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FESTIVAL EXHIBITIONS and Visual Arts Programme
Iniscealtra Festival of Arts, Mountshannon 2008



Venue: ‘The Snug’ exhibition space.
Opening hours as for the ‘Snug’.

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The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection
The term Outsider Art was first used by the Art Historian Roger Cardinal to describe artists who do not belong to movements or schools and are rarely influenced by Art History. From artists who suffer from psychiatric conditions to those driven by an inner spirit this disparate collection of international artists share a compulsion to create powerful, unmediated expressions of the self. From positions outside the artistic mainstream, they create work that exists beyond the limits of convention. The exhibition is on loan from the Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art as part of the IMMA National Programme.
Saturday, 31 May at 3.30pm
Venue: The Snug exhibition space.
Gallery talk by Catherine Marshall, Visual Arts Advisor, The Touring Experiment, Arts Council of Ireland.

Venue: Derg View Gallery. Mountshannon. 25th May – 2nd June. Open daily 12 - 6 pm, Admission free
Artwork in a variety of media (paint, print, photography, ceramics) by talented artists from the East Clare area, based on the theme ‘Community’. All artwork for sale.

THE OLD FORGE in Mountshannon
Open daily 10am – 4pm. (Information from Mark Wilson 061-927456)
The forge, built around 1760, is one of the oldest buildings and the focal point of the village of Mountshannon. It has been in the Llyons family for many generations. during the festival there will be an exhibition showing the history and stories from the past, and Blacksmithing demonstrations from local Smiths.

Visiting german students and young people from The local Alfa Project school will work with artists Ian Castles, Paul Browne and ‘Greenmantle’ to create a sculptural riverside installation for the festival on the river bank from Scariif Harbour to Lough Derg.
Free boat trips for all to see the work, kindly provided by local fishermen.
From Scariff Harbour Saturday, 24th May, Saturday, 31st May 2.00 - 5.00pm.

Exhibition open during Library opening hours.
Admission Free.
‘Wise Ways’, an exhibition of work made by visitors to Raheen Community Hospital Day Care Centre in the new art gallery/studio (funded by Leader and HSE). Working with artist Terry O’Farrell, during her residency last year, the exhibition documents the extraordinary wealth of knowledge from the older community of E. Clare about the environmentally friendly, sustainable ways in which people lived in the not too distant past. The exhibition offers us an opportunity to learn from their wisdom, how to live more respectfully towards the environment, with a greater sense of community and sharing. (Funded by the Hospital Support Group)

Francis Street Boys 1994 by John Ahearn
Francis Street Boys 1994 is the result of collaboration between American artist John Ahearn, the boys of 6th Class, Francis Street C.B.S., Irish artist Una Keely and IMMA. John Ahearn's practice involves working with community groups, often groups whose access to fine art and museum culture has been limited. The resulting portrait group provides a dynamic record of 'the class of '94' while it also documents a very real exchange between the boys, the artist and the Museum. The work is jointly owned by the boys' school and IMMA. The exhibition is on loan from the Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art as part of the IMMA National Programme.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION at the Bank of Ireland, Scariff
Exhibition open during bank opening hours
May 23rd – June 6th
Polish native Lukasz Frankiewicz, now living in Mountshannon and a member of the local Polish Society will show photographs in the Bank of Ireland during the festival on the theme of ‘Community’.

May 12th - May 23rd
Raheen Hopsital and Day Care Centre
Over hundred visitors to the Day Care Centre and Hospital will work with artist Terry O’Farrell in the new Gallery/Studio, inspired by work on show by artist Madge Gill. This work is part of The Musgrave/Kinley Outsider Collection on loan to the festival from The Irish Museum of Modern Art as part of their National Programme.

Artists Terry O’Farrell and Jane Seymour will work with schools groups from Scariff and Tuamgraney N.S. each morning for two weeks, making masks based on their visit to the exhibition by John Ahearn at Scariff Library. They will visit the exhibition and then carry out the mask making workshops at Raheen Hospital Daycare Centre.
The masks will be displayed during the festival in The Library.

German artist, Astrid Adler will be based in Mountshannon from the 16th May - 2nd June in ‘The Space Shuttle’ a mobile studio sited in The Aistear (on loan from the Ground Up artist’s collective, West Clare).
The silver studio will be used for Astrid’s community based Art Project where she will collect stories, practices and prayers from people in the local community about ‘divine females’ such as St Bridget. These ideas will be used to create portraits in the future. If you’re in the village, feel free to call in and share your knowledge and views with Astrid or find out more in ‘The Space Shuttle’. The open studio times are as follows:

  • Saturday, 17th - Sunday, 18th
  • Saturday, 24th - Monday, 26th
  • Wednesday, 28th - Monday, 2nd
    (A notice will be put up on the Space Shuttle indicating other times when Astrid will be there throughout the week)

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