Schools and Prints


Both Sides Now
Stairwell Gallery
24 March to 21 April 2018

an exhibition of artwork by students from Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty
inspired by the exhibition 80: Moving Still by David Seeger

“I've looked at clouds from both sides now,
From up or down, and still somehow,
It's cloud illusions I recall,
I really don't know clouds at all.”
Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell

80: Moving Still was a survey exhibition by David Seeger, a pioneer in contemporary ceramic art, that took place at Uillinn in late 2017. A master craftsman and student of philosophy, psychology, and theories about the creative process, his work in both ceramics and painting over 60 years consistently returns to themes exploring perception.
The students of Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty visited the exhibition for a guided tour. They were asked to consider the themes of contradiction and paradox, geometry and illusion that occur in David's work and his exploration of surface, volume and form.  They were asked to create their own artwork using specific titles taken from David's exhibition and fulfilled the brief by each creating a ceramic wall-based relief. 

Many thanks to Sacred Heart Secondary School art teacher Judy O'Connell for engaging her students with the project.


Stairwell Gallery
24 March to 21 April 2018

an exhibition of artwork by primary school pupils, inspired by the exhibition Buzz and Hum, an exhibition of paintings by Richard Gorman and Samuel Walsh.
The first exhibition of 2018 at Uillinn, Buzz and Hum brought together the work of Richard Gorman and Samuel Walsh, highlighting the relationship between the two artists and their work. While their formal approach to painting differs, the two artists share an interest in expressive colour and pattern, and these were the elements explored by the children from six West Cork primary schools.
The children and their teachers visited the exhibition for a guided tour followed by a workshop with artist Alison Trim. They then made their own artwork, working individually or in groups.

The participating schools are:

Our Lady of Mercy National School, Bantry, 2nd class with teacher  Maeve Keane.
Gaelscoil Dr. Uí Shúilleabháin, Skibbereen, 1st, 2nd and 3rd class with teacher Aisling Ní Néill
Scoil Naomh Bríde, Union Hall, Junior Infants to 1st class with teacher Cliona Connelly
Drimoleague National School, 4th and 5th class with teacher Pat Collins
Glandore National School, 4th to 6th class with teacher Eilish Duggan
Dreeny National School, Junior and Senior Infants with teacher Kate Cormican and 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class with teacher Isobelle Nealon.
Many thanks to all the schools and to teachers for engaging their pupils with the project.


The Parade Press Prints
Studio Corridor
24 March to 21 April 2018

an exhibition of prints, sketches and artefacts created during The Parade Press Community Collaborative Residency, commissioned by Uillinn for St. Patrick’s Day 2018.
Community collaborative artists Michael Greenlaw and Charlotte Donovan spent six weeks in residence Studio 3 in Uillinn working together, and with groups and volunteers, to create The Parade Press: a giant, fantastical printing machine which rolled through the streets of Skibbereen on St. Patrick’s Day.
This exhibition shows the great diversity of prints, created during printmaking workshops facilitated by Charlotte, utilising a real printing press installed for the project.  These workshops were open to the public, while she also worked with existing Uillinn groups - Arts for an Active Mind, and Art Club.  A portable printing press visited Skibbereen Hospital, and Arts for Health artist Sharon Dipity facilitated hospital patients to contribute their own prints to the project
A selection of 50 prints were reproduced and these ‘prints-of-print’s were distributed to the parade viewers as the giant printing press rolled by.  Over 1500 prints were handed out by costumed print distributors, wearing custom hand-printed aprons and bags.
The exhibition also features the top of The Parade Press and some of the artefacts from the machine –decorative and moving parts with local historical and cultural references (including the O’Donovan brothers rowing away from the Baltimore pirates) – as well as some of Michael’s sketches and plans.
Photographs taken throughout the progress of the project are featured on The Parade Press Instagram account @theparadepress.  For further information about the project, please email

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