Please view our past Exhibition Programme below to get an overview of our extensive range of exhibitions and artists and view Artists' Talks on vimeo by clicking on the links below.
See for Yourself
12 - 27 April 2013
An exhibition of artwork by second level students participating in WCAC's Second Level Exhibition Project in response to gallery visits to Dermot Seymour, Selected Paintings 1987 – 2012, and Rita Duffy, Arctic Circus at West Cork Arts Centre in Autumn 2012, supported by facilitating artist Alison Cronin and their class teachers. The participating schools were Clonakilty Community College, Rossa College, Skibbereen and Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty
The exhibition also featured Wheel of Life, a short experimental film by the Youth Vision Project, a group of young people from Clonakilty, guided by artist Tomasz Madajczak.
Mikala Dwyer: Panto Collapsar
2 February - 7 March 2013
Mikala Dwyer is one of Australia’s most established and influential contemporary artists. This exhibition included an array of theatrically staged sculptures, totem-like structures and an extended wall painting. Dwyer is known for her playful, imaginative style and abstract installations that explore different notions of time, space and reality. The exhibition opened on Friday 1 February with an introductory talk by Ruth E. Lyons, Artist and Tour Co-ordinator and Niamh O'Donnell, General Manager & Executive Producer, Project Arts Centre and can be seen here
Lecturer, author and critic, Jon Bywater's response to Panto Collapsar can be seen here
Project Arts Centre on Tour:
Panto Collapsar was originally commissioned by Project Arts Centre and the tour has been made possible with the support of an Arts Council of Ireland touring award and The Australia Council for the Arts. Originally curated by Tessa Giblin, Project Arts Centre, Dublin.
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.
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.
Amy Walsh Free-fall
24 September –12 November
An exhibition of aerial photographs, photographic stop motion animations and an interactive audio visual work.
Amy Walsh is an Irish artist based in Dublin. If you are interested in finding out about other work she has done, you can view more of her work on her own website here
Amy gave her talk on Culture Night and it's available to listen to and view HERE.
A short video clip of an exhibition visitor interacting with Amy Walsh's mutoscope apparatus is available to view Here.
Part Haptic - Eilis O’Connell
20 August – 17 September 2011
An exhibition of recent large scale sculptures and other works from one of Ireland’s foremost sculptors.
Mirror by Mirror - Sergei Sviatchenko
23 July – 13 August
An exhibition comprising 10 large photomontages, a video work and an installation by Ukranian-born, Denmark-based artist Sergei Sviatchenko, inspired by the 1975 ground-breaking film Mirror by renowned Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky.
History and Memory in Tarkovsky’s Mirror with Dr. Marina Levitina
Friday 29 July 8.00pm
Dr. Marina Levitina presented a talk on representation of history and memory in Tarkovsky’s Mirror. Marina teaches Soviet Cinema at Trinity College Dublin and at NUI (Galway).
WCAC also presented a number of projects as part of the Sound and Vision strand of Skibbereen Arts Festival (23 - 30 July) including dance films Nebula by dance film artist Mary Wycherley and HaH by Mary Wycherley and Mary Nunan. Nervous around Horses is a soundscape supported by text and images by trans-disciplinary artist Maria Kerin. These took place at various venues around Skibbereen town. Daily film screenings at West Cork Arts Centre featured documentaries on Jimmy Murakami, Dorothy Cross and John Kingerlee.
West Cork Artists 2011
18 June - 16 July
A group exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture by artists living and working in, or connected to West Cork.
Ebb and Flow - Kathleen Standen
14 May - 11 June
An exhibition of ambitious, large-scale clay works alongside photographs and a video installation.
Choowawaa! – an arts event and exhibition for children
16 April – 7 May
Choowawaa is West Cork Arts Centre’s annual Arts Event for families and children aged from 2 to 12 years of age. In 2011, Choowawaa! featured an exhibition, a children’s book launch, storytelling and art workshops along with performances from renowned Italian theatre co-operative La Baracca, in association with Cork Opera House and Graffiti Theatre Company, and BLOCK PARTY! a dynamic and spectacular outdoor dance performance presented by Dance Theatre of Ireland.
The Exhibition featured work from primary school children from all over the West Cork area responding to their visit to WCAC's exhibition fastfossilforward by Ellen Driscoll.
What Lies Beneath - An exhibition of Youth Arts
March 19 –April 9
Youth arts exhibition featuring sculpture, animation, video, drawing and film screenings.
Cutters/Cork curated by James Gallagher
5 Feb – 12 March
In Cutters/Cork, New York-based artist James Gallagher brought together 54 artists from all over the world to illustrate the range and depth of collage taking place today.
Sarah Iremonger - I thought I dreamed of you
continued to January 2010
Degree Show – BA in Visual Art 2010
6 February – 13 March
This exhibition celebrated the work by the seven degree students, Lorraine Bacchus, Monica Boyle, Rebecca Keyser, Veronika O'Driscoll, Peggy Townend, Catherine Ryan and Alison Trim, 2010 graduates of the BA (Hons) Visual Art Programme, Sherkin Island. The show featured painting, video installation, projection installation and mixed media works showcasing a sample of some of the work achieved by the students over the duration of the course.
Choowawaa – an arts event and exhibition for children
20 March – 7 April
Choowawaa is an annual Arts Event for families and children aged from 2 to 12 years of age at West Cork Arts Centre. Through an exhibition, artist residency and off site workshops, the event offers children and families opportunities to engage with professional artists, experience new ways of creating artworks and find space to enjoy exploring their own ideas.
This year's Exhibition featured work from primary school children from all over the West Cork area responding to their visit to WCAC's exhibition Mesh by Anita Groener. The artist in residence this year was Sarah O’Brien.
My mind is a map - A Youth Arts Exhibition
16 April - 8 May
This exhibition brought together a multimedia installation, My mind is a map, created by WCAC’s Friday Night Youth Arts group with artist in residence Julia Pallone and an exhibition of animated drawing, Deep Woods, by West Cork second level school students inspired by the exhibition Mesh by Anita Groener on show at West Cork Arts Centre in Autumn 2009 and facilitated by artist Tess Leak.
Patrick Graham & John Philip Murray - Connected / Disconnected / Re-connected
15 May - 19 June
A joint exhibition of painting and drawing from the eighties to the present. The title of the exhibition, Connected / Disconnected / Re-connected - the art of Patrick Graham and John Philip Murray, comes from a text written by Catherine Marshall, first Head of Collections at IMMA and currently Co-Editor, Volume V, Irish Art and Architecture Project, Royal Irish Academy. Catherine Marshall opened the exhibition.
West Cork Artists 2010
26 June - 17 July
A group exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture by artists living and working in West Cork.
Sound and Vision
24 July - 21 August
Linking to the Sound and Vision strand of Skibbereen Arts Festival, West Cork Arts Centre showcased a new film by Laura Gannon alongside documentary films from Katherine Waugh and Fergus Daly and an exhibition of photographs by Cork artist Eoin O’Conaill and the young people of Cape Clear Island.
Film screenings - The Art of Time by Katherine Waugh and Fergus Daly and Experimental Conversations: Making and Unmaking the Moving-Image by Fergus Daly.
World/Interior - a new film by London-based artist Laura Gannon.
Oileán - a photographic project by 12 young people from Cape Clear Island alongside a series of landscape images and portraits by artist Eoin O’Conaill.
Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh - Paintings
28 August - 25 September
An exhibition of new paintings exploring line-based imagery and abstract elements.
Ellen Driscoll - Fastforwardfossil (Part 3)
2 October - 27 November
An exhibition of drawing, photography and sculpture by American artist Ellen Driscoll that investigated the architecture and landscapes that result from natural resource harvesting and consumption. The exhibition featured a series of large-scale drawings which were made during her residency at Sirius Art Centre, Cobh in 2009, when she was given access to the oil refinery at Whitegate, near Cork. A sculptural installation made from thousands of plastic milk and water bottles harvested from the recycling bags of urban streets transformed Gallery 1. These landscapes employ the translucent plastic as a signifier for ghostliness, fluidity, and transformation.
Ellen Driscoll is a Professor of Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design.
Gilles Perrin - People of the Sea
3 December 2010 - 29 January 2011
West Cork Arts Centre and Sirius Arts Centre presented a joint exhibition of photographs by French photographer, Gilles Perrin documenting the people who work in the maritime industries of County Cork. www.gilles-perrin.com
Body of Water (Part II)
10 – 31 January
Michelle Concepción, Rosó Cusó, Marta Darder, Ester Xargay.
An exhibition of painting, sculpture, installation and projection by four artists, based in Barcelona, who have been exploring the theme ‘body of water’. The work has emerged through a series of brainstorm meetings, studio visits, and artistic exchange supported by Galeria Safia, Barcelona and links to a similar project by four artists based in Ireland whose work was shown at WCAC in December 2008. The work of each group of artists will be shown both at WCAC and at Galeria Safia, Barcelona. A full-colour publication with essay by Francis Halsall in collaboration with Galeria Safia was also published.
A New Building for the Arts in West Cork – An Architectural Design Competition (WCAC / RIAI)
6 – 22 February
This exhibition will present drawings, plans and conceptual information by entries to the Architectural Design Competition from architectural firms from all over Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US. It will also present more detailed drawings and plans from the 4 short-listed entries and a model by the winning entry. A unprecedented amount of entries to the competition were received (216). Four design teams are short-listed to the second stage and the winner will be announced in early January.
Degree Show – BA in Visual Arts, Sherkin Island
1 – 21 March
An exhibition of work by final year degree students from the BA in Visual Art, Sherkin Island – a joint initiative between the School of Art, Design and Printing at Dublin Institute of Technology, Sherkin Island Development Society Ltd. and West Cork Arts Centre. The programme is supported by the Department of Rural, Gaeltacht and Community Affairs. This exhibition will feature work by the seven degree students who will be the first cohort to graduate from this exciting and innovative programme. A Degree Show catalogue will be produced in collaboration with SIDS and DIT.
Choowaawa - A Children’s Exhibition and Event
28 March – 15 April
The exhibition will draw from the Classroom-based Primary Schools Programme (involving over 20 Primary schools in the West Cork region), based on a theme, developed by the Schools’ Co-ordinator Alison Trim and the teachers involved, from the exhibition My Space and I: A selection of work from University College Cork’s Collection (September / October 2008).
Façade – A Youth Exhibition and Event
24 April – 16 May
Workshops, performances and an exhibition of work by young people in schools and in youth groups in West Cork.
Bealtaine: Highlights from the Programme for Older People
23 May – 6 June
West Cork Arts Centre works in partnership with Health Service Executive -South (Community Work Department) and West Cork Adult Education Services (Education & Community Department). This partnership has formed a steering group with representatives of older people and older people’s groups in West Cork. The Steering Group encourages a cohesive and inclusive approach to the planning and implementation of the Bealtaine Programme. The programme is year-round and is celebrated in conjunction with the national event Bealtaine in the month of May in conjunction with Age and Opportunity. For 2009, the work from the various projects in WCAC’s Programme for Older People will be celebrated through this exhibition.
two souls in one breast
12 June – 18 July
For her exhibition, two souls in one breast, Theresa Nanigian combines the analytical rigour of an economist with the intuitive impulsiveness of a Romantic landscape painter to capture the equally divergent identities of a rapidly changing Ireland. Using the village of Enniskerry in Wicklow as her muse, the artist has created a series of large-scale photographs where the valley’s captivating landscape provides the backdrop for allegories of contemporary Irish life. In addition, Nanigian has published an artist book of facts, figures, opinions and images – the fruit of her multifaceted approach to reveal the peculiar idiosyncrasies of a specific place whilst extrapolating universal concerns – with essays by Cliodhna Shaffrey and Katherine Waugh.
West Cork Artists 2009
24 July – 22 August
West Cork Arts Centre invites artists who are living and working in West Cork, to participate in a group exhibition which is an opportunity for the public - locals and visitors alike – to get a sense of the visual arts activity in the region. Artists are invited to submit one original small-scale artwork – painting, drawing, photography, printwork, sculpture - which has been made within the past 12 months and which has not been exhibited at WCAC previously. This exhibition will therefore present fresh 2D and 3D artworks from the many established, long-term, emerging and new artists who have made West Cork their place of work or indeed their subject matter.
nobody photographs me anymore
29 August – 3 October
Old age is generally constructed around reference to vulnerability, invisibility and mental disorientation. The aging body becomes an unsettling and unacceptable vehicle echoing our own internal battles between living life and approaching death or indeed, watching others live life and approach death. Byrne’s concerns are with the psychological and emotional response of the viewer when confronted with life death issues.
She is currently working on a video piece that juxtaposes the voice of an 80 year old woman with the visuals of a 15 year old girl doing her make-up and vice versa. It will be presented on two screens showing simultaneously with separate audio aids suspended or placed close by. She is also working on a large scale photographic series of elderly women, who all feel that their identity is marginalised and compromised by their elderly years and on a series of drawings that attempt to play on a paranoid concern with the body’s visible signs of deterioration.
10 October – 21 November
Anita Groener is developing a new body of work which continues her exploration of the idea of journey.
She says ‘In shaping ideas for a new series of paintings and drawings for exhibition, I continue to use the concept of time as location in a landscape through which we pass as ‘moving observers’ - drawing on the rich allegory and archetypical meanings of epic stories such as Gilgamesh and Dante’s Divine Comedy and other cultural histories. I am concerned with an inquiry into place, how the dual positions of home and displacement condition us as human beings. Self as journey is explored, looking at the connection between geography and spiritual need. Images of roads, forests, corridors and other similar transitional zones appear in my work as constructs for journeying - referencing the temporal nature of contemporary life.
I thought I dreamed of you
27 November 2009 – January 2010
An exhibition of video work and objects that will explore the relationship between people and space / environment / landscape. Sarah is interested in exploring rural landscape and built environments and how people live, work and interact within those environments. She is interested in engaging with local people through the development of this work.
Graham Crowley: Paintings
12 Jan – 9 Feb
A series of new and recent works by this West Cork-based artist.
16 Feb – 8 March
The exhibition will draw from the Classroom-based Primary Schools Programme (involving over 20 Primary schools in the West Cork region), based on a theme, developed by the Schools’ Co-ordinator Alison Trim and the teachers involved, from the exhibition Everywhere is Here by Arno Kramer.
Curating Degree Zero
15 March – 19 April
Curating Degree Zero Archive is an exhibition of material (catalogues, articles, videos, CD’s, images and web sites) in relation to the practice of over 90 international curators, artist curators, new-media curators and curatorial collaborations. The project was co-founded by curators Dorothee Richter and Barnaby Drabble and set out to present and discuss new curatorial ideas and experiments. Artist, educator and curator Mick Wilson organised the exhibition for West Cork Arts Centre. For further information see www.curatingdegreezero.org and www.gradcam.ie
Rhythm: Youth Event and Exhibition
26 April – 10 May
Workshops, performances and an exhibition of work by young people in schools and in youth groups in West Cork.
17 May – 21 June
A series of paintings, photographed and made into a slide projection, based on a loose narrative, back-projected into a model theatre and accompanied by music.
West Cork Artists 2008
27 June – 26 July
A group exhibition by artists living and working in West Cork.
The Plinian Sponge, maybe?
1 – 31 August
A group exhibition of painting and DVD by artists who have previously shown in the Ashford Gallery, Dublin. The exhibition is about painting and the process of painting by young emerging artists. The artists involved are:
Eoin O'Connor, Claire Kerr, Ross McDonnell, Anne Hendrick, Ann Quinn, Cara Thorpe, John Beattie, Colin Martin, Graham Chorlton, Graham Crowley, Jonathan Hunter, Laura Brennan, Kate Warner, Phillipa Sutherland, Leda Scully and Thomas Brezing.
In association with the Ashford Gallery, RHA, Dublin.
18 September 2008
A commissioned project by artists Stephen Brandes, Mick O’Shea and Irene Murphy
for the A Taste of West Cork Festival.
Selected Works from the University College Cork Collection.
6 Sept – 18 October
Selected from the University College Cork Collection by Justine Foster, Education and Community Co-ordinator and Alison Trim, Schools and Youth Co-ordinator to explore the theme ‘myself’, this exhibition will resource the Primary Schools Classroom-based project for 2008 / 2009. A series of talks, workshops and interactions will be programmed with the artists involved in the exhibition and with the teachers and their class groups.
In collaboration with the Glucksman Gallery and UCC. An exhibition guide for general public and schools will be produced.
25 Oct – 22 November
Nominated by WCAC and winner of the AIB prize for Artists of Promise, this exhibition of new work will be accompanied by a publication and will travel to the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda and Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris.
Bodies of Water: Bernadette Burns, Majella O’Neill Collins, Patricia Hurl and Therry Rudin
29 Nov – 23 Dec
Four artists based in Ireland have been collaborating on the development of an exhibition around the theme Bodies of Water, supporting this development through a series of brainstormings, studio visits, and artistic exchange. They have also extended this contact to four artists based in Spain whose own networking effort has been supported by the Galeria Safia. The result will be an exhibition of the Irish work in WCAC and then in Barcelona and the Spanish artists showing in Barcelona and then in Ireland in 2009.
In association with Galeria Safia, Barcelona.
Choowaawa: Children’s Arts Festival and Exhibition
13 January –3 February
Workshops, performances, talks and tours and an exhibition of work based on Chutzparadiso by Stephen Brandes by children from primary schools in the West Cork region.
Gallery I: Colin Martin - The Night Demense
Gallery II: Clare Langan - A Film Trilogy
10 February - 10 March
Paintings from The Night Demesne by Colin Martin alongside a projection installation by Clare Langan
Handle with Care
WCAC Youth Event
16 March – 7 April
Workshops, performances, talks and tours and an exhibition of work from The Drawing Project with Second Level Schools and Similarity and Difference an Artist’s Residency Project with young people.
Nearly There: Work in Progress
Johanna Connor and Gabrielle Byrne
14 April - 12 May
New work by two West Cork-based artists.
I’ve never seen your face
Sandra Minchin and Chris Hurley
19 May – 9 June
A collaborative exhibition of mixed media works, film / projections and installations dealing with life experience and memory by these two Cork-based artists.
The Barry’s Van Tour
16 June – 7 July
New work emerging from this Mexican’s residency on Sherkin Island alongside work from the Living Landscape Symposium, 2005 and a residency in US (National Balloon).
West Cork Artists - A Celebration 2007
Doswell Gallery, Rosscarbery 7 – 29 July
WCAC 14 July – 6 August
Group exhibition in two locations in West Cork celebrating the breadth and range of arts practice in the region.
11 August - 1 September
Recent paintings exploring cityscapes and focusing on artificial light sources accompanied by a catalogue produced by WCAC in collaboration with the Rubicon Gallery, Dublin and the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
Everywhere is here
8 Sept - 20 October
An exhibition of drawings and works on paper including a site-specific work for WCAC by this Dutch artist.
27 October – 21 November
A series of video works exploring an interest in the precarious balances that exist between the human body and mind. Featuring a new work for WCAC and accompanied by a publication.
Triptych: Drawing Exhibition and Symposium
Saturday 1 December
In association with Dublin Institute of Technology, Kingston University, UK and Loughborough University, UK.
Making Memories: Ten years of the West Cork Craft and Design Guild
1- 22 December
A selected exhibition by invited curator Sarah Foster and linking to the West Cork Craft and Design Guild’s 10th Birthday Celebrations.
Choowaawa: Children’s Arts Festival and Exhibition
21 January – 11 February
Workshops, performances, talks and tours and an exhibition of work on the theme Harvest by children from 21 primary schools in the West Cork region.
18 February - 18 March
Large scale paintings and drawings by this Wicklow-based artist.
A catalogue accompanies this exhibition.
WCAC Youth Event
25 March – 8 April
Workshops, performances, talks and tours and an exhibition of work from an Artist’s Residency Project with young people.
15 April - 6 May
An audio-visual installation by this West Cork-based artist.
An Leabhar Mór: The Great Book of Gaelic
13 May – 10 June
An exhibition from the visual anthology that brings together the work of more that 200 poets, artists and calligraphers from Scotland and Ireland alongside work from An Leabhar Beag – a project involving 10 primary schools at WCAC and in libraries in the West Cork region accompanied by a programme of poetry, film and music events. In association with West Cork Education Centre, Ealaín na Gaeltachta and Baltimore Fiddle Fair.
17 June – 15 July
Gallery I: Muirne Lydon Urban Dialogues
Gallery II: Julie Merriman Backwards and forwards, in and out
Paintings by emerging UK-based artist Muirne Lydon and drawings by Dublin-based artist Julie Merriman exploring urban regeneration and reconstruction
West Cork Artists - A Celebration 2006
22 July – 12 August
A group exhibition in four locations, WCAC, Baltimore Community Hall, Sherkin Island Community Hall and Co-Action West Cork, Castletownbere by West Cork-based artists.
Fresh: Re-imagining the Collection
19 August - 16 September
In collaboration with Limerick City Gallery of Art, a group exhibition of selected work from the LCGA Collection and new work by contemporary Irish and international artists, Alice Maher, Amanda Coogan, Jill Dennis, Neva Elliott, Marie Foley, Sam Ely, Lynn Harris, Linda Molenaar and Melanie O'Rourke inspired by the ideas and visual references found in the Collection.
A catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
23 Sept - 21 October
Two-dimensional and a new three-dimensional work by this Cork-based artist.
28 October - 25 November
New and recent photoworks and a video projection / sound installation by this Dublin-based artist.
A publication accompanies this exhibition.
1- 22 December
A group exhibition by Irish and international artists.
SELECTED 2005 PROGRAMME
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.
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