21 April to 19 May 2018
Opening on Friday 20 April at 7.00pm
Over 100 professional, semi-professional, amateur and student artists - painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, print, textile, drawing.
2 to 30 June 2018
Opening on Friday 1 June at 7.00pm
Biennial showcasing of work from the BA Visual Art (hons) Degree Programme, Sherkin Island with partners Dublin Institute of Technology and Sherkin Island Development Society.
Phase 1 - an Art Trail of installations on Sherkin Island over 2 days (16 and 17 May), mediated by the students.
Phase 2 - a curated exhibition of work by the final year students at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre.
20 July to 13 October 2018
Opening on Thursday 19 July
The exhibition Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger is selected from the collection of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, US (IGHM), the largest Famine-related art collection in the world, including work by American and Irish artists - Daniel Macdonald, James Mahony, Lilian Davidson, Margaret Allen, Howard Helmick, James Brenan, Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, William Crozier, Hughie O’Donoghue, Brian Maguire, Micheal Farrell, Glenna Goodacre, Rowan Gillespie, Alanna O’Kelly and Dorothy Cross.
It will be shown in two locations in the Republic of Ireland only - at Dublin Castle and at Uillinn from July to October. The exhibition at Uillinn will be accompanied by a programme of education and community events for Skibbereen and West Cork as well as tourists and visitors to the region. These will resonate with the history and legacy of the Famine and also amplify the contemporary themes explored in the exhibition.
The programme includes a West Cork-wide Schools Programme; a series of Artists Residencies in association with the Crawford Art Gallery and UCC; a series of lectures and seminars in partnership with UCC and IGHM; a unique Performance Event by acclaimed Irish artist Alanna O'Kelly; and an Arts for Health project celebrating the legacy of the 110 Skibbereen girls who emigrated to Australia after the Famine.