Arctic Circus - Rita Duffy
1 December 2012 - 19 January 2013
A series of powerful paintings, a collection of intriguing sculptures created from bars of soap and an installation made from sealskin, comprise West Cork Arts Centre’s final exhibition of 2012. Arctic Circus by Rita Duffy, one of Northern Ireland’s leading contemporary artists, was inspired by Duffy’s three month residency in Norway and her travels to the Arctic Circle in 2010 and the mythology and folklore that she encountered there.
Rita Duffy gave an Artist’s Talk in the Gallery at West Cork Arts Centre
on Friday 30 November and it's available for all to enjoy Here
The Essence of Taste - James L. Hayes
6 October - 24 November 2012
A culmination of Hayes’ ongoing research into issues related to both environmental and economic conflict, these themes were explored through multi-disciplinary and sensory-based, sculptural installations. The exhibition featured a new work The Essence of Taste 2012, where a motorised, rotating, spraying device intermittently sprayed a circular drill of cast iron and bronze asparagus with the essence of filtrated ‘asparagus urine’ carried by ethanol; Bill and Annie 2012, a split-screen digital projection exploring the myths and narratives surrounding some of America’s most infamous early western, frontier men and women; and Looking into the Light of Dark Matters, 2010, an installation comprising one bronze plane accompanied by numerous wax replicas of polystyrene model planes.
Selected Paintings, 1987 – 2012 - Dermot Seymour
18 August – 22 September 2012
Seymour’s "social realist" approach towards Northern Irish politics frequently involves a juxtaposition of images within the Irish landscape, particularly livestock, and religious and military symbols.
Dermot Seymour was 'in conversation' with writer and critic Gemma Tipton at WCAC on the evening of the exhibition opening. (Unfortunately, due to a technical problem we are unable to link to this talk)
You can view or download a short feature from the Sunday Business Post newspaper on Dermot Seymour's exhibition at WCAC Here
Sound and Vision
21 July – 11 August
Time...and again and The Dance of Making - Mary Wycherley
A short film and a three screen video installation, both informed by contemporary dance’s deep awareness of the body and movement.
Yellow - Paddy Cahill and Amanda Coogan
An experimental feature film.
World Riddle - David Bickley and Slavek Kwi
An immersive installation drawing together elements of Victorian science, etching, digital video, ambient music and 3D glasswork.
These exhibitions at West Cork Arts Centre were in association with Sound and Vision strand of Skibbereen Arts Festival.
Members’ Exhibition 2012
23 June – 14 July
A group exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture by artist members of West Cork Arts Centre.
Degree Show – BA in Visual Art 2012
2 - 16 June at WCAC and The Quays, Skibbereen
This exhibition celebrated the work by the 19 degree students, 2012 graduates of the BA (Hons) Visual Art Programme, Sherkin Island. The show featured painting, drawing, video installation and mixed media works showcasing the work of the students.
Difference Engine: Accumulator Mark Cullen, Wendy Judge, Gillian Lawler and Jessica Foley, featuring Gordon Cheung and, at WCAC, Paul Green.
21 April – 26 May
This was an evolving touring exhibition based upon a kind of ‘jamming’, between the artists. At each manifestation, the artists, through their works, must re-articulate themselves or risk stasis. http://differenceengineartists.org/
Choowawaa – an arts event and exhibition for children
24 March – 14 April
Choowawaa is West Cork Arts Centre’s annual Arts Event for families and children aged from 2 to 12 years of age. This year, Choowawaa included two exhibitions, storytelling sessions, dance and art workshops along with performances from Graffiti Theatre Company.
This year's exhibition, Points of View, featured work from primary school children from all over the West Cork area responding to their visit to the exhibition Free-Fall by Amy Walsh.
Young Makers - an international exhibition of work by young contemporary artists
25 February – 16 March
WCAC’s annual Youth Event hosted the launch of the Young Makers exhibition tour. Young Makers is an international exhibition of work by young contemporary artists and toured Ireland through 2012. WCAC exhibited work from Canada, Ireland, Latvia, Portugal and Slovenia.
Kids’ Own co-ordinated this national tour of international young people’s art work, in collaboration with four Irish partners: West Cork Arts Centre, Kilkenny County Council Arts Office, South Dublin County Council Arts Office (through its NOISE South Dublin programme), and Temple Bar Cultural Trust.
A Different Dimension: Martha Cashman, Miranda Daly and Angie Shanahan
26 November 2011 - 14 January 2012
Martha Cashman, ceramic artist; Miranda Daly, film-maker and Angie Shanahan, painter presented a unique exhibition to deliver a narrative of the former Wolfe's Bakery, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.
A Different Dimension travels to The Old Market House Arts Centre in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford in April 2013.
West Cork Inspires
21 January - 18 February
Exhibition curated by Etain Hickey, presenting work offersing an insight into the craft movement in West Cork and profiling some of its most outstanding protagonists and the launch of Alison Ospina’s book West Cork Inspires recounting the history of the creative community in West Cork. The exhibition was accompanied by a series of talks in the Gallery.
Wednesday 25 January at 1.30pm Cormac Boydell Why am I an artist?
Working as a professional full-time artist since 1983, Cormac Boydell is one of Ireland’s foremost artists working in clay. He had three solo exhibitions in 2011, at Le Galerie du Don and Centre Culturel Irlandais in France and at the Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick. His talk can be viewed here http://vimeo.com/westcorkartscentre/cormacboydell
Wednesday 1 February at 1.30pm Etain Hickey and Alison Ospina West Cork Inspires - from concept to delivery
Etain Hickey, gallery owner and ceramic artist and Alison Ospina, greenwood chair-maker, teacher and author, speak about planning, organising and designing a contemporary craft exhibition.
Thursday 9 February at 1.30pm Brian Lalor Irish printmaking and the co-operative studios
Brian Lalor, author of Ink Stained Hands, a definitive study of contemporary Irish printmaking published in 2011, talks on the development of co-operative print studios in Ireland and their international significance.