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Skibbereen Arts Festival at Uillinn


What is an Island? The Listening School 2019

Glenn Loughran

Listening Pods

The Listening School is a conceptual school set up in the Galapagos Islands for three days in July (25 – 27) and linked to West Cork and the Skibbereen Arts Festival in Ireland. The school formed in collaboration with the 2019 Guayaquil Archipelago Conference in Guayaquil, Ecuador and developed a pedagogical programme around listening and sounding the archipelago in the Anthropocene.

Interrogating the western eco-colonial gaze on islands in the Anthropocene, The Listening School curates artistic presentations, performances, poetry readings, exhibitions and discussions at the Casa De Cultura, on San Cristobel Island, Galapagos.

Glenn Loughran's Listening Pods installation for Skibbereen Arts Festival disseminates the auditory, dialogical activities developed in The Listening School. Signalling the imminent threat of flooding and rising sea levels that have come to define islands and archipelagos today, Listening Pods comprises sonic representations by human and non-human actors in the world. Significantly, this installation features two recent poems by Marshall Islander poet, performance artist and educator Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner. Tell Them calls out to those in more powerful countries to do more to support island communities struggling with climate change and The Butterfly Thief is a collective reflection on the consequences of depleting bio-diversity.

These themes are further explored in a short film also by Glenn Loughran titled Wishful Sinking, shot on the disappearing island of Jambeli, Ecuador. This film is screened at Uillinn during Skibbereen Arts Festival.

What is an Island? has been developed by BAVA: Dublin School of Creative Arts (DIT/GradCAM) in partnership with CREATE: National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, to present a series of seminars, workshops and exhibitions exploring Art & Archipelagic Thinking in the 21st Century.

With thanks to artist Mary Sullivan, and Drinagh Co-op, Skibbereen for supporting the installation of Listening Pods.

The Listening School is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 777707.


Pop-Up Kid's Choir and Performance
Monday 29 July from 10am to 3.30pm
Fee: €25 (limited places)
Age: 7 to 12 years
Booking: Katy Salvidge on 086 3256172 or ksoundage@yahoo.com

Come and sing in a choir that's created in just one day! Experience performing with professional musicians in a short concert at the end of the day. Professional choral director, Katy Salvidge, is the founder of community choirs in Baltimore and Bantry and the creator of the Pop-Up Choir in West Cork and Portugal. A multi-instrumentalist, Katy is well known for bringing the joy of singing to the whole community and is also a member of the acclaimed Barefoot Baroque Ensemble.

Pop-Up Teen Choir and Performance
Tuesday 30 July from 10am to 3.30pm
Fee: €25 (limited places)
Age: 13 to 19 years
Booking: Katy Salvidge on 086 3256172 or ksoundage@yahoo.com

Come and sing in a choir that's created in just one day! Experience performing with professional musicians in a short concert at the end of the day. Professional choral director, Katy Salvidge, is the founder of community choirs in Baltimore and Bantry and the creator of the Pop-Up Choir in West Cork and Portugal. A multi-instrumentalist, Katy is well known for bringing the joy of singing to the whole community and is also a member of the acclaimed Barefoot Baroque Ensemble.

Vespertine Dancers Inclusive Workshop
Wednesday 31 July from 10am to 11.30am
Fee: €5
All ages, children over 12 years welcome accompanied by an adult.
Booking: Uillinn at 028 22090 or info@westcorkartscentre.com

A creative dance workshop exploring dance and live and recorded music in a fully inclusive way led by the Vespertine Dancers. The workshop is open to all, with and without disabilities, and is suitable for both experienced dancers and those with no previous dance experience.

Vespertine Quintet and Dancers Performance
Wednesday 31 July
Booking: http://www.skibbereenartsfestival.com/the-vespertine-quintet-and-dancers
The Vespertine Quintet, known for their sparse, atmospheric music incorporating strings, piano and field recordings, are delighted to be collaborating with dance artists Rosie Leak, Gurpreet Dosanjh and Elaine Thomas on a new cross-artform performance for Skibbereen Arts Festival 2019.
Rosie, Gurpreet and Elaine each choreograph, perform and teach independently as well as being active members of London based Amici Dance Theatre Company since 2001. For nearly 40 years Amici's ground-breaking work has integrated able bodied and disabled artists and performers. This is their first collaborative project together.
The Vespertine Quintet began in 2014 as a way to get through a particularly dark West Cork winter, hosting house concerts and playing the lush, ethereal music of Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and Estonian Arvo Pärt.
The Quintet has since played with Liam Ó Maonlaí, Adrian Crowley and acclaimed Swedish Alto Camilla Griehsel. Last year their This Place is a Shelter residency in De Barra’s, Clonakilty saw them collaborate with poet, writer and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama, percussionist Rajinder Singh and contemporary dancers Rosie Leak and Inma Pavon. Their debut album Before a new harbour can be built, difficult things must be worked out was called “a comfort in dark times indeed” by the Irish Times.

Stuff Everywhere
Micheál O'Connell
Thursday 1 August at 2pm to 3pm (meet at Uillinn Reception)
Free event
Booking: Uillinn at 028 22090 or info@westcorkartscentre.com

Uillinn Artist in Residence Micheál O'Connell a.k.a. Mocksim takes you on a walk and talk from Uillinn around Skibbereen in search of the imperfect, the ugly and the invisible. His main interest is in the often dysfunctional systems, technical and bureaucratic, which surround us.

Stories of People and Places
Seán Gallagher
Friday 2 August at 12 noon
Free event
No booking required

Uillinn Artist in Residence Seán Gallagher presents an Illustrated Talk which includes stories about people through their presentation in symbolic landscapes, as well as considerations of emblematic seascapes. A native of the city of Chicago, US and Professor of Art at Central Connecticut State University since 1993, Seán Gallagher's recent work includes Emerging, a series portraying individual students from CCSU, emerging or becoming, within a thematically and aesthetically linked context or background and a series of seascapes entitled These Wine-Dark, Warming Currents which references the global challenge of climate change.

The Inner Pattern
Open Studio Exhibition
Tomasz Madajczak
26 July to 3 August

Artist in Residence Tomasz Madajczak (2 May to 5 August), invites everyone to visit his open studio exhibition, which emerges from his recent residency in Uillinn. The exhibition is a reflection upon the idea of repetition and the influences of forms, patterns, shapes, and their total involvement in construction of our inner memory. Everybody is invites to participate in and contribute to an art dialogue through the medium of drawing. Come along, get immersed in a world of patterns and shapes, pick up the dialogue and create!

Anonymous Dance Workshop for All
Meta4 Dance
Saturday 3 August from 10.30am to 3.00pm
Booking: Uillinn at 028 22090 or info@westcorkartscentre.com

London-based Meta4 Dance is a new, vibrant, dance and physical theatre company, working to create transparent, provocative, captivating work. This workshop is open to all who are interested in creating a new community-based dance performance which will be performed as a flashmob at the end of the workshop.

Anonymous Pop Up Performance
Meta4 Dance
Saturday 3 August at 3.00pm
Free event
No Booking required

Witness the Anonymous performance in or around Uillinn at 3.00pm - the result of a community-based dance performance developed by Meta4 Dance for West Cork.

World Premier
The Embracing Universe
by Justin Grounds
Friday 3 August at 7.00pm
With a pre-concert talk by Justin Grounds at 6.30pm
Tickets €14 / €10. Book your tickets here.

The Embracing Universe is a new oratorio by composer Justin Grounds based on the life and ideas of the French paleontologist and priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Working with a cycle of poems by Fred LaHaye which explore Teilhard’s increasingly relevant ideas of evolution, consciousness and planetary growth, Grounds has spent the last 3 years writing this large scale work, his biggest project to date.
Drawing from the oratorio traditions of the past, the work is performed by 7 musicians and The Project Choir, a group of singers who have formed especially for this work.

West Cork Artists Summer Showcase 2019
11 July to 7 September

This exhibition brings together some of the wealth of work by West Cork Artists. The work displays the variety and quality of work produced here and includes painting, print, textiles and ceramics. The show is grounded by the landscapes and atmosphere of West Cork. The sea runs through the exhibition like a wave gliding us through and giving us sense of place. A man with his fishing nets, and a piece comprising woven wires, meet on the 1st floor landing and allude to the connection to each other as well as place. A sense of the ephemeral, change, movement and transforming atmospheres is evoked throughout the whole show, cumulating with a line of works which capture this essence in the Link Galley.

The Fragility of Things 
An installation by Rachel Doolin
28 June to 5 August
More Details Here

The Fragility of Things alludes to notions of hostility and survival in an escalating global crisis. Constructed from gathered 'weeds', the installation references writer Richard Mabey's premise that the maligning of ‘weeds’ as ‘undesirable outcasts’ can be considered as a cultural signifier that reinforces hostile attitudes towards our environment, a metaphor that is further echoed to characterise current perspectives on migration.

Together Now: The Engagement Project
15 June to 21 August 2019
More Details Here

Together Now: The Engagement Project is a large group exhibition of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture and film by artists from the Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT), in Callan, Co. Kilkenny and artists from very different practice contexts from all over Ireland, who have been working together in residencies and other forms of engagement since 2014.

The work on show has been made as a result of collaborations and conversations between the artists from KCAT and artists who prioritise social engagement, performance, installation and a variety of media from film and video to very un-traditional interpretations of traditional media such as painting and sculpture.

The artists who are engaged in these collaborations of hand and mind are Saturio Alonso, Steven Aylin, Thomas Barron, Declan Byrne, Francis Casey, Diane Chambers, Mary Coady, Lorna Corrigan, Sinéad Fahey, Fergus Fitzgerald, Mary Ann Gelly, Breanna Hurley, Fintan Kelly, Sinead Keogh, Nevan Lahart, Alistair MacLennan, Paul Mosse, Eileen Mulrooney, Rachel Parry, Andrew Pike, Anna Spearman, Dominic Thorpe, Jason Turner and Margaret Walker.




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