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A Dialogue with the World

A Dialogue with the World

BA Visual Art Degree Show at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre

Saturday 2 to Saturday 30 June

Opening on Friday 1 June at 6.30pm by Dr. Michael Birchall of the Tate Liverpool

Following a highly successful art-trail on Sherkin Island, the graduates of the Sherkin Island BA Visual Art Degree Programme are bringing their work to the mainland. A Dialogue with the World at Uillinn is another opportunity to enjoy the work of these new emerging talents and preview some potentially future greats. Curated by Ann

Davoren, Director of WCAC, the exhibition will occupy both galleries and will include selected work by the 10 graduating students and will include a diverse range of media encompassing painting, drawing, multimedia work, film, photography, sound and installation.

The BA Visual Art is an innovative honours degree programme delivered on Sherkin Island by Dublin Institute of Technology in partnership with Sherkin Island Development Society and West Cork Arts Centre. The programme is embedded within the island community and the graduating students are deeply engaged within this local context. Much of the work is concerned with the ecology, community and future sustainability of the island.

Áine Tierney has worked collaboratively with island farmers for the past two years to address social and political issues in relation to EU rural environmental schemes; Mary Sullivan's At Home, At War has developed from a series of projects and performances in different abandoned military sites on her home island of Bere; Mary Scroope's work focuses on nature as a supplier of remedies for the ills of humankind; and Sarah Richardson's Circus Architecture explores the link between architecture, territory and intervention.

Julia Penney's TBL (Triple Bottom Line) explores the food sourcing systems that are destructively impacting the welfare, biodiversity and future sustainability of social and natural environments; Colin O'Sullivan's work examines what it means to see and know the human body; Catch Keeley's Salvage X is a body of work the evolved out of the discovery of an abandoned lifeboat on Sherkin Island, salvage from the ill-fated Torrey Canyon supertanker; Jill Dinsdale's Working Through makes visible the invisible individuals involved in closed adoptions; the focus of Fiona Coughlan's work is the confinement of women diagnosed with hysteria in asylums during the nineteenth century and Sarah Buckley's work is an exploration of sight and vision which is centred on the act of looking.

The exhibition at Uillinn will be opened at 6.30pm on Friday 1 June by Dr. Michael Birchall, Curator of Public Practice at the Tate Liverpool and Senior Lecturer in Exhibition Studies at Liverpool John Moores University.  

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication published by the graduating students and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre with essays by Dr. Glenn Loughran, BAVA Programme Chair and artist Jesse Jones, Ireland Representative at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017)

A Dialogue with the World continues until Saturday 30 June. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

BA (hons) in Visual Art is a community-based, four-year, honours degree, visual art programme based on Sherkin Island. It is fully accredited, managed and delivered by the Dublin School of Creative Arts, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in partnership with Sherkin Island Development Society (SIDS) and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, and is part-funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Cork County Council.



Salvage X. On the Torrey Canyon Lifeboat, 2018, Photograph, Catch Keeley
Working Through (detail), 2018, Photograph from installation, Jill Dinsdale
The Birds – Sherkin Island, 2018, Film Still, Áine Tierney








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