PDF Programme - Skibbereen Arts Festival



PDF Programme - Skibbereen Arts Festival
24th July - 2nd August 2015
www.skibbereen arts festival.com
Hello and Welcome to Skibbereen Arts
Festival 2015
West Cork itself is one of the most beautiful art galleries on the
planet. At every turn there are incredible vistas and on every
corner you are likely to bump into a practitioner of the arts. The
seventh Skibbereen Arts Festival pays homage to this fabric of our
community with a programme, that we hope you agree, is pretty
There will be music, film, theatre and poetry. Literature, exhibitions,
symposiums and interventions. Walks, talks, workshops and dance.
Family fun days and a spectacular torchlit parade. No matter your
age, there truly is something for everyone. We hope you enjoy.
Brendan McCarthy, Festival Chairman
We are very grateful for the
support of our funders
Media Partner
Special Thanks to Brian Carmody
‘Earth’ with live soundtrack 14
March Back in Time 6
RiZA 18
Historical Walk of Lough Hyne 8
Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny 32
Historical Walk of Skibbereen Town 6
The Bird Song Project 38
James Yorkston and 44
Alasdair Roberts
Tribute to Alan Lomax 52
Ó Pheann an Phiarsaigh 11
‘Earth’ with live soundtrack 14
Mad Pride 17
Kayak by Starlight 34
River Dance 37
Launch of Ilen River Film 37
Spoken Word
Artists Books Talk 9
An Auduence with Liz Nugent 12
Song of the Sea 20
Poetry Reading by Tom French 43
Cinema Paradiso 22
Working Artists Studios’ 46
Agnes Martin: With my 36
Back to the World
A Vision : A Life of W.B. Yeats 41
Three Short Films 48
by Artavazd Pelechian
Immortal Stories 49
The Land Where The Blues Began 51
Poetry Marathon
Making Sense 2 50
Visual Art
Official Launch of Festival Art Trail 13
Umha Aois 56
Artist Books 58
Mixed Media 62
Melania Lynch 64
Elk and Saintly 21
Elevation(s) 65
4 Plays in a Day 25
David Claerbout 66
Bassam 26
Laura Gannon Silver Box 67
Catalpa 27
Tara Brandel 25 68
Eileen and Marilyn Do New York 28
Other Events at Uillinn 69
Death and The Maiden 29
Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Kids 8
Artist Books 16
Young Filmmakers and Painting for Kids 24
Illustration for Kids and 30
Scriptwriting 35
Art and Nature for Kids 40
Slam Poetry 42
Haiku 54
The Quay, Gallery 1 70
The Quay, Gallery 2 71
Catherine Hammond & 72
Sarah Walker Popup
Anna Kirsch, Sadie Mackey and 73
Harriet Selka
Excavations and 74
Perpetuum Momentum
The Inner Perspective 75
Fringe Events
Fringe Events 77
General Enquiries
Skibbereen Arts Festival,
Co. Cork
Tel: 086 8617605 Email: [email protected]
From hanging bunting to handing out flyers, whether building stages or
invigilating exhibitions, this festival would not be happening without the
amazing work done by a small group of volunteers who have given a lot of time
and effort throughout the year. If you would like to join our team we are looking
for enthusiastic, reliable and friendly volunteers to help at festival events. Please
contact us at [email protected] for more details.
Mailing List
We only use our mailing list to send you details of our events. We NEVER pass
on your details to other organisations. If you’d like to be added to our mailing
list then please email us at [email protected]
Festival Team
Chairman: Brendan McCarthy
Secretary: Susan O’ Regan
Treasurer: Claire Murphy
Programming: Pat Collins, Declan McCarthy and Sharon Whooley.
Visual Art Coordinator: Donagh Carey
Box Office: Maeve O’ Sullivan, Claire Murphy, Breda Herlihy, Susan O’ Regan,
Suzy McCarthy & Áine Herlihy
Press, Publicity and Social Media: Amanda Cowhig
Festival Photographer: Ger Murphy
Technicians: Daragh Murphy and Justin Forbes
Festival Crew: Kieran Crowley, Niall Carey, Bryan Harris and Rory Cregan
Programme Compilation: Declan McCarthy and Sharon Whooley
Programme and Website Design: Eoin Mahon, www.metric.ie
Cover Image by Melania Lynch and Eoin Mahon
Ticketing and
Box Office Information
All tickets are now on sale at www.skibbereenartsfestival.com
Festival Box Office
Skibbereen Town Hall, The Square, Skibbereen
Email [email protected] or telephone 087 1260327
Box Office open on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July from 2-5pm
Also from Monday 20th - Wed 22nd from 2-5pm
And then daily from Thursday 23rd July to Saturday 1st August, 10-5pm
Seating at Live Events
- All of our festival venues have unreserved seating so seats cannot be reserved
in advance.
- Any seating is on a first come first served basis.
- Doors open 30 minutes before the start of each show.
We can only offer refunds or exchange tickets in the case of a cancelled event.
Special Requirements
All of our venues are wheelchair accessible.
Booking Fee
There is a ¤1 booking fee per ticket purchased online for events that cost ¤10 or
This goes towards bank charges and card data protection charges.
Website and Social Media pages
Friday 24th July . 7 - 10:30PM
Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa Torchlit Parade
To mark the centenary of his death, Skibbereen pays homage
to the remarkable Irish patriot and local man Jeremiah O’
Donovan Rossa. In March 1863 he organised a march in
Skibbereen town in support of a Polish uprising against
Russia and “over 6,000 people thronged the streets carrying
Polish banners with torches blazing”. Despite threats from
the ‘peelers’ he outwitted the local magistrate and gave a
fiery speech to the crowd in support of the freedom of all
small nations. Tonight we try to recreate that march and go
back to the Skibbereen of Rossa’s time.
Beginning at 7pm the streets will be closed off but alive with
the sounds of ponies & traps, pipe bands, pop-up historical
talks and children’s games of the time. The shop windows will
display photos, posters and artefacts from the period with
everyone dressed in ‘period costume’. Then as darkness falls
we will recreate this march with a torchlit parade through the
town from The Heritage Centre to the Maid of Éireann and
back to finish at The Bridge where the ghost of Rossa may
appear to finish that speech!
Please dress up in costume if you can (it doesn’t have to be
100% authentic) and help us to pay our respects to one of
our most famous sons!
Parade leaves from the Heritage Centre at 9.30pm
Historical walk of
Lough Hyne
with Terri Kearney
Saturday 25th July . 12PM
Meet at base of Knockomagh Hill . FREE
A different perspective of Lough Hyne will be given by local historian
Terri Kearney as she takes walkers on her daily trail around the lough.
Peeling off the layers of history, she will share some of what she has
learnt about the landscape and people of the lough over the years.
Rock ‘n’ Roll
Camp For Kids
Saturday 25th July . 12PM
Scout Hall . ¤10
Liz Clark, a professional singer/songwriter from the US and founder of ‘All
Girl Band-Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp For Girls’ will be hosting a fun-filled, 2 hour
workshop for kids ages 8-14.
The programme, designed for all boys and girls with an interest in
music or just a curiosity for sharing music, aims to boost self-esteem
and collaboration. The workshop will encompass performance, singing,
percussion, guitar, and piano with popular music. The workshop will end
with a performance for friends and family.
Artists’ Books Talk
with Jamie Murphy from the Salvage
Press and Book Artist Andi McGarry
Saturday 25th July . 12PM
Old Print Room, Southern Star . ¤6
Join us for an illuminating and entertaining discussion from two very different
practitioners in the Art of Artists’ Books; Typographic Designer and Letterpress
Printer Jamie Murphy and Book Artist Andi McGarry.
“Did you know that the terms ‘out of sorts, ‘a dab hand’ and ‘watch your ps
and qs’ originate with letterpress printing? Or that you can make ink from coal
retrieved from the floor of the Atlantic ocean? Did you know that a hornet
lives in a honeycomb structure, and that it’s a rather difficult shape to achieve
typographically? This talk will open up the world of finely printed books while
being both accessible and educational.” Jamie Murphy
Andi McGarry says “My responses are distilled, not thickly applied, instead
- essences are used. Rawness, directness implied and applied. Spontaneity:
infusing personal experiences, lifting from journals, note books, sketchbooks,
scribblings, rantings, ravings, poetics, comings, goings, ramblings, but always
only so much and no more. Leaping across chasms, camcorders, cameras,
computers, song smithing, electric guitaring, filming and painting. The things
described are things that excite me, things I find inspiring, these are things I’ve
recognised as I sped through life.”
Saturday 25th July . 12PM-3PM
Abbeystrewry Church . FREE
Strange Attractor is a dynamic multi-dimensional series of
collaborative ventures between five artists, Anthony Kelly,
Danny McCarthy, Irene Murphy, Mick O’Shea and David
Stalling and guests exploring sound-based cross-disciplinary
relationships to create non-verbal communication.
Strange Attractor, began in November 2010, with a highly
successful series of monthly four-hour durational sound
performances, within the Crawford Art Gallery spaces
inviting international guests including David Toop & Mary
Nunan, Stephen Vitiello, Alessandro Bosetti and Rhodri
Davies. The performances have attracted large audiences
who have experienced, along with the artists, the developing
relationships between sound, visual art, music and
The quiet atmosphere of Abbeystrewry is the perfect site to
listen to this unique performance. Feel free to drop in for 5,
30, 90 minutes or the full three hours.
Ó Pheann
an Phiarsaigh
Saturday 25th July . 2PM
Skibbereen Town Hall . ¤6
Directed by Alan Gilsenan | 2010 | 52mins
A provocative, compelling and highly visual film-poem
by Alan Gilsenan, ‘Ó Pheann an Phiarsaigh’ is a strange
and darkly contemporary re-imagining of national icon
Patrick Pearse. The film explores Pearse’s inner world in a
contemporary setting through his own artistic writings. This
powerful bi-lingual film also tries to reflect on the impact
of its potent mythology on Ireland’s collective national
“The aim of the film was to be neither didactic nor conclusive,
but to approach Patrick Pearse’s remarkable life and work
solely from an artistic perspective and explore the emotional
impact that he has had on our society.” Alan Gilsenan
An Audience
with Liz Nugent
Saturday 25th July . 4PM
The Time Traveller’s Fine Art Gallery, 44 Bridge St . ¤8
Liz Nugent, author of ‘Unravelling Oliver’ is interviewed by
local poet Aifric McGlinchey. Liz will read from her award
winning novel and Aifric will then interview Liz about her
inspiration, her reading and writing habits and her Skibbereen
Liz Nugent is an award-winning writer of radio and TV drama
and has written short stories for children and adults. In early
2014 her first novel, ‘Unravelling Oliver’, was published to
great critical and popular acclaim and went straight to the
top of the Bestsellers List. In November, it won the Crime
Novel of the Year at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.
The television rights have recently been acquired by ITV
Drama. Liz is delighted to come back to Skibbereen where
she spent every childhood summer at her Granny’s house. Liz
will be happy to sign books after the event.
Official Launch of
the Festival Art Trail
by Robert Ballagh
Saturday 25th July . 6.30PM
Old Bottling Plant, Ilen St . FREE
Tonight we are thrilled that one of our nations best known artists
Robert Ballagh will officially launch our ‘Art Trail’. Mr. Ballagh has
worked as an engineering draughtsman, a musician and a postman
before taking up painting in 1967. He has designed over 70 stamps
for An Post, the final series of Irish banknotes before the introduction
of the euro, and numerous murals, posters, limited prints and book
covers. He has also worked as set designer on some of Ireland’s most
memorable theatre productions of the past 30 years. He truly is a
walking talking Arts Festival!
Skibbereen itself becomes an art gallery for the next two weeks.
Follow the trail of the Ilen River through the town and you will never
be far from an artwork!
All exhibitions are open this evening so why not take a stroll along
the trail and prepare to be amazed!
All exhibits open daily from 11am- 5pm until Saturday 8th August
Saturday 25th July . 9.30PM
With Live Original Soundtrack
by Matthew Nolan
Abbeystrewry Church . ¤10
Directed by Alexander Dovzhenko | 1930 | 80mins
For tonight’s film screening, Skibbereen Arts Festival is delighted
to welcome back Matthew Nolan, founder and artistic director of
Dublin based group 3Epkano to perform his original soundtrack to
Alexander Dovzhenko’s spectacular film, ‘Earth’. This is the third
time that Matthew will perform in Skibbereen and anyone who
was lucky enough to have witnessed these previous performances
of ‘Pour la Suite du Monde’ and ‘Sunrise’ was blown away by the
Voted one of the 100 Best Films of the Century in ‘Time Out’
magazine, ‘Earth’ is a masterpiece of world cinema - a celebration
of life and an acknowledgement of the inevitability of life’s end.
Dovzhenko’s images, all in meticulously composed shots, are
“The astonishingly beautiful ‘Earth’ is
unlike anything else in movies.”
Jim Hoberman, Vienna International
Film Festival
Historical Walk
Sunday 26th July . 12PM
Assemble at Skibbereen Court House . ¤3
Join our amazing local historian Philip O’ Regan on this fascinating and
eye-opening historical walking tour of our town. Discover the hidden
Skibbereen where the streets, buildings and lanes have direct links with
the Great Famine.
Artists’ Books Workshop
with Andi McGarry
Sun 26th July . 11.30-4.30PM
Old Print Room, Southern Star . ¤30
In this workshop, participants learn through seeing and making visual books,
artists’ books, unique and one of a kind pieces. Participants are walked
through simple binding methods and attempt to capture basic narratives
in book form. The accent is on making and doing. There is an opportunity
to experiment with a number of print mediums including mono-printing. A
selection of artists’ books from the Wexford Artist’s Book Collection will be
on hand to help inspire.
Participants are encouraged to bring photos, words or ideas for individual
expression. Possible bindings can include Japanese stab, case binding, cloth
case binding, coptic stitch, long stitch plus glue binding.
Max. 10 people. Booking essential.
Circus &
Sunday 26th July . 1PM - 5PM
Skibbereen Playground . FREE
It’s That Time Again
Mad Pride, Ireland’s Free Family Fun Day returns to Skibbereen Arts
Festival. Once again we’ll be bringing with us a host of musicians, circus
performers, puppeteers, arts and crafts facilitators, balloon modellers, face
painters and our artisan food producers. So if you want a fun day out why
not come down to the park and get involved in all the fun and activity!
Sunday 26th July . 8.30PM
Skibbereen Courthouse . ¤10
Tonight we are very excited to present
what we think is the first ever concert
at Skibbereen Courthouse. Designed by
renowned architect George Pain and built in
1829 it has been a host to thousands of trials
and tribulations for almost 200 years but
tonight it’s time for something completely
RiZA is the latest project by the dynamic Congolese guitarist/
singer Niwel Tsumbu. After a decade in Ireland, Tsumbu is well
known for his versatility, virtuosity and unique brand of music
having played and collaborated with the likes of Sinead O’Conor,
Glen Hansard, Liam O’Maonlai, Baaba Maal, Donal Lunny,
Donal Dineen and many more. RiZA features Niwel’s long-time
collaborator Eamonn Cagney (of Treelan) on percussion, Emma
Garnett (Feather) and Sallay Garnett (Loah) on vocals, and Paddy
Groenland (Ensemble Ériu, Manden Express) on guitar. Their
debut album is due later this year.
RiZA is a celebration of life and an exploration of space, weaving
the rich tapestry of African rhythms with contemporary pop
music’s harmony and composition, and drawing inspiration from
our solar system and the Space Time continuum.
Children’s Screening
Song of the Sea
Monday 27th July . 1PM
Skibbereen Town Hall . ¤1
Oscar nominated Irish animation Song of the Sea tells the
story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child
– who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world
of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to
their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the
mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the
sea but become humans on land.
Song of the Sea’s voice cast features an impressive who’s
who of Irish talent, including Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula
Flanagan and Moone Boy’s David Rawle. Joining them are
singer/songwriter Lisa Hannigan and actor/comedians Pat
Shortt and Jon Kenny.
Song of the Sea is the second Oscar® nominated film from
Cartoon Saloon and director Tomm Moore.
by ponydance
and Croi
Monday 27th July . 6PM
West Cork Hotel . ¤5
A cafe based, dance filled, slightly surreal show, where people are
doing what they probably shouldn’t.
Mary has cerebral palsy, she probably shouldn’t be waitressing,
her right hand has a mind of it’s own, her legs might give way, but
it doesn’t stop her. William is using a wheelchair and is obsessed
with health and safety, it’s his dream job to be in charge…of
anything. Tara is so perfect, she is next to God. ‘Elk and Saintly’ is a
show with a soundtrack that has no pause button and performers
that have no fear.
Monday 27th July . 9.30PM
Movie under
the Stars
Cinema Paradiso
Outdoors at Abbeystrewry . ¤8
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore | 1989 | 155mins
Young Salvatore Di Vita (Salvatore Cascio) discovers the
perfect escape from life in his war-torn Sicilian village: the
Cinema Paradiso movie house, where projectionist Alfredo
(Philippe Noiret) instils in the boy a deep love of films.
When Salvatore grows up, falls in love with a beautiful
local girl (Agnese Nano) and takes over as the Paradiso’s
projectionist, Alfredo must convince Salvatore to leave his
small town and pursue his passion for filmmaking.
Summer evenings can be chilly so bring a warm coat,
blanket or flask! Screening will be relocated in the event
of poor weather.
“A rhapsodic elegy to
the thrall of film-going”
Tim Robey, The Telegraph
Tuesday 28th July . 10.30AM-4PM
GAA Pavilion . ¤10
Lights, Camera, Action!
Join the experts from Cork Young Filmmakers for a ‘One Day Filmmaking
Workshop’. Aimed at all teenagers interested in learning about filmmaking.
You will get a basic grounding in film making techniques and equipment, and
produce a basic short film which will be screened in Skibbereen Town Hall on
Saturday 1st August at 5.30pm
Places limited to 12 and the full charge is ¤10 per person so contact us asap to
book your place. Email [email protected] or call 086 8139019.
Cork Young Filmmakers is a countywide Youth Arts Programme funded by Cork
County Council and managed by Cork Film Centre.
Children’s Painting
Workshop with Sonia Caldwell
Tuesday 28th July . 11AM + 2PM
Scout Hall . ¤8 per child
Where does paint come from? We will crush Cork sandstone, soak
plants, grind charcoal, sieve rust, crush shells, experiment and have
fun. Then we will do some painting! As well as making a picture to take
home, we will create some canvas pieces to hang in select locations in
town during the arts festival.
Age 7 and 8: 11am – 1pm
Age 9+: 2pm - 4pm
Generously sponsored by Fields of Skibbereen
4 Plays
in a day
Following on from the phenomenal success of
last year’s inaugural staging, we are delighted
to once again present ‘4 Plays in a Day’.
Skibbereen itself becomes a stage for the day
with 4 excellent plays by 4 different companies
in 4 different venues around the town. Themes
include the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the
daring 19th century rescue of Fenian convicts
from a penal colony in Australia, two Irish
women’s ‘trip of a lifetime’ to New York and
the horrors endured under General Pinochet’s
regime in Chile.
Tickets are available for each individual
performance but why not become a theatre
buff for the day and go to all four! To
paraphrase Mr. Shakespeare himself, “All The
Town’s A Stage”.
Day Ticket for all four plays: ¤25
4 Plays
in a day
Tuesday 28th July . 12PM
The Old Mill, Distillery Lane, Market St . ¤8
Written and Directed by Idan Meir.
Performed by Fadl Mustapha.
“Unique, truthful... this drama is essentially exceptional, and it is political
because it is so human and personal.”
HaBama, Israel
‘Bassam’ is a powerful drama based on the true story of Bassam Aramin,
co-founder of the Israeli-Palestinian peace movement Combatants for Peace.
Originally programmed for a leading theatre festival in Tel Aviv-Jaffa in 2008,
‘Bassam’ has since been translated from Hebrew to German, Italian, English
and Arabic. Written by Sligo-based Israeli Director, Idan Meir and performed
by Donegal-based Palestinian Actor, Fadl Mustapha, ‘Bassam’ gives an
authentic perspective on the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
Idan Meir is an Israeli Theatre Maker, ex combatant, refusnik (from military
services) and a member of Combatants for Peace, the Israeli-Palestinian peace
movement. Idan lives in Sligo today. Palestinian Fadl Mustapha is the son of
refugee parents, and was born in the refugee camp All Azatar in Lebanon.
Fadl is married to an Irish woman, has three daughters and lives in Donegal.
Idan and Fadl met by chance while living in the same rural village in Co.
4 Plays
in a day
Tuesday 28th July . 2.30PM
Abbeystrewry Church . ¤10
Written and performed by Donal O’Kelly.
Live music by Trevor Knight.
A classic of modern Irish theatre, ‘Catalpa’ is the story of the
daring 1875 whaleship rescue of six Irish prisoners from Fremantle
penal colony in Australia - all in the vibrant imagination of a
screenwriter, the best movie never made!
‘Catalpa’ is about heroes and visionaries, political intrigue and
personal loyalty, with hot romance, mixed-up rebels and battles at
sea. A subversive epic, a celebration of the power of live theatre
“lyrical and passionate, satirical and very funny” (Irish Times).
Since its première 20 years ago, ‘Catalpa’ has toured the world
to high acclaim, including New York, Chicago, Paris, Helsinki and
Donal O’Kelly is an award-wining writer and one of the finest Irish
actors of his generation. Trevor Knight was a founder member of
‘80s pop group ‘Auto Da Fe’ and has written scores for more than
50 theatrical works.
4 Plays
in a day
Playacting Theatre’s
Eileen and Marilyn do New York
Tuesday 28th July . 5PM
Riverside Café . ¤6
In this latest version of their comedy/cabaret show ’Eileen and Marilyn’
whisk you into their lives and story of their trip to New York to check in
on Eileen’s Aunty Eily who’s had a ‘bit of a turn’. The purpose of the visit
is for Eileen to bring a bit of the ould sod to cheer Aunty and to ensure
that she is being looked after in her illness. It’s important for families to
stick together in a crisis. But with Uncle Phil’s liking for the drink and
Marilyn’s liking for company to drink with, Eileen is worried that she will
be sorting them out, not just Aunty Eily! And anyway, Marilyn is only a
“sure God help us” kind of family member, isn’t she?
Will Eileen get her heart’s desire to see the Statue of Liberty? Will Marilyn
get to link up with Colin, her husband, the really famous Broadway
Theatre Director? Will Marilyn get her place in the family? Will Eileen be
able to manage them all? What lessons will be learned in New York?
Featuring Terri Leiber, Karen Minihan, Norman Collins and Sally Smart.
4 Plays
in a day
Death and the Maiden
Tuesday 28th July . 8.30PM
Skibbereen Town Hall . ¤10
Kilmeen Drama Group’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ by
Ariel Dorfman
Ariel Dorfman’s explosively provocative, moral thriller is set in a country that
has only recently returned to democracy. Gerardo Escobar has just been
chosen to head the commission that will investigate the crimes of the old
regime when his car breaks down and he is picked up by the humane doctor
Roberto Miranda. But in the voice of this Good Samaritan, Gerardo’s wife,
Paulina Salas, thinks she recognises another man – the one who raped and
tortured her as she lay blindfolded in a military detention centre years before.
Could she be right..?
NB Play not suitable for children, over 18’s. Contains gunfire.
Kilmeen Drama Group are undoubtedly West Cork’s most successful
organisation with multiple All-Ireland titles to their name!
Children’s Workshop:
Illustration with Sara Baker
Wednesday 29th July . 11AM - 1PM
Skibbereen Scout Hall . ¤8
Join local illustrator Sara Baker in a fun workshop illustrating a silly Spike
Milligan poem. Learn how an illustrator completes a project from start to
finish. Create your own artwork to take home and impress your dog. This is
also a great introduction to the bonkers poetry of Spike Milligan. Art materials
supplied. 15 places available. Ages 7-777 (if you can still hold a pencil!)
Sara Baker has been illustrating for over 25 years, covering nursery rhymes,
theatre posters, picture books,educational publications and greeting cards.
Some of her clients include Mercier Press, Folens, Marks and Spencer,
Greenpeace, Oxford University Press, even Claas Farm Machinery!
When the sun starts to shine again
through the rain clouds!
All Week
Various Locations, just hop on! . FREE
Artist Toma McCullim invites you to ‘get on the bus’, the Cumasú wellness
bus. She will be sharing creative ways to chase the blues away and enjoy
growing your creativity. Grab your Granny, invite your pals, young and old
come celebrate your creative self. Look out for the Cumasú bus and come
on board!
The Cumasú or wellness bus aims to work in partnership with local
communities in promoting mental well-being, recovery and hope through a
wide range of community based and arts initiatives. For further information
visit: www.facebook.com/westcorkartsandwellness
A Visit at
the Louvre
Une Visite au Louvre
Wednesday 29th July . 2PM
Skibbereen Town Hall . ¤6
Directed by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet |
2004 | 44 mins
At the end of his life, Cézanne remarked that “The Louvre is the
book from which we learn to read,” and in his study of the human
form he often made drawings of sculptures in the Louvre. JeanMarie Straub and Danièle Huillet made over two dozen films
between 1963 and 2006. They have been described as the greatest
of unknown film-makers and their works are rarely available. The
Skibbereen Arts Festival is delighted to screen ‘Une Visite au
Louvre’ as part of this year’s festival. This film consists of a series
of long shots on a selection of paintings hanging in The Louvre
coupled with a vibrant text attributed to Cézanne and put into
writing by the poet Joachim Gasquet.
Cézanne writes: “A picture doesn’t represent anything, it doesn’t
need to represent anything in the first place but the colours . . .
you have to see it with your eyes, do you understand? That’s all the
painter wanted. His psychology is the way he makes two colours
meet. That’s where his emotion is. That’s his personal history,
his truth, his depth. For he’s a painter, you see, not a poet or a
Wednesday 29th July . 8PM
Canon Goodman
Abbeystrewry Church . ¤20
Andy Irvine
and Donal Lunny
with Eoin and Anna Quinn
In honour of the remarkable 19th century music-collector James Goodman, who
was rector in Skibbereen from 1867 and who built this beautiful church which
opened in 1890, we are delighted to present two giants of the Irish traditional
scene, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny.
Between them, Irvine and Lunny have been at the helm of legendary bands
like Planxty, Sweeney’s Men, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts and Mozaik. Their
unique style of accompaniment is an on-going influence in the wider world of
traditional music and both have contributed heavily to the renaissance of Irish
music over the past forty five years. Tonight they will present a programme of
Irish music and songs including some of Andy’s originals, as well as music from
Eastern Europe and beyond. Do not miss this unique opportunity to see two of
the legends of Irish music on stage together!
To open tonight’s concert we are thrilled to introduce two excellent young local
musicians. Eoin Quinn is the finest young piper in Skibbereen and got his love
of traditional music and particularly the uileann pipes from his grandfather
Hugh. His first cousin Anna is a fine fiddler from Clonakilty. We know that Canon
Goodman would be very pleased to hear the sound of the pipes still being
played on the site where he himself played so many tunes almost 150 years ago.
Kayak by
Wednesday 29th July . 9.30PM
Reen Pier, Union Hall . ¤40
This unique kayaking experience takes you out in the
sheltered waters of Castlehaven Bay to explore the artistry
of Mother Nature, the magic of bioluminescence, moonlight
and stars at sea. It is suitable for all adults, no experience
Duration: 2.5 hours
To book, please ring the office at 028 21058
or email [email protected]
Workshop: Scriptwriting
with Michael Kinirions
Thursday 30th July . 11AM-2PM
Skibbereen Courthouse . ¤15
Limited to 10 places, Booking Essential
This 3 hour workshop will appeal to anyone with an idea for a film
but without the know-how to write it. Covering the basics of 3 Act
Structure and Character Development,
it will equip participants with the basic
tools to begin writing well-crafted
cinematic stories.
Michael Kinirons is an award winning
Irish screenwriter and director
currently based in Baltimore, West
Cork. He studied directing at the
National Film and Television School
in London and is an award winning
director of five short films. His feature
script, STRANGERLAND, had it’s world première at the Sundance
Film Festival in 2015 and stars Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and
Hugo Weaving. It will be released in Ireland later this year.
Agnes Martin:
With my Back
to the World
Thursday 30th July . 1PM
Skibbereen Town Hall . ¤6
Directed by Mary Lance | 2002 | 57mins
Agnes Martin is perhaps most recognised for her evocative paintings marked
out in subtle pencil lines and pale colour washes. Although restrained, her style
was underpinned by her deep conviction in the emotive and expressive power
of art. Martin believed that spiritual inspiration and not intellect created great
work. “Without awareness of beauty, innocence and happiness” Martin wrote
“one cannot make works of art.”
‘With my Back to the World’ is a remarkable documentary on the internationally
renowned painter, designated by ARTnews Magazine as one of the world’s topten living artists. This documentary was shot over a period of four years, from
1998 through 2002, Agnes Martin’s ninetieth year. Interviews with Martin are
inter-cut with shots at work in her studio in Taos, New Mexico, with photographs
and archival footage, and with images of her work from over five decades. It is
a venue for Martin to speak about her work, her working methods, her life as
an artist, and her views about the creative process. She also discusses her film,
‘Gabriel’ and reads from her poetry and lectures. In keeping with Martin’s chosen
life of solitude, she alone appears in the documentary.
River Dance/
Platform Dancing
Thursday 30th July . 6PM
Steam Mill Quay . FREE
A very special take on the ancient Irish pastime of Dancing at
the Crossroads. Musicians from the very successful Skibbereen
branch of Comhaltas Óg will provide music for some platform
dancing on the quayside. Everybody welcome to dance!
Séisiún 9pm, West Cork Hotel, See page 78 for details
Launch of new
film of Ilen River
Thursday 30th July . 7PM
Skibbereen Heritage Centre . FREE
See the Ilen River as you’ve never seen it before!
RIPPLE, a voluntary group organised to promote the use of the
Ilen River will be launching its short video which captures the
highlights of the River Ilen from source to sea.
Working with Colin Hickey of Orchid Pictures, Baltimore, the
video tells a story of this beautiful and historical waterway.
Thursday 30th July . 7.30PM
The Bird Song
Abbeystrewry Church . ¤10
The Bird Song Project is a celebration of traditional songs about birds
devised and produced by Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert for the
2015 Bealtaine Festival. Throughout the month of May, thirty-three
older traditional singers performed at five concerts across the country,
whilst sixteen traditional singing circles, from Wexford to Derry, also
participated by hosting their own ‘Bird Song’ night. A recent count
confirmed that between the 1st and 31st of May 2015, over 500
traditional songs were sung in Ireland that featured birds in them, as a
result of this project. Tonight five of these singers have come together
to perform a once-off, unique concert as part of a double-bill with
West Cork’s Starling Song Project. The five singers are Tim Dennehy,
Máire Ní Chéileachair, Tim Lyons, Jackie Boyce and Maurice Leyden.
This is a truly unmissable event and a must-see for all lovers of song.
The Starling Song Project
Liz Clark with Deirdre Archbold, Christine Deady and Paula K O’Brien
The Starling Song Project is a collaborative songwriting project with
older people developed by Liz Clark through the Arts For Health
Partnership Programme in eleven different healthcare settings across
West Cork. Artists and participants share life and musical experiences,
ideas and aspirations. Liz then introduces melody to the conversation
and lyrics and musical compositions are formed. These songs
celebrate a way of life that is disappearing, voiced by the people who
experienced it. Tonight Liz is joined by three other singers on stage to
bring four-part harmony and various instrumentation to these heartfelt pieces.
Children’s Workshop:
Art and Nature walk
with Sonia Caldwell
Friday 31st July . 11AM + 2PM
Liss Ard Estate . ¤4 per child
A short walk in the beautiful grounds of Liss Ard Estate
for families {suitable for toddlers and buggies} where
we will explore the creative possibilities of the outdoors
and learn to twist grasses, make crowns, weave, make
huts, make music, explore and have fun outdoors and
learn about different plants and their uses.
No booking required - meet at the Car Park at 11am and
Duration: 2 hours | ¤4 per child. For queries phone
Sonia on 087 0667871
A Vision: The Life of
W.B. Yeats
Friday 31st July . 1PM
Skibbereen Town Hall . ¤6
Directed by Alan Gilsenan | 2013 | 75mins
Skibbereen Arts Festival celebrates the 150th
anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats.
“The life and work of W.B. Yeats holds a particular place
in hearts and imaginations across the world. This film is a
response to that vast body of work – a visual and avowedly
experimental ‘film-poem’. Using solely the words of Yeats,
we attempted to take the viewer on a cinematic journey into
his extraordinary imagination – an unconventional biography
of sorts.
Yet, beyond the poet’s popular profile and his cultural tourist
caché, little is really known of his complex life, despite
having articulated it so completely, so creatively. In so many
ways, Yeats dreamt up his life. He fashioned his own majestic
screenplay and we are – endlessly – the beneficiaries.”
- Alan Gilsenan.
Slam Poetry with Clara
Rose Thornton
Friday 31st July . 3PM
Time Traveller’s Fine Art Gallery, 44 Bridge St . FREE, Booking Essential
The InkBlot Complex Poetry Workshop, founded in Chicago
in 2004, is an intertextual presentation of verse as a force in
our everyday lives, as opposed to a dry notion that students
are forced to study in schools and think of as separated from
their lives and reality. The interactive, multimedia workshop
examines how poetry is inherent all around us, from household
objects, to advertisements, to painting, to music, to our
memories. Poetry is removed from its lofty academic pedestal,
and people recognise how they are already poets, and that
poetry lives within. Taught in Asia, North America, and Europe
by the 2014-15 Dublin Slam Poetry Champion Clara Rose
Thornton, who hails from Chicago, the birthplace of slam
Poetry Reading
by Tom French
Friday 31st July . 7PM
Time Traveller’s Fine Art Gallery, 44 Bridge St . ¤5
“Its central long poem, ‘Pity the Bastards’, sounded like Patrick Kavanagh
and Allen Ginsberg, but its tenderness and well-made stanzas gave voice
to the lives of farm labourers and hired men in a way that had hardly been
seen in Irish writing.” John McAuliffe in ‘The Irish Times’
Tom French is among the best Irish poets writing today. In 2002, his debut
collection, ‘Touching the Bones’, was the first Irish winner of a Forward
Prize. His latest collection, ‘Midnightstown’, was published in 2014. It opens
with the poet alone with his newborn son in a delivery room. Described
as “a heartbreaking quality of understatement”, he confronts and stares
down extreme experience and praises the everyday. An oncology diary is
simultaneously dispassionate and moving. In language of calm power he
registers a brother’s suicide and fraught relationships. He offers glimpses
of a battle in World War I, while other poems observe saplings as they
prosper and actors preparing a play. They record incidents in barbers’
shops and salvage materials from old newspapers.
Friday 31st July . 8.30PM
James Yorkston and
Alasdair Roberts
Abbeystrewry Church . ¤15
James Yorkston was one of the original members of The Fence Collective,
part of the Fife music scene that spawned King Creosote, KT Tunstall,
Pictish Trail & The Beta Band. Since 2001 James has been signed to
Domino Records (Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand), with whom he has
released 8 albums proper and dozens of Eps, compilations, 7” singles and
one exceptionally fine book – ‘It’s Lovely to be here - The Touring Diaries
of a Scottish Gent’
James’ most recent album, The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing
Society (Autumn 2014) was produced by Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip)
and featured some of his old pals - KT Tunstall and The Pictish Trail, and
received tremendous reviews. He also has a very strong local connection
having spent many happy summer holidays in his family’s holiday home
just down the road in Creagh!
Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish musician, primarily a singer, guitarist,
songwriter, composer, arranger and interpreter of traditional songs and
ballads. In 1996 he released his first 7” single on Will Oldham’s Palace
Records imprint; since then he has gone on to produce some 13 full-length
albums of music, primarily working with Drag City Records of Chicago.
Alasdair has collaborated with a wide variety of fellow musicians as well as
with other artists including poets, puppeteers, film-makers and painters.
He has toured widely at home in Scotland and abroad – in USA, Canada,
Europe, Brazil and Australia – both solo and with various bands. In 2013
he became a member of the Scottish/English folk group The Furrow
Collective, along with Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton and Emily Portman. His
most recent release, simply entitled Alasdair Roberts, is a collection of ten
self-written songs and was released by Drag City in early 2015.
“The finest songwriter
of his generation”
John Peel
Photo credit: Linda Jackson
Photo credit: Drew Farrell
Saturday 1st August. NOON-MIDNIGHT
Poetry Marathon
Working Artists Studios . FREE
After the phenomenal success of the last 2 years, we
are delighted to welcome back Working Artist Studios’
‘Poetry Marathon’.
12 hours of poetry, with well known poets (and you)
reading their own, or their favourite poems. Featuring,
among others, Clara Rose Thornton, Tom French, Gabriel
Rosenstock, Afric McGlinchey, Adam Wyeth and many
many more.
Drop in at any stage during the day or night to listen or
read and to be enthralled.
This event is kindly sponsored by Poetry Ireland
3 Short Films by
Artavazd Pelechian
Saturday 1st August . 1PM
Skibbereen Town Hall . ¤6
A rare opportunity to see the films of Armenian film-maker Artavazd
Seasons of the Year / Vremena Goda (1972, 30min)
The End (1991, 8 mins)
Life (1992, 7 mins)
Located somewhere between documentary, fiction and essay, the films of
Armenia’s Artavazd Pelechian are eloquent visual poems. As Gareth Evans,
Film Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery says “While the hypnotic images
are often culturally specific – whether of intrepid cosmonauts or Armenian
shepherds – there’s a drive towards a universalist film language that’s closer
to music.”
‘Seasons of the Year’ is a startling film that captures the complex
relationship between nature and humanity in an isolated mountain
community. ‘In The End’, Pelechian transforms footage from a train ride
into a metaphor for the shape of a life and ‘Life’ is a poetic essay about the
beginning of life.
Immortal Stories
Directed by Fergus Daly, 78 minutes
Saturday 1st August . 12PM, 2PM, + 4PM
Time Traveller’s Fine Art Gallery, 44 Bridge St . FREE
An artist seeking inspiration for a project based on the
classic Irish novel ‘Melmoth the Wanderer’ (Maturin’s unique
anatomy of torture and cruelty) travels across Europe
absorbing what remains of the book in the locations both
of its setting and of the places associated with the writers it
influenced (perhaps only ‘Ulysses’ has been a more influential
Irish novel). ‘Immortal Stories’ is an exploration of those
hidden zones of great cities haunted by literary ideas and
characters, an examination of a contemporary attempt to
connect with the past and with fiction, and a contribution to
the politics of memory — an affirmation of trying to live and
create according to the ideas in art in the face of pressures
from the ‘real’ world.
Making Sense 2
Panel Discussion on Poetry and Being Well!
With Dr. Pat Bracken, Gabriel Rosenstock and Clara Rose Thornton
Saturday 1st August . 4PM
Liss Ard Estate . ¤5
Dr. Pat Bracken’s lecture ‘A Psychiatrist’s Reflections on Art, Surrealism, Mental
Health & Recovery’ was the inspiration for last years thought-provoking panel
discussion on creativity and well-being. This year we turn our focus to the power
of poetry and look forward to an interesting discussion with our diverse panel.
Dr. Pat Bracken is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Mental Health
Services in West Cork and an actor with Schull Drama Group. He was Professor
of Philosophy, Diversity and Mental Health at the University of Central Lancashire
in the UK until 2008.
Gabriel Rosenstock is a poet, playwright, haikuist, essayist and author/translator
of over 180 books, mostly in Irish. He is a member of Aosdána (Irish Academy of
Arts & Letters), Lineage Holder of Celtic Buddhism and former Chairman of Éigse
Clara Rose Thornton is a spoken word artist, culture journalist, and radio and
television broadcaster originally hailing from Chicago. She publishes arts and
culture criticism internationally, and her provocative spoken word is performed at
festivals and venues across Europe. She lives and works in Dublin.
Alan Lomax’s
‘The Land Where
the Blues Began’
Saturday 1st August . 4PM
Skibbereen Town Hall . ¤6
Free Admission with ticket to
‘Tribute to Alan Lomax concert’
Directed by Alan Lomax,
John Bishop, and Worth Long | 1978 | 59mins
In 1978, Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop took cameras deep into The
Land Where the Blues Began and collaborated with the Mississippi Authority
for Educational Television to produce this film. “Today we give a platform to
this vital folk culture and its creators. These people witnessed the birth of the
blues. They lived them. This haunting music, laughing at life’s ironies, and set
to a dancing beat. This amazing mix of Europe and Africa is America’s most
distinctive song style. It’s also the product of the folk culture of the Mississippi
Delta. We visit picnics and revivals. We meet the black pioneers who helped to
carve Mississippi out of the wilderness with their work on farm, river, railroad and
levee, creating a new music out of their loneliness and their deprivation. Music
that, once heard, can never be forgotten.”
The programme features performances by Sam Chatmon, Jack Owens & Bud
Spires, Eugene Powell (Sonny Boy Nelson), Belton Sutherland, Othar Turner,
Napoleon Strickland, and Joe Savage.
Tribute to Alan Lomax
hosted by Donal Dineen
Saturday 1st August . 8PM
Abbeystrewry Church . ¤20
“Without Lomax it is possible there would have been no
Blues explosion, no R&B movement, no Beatles and no
Stones and no Velvet Underground”, Brian Eno.
Alan Lomax was the world’s greatest song collector. He
was proudest of his driving, his thousands of miles and days
down nameless roads seeking out the jewels of the human
spirit. He is most famous for his work in the penitentiaries,
plantations, and lonely farms of the Mississippi Delta, where
he returned no less than seven times between 1933 and 1985
to listen, observe, fraternise, and record night after night,
year after year; but he repeated this feat with astounding
results in hundreds of obscure places in the U.S.A., the
Caribbean, Europe, and North Africa.
Tonight, to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth,
Skibbereen Arts Festival and our host Donal Dineen will
celebrate his immense legacy - in the company of singers
and musicians David Kitt, Cian Nugent, James Yorkston,
Alasdair Roberts, Liz Clarke and Eibhlís Ní Chronín.
David Kitt is one of Ireland’s best loved singers. Having
spent the last year touring with David Gray, the Dubliner is
embarking on a nationwide tour but tonight will perform
some of his favourite songs from the Lomax collection.
Cian Nugent is one of the most exciting musicians and
composers in Ireland today. ‘Pitchfork’ described his
compositions as rising “steadily and delicately to glorious
but restrained crescendos.”
Eibhlís Ní Chronín from Baile Bhuirne is one of our greatest
traditional singers and a granddaughter of the great Bess
Cronin who Lomax recorded on his Irish visit in 1951.
Liz Clark is a West Cork-based singer/songwriter from
Colorado. She tours extensively and has recorded 4 solo
studio albums of melodic folk songs.
Fresh from their Skibbereen Arts Festival double bill
Alasdair Roberts and James Yorkston will both showcase
some of the great Scottish folk songs from the Lomax
Kerryman Donal Dineen is one of the most respected
figures in Irish music today. As a Radio Presenter,
Photographer, DJ and Filmmaker he has been at the
forefront of the Irish music scene for over 20 years and
is the perfect host for this very special tribute to a very
special man.
Workshop: Haiku with
Gabriel Rosenstock
Sunday 2st August . 11AM
Liss Ard Estate (Assemble at Reception) . ¤8
“Haiku is an ardent, inspired and inspiring engagement with everyday life,
an intercourse with nature-centred events, mainly, events that are happening
around us all the time but which we perceive more keenly on the haiku path.
Read true haiku with reverence, write true haiku – do it right and you can
disappear, happily, now — and over and over again in the course of your life.
“ ‘Haiku, and the Art of Disappearing’ | Gabriel Rosenstock
Skibbereen Arts Festival is delighted to welcome celebrated poet and Haikuist
Gabriel Rosenstock for this Haiku workshop where Gabriel will lead participants
on a Ginko, a compositional stroll through the grounds of the beautiful Liss Ard
estate. This workshop is suitable for both experienced poets and beginners.
Gabriel is a poet, playwright, haikuist, essayist and author/translator of over 180
books, mostly in Irish. He has written two books on haiku as a way of life, ‘Haiku
Enlightenment’ and ‘Haiku, the Gentle Art of Disappearing’ both published by
Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He is a member of Aosdána (Irish Academy of
Arts & Letters), Lineage Holder of Celtic Buddhism, former Chairman of Éigse
Éireann/Poetry Ireland and member of the Board of Advisors to Poetry India.
Requirements: Paper and pencil.
It is recommended that the text ‘Haiku Enlightenment’ be read before the
workshop. This will be sent to participants when they book the workshop or can
be obtained from the Box Office during the festival.
Visual Art
From old printing rooms to walled gardens, old
bottling plants to high grounds above the town, in
buildings old and new, Skibbereen becomes an Art
Gallery for the next two weeks with the work of over
100 artists on display.
Featuring a diverse range of work by local, national
and international artists, with numerous exhibitions,
interventions, installations and art films taking place in
permanent & pop-up galleries around the town. Enjoy!
Saturday 26th July - Sunday 2nd August . 10AM - 6PM
Umha Aois
Liss Ard Estate, Walled Garden . FREE
For its twentieth anniversary, the Ireland-based experimental
archaeology project Umha Aois will contribute to the
Skibbereen Arts Festival by hosting an eight-day archaeology
and sculpture symposium in Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen from
26th July to 2nd August. The group of ten sculptors and crafts
people will be joined by international artists, archaeologists
and researchers to produce small and medium-size bronze
sculpture inspired by and in response to the Early Bronze Age
copper mines of Mount Gabriel and the West Cork region,
and the Corten steel architecture of the new West Cork
Art Centre. The work will explore the contextual and visual
tension between ancient and contemporary materials, leading
to the fabrication of new artwork inspired by Ireland’s rich
archaeological heritage, including medieval bells, Bronze Age
horns and tools.
The use of the stone moulds, lost-wax process, clay moulds
and charcoal pit-furnaces will give spectators and participants
a fascinating insight in how ancient metalworking - carried
out in Ireland for more than 4,000 years - can result in both
innovative and contemporary art objects as well as high-quality
historic replicas.
The project is kindly funded by Cork Co. Co. Arts Office.
The event is free, everyone is welcome; daily 10am to 6pm
and public night casting sessions until 10pm on Friday and
Saturday. For more information visit www.umha-aois-2015.com
Liss Ard Estate
Old Bottling Plant, Ilen St.
We’re delighted to have gathered together some of the
most diverse and interesting practitioners of Artists’
Books for this exciting focus on Book Art. We have invited
Franticham from Red Fox Press in Achill Island, Andi
McGarry from Wexford, Jamie Murphy from The Salvage
Press in Dublin and Julius Stafford-Baker from The Happy
Dragons’ Press in Essex. This exhibit offers visitors a rare
opportunity to view hundreds of these amazing works
under the one roof.
Type & Image, Paper
& Ink’: Twelve books
The Salvage Press, Jamie Murphy
This is the first time all twelve books produced by Jamie
Murphy since 2012 will come together in one space. On
display will be works from and based on seminal figures of
Irish literature such as Beckett, Joyce and Swift as well as
new writing from Colm Toíbín, Gerard Smyth, Michael Smith
and Jessica Traynor. With a focus on typography and finely
crafted image making, this exhibition will appeal to anyone
who has an appreciation of the book as a beautiful object.
Jamie Murphy is an award winning typographic designer and letterpress printer
based in Dublin. His interests lie where contemporary graphic design meets
traditional production techniques. Devoted to preserving, promoting and
pursuing excellence in design, typography & letterpress printing, since 2012 he
has produced his work under the imprint of The Salvage Press. His letterpress
printed work is held in many of the world’s most distinguished private,
institutional and academic collections.
Old Bottling Plant, Ilen St.
Red Fox Press
Francis van Maele from Belgium and Antic-Ham from South Korea make a
variety of art in different media, working together under the name Franticham.
After founding Red Fox Press (www.redfoxpress.com) in Luxembourg in 2000
to make, print and sell artists’ books, Francis moved to Ireland in 2002. He first
met Antic-Ham at the Seoul Artist Book Fair in 2005. After meeting again in
London they realised that they shared the same passions in life and work, and
started to produce mail-art projects together as Franticham, later making their
mail art into books. The driving force behind much of Franticham’s work is
DaDaism and the later, the Fluxus movement, the most famous proponent of
which is probably Yoko Ono. Pushing art beyond its traditional boundaries, both
movements question art and how it should be presented, trumpeting nonsense
and irrationality over reason and logic. Often termed ‘anti-art’, they frequently
poke fun at the seriousness of modern art.
Francis and Ham live and work at the current Red Fox Press studio in Dugort
on Achill Island, perched on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There,
they make and sell their DaDa screenprints and books and Fluxus boxes (boxes
filled with eclectic images and items, most of which they have been sent by
other artists), as well as Polaroid works.
Franticham’s work has been shown in prestigious venues all over the world,
including the Library of Congress, the MoMa Library, and the New York
Metropolitan Art Museum in America; the Tate and Victoria and Albert Museum
in the UK; and many galleries and libraries in France, Germany, Luxembourg,
Italy, Korea, Japan and elsewhere.
Old Bottling Plant, Ilen St.
The Happy
Dragons’ Press
Julius Stafford-Baker
The Happy Dragons’ Press is based in East Sussex and run by 85 year old
Julius Stafford-Baker. Julius never worked or trained as a printer and spent
his working life in the accounts department of various printing firms. He set
up his press in 1969 as a small, not for profit private printing office. Over
45 years later, he still publishes several exquisite limited edition volumes of
poetry a year, all printed to a very high standard on a 1904 ‘Kobold’ treadle
platen press using letterpress printing methods. The Happy Dragons’ Press
is a perfect example of how a small letterpress workshop with limited
resources can produce work of an exceptional standard.
He specialises in translations and boasts a brilliant selection of types in
Greek, Arabic, Cyrillic and more. His book, ‘Other Voices of the British Isles’
(2010) just about sums up Julius’ approach and dedication to his craft. He
painstakingly sought (and translated into English) poems in all the lesser
languages found on the British Isles between 1840 and 1940 Cornish,
Gaelic, Guernsey, Hebrew, Irish, Latin, Lincolnshire, Manx, Northumbrian,
Perthshire, Romany, Shetlandic and Welsh. Hand set mostly in Monotype
Bell series 341 this book featured work by with illustrations from Liz Myhill,
Katrina Porteous, Liz Pottinger, Trevor Sowden and Julius’ father, Julius
Stafford-Baker who was a popular cartoonist, a wood-engraver and linocut artist.
Old Bottling Plant, Ilen St.
Andi McGarry’s
200 Books on the Move
Andi McGarry was born in Tyneside and studied Fine
art at Brighton University. “I’m passionate about Artists’
Books and have been immersed in them for 30 years.
My responses are distilled, not thickly applied, instead
- essences are used. Rawness, directness implied and
applied. Spontaneity: infusing personal experiences,
lifting from journals, note books, sketchbooks, scribblings,
rantings, ravings, poetics, comings, goings, ramblings, but always only
so much and no more. Leaping across chasms, camcorders, cameras,
computers, song smithing, electric guitaring, filming and painting. The
things described are things that excite me, things I find inspiring, these
are things I’ve recognized as I sped through life.”
The Wexford Artists’ Book Collection
“The collection of Artists Books is very eclectic and covers ten years of
continuous collecting during the then annual artists book shows we ran
in Wexford in the late nineties. There are local national and international
artists represented in the collection and the works include all major food
groups including stab binding, photocopied pamphlets, coptic-stich
bindings, unique, photo books, flick books, journals, one of a kinds, limited
editions, miniature books, and book objects. In short everything you ever
wanted to know about an artists’ book - but were afraid to ask is here - to
be perused first hand.” Andi McGarry
Old Bottling Plant, Ilen St.
Mixed Media
Tales and
Nicola Kelly
Diarmuid Breen
Donagh Carey
Ginny Pavry
Janet Murran
Old Bottling Plant, Ilen St.
The Mixed Media core group who have shown together since 2013 return this
year with an exhibition entitled ‘Tales and Traces’. Showing in the stimulating
and challenging environment of The Old Bottling Plant and associated post
industrial spaces, Diarmuid Breen, Donagh Carey, Wendy Dison, Nicola Kelly,
Janet Murran and Ginny Pavry will each show new work exploring aspects of
memory, history and myth.
Rita O’Driscoll
Invisible Lives
“My work takes a critical view of social, political and
cultural issues. This work looks at institutional abuse of
children in church and state care that seems to have
gone unheeded by the wider community. Endemic
indifference to the suffering of children and the
stripping of their identities. Indifference is a disease
in itself, it creates situations were evil thrives and has
allowed unimaginable cruelty. A fishing net made in
Baltimore Industrial School features prominently as a
metaphor for the entrapment and striping of identity.”
- Rita O’Driscoll
Old Bottling Plant, Ilen St.
Under Influences
Melania Lynch
“The pieces that make up this installation are inspired
by the genius of others, as a way to honour the objects,
artists, movies, landscapes and books that have influenced
the most recent period of my work. In a chaotic order, as
a small universe of content holding imaginary ideas and
messages, perceptions and feelings, I try to create an
atmosphere of subjective stories that somehow connect
with the audience and their own existence. The installation
uses various disciplines such as drawing, painting,
ceramics, object and text.”
Melania Lynch is a Chilean artist who studied visual art
in Santiago, Chile. An elemental part of Lynch’s practice
is her representation of metamorphosis and the real and
oneiric life of imagination and memory.
Various Locations
Sheelagh Broderick
A collaborative urban explorer research and development arts project located
at and between The Rock and West Cork Arts Centre
Elevation1: enLightening : Unscheduled random light experiments
Elevation 2: HearHere : Wander the beautiful urban wilderness of the Rock.
Listen to location responsive stories collected specifically for the Skibbereen
Arts Festival. Audio-map available at sheelaghbroderick.com/HearHere
Elevations 3 to 7: Live at the Rock : (lunchtimes 1:15 – 1:45, High St. entrance
opposite Eircom base)
Elevation 3: Monday 27th - Heritage Walk with Bryan Harris (Friends of the
Elevation 4: Tuesday 28th - Nature Walk for children age 4-8 led by Gillian
O’Donovan. (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
Elevation 5: Wednesday 29th - Baltimore Choir will perform their own original
piece, facilitated by Liz Clark as part of The Starling Song Project.
Elevation 6: Thursday 30th - West Cork Inclusive Dance workshop
accompanied by live music facilitated by Patricia O’Sullivan & Josephine
MacCarthy (all abilities welcome).
Elevation 7: Friday 31st - Spoken Word Open Mic in association with Paul
Please wear footwear suitable for rough ground. Booking essential for
lunchtime events which are weather dependent. Tel: 087 9005458 or email
[email protected]
Supported by Skibbereen Community & Family Resource Centre / Cork ETB /
West Cork Arts Centre / Friends of the Rock
Skibbereen Arts Festival Presents
David Claerbout
Ruurlo, Bocurloscheweg, 1910, 1997
Single-channel video projection | black & white | silent | 10 min loop
We’re really honoured this year to host this work by internationally renowned
Belgian artist, David Claerbout. Ruurlo, Bocurloscheweg, 1910, 1997 shows the
image of a postcard dating from the early 20th century. On a country road two
men are standing near a gigantic tree. In the distance we can see a mill and
the outline of a village. At first glance there is nothing that seems strange in
this pastoral and picturesque tableau. But when you look closer you notice the
leaves of the tree softly moving in the wind.
Throughout his career, David Claerbout has investigated the conceptual impact
of the passage of time through his use of video and digital photography.
Specifically, he manipulates both moving and still imagery to suggest an
otherworldly level of existence, something that might refer to a specific place
or event, but the timeline of which is not clear, oscillating between both past
and present. Claerbout’s oeuvre is characterized by a meticulous attention to
production details, painstakingly created often over a period of years.
Also showing:
An interview with David Claerbout by Fergus Daly and Katherine Waugh
conducted at his studio in Antwerp for their 2009 film essay, ‘The Art of Time’.
Laura Gannon
Silver House
This exhibition comprises of a series of new works especially made for
Uillinn including the première of a significant new film work ‘Silver House’,
which was made on location in Goleen, West Cork in Spring 2015. This
work features a collaboration with composer Susan Stenger who has
incorporated the sounds of the West Cork landscape and the house where
the work was filmed to create a new audio composition. ‘Silver House’ is
set in the home of Eilish Lavelle who has created a unique environment,
where she designed and modified her house and garden over a forty-year
period. Modernist design references are transported to a rural, coastal
environment to articulate a dialogue between nature and culture.
Gannon has responded to the changing natural light within the gallery
to create three large sculptural drawings which occupy the double
height gallery wall. A nine-paneled screen sculpture demarcates the
space between the film and the drawings. A white fur bench to sit on for
viewing recalls Irish born designer Eileen Gray’s play with fur in minimalist
A series of ‘Silver House’ guided tours will take place at Uillinn during
the festival. Phone 028 22090 for details
Tara Brandel
An exhibition of images, videos and text from 25 years
of Tara Brandel’s choreography. With reoccurring
themes of gender, sexuality and strong female
archetypes, Tara’s work is influenced by her time spent
in Berlin, London, San Francisco and West Cork. With
an underlying thread of feminism and more than a
passing nod to gay culture, this exhibition encapsulates
‘Dancer In Residence’ Tara Brandel’s on-going interest
in creating non-normative and diverse images of the
body and especially the female body.
Tara trained at the Laban Centre, London and with
Steve Paxton, Nigel Charnick and Lloyd Newsom. She
studied Integrated Dance with Axis Dance Company
and Alito Alessi. She was a Co-Director of 848
Community Space, San Francisco from 2002-2004
and is currently Director of Croi Glan Dance company,
based in Ballydehob.
Other events happening at Uillinn during the festival include
facilitate a workshop for families with small children on Saturday 25 July at
11.00am. ¤3 per child and under 18 months free.
• ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE (Studios open to the public for people to meet with
the artists, see work in progress and engage in the projects)
-Studio 1 - Susan Montgomery’s project The Democratic Trolley documents
the process of bricolage by and within the local community through
engagement and collaboration.
-Studio 2 - American artist Allen Zaruba brings his Talkinghouse project to
Uillinn - a mobile, experimental platform to facilitate cultural exchange.
-Studio 3 - Sheelagh Broderick’s project Urban Explorer creates a living link
between the Rock, a viewing point in Skibbereen and our new arts building,
• POEMS FROM A RESIDENCY, an exhibition of poetry by Afric McGlinchey
from her residency at Uillinn
• THESE TANGLED THREADS, an installation for the main stairwell, from artist
Toma McCullim’s recent residency at Uillinn, where she explored cognitive
difference and the world of dementia.
• Launch of a new work by artist Robert Ballagh on 24 July at 7.30pm. The
subject is the famous graveside scene in Glasnevin cemetery associated with
the burial of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. Signed and limited edition prints will
be sold on the night to fund the restoration of a monument to the dead of
1916 in Glasnevin cemetery.
For further information and bookings contact Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre at
028 22090 and [email protected] and westcorkartscentre.com
pier to pier presents:
Sat 25.07.2015 to Sun 02.08.2015.
An Exhibition showcasing the diverse range of art
being produced by the third year students on the
DIT BA Visual Art degree course, Sherkin Island.
The Quay, off Main Street, Skibbereen, Co.Cork.
Open daily throughout the Skibbereen Arts Festival,
11am to 6pm.
The Quay, Gallery 1
The Quay, Gallery 2
Diverse Vision
An opportunity to view four very diverse
and exciting emerging and established
painters with West Cork roots.
Brendan Murphy:
Brendan divides his painting life between
the still forests of the Jura in France and the
wild coastline of West Cork - few regions are
more different and similar in every way.
Michael McSwiney:
McSwiney portrays a world of abandoned,
often threatening panoramas of land and sea.
Geraldine O’Sullivan:
Geraldine’s work lies within two genres,
seascapes, which involve a detailed
exploration of the natural world and interiors
which are a retreat from logic, transforming
the familiar into the strange and fantastic.
Fiona Power:
Working mostly in oils, Fiona’s work captures
the drama or atmosphere of the transient
moments of her surroundings.
49 North St.
Catherine Hammond Gallery
& Sarah Walker Gallery
Two of West Cork’s most prominent contemporary galleries bring a wide
range of art to the festival this year. Sarah Walker, based in Castletownbere,
features work by emerging artists Tempy Osborne, Andrew Whitelaw and Eimer
Murphy, as well as her own paintings. Catherine Hammond, based in Glengarriff,
shows work by mid-career and established artists such as Carol Hodder, John
Kingerlee, Leonard Sheil, and Nuala Clarke.
Old Credit Union, North St.
Anna Kirsch,
Sadie Mackey
& Harriet
Anna Kirsch | Code : Code deals with the life cycle in family systems, in which
people are born with their predisposition and potential to compete or to fail.
The photos of authentic old children’s dresses are applied to gauze, waxed and
move slightly in the air. Their transparency represents the fragility of the self
where innocence will become memory.
Sadie Mackey | Nestlings : This selection of new work was influenced by a
recent stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan. Always sensitive to
surrounding landscape, this idyllic location presented relatively exotic stimuli
with its woods, lake, drumlins and teeming wildlife. The paintings, prints and
drawings occupy a liminal space between figurative and abstract, resulting in
small, intimate contemplations on familiar natural phenomena.
Harriet Selka | A Mistrust of Painters : “This work is concerned with re-thinking
the painted portrait and valuing the genre within the contemporary art world,
creating the unexpected, through the removal and remodelling of conventions
in portraiture. Recently, I have focused on subtly obscuring the formalities of
the passport photo - an object representing a great deal, both visually and
Working Artists Studios
Excavations and
Perpetuum Momentum
Working Artist Studios is honoured to present a
group multimedia exhibition based on intimate
experiences of contrasting states of awareness
of motion, stillness and the states in-between
involved in the on-going change. The exhibition
consists of wood engraving, sculpture, painting,
mix-media collage and photography.
The exhibition is created by the members of
Working Artist Studios and associates.
The Sutherland Centre, North St.
A presentation of different art works and projects in the
former building of the West Cork Arts Centre. Jennifer
Baumeister, Anna Dudek and Tomasz Madajczak present
a multimedia exhibition, involving video performance,
photography and installation.
The works are based on observations of and conclusions on
one’s state of mind and the inner changes which accompany
strong experiences such as: a regime, trauma, fear, death. They
also question our perception and ways of understanding the
visual language used by different individuals and social groups.
Fringe Festival other
exhibitions and events happening
in Skibbereen during the week.
West Cork Crafts
61 Townshend Street, www.westcorkcrafts.ie
West Cork Crafts is a different kind of arts and crafts
shop - featuring the work or more than 20 local artists and
craftspeople in a constantly-changing celebration of all
that’s special about West Cork.
Open Evening, Friday 31st July, 5-7pm. You are invited to
share a glass of wine with us while you view our wide range
of reasonably-priced original artwork and limited-edition
prints from local artists John Kingerlee, Martin Stone,
Pauline Jones and Peter Mabey. Martin will be painting and
talking about his work, and you can also browse our wide
variety of locally-made crafts and talk to the craftspeople
who created them.
Shape Art Studio
Masonic Hall, Mardyke Street, www.shapeartstudio.com
24 July – 8 August, 11am - 5pm
is anybody watching?
is anybody watching? draws out the common thread of
voyeurism in the work of the three resident artists at Shape
Art Studio, an artists collective based in the atmospheric
environs of the masonic hall on Mardyke Street. Alison
Cronin has a fascination with memory, as a semi-fictional
assemblage of re-told stories and old photographs. Paul
Forde Cialis, for his most recent ‘Fet’ series of mixedmedia works has sojourned into the complex, multi-layered
world of sexual social media. Rebecca Keyser’s practice
is based on the figure, whether working from a model,
or from candid photographs of unaware subjects her close
observation and vivid colour sense create multi layered
images suggesting movement and life.
The Remarkable Lines of Jim Wilson - Ink Drawings
presented by The Time Traveller’s Bookshop in the Fine Art Gallery, 44 Bridge
Season Map by Tom Climent
An exhibition of new paintings in the gallery room at Liss Ard Estate,
Castletownshend Road, Skibbereen. www.tomcliment.com
Assemble at the Threshold
- The Coming Together on the Verge of Something
A collection of emerging artists from County Cork, including artist Zenda
Williams and ceramicist Geraldine Cotter. At the Old Tile Shop, Market Street
O’Donovan Rossa Tribute
Sunday 26th July, West Cork Hotel, 9pm
Skibbereen Comhaltas present a special
tribute to the great Irish patriot Jeremiah
O’Donovan Rossa. This concert will celebrate
his strong ties with the West Cork area
through a combination of traditional music,
songs and ballads, Irish dance and spoken
word. Some of the great Irish rebel songs of
the period will be performed as we journey
through O’Donovan Rossa’s life story from
the famine times in Skibbereen right up to
the 1916 Easter Rising.
Fringe Festival
‘Diarmuid O Donnabháin Rosa, A Shaol agus a
Tuesday 28th July, West Cork Hotel, 8pm
Talk on Rossa’s life, as Gaeilge by Traolach Ó Donnabháin
RMS Lusitania Talk
Tuesday 28th July, West Cork Hotel, 9pm
Open Door Music Session
Wednesday 28th July, Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, 6.30pm
Since 2011, West Cork Mental Heath Services, in association with ‘Music Alive’
have been running ‘The Open Door Music Sessions’ at the West Cork Arts
Centre. This evenings special guests are The Happiness Ensemble, who promise
to bring a smile to your face and some beat to your feet!
Thursday 30th July, West Cork Hotel, 9pm
Skibbereen Comhaltas present their very
popular Séisiún, an authentic show of Irish
traditional music, song, dance, stories and
more, bringing our Irish cultural traditions
to life. Tonight’s special guest is legendary
Irish singer Sean O Sé who will perform a
selection of the songs and stories which
have made him so popular over the last
fifty years.
For all your lending
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in Skibbereen town centre
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Phone 028 21277 westcorkhotel.com
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Eat in Kennedy’s Restaurant, DRinK in the Bridge Bar,
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Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Quality works of art are always in demand
with clients of Morgan O’Driscoll.
For expert and confidential advice contact
Morgan O’Driscoll or Helen Hurley
at 028 223 38 or [email protected]
1 Ilen Street Skibbereen,
Co. Cork
Tel: +353 (0) 28 22338
email: [email protected]
Lis Cara Business Centre,
51/52 Fitzwilliam Square West,
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0) 1 6650425
www . m o rga n o d r i sco l l . co m
Friends of the
Festival 2015
Skibbereen Arts Festival is a not-for-profit organisation run by a small but dedicated
team of volunteers. Our aim is to bring world-class national and international artists to
Skibbereen whilst ensuring accessibility to all by keeping ticket prices to a minimum.
To help us achieve this goal we continue our ‘Friends of the Festival’ scheme where
businesses and individuals can contribute towards the running costs of the festival.
There’s still time to become a ‘Friend’ for 2015, just pop into the box office at
Skibbereen Town Hall, or Tel: 087 1260327, Email: [email protected]nartsfestival.com
Here is the list of ‘Friends’ at the time of ‘going to print’ and we are extremely
grateful for their generosity!
Gina Davis
Ilenroy House
The Riverside Café
Wolfe & Co. Solrs.
AIB Skibbereen
Skibbereen Medical Centre
Charles P. McCarthy
Adrian Healy
FDC Accountants
Pat Maguire Properties
Skibbereen Heritage Centre
Essential Beauty
Michael McCarthy, Drinagh Pharmacy
Carbery Oil
The Corner Bar
Morgan O’ Driscoll
Desmond Gibbons & Co. Accountants
The West Cork Hotel
Peter & Eileen O’ Sullivan
3 in 1 Fast Food Restaurant
The Beauty Spot
Apple Betty’s
Noel Harrington TD
Kenneally Opticians
Cathal O’ Donovan, Skibb’ Bookshop
Sean Murray Fashions
Inspire Design & Print
Trendy Hair Fashions
Rue De Siam
Russagh Mill Hostel
John & Catherine Field
Drinagh Co-Op
Finola Finlay & Robert Harris
The Southern Star
Matthew Clarke - SOS Upholstery
Michael O’ Driscoll, Cotters Bar
Brendan & Eithne McCarthy
Time Traveller’s Bookshop
‘A Taste of West Cork’ Festival
Cleary’s Pharmacy
Baby Hannah’s
Colin McCarthy, Cahalane’s
Hourihane Sports/Kids to Teens
The Church Restaurant
The Busy Bee
The Church Restaurant
Padraig O’ Driscoll Victuallers
Skibbereen Credit Union
Kieran and Mary McCarthy
Liam Quirke Dental Surgery
Donal & Sally Daly
Thank You
Very special thanks to our main funders The Arts Council of Ireland
and Cork County Council. Thanks also to Skibbereen Chamber of
Commerce, Fields of Skibbereen, The West Cork Hotel, Morgan O’
Driscoll, Skibbereen Credit Union and our Media Partner The Southern
Special thanks also to everyone who generously opened their
premises to us for the festival; The Select Vestry of Abbeystrewry
Parish, Skibbereen Town Hall, Skibbereen Courthouse, Uillinn: West
Cork Arts Centre, The Sutherland Centre, Working Artist Studios,
Liss Ard Estate, Aisling Lynch for 49 North Street, Buckley’s Tile
Shop Market Street, The West Cork Hotel, Noel O’ Driscoll The Old
Quay, The Southern Star Old Bottling Plant, Skibbereen Credit Union,
West Cork Kickboxing Club, Time Traveller’s Fine Art Gallery 44
Bridge Street, The Riverside Café, Skibbereen Scout Hall, Skibbereen
Heritage Centre and O’Donovan Rossa GAA Club.
Thanks also to Una McCarthy, Ian McDonagh, Reverend John Ardis,
Justin England, Pól Ó Cólmáin & Marie Cullen, Liz Clark, Tomasz
Madajczak, Tess Leak, Dr. Pat Bracken, Catherine Hammond, Sarah
Walker, Elaine Hill, Philip O’ Regan, Terri Kearney, Ann Davoren, Justine
Foster, Stephen Canty and all at Uillinn:West Cork Arts Centre, Donal
and Sally Daly, Liam Cotter, Bryan Harris, Niall Carey, Kieran Crowley,
Rory Cregan, Ger Murphy, Mona Best, Colette O’ Brien, Pricilla Lynch,
Richard Roycroft, Alan Tobin, Mike O’ Brien at Drinagh Co-op, Sean
Walsh and all at Skibbereen Comhaltas, Mary McGrath, Chris Hurley,
Pat Maguire, Sean Mahon and all at The Southern Star, John Hegarty,
Siobhan and Anthony at Kalbos, Cliodhna and Sandrine McCarthy,
Kevin O’ Shanahan, Andi McGarry, Tse-Ling Uh, Donal Dineen, Bram
Vandeveire, William and Valerie O’ Brien, John Carmody, Melania Lynch,
Gabriel Doherty, The O’ Donovan Rossa Centenary Commemoration
Committe and especially Eoin Mahon at Metric.
Extra special thanks to Brian Carmody.
Very special thank you to all of our volunteers and anyone who helped
make this festival happen. And finally a heartfelt thanks to you our
audience for your continued support and goodwill.
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