in advance of Culture Night.

It will involve arts workers in every constituency meeting their local TDs on the same day around the country.

In preparation, there will be workshops held around the country on June 23rd in Dublin, 24th in Galway  and in 25th Cork.

Note – the Galway workshop has been changed to 4pm Thurs 24 June (not 5pm as previous advertised). It will take place in Town Hall Theatre, Courthouse Sq, Galway and you will need to RSVP to Antonella Villani antonella(at)aoifeonline.com.

By the way if anyone is attending who will be travelling via Carrick on Shannon/Roscommon/Castlerea/Tuam and wants to car pool leave a comment below or contact mdillon<at>leitrimcoco<dot>ie

And don’t forget for arts workers in the Roscommon-South Leitrim area you can join the facebook group, follow RSLArtsWorkers on twitter or check out the blog.

The Sacred Project continued…

June 16, 2010

 

The Higher Bridges Gallery, The Clinton Centre

The Barracks Store and Magazine, Enniskillen Castle Museums

1st Floor, The Imperial Building, 38-40 Queen Elizabeth Road

 

Janine Antoni

Karl Burke

John Byrne

Maud Cotter

Gary Coyle

Miriam De Búrca

Stephen Dillon

Cian Donnelly

Patricia Kelly

Sharon Kelly

Susan MacWilliam

Fergus Martin

Janet Mullarney

Mariele Neudecker

Abigail O’Brien

Paul Seawright

Amelia Stein

Grace Weir

Daphne Wright

 

The sacred Project: A Cross Border, Cross Community Arts Project Selects Artworks For Major Exhibition In Enniskillen

 

 

Project Overview

In December members of Catholic & Protestant communities from Carrick-on-Shannon/Leitrim & Enniskillen/Fermanagh gathered at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon Co. Leitrim for the first meeting of the Sacred Project. A PEACE III project funded by the County Leitrim Peace III Partnership through the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

The Sacred Project proposes to use the medium of creating an exhibition as a tool to initiate conversations around notions of Sacred, Divinity and Spirituality by discussing the shared, experiential aspects of religions as opposed to focusing on their differences. By using the “Art Exhibition” as a platform for finding a commonality of interests in the groups, this project will provide all who attend with the rare opportunity of experiencing and discussing spirituality and sacredness in unfamiliar terms.

The participants visited the Ulster Museum in Belfast, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon where Suzanne Lyle from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the artist and Head of Fine Art at NCAD, Philip Napier, Johanne Mullan, National Programmer, IMMA, Jerome O’Drisceoil of the Green on Red Gallery and Linda Shevlin, project facilitator, presented artworks for their consideration.

The exhibition of works selected by the groups on the theme ‘Sacred’ will be held in The Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen Castle Museum and 1st Floor The imperial Building on Queen Elizabeth Road and  pens on the 25th of June 2010. Recently the groups met to make their final decisions on the works they’d like to have included in the exhibition. The process of selecting the artworks for the exhibition has ultimately be informed by group discussions, visits to art institutions and talks from key figures in the curating field.

 

Sacred Exhibition

Among the works chosen is the large scale multi screen video installation by the internationally renowned artist Daphne Wright, The Prayer Project. This emersive installation comprises of film portraits exploring the mystery of the intensely private and personal moment of prayer and meditation. Other artists include John Byrne, Gary Colye, Fergus Martin, Paul Seawright, Janet Mullarney, Abigail O’Brien,  Amelia Stein, Janine Antoni, Grace Weir, Susan MacWilliam, Sharon Kelly, Mariele Neudecker, Patricia Kelly, Stephen Dillon and Cian Donnelly.

The exhibition will be housed in 3 venues across Enniskillen: The Higher Bridges Gallery, The Barracks and Magazine Stores at Enniskillen Castle and the 1st floor of The Imperial Building on Queen Elizabeth Road. The exhibition Sacred will open on the 25th of June with venues opening their doors to visitors from 7pm. There will be an opening reception at 8pm in the Higher Bridges Gallery.

 

Sacred Dialogue

There will also be a one-day seminar/conversation to coincide with the exhibition, exploring the relationship between contemporary art and Sacred on June 26th. As part of this dialogue session the artist Seamus Nolan will be performing an interview with the anarcho primitivist John Zerzan. In Nolan’s description of event ‘The essential element of liveness, of the ritual of performance, the visitation of this cultural thinker being an important aspect of this event. In terms of the sacred, this performance looks at the the idea of the symbolic communion with the ideological moment, the word of god from which we bear testament in the Bible and the text as sacred ‘what is written is divine’. Other speakers include the artists Daphne Wright who will be speaking about The Prayer Project. The artists Karl Burke and Miriam De Burca will also be speaking about their experiences creating new work for the exhibition. Karl and Miriam were selected by the community groups from an open and invited call for proposals. The artists conversation will be chaired by the independent curator Helen Carey. Philip Napier (Head of Fine Art NCAD) will be in conversation with Rev. Gary Mason who’ll be speaking about his work in communities in East Belfast and the role of art in a culture of change. More speakers to be confirmed.

 

For more information and to request pemissions for images or to book a place at the seminar as places are limited please email sacredproject@ireland.com

For further info you can also visit the facebook page

 

Contact

Linda Shevlin

Phone: +353 86 605 2571

Email: sacredproject@ireland.com

For Northern Ireland

Connie Bree

Phone: +44 7807 005516

Email: me@conniebree.com 

 

 

The Sacred Project Participants were:

Ivy Boddy, Mary Boyle, Mary Brady, Kathleen Breen, Majella Curran, Kathleen Flanagan, Martina Gilmartin, Micheal Gilmartin, Corey McDaniel, Kathleen Markey, Yvonne Masterson, Jackie Mullan, Maura Newman, Mary O’Donnell, Stephen Rennicks, Sharon Richardson, Helen Reynolds, Christine and Cian Stewart, Mary Taylor, Martina Ward

 

With particular appreciation for the work of the Sacred Project Curatorial panel:

Mary Boyle, Mary Brady, Kathleen Breen, Majella Curran, Kathleen Flanagan, Martina Gilmartin, Kathleen Markey, Yvonne Masterson, Jackie Mullan, Maura Newman, Mary O’Donnell, Stephen Rennicks, Helen Reynolds, Christine and Cian Stewart, Martina Ward

 

Special Thanks to:

 

Fermanagh District Council

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Higher Bridges Gallery

Enniskillen Castle Museums

Cooper Wilkinson Solicitors

Picture This

Frith Street Gallery, London

Collection of Lowe Contemporary

Galerie Barbara Thumm

The Green on Red Gallery

Clíodhna Shaffrey & Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

Leitrim County Council

The Dock

 

The Sacred project is Peace III project funded by the County Leitrim Peace III Partnership through the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund which is managed by the Special EU Programme Body.

SCREENING & DISCUSSION

June 11, 2010

THE DOCK INVITES YOU TO
A SCREENING & DISCUSSION of two films as part of Journeys to the Centre of the Earth Exhibition

Manufactured Landscapes (dir. Jennifer Baichwell)

La Jetée (dir. Chris Marker)

The Dock performance space (on our new screen!)

Thursday, June 17th @ 7pm

ALL WELCOME–please rsvp and let us know if you are coming  071 9650828

 

Manufactured Landscapes

This is a documentary with dual subjects. Nominally a portrait of the Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky (and sharing its title with his book of the same name), Baichwal’s film is also about the subjects of his large-scale photographs – “the new landscapes of our time”; places where industrial activities scar and poison the earth, where raw materials from these sites are assembled into consumer goods of every description, and the places where the concomitant human detritus of every description is dumped and sometimes sorted for re-use. The photographs he produces – landscapes turned surreal through mining residues, ships being broken in Bangladesh, computer waste that resembles autumn leaves – reveal the paucity of our language for describing such troubling beauty. The film doesn’t preach. Instead, it shows the world, says “this is how it is”, and leaves us to think – hard – about the networks and goods that allow us to be who we are.” Graeme Hobbs Movie Mail reviewer

La Jetée

La Jetée (1962) is one of the seminal works of the French New Wave as well as one of the all-time great science fiction films. It deserves all the respect it receives but what is really so amazing is how much is achieved with so little. Made entirely of still black and white images–of WWII cities in ruin, of an airport observation deck in the fifties, of generic shots of a woman one could find in any magazine, of a group of men in one of the many tunnels beneath Paris–and a mundane but strangely compelling voice-over, Le Jetee is not so much a film as a series of random images linked only by the narrative spell of a single voice.” Douglas Anderson

The Sacred Project.

June 1, 2010

 

Exhibition Preview 25th of June. Exhibition runs until the 21st of July.
Seminar 26th of June

The Sacred Project an arts project working with communities in Enniskillen and Carrick on Shannon. The project culminates in an exhibition of National and International artists and a seminar in Northern Ireland. The project  roposed to use the medium of creating an exhibition as a tool to initiate conversations around notions of Sacred, Divinity and Spirituality by discussing the shared, experiential aspects of religions as opposed to focusing on their differences. By using the “Art Exhibition” as a platform for finding a commonality of interests in the groups, this project provided the participants with the rare opportunity of experiencing and discussing spirituality and sacredness in unfamiliar terms.

The works selected include a new 6 screen video installation by Daphne Wright called The Prayer Project commissioned by Picture This, Grace Weir’s Around Now; a Mariele Nuedecker tank piece titled Gravity Prevents the Atmosphere from Drifting into Outer Space; Fergus Martin, Table; and a number of works from both the IMMA and  ACNI collections.

More information can be found on the Sacred Project facebook page.

This project has been funded by the PEACE III Programme through the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body
 

Image credit: Daphne Wright Prayer Project 2009 Co-commissioned by Picture This and QUAD, and produced by Picture This. Funded by Esm�e Fairbairn Foundation and Culture Ireland.