In Transit Artists' Talk

5:30 PM Friday 6 March

Curator Peggy Sue Amison in conversation with artists Gohar Dashti & Tanya Habjouqa

All welcome.

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In Transit Public Curator's Tour

4:30 PM Thursday 5 March

Public Curator's Tour with Peggy Sue Amison at 4:30 pm

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Project Cleansweep Book Launch

Thursday 27 February at 5.30 pm
You are cordially welcome to attend the launch of the photo book Project Cleansweep-Beyond the post-military landscape of the United Kingdom
at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork on Thurs 27th Feb 2020 at 5.30 pm.

Author Dara McGrath will be in conversation with Dr Sabine Kreibel UCC, book designers Kasia Kaminska and Vinny Gregan of Read That Image.

This event is free, all are welcome.

Refreshments served.

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In Conversation

Stephen Doyle, Debbie Godsell, Jack Hickey

Thursday 27 February, 6–7 pm

Gibson Galleries

Previously shortlisted artists Stephen Doyle and Debbie Godsell, and previous winner Jack Hickey, talk with curator Dr Michael Waldron against the backdrop of the Zurich Portrait Prize exhibition.

The artists will discuss their work and experiences of the portrait prize, what makes a good portrait, who do we choose to see and why.

Free event | No booking | All welcome!

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2pm - 4pm Saturday 8 February

Crawford Art Gallery
Free Entry

Simultaneously playful, bleak and revealing, Jennifer Walshe’s vocal work Volunteer Chorus is a reflection of today’s world through the prism of social media. Fluctuating between harmonious and discordant, this new adaptation of Walshe's piece, THEIR CHORUS is a blend of performance art and music using quotes and reactions to Facebook feeds that unfolds over 2 hours. Tonnta's cast of gender-diverse performers join forces with local singers to create a meditation on body image, social media and gender expression, performed in the evocative Sculpture Galleries of the Crawford Art Gallery.

Kindly supported through funding from Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City Council’s Arts Office. Presented in partnership with Crawford Art Gallery and Quarter Block Party. Developed with the support of Corcadorca's Theatre Development Centre. Produced by Tonnta.

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Daphne Wright Artist Talk & Book Launch

Friday 24 January, 5.30 pm Public Talk:  

Daphne Wright in conversation with Annie Fletcher, Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Book Launch:  A Quiet Mutiny

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Orla Barry Book Launch

Thursday 28 November, 5.30 pm

Shaved Rapunzel, Scheherazade and the Shearling Ram from Arcady

Published by Mu.ZEE, Ostend and Wexford Arts Centre
Partners Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Introduction:  Dawn Williams. 

Readings by Alice Maher, Timmy Creed, Orla Barry

Shaved Rapunzel, Scheherazade and the Shearling Ram from Arcadyis a new publication by visual artist Orla Barry that collects her performance texts and written works. The book follows the seasons of a sheep year in south-east Ireland, where Barry runs a flock of pedigree Lleyn sheep. While embedded in the reality of this situation, the book is a fictional and humorous series of short stories that recounts the artist’s tenuous and symbolic interactions with different characters and animals from her unique circumstances.

Deeply rooted in a form of artistic ‘barefoot anthropology’*, Shaved Rapunzel, Scheherazade and the Shearling Ram from Arcady reflects on the culture of disconnection from the natural environment and on the boundaries within art, gender, and the rural everyday. It recounts the personal experiences of the artist, who has left the city and returned to her pastoral roots to be reborn as a hybrid: a farmer-artist.

This collection approaches language as a malleable material, taking its form from the idiosyncrasies of the rehearsal room. This strong aspect of orality is always at the fore in Orla Barry’s work and, as a result, this is not only a book: it is a performance. All of the writing comes from physical action of one kind or another. Like much of the artist’s work, it is motivated by doing — literally research in the ‘field’. For Barry, the combination of culture and agriculture is an ongoing activity that creates the distinctive vocabulary, tone and formal shape-making in her work.

The result is a universe of Mafia Shepherds, Pawn Shepherds and Sophisticated Shepherds; of red lipstick, husbandry, profanity, and animal dramas; of reincarnated sheep, sick sheep and black sheep; of placentas, sexual desire, gender, shit-tanks, and adoption units; of buying, selling, slaughtering, and loving.

*Nancy Scheper-Huges

The book contains the texts from two of Orla Barry’s major performance works, Breaking Rainbows (2016) and SPIN, SPIN, SCHEHERAZADE (2019) and the Meanest of the Flock, An Abcdery of Sheep by Lisa Godson. Design by LuteceMauger(FR).

Bloomers 'Out of Body' Event

21st November 2019, 6.30–8 pm

Admission Free

"The building is a body, arched chest cavities, painted bones and skin. These spaces bcome bodies for time to walk through, thresholds designed for us to note transitions”
—Theo Hynan Ratcliffe, Eidectic Witness, Bloomers Magazine Issue 04: Out of Body.

Bloomers Magazine was founded in February 2018. Its initial premise was to be a bi-annual printed publication that discusses the work of emerging female artists based in Ireland. It has since developed into an art collective that collaborates to produce the printed publication, related events and projects such as Bloomers Zine Stall. By documenting moments that benchmark how emerging female artists are responding to certain themes or what their interests are as a group, Bloomers goal is to provide a platform for these artists to learn about one another and to be learned about by the public.

To celebrate the launch of Issue 04: Out of Body, Bloomers presents an evening of talks lead by Enid Conway (Creative Director of Bloomers) and Kim Crowley (Editor of Out of Body). Out of Body is a collection of visual art and text that explores responses to themes of the body and space made by emerging female artists based in Ireland. Artists Elaine Howley and Róisín McGannon have been invited to speak about their artistic practises and work which will feature in the issue. A screening of work and discussion will follow.

Elaine Howley:
Elaine Howley is a Cork-based musician and producer. Howley is a member of the hypnotic, psychedelic quintet The Altered Hours and also plays in Crevice and Morning Veils.
Howley hosts the fortnightly radio show Cosmosis on Dublin Digital Radio. Her recent video piece Through the Silence, made in collaboration with Mary Kelleher, is discussed in the upcoming issue of Bloomers Magazine. Elaine will be screening this video as part of this event.

Róisín McGannon:
Róisín McGannon is a visual artist based in Dublin. Since graduating from NCAD with a BA Hons First Class in Fine Art Printmaking she has completed residencies in Block T supported by Fingal Arts and in Eoin Moylan Studio, Berlin. She exhibited in her first solo show supported by Fingal Arts in January 2019 in A4 Sounds and has exhibited in the RHA 188th Annual Exhibition Dublin and gone onto show work in Cork and Kerry. Róisín’s work is concerned with the unreliable and uncertain position of being in the body. Through multidisciplinary media she investigates the difference between the functional and the dysfunctional, both physically and emotionally, then in turn obscures and highlights expectation and capability.  

Kim Crowley:
Kim Crowley is a visual artist based in Cork City and editor of Out of Body. She was an invigilator for the Irish Pavilion during the 2019 Venice Biennale and has produced SLAB, a zine examining architectural structures in the urban landscape made in collaboration with artists Niamh Murphy and Eamon Ivri.

Enid Conway:
Enid Conway is Artistic Director of Bloomers Magazine and collective and a freelance curator and designer. She founded and developed the Bloomers collective and edited the three previous issues. She is currently completing an MA in Goldsmiths London.

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