Living Landscape: Ireland and Catalunya-Spain
Living Landscape , an Exhibition and Symposium took place in West Cork in April 2005. Organised by West Cork Arts Centre and Sculptor's Society of Ireland, and curated by artist Therry Rudin, the project was an exploration of contemporary artists’ relationship with and investigation of landscape, place, environment and space. Living Landscape involves eight artists from Ireland -Amanda Coogan, Anita Groener, Katie Lincoln, Patricia McKenna, Fx Murphy, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Alannah O’Kelly and Niamh O’Malley and seven from Catalunya-Spain - Chema Alvargonzalez, Clarissa Cestari, Domènec, Jorge Satorre, Jordi Gispert, Maïs and Ignacio Uriarte.
A number of these artists were invited to spend two weeks in different locations in West Cork, stretching from Skibbereen, to Sherkin and Heir Islands and west along the coast to Castletownbere on the Beara Peninsula. The Symposium, leading to site-specific installation, projection, performance and documentation further amplified the concept of ‘living landscape’ in a European context, explored through the exhibitions at West Cork Arts Centre and other locations in the region including the SW Gallery in Castletownbere.
BreadMatters III Mediating Through Art and Bread
BreadMatters is a platform for exchange and collaboration, a medium for bringing together professionals from various disciplines, communities and cultural backgrounds to question and debate across a range of disciplines, focusing on contemporary issues such as migration and emigration; the construction of identity; power, globalization and equality; historical legacy; ritual and symbolism in contemporary life; connectedness and communion. BreadMatters thus explores the social, cultural, historical, philosophical, political, and theological issues around bread.
Twenty-one participants from Ireland, Portugal, Poland and Britain gathered at West Cork Arts Centre for BreadMatters III. Work by 12 artists was exhibited at the Centre, the programme included a film screening, two performances - one by Nigel Rolfe (Ireland) and the other by John Newling (UK), an exhibition at the Caha Centre, Adrigole and a projection at the Abbey on Sherkin Island. The forum involved artists, composers, musicians, historians and writers who presented papers, workshops and events exploring the theme. Participating artists, writers, historians and composers from Poland, Portugal, Ireland and Britain were Ines Amado, Alexandra do Carmo and Alison Knowles, Frederica Bastide Duarte, Luis Braganca Gil, Jan Gryka, Siun Hanrahan, Maria Lino, Alice Maher, John Newling, Abigail O'Brien, Gerald O'Brien, Rachel Parry and Eileen O'Sullivan, Henrique Pinto, Nigel Rolfe, Malgorzata Sady, Bartolomeu dos Santos, Mo Throp, Ruth Weinberg and Michael Wright.
In addition to the exhibition and forum at West Cork Arts Centre, work by two artists was also exhibited at Sherkin Abbey, Sherkin Island and twenty local schools took part in an extensive education programme organised by the Arts Centre around the work of the artists and the role bread plays in our daily lives.
Two of the artists: Rachel Parry, working with musician Eileen O’Sullivan (Ireland) and Inês Amado (Portugal), undertook extensive residencies, working with West Cork communities on the Beara Peninsula and Sherkin Island. These projects were part of Cork 2005 / Credit Union Residencies Programme in partnership with the Arts Council, Cork City Council and Cork County Council and supported by the Office of Public Works.