St Caimins Church of Ireland and the Aistear Centre, Mountshannon, Co. Clare
Journey takes its theme from the Iniscealtra Festival, which this year focuses on journeys, and includes works by well-known Irish and international artists, such as Georges Braque and Anne Madden, shown alongside younger contemporary artists, such as Elizabeth Magill and Nick Miller. A selection of individual works from the collection will also be placed in four venues in Scariff, Co Clare. The exhibition is accompanied by a full and engaging series of workshops and talks presented as part of the Branching Out programme supported by National Irish Bank.
The works in the exhibition, selected by the Iniscealtra Festival, represent many diverse interpretations of the central theme in a wide variety of media. The renowned Kilkenny artist, Tony O’Malley, whose paintings were inspired by his travels to the Caribbean, reflects a new-found discovery of colour, light and warmth, celebrating the sea and sun and the exotic birds and foliage of his tropical paradise. In Isla de Graciosa – Light – Caleta del Sebo, O’Malley draws on his memory of a place so that the totality of his experience is expressed – the seeing plus the feeling – reaching beyond the surface to find a more complete and personal expression of a place.
A journey through the inner realm of the mind is the inspiration for the strange magic of Colin Middleton’s surrealist and symbolic paintings. In Bon Voyage a female figure is suspended by her head from a geometric kite as she flies over a vast landscape with the setting sun visible below. British artist Colin Harrison’s work reveals a private world filled with cryptic clues and private references culled from the artist’s own memory. His sculpture, Portable History of the World, is a wooden structure in the shape of a suitcase, which is opened as if it where a cabinet. Within the box a grid like arrangement of small artefacts can be found which are drawn from the memories of the artists many travels.
In tandem with the exhibition, artist Terry O’Farrell, a member of IMMA’s Education team, has been facilitating workshops over a two-month period with ten community groups at Raheen Day Care Centre and Residential Hospital as part of the Branching Out project. Up to 200 older members of the East Clare community have been exploring the theme of memories throughout life’s journey. The resulting drawings, paintings and works in clay are exhibited at the newly-opened Aistear Centre, Mountshannon, throughout the Festival.
‘Journey’ continues until 2 June at St Caimins Chruch, Mountshannon, Co Clare.
‘Journey: Through Memories’ the work of members of the Raheen Day Care Centre and Residential Hospital continues until 24 June at the Aistear Centre, Mountshannon, Co Clare.
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