2016 Archive

Museum of Making and Mending
20 December to 23 December 2016

This exhibition shared poetry, visual art and objects collated by participants at Skibbereen Day Care Centre working over eight weeks with artists Tess Leak and Sarah Ruttle as part of the Arts for Health Partnership Programme, West Cork. Together they created artwork inspired by their own objects, made or mended. At the heart of this collaborative project was conversation, softly nurtured and clearly curated by the two artists together with all twenty five participants and supported by the inspiring staff in the healthcare setting.

Et si on s’était trompé? / What If We Got It Wrong?
29 October to 13 December 2016

Et si on s’était trompé? / What If We Got It Wrong? was a group exhibition of Irish or Irish-based artists engaged in issues of climate change produced by the Centre Culturel Irlandais in the lead up to the international COP21 Climate Conference in Paris in December 2015. Earlier that year, President Michael D Higgins made his first major speech on the subject of climate change at the Summit of Consciences for the Climate in Paris, at the invitation of French President François Hollande. It is significant that both President Michael D Higgins and former president Mary Robinson, now UN special envoy for climate change, were prominent speakers at the summit, creating ‘an impression of Irish presidents, past and present, as a moral compass for Ireland and beyond’ (Lara Marlowe, Irish Times, 22 July, 2015), and marking Ireland's significant contribution to the global dialogue on climate change. Artists: George Bolster, Ruth Le Gear, Selma Makela , Blaise Drummond, Susan Leen, Anna Macleod, Christine Mackey, Alice Clark, Christine Mackey, Emily Robyn Archer, Seamus Dunbar, Brigitta Varadi, Séamus Nolan, John Gerrard, Mark Clare, Andrew Kearney and Softday. In association with National Digital Week (10 to 12 November 2016) and the Ludgate Hub, Skibbereen, West Cork Arts Centre presented, on Saturday 12 November, a discussion platform Digital Art and Education in the Anthropocene

ET SI ON S'ÉTAIT TROMPÉ? / WHAT IF WE GOT IT WRONG? Produced by the Centre Culturel Irlandais in the lead up to the international COP21 Climate Conference 2015, including commissioned essays by Frank MacDonald, Darragh McKeown and Katherine Waugh and an introduction by Curator Norma Hickey M'Sichili, Director, Centre Culturel, Irlandais. Funded by Centre Culturel Irlandais, Ireland Fund de France, F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Culture Ireland and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The exhibition toured in partnership with F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Wexford Arts Centre, Leitrim Sculpture Centre and West Cork Arts Centre. ISBN: 9782955448007 €10. Available to purchase at reception or from www.uillinngalleries.com

Uncover at Uillinn
10 September to 15 October 2016

Following a hugely successful art-trail on Sherkin Island, the graduates of the Sherkin Island BA Visual Art Degree Programme have brought their work to the mainland. Uncover launched at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre on Friday 9 September at 7.00pm. Over 1000 visitors flocked to the island to see the graduates’ exhibition. Uncover at Uillinn was another opportunity to enjoy the work of these new emerging talents and preview some potentially future greats. A selection of the artwork displayed on the island was chosen to be included in Uncover. Curated by Ann Davoren, Director of WCAC, the graduates’ work was spread across both galleries and included a diverse range of media encompassing painting, drawing, multimedia work, film, photography, sound and installation. This year’s ones to watch were Deirdre Buckley Cairns, Lesley Cox, Lucy Cox, Joe Davis, Jean Dunne, Monica Dunne, Ellès Innemee, Deirdre Leddin, Brigid O'Connell Madden, Clare McLaughlin, Daireen McMullan, Donal O'Connor, Marika O’Sullivan, Detlef Schlich, Philomena Smith, Ben Townsend and Ciara Ward.

John Kelly: A Group Show
23 July to 31 August

A Group Show opened on Friday 22 July by Circa Magazine director Peter Fitzgerald, who also created a publication to accompany the exhibition. It was a solo show across both galleries showcasing the work in Ireland of West Cork based Irish/English/Austrailian artist John Kelly. It included paintings, print and installations including The Antarctic Series - a group of paintings made on expedition to the Antarctic; West Cork Paintings - landscape painting made from the artist's home in Rineen and environs; the museum series, installations linking to a number of art institutions including The Glucksman, Cork, The Guggenheim and the Tate Modern, as well as an ongoing project of installation and performance relating the the Irish Famine. 

West Cork Arts Centre Members Exhibition
4 June to 12 July 2016

A group exhibition of c. 150 artist members of West Cork Arts Centre of painting, drawing, print, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

A New Perspective
30 April to 21 May 2016
Gallery II

Through his four month residency at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, West Cork-based, Polish artist Tomasz Madajczak created a body of work for exhibition entitled A New Perspective, which investigated the new building Uillinn as a vantage point in Skibbereen, from where new views of Skibbereen and its hinterland can be seen, and which is seen as a new focal point in the town and environs. During his residency, Tomasz invited the public to collaborate in the development of his work by taking part in experimental portrait sessions which built to give a further view of the town through its people. The images were captured on traditional black and white materials; by large format camera with some additional images captured using more commonly used digital media.

Amanda Coogan
I'll sing you a song from around the town
12 March to 20 April 2016

A view of Skibbereen Rowing Club through the lens of Debbie Heaphy
22 January – 2 April 2016

Stairwell Gallery

16 January to 27 February 2016
Johnny Bugler, Rosie Cleary, Simon English, Dominic Fee, Rob Monaghan and Sarah O’ Brien

In collaboration with Cork Printmakers and Cork County Council.


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