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The Happy Dragons’ Press is based in East Sussex and run by 85 year old Julius Stafford-Baker. Julius never worked or trained as a printer and spent his working life in the accounts department of various printing firms. He set up his press in 1969 as a small, not for profit private printing office. Over 45 years later, he still publishes several exquisite limited edition volumes of poetry a year, all printed to a very high standard on a 1904 ‘Kobold’ treadle platen press using letterpress printing methods. The Happy Dragons’ Press is a perfect example of how a small letterpress workshop with limited resources can produce work of an exceptional standard.
He specialises in translations and boasts a brilliant selection of types in Greek, Arabic, Cyrillic and more. His book, ‘Other Voices of the British Isles’ (2010) just about sums up Julius’ approach and dedication to his craft. He painstakingly sought (and translated into English) poems in all the lesser languages found on the British Isles between 1840 and 1940 Cornish, Gaelic, Guernsey, Hebrew, Irish, Latin, Lincolnshire, Manx, Northumbrian, Perthshire, Romany, Shetlandic and Welsh. Hand set mostly in Monotype Bell series 341 this book featured work by with illustrations from Liz Myhill, Katrina Porteous, Liz Pottinger, Trevor Sowden and Julius’ father, Julius Stafford-Baker who was a popular cartoonist, a wood-engraver and linocut artist.
Andi McGarry was born in Tyneside and studied Fine art at Brighton University. “I’m passionate about Artists’ Books and have been immersed in them for 30 years.
My responses are distilled, not thickly applied, instead
- essences are used. Rawness, directness implied and applied. Spontaneity: infusing personal experiences, lifting from journals, note books, sketchbooks, scribblings, rantings, ravings, poetics, comings, goings, ramblings, but always only so much and no more. Leaping across chasms, camcorders, cameras, computers, song smithing, electric guitaring, filming and painting. The things described are things that excite me, things I find inspiring, these are things I’ve recognized as I sped through life.” The Wexford Artists’ Book Collection “The collection of Artists Books is very eclectic and covers ten years of continuous collecting during the then annual artists book shows we ran in Wexford in the late nineties. There are local national and international artists represented in the collection and the works include all major food groups including stab binding, photocopied pamphlets, coptic-stich bindings, unique, photo books, flick books, journals, one of a kinds, limited editions, miniature books, and book objects. In short everything you ever wanted to know about an artists’ book - but were afraid to ask is here - to be perused first hand.” Andi McGarry ART Old Bottling Plant, Ilen St.
The Mixed Media core group who have shown together since 2013 return this year with an exhibition entitled ‘Tales and Traces’. Showing in the stimulating and challenging environment of The Old Bottling Plant and associated post industrial spaces, Diarmuid Breen, Donagh Carey, Wendy Dison, Nicola Kelly, Janet Murran and Ginny Pavry will each show new work exploring aspects of memory, history and myth.
Under Influences Melania Lynch “The pieces that make up this installation are inspired by the genius of others, as a way to honour the objects, artists, movies, landscapes and books that have influenced the most recent period of my work. In a chaotic order, as a small universe of content holding imaginary ideas and messages, perceptions and feelings, I try to create an atmosphere of subjective stories that somehow connect with the audience and their own existence. The installation uses various disciplines such as drawing, painting, ceramics, object and text.” Melania Lynch is a Chilean artist who studied visual art in Santiago, Chile. An elemental part of Lynch’s practice is her representation of metamorphosis and the real and oneiric life of imagination and memory.
Elevation(s) Sheelagh Broderick A collaborative urban explorer research and development arts project located at and between The Rock and West Cork Arts Centre Elevation1: enLightening : Unscheduled random light experiments Elevation 2: HearHere : Wander the beautiful urban wilderness of the Rock.
Listen to location responsive stories collected specifically for the Skibbereen Arts Festival. Audio-map available at sheelaghbroderick.com/HearHere Elevations 3 to 7: Live at the Rock : (lunchtimes 1:15 – 1:45, High St. entrance opposite Eircom base) Elevation 3: Monday 27th - Heritage Walk with Bryan Harris (Friends of the Rock) Elevation 4: Tuesday 28th - Nature Walk for children age 4-8 led by Gillian O’Donovan. (Children must be accompanied by an adult) Elevation 5: Wednesday 29th - Baltimore Choir will perform their own original piece, facilitated by Liz Clark as part of The Starling Song Project.
Elevation 6: Thursday 30th - West Cork Inclusive Dance workshop accompanied by live music facilitated by Patricia O’Sullivan & Josephine MacCarthy (all abilities welcome).
Elevation 7: Friday 31st - Spoken Word Open Mic in association with Paul Coleman Please wear footwear suitable for rough ground. Booking essential for lunchtime events which are weather dependent. Tel: 087 9005458 or email email@example.com Supported by Skibbereen Community & Family Resource Centre / Cork ETB / West Cork Arts Centre / Friends of the Rock ART Uillinn Skibbereen Arts Festival Presents David Claerbout Ruurlo, Bocurloscheweg, 1910, 1997 Single-channel video projection | black & white | silent | 10 min loop We’re really honoured this year to host this work by internationally renowned Belgian artist, David Claerbout. Ruurlo, Bocurloscheweg, 1910, 1997 shows the image of a postcard dating from the early 20th century. On a country road two men are standing near a gigantic tree. In the distance we can see a mill and the outline of a village. At first glance there is nothing that seems strange in this pastoral and picturesque tableau. But when you look closer you notice the leaves of the tree softly moving in the wind.
Throughout his career, David Claerbout has investigated the conceptual impact of the passage of time through his use of video and digital photography.
Specifically, he manipulates both moving and still imagery to suggest an otherworldly level of existence, something that might refer to a specific place or event, but the timeline of which is not clear, oscillating between both past and present. Claerbout’s oeuvre is characterized by a meticulous attention to production details, painstakingly created often over a period of years.
This exhibition comprises of a series of new works especially made for Uillinn including the première of a significant new film work ‘Silver House’, which was made on location in Goleen, West Cork in Spring 2015. This work features a collaboration with composer Susan Stenger who has incorporated the sounds of the West Cork landscape and the house where the work was filmed to create a new audio composition. ‘Silver House’ is set in the home of Eilish Lavelle who has created a unique environment, where she designed and modified her house and garden over a forty-year period. Modernist design references are transported to a rural, coastal environment to articulate a dialogue between nature and culture.
Gannon has responded to the changing natural light within the gallery to create three large sculptural drawings which occupy the double height gallery wall. A nine-paneled screen sculpture demarcates the space between the film and the drawings. A white fur bench to sit on for viewing recalls Irish born designer Eileen Gray’s play with fur in minimalist settings.
A series of ‘Silver House’ guided tours will take place at Uillinn during the festival. Phone 028 22090 for details ART Uillinn
An exhibition of images, videos and text from 25 years of Tara Brandel’s choreography. With reoccurring themes of gender, sexuality and strong female archetypes, Tara’s work is influenced by her time spent in Berlin, London, San Francisco and West Cork. With an underlying thread of feminism and more than a passing nod to gay culture, this exhibition encapsulates ‘Dancer In Residence’ Tara Brandel’s on-going interest in creating non-normative and diverse images of the body and especially the female body.
Other events happening at Uillinn during the festival include
• SILVER HOUSE DISCOVERY BOX WORKSHOP, artist Sarah Ruttle will facilitate a workshop for families with small children on Saturday 25 July at
11.00am. ¤3 per child and under 18 months free.
• ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE (Studios open to the public for people to meet with the artists, see work in progress and engage in the projects)
-Studio 1 - Susan Montgomery’s project The Democratic Trolley documents the process of bricolage by and within the local community through engagement and collaboration.
-Studio 2 - American artist Allen Zaruba brings his Talkinghouse project to Uillinn - a mobile, experimental platform to facilitate cultural exchange.
-Studio 3 - Sheelagh Broderick’s project Urban Explorer creates a living link between the Rock, a viewing point in Skibbereen and our new arts building, Uillinn.
• POEMS FROM A RESIDENCY, an exhibition of poetry by Afric McGlinchey from her residency at Uillinn
• THESE TANGLED THREADS, an installation for the main stairwell, from artist Toma McCullim’s recent residency at Uillinn, where she explored cognitive difference and the world of dementia.
• Launch of a new work by artist Robert Ballagh on 24 July at 7.30pm. The subject is the famous graveside scene in Glasnevin cemetery associated with the burial of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. Signed and limited edition prints will be sold on the night to fund the restoration of a monument to the dead of 1916 in Glasnevin cemetery.
For further information and bookings contact Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre at 028 22090 and firstname.lastname@example.org and westcorkartscentre.com
pier to pier presents:
Sat 25.07.2015 to Sun 02.08.2015.
An Exhibition showcasing the diverse range of art being produced by the third year students on the DIT BA Visual Art degree course, Sherkin Island.
The Quay, off Main Street, Skibbereen, Co.Cork.
Open daily throughout the Skibbereen Arts Festival, 11am to 6pm.
Diverse Vision An opportunity to view four very diverse and exciting emerging and established painters with West Cork roots.
Brendan divides his painting life between the still forests of the Jura in France and the wild coastline of West Cork - few regions are more different and similar in every way.
McSwiney portrays a world of abandoned, often threatening panoramas of land and sea.
Geraldine’s work lies within two genres, seascapes, which involve a detailed exploration of the natural world and interiors which are a retreat from logic, transforming the familiar into the strange and fantastic.
Working mostly in oils, Fiona’s work captures the drama or atmosphere of the transient moments of her surroundings.
Catherine Hammond Gallery & Sarah Walker Gallery Two of West Cork’s most prominent contemporary galleries bring a wide range of art to the festival this year. Sarah Walker, based in Castletownbere, features work by emerging artists Tempy Osborne, Andrew Whitelaw and Eimer Murphy, as well as her own paintings. Catherine Hammond, based in Glengarriff, shows work by mid-career and established artists such as Carol Hodder, John Kingerlee, Leonard Sheil, and Nuala Clarke.
Anna Kirsch, Sadie Mackey & Harriet Selka Anna Kirsch | Code : Code deals with the life cycle in family systems, in which people are born with their predisposition and potential to compete or to fail.
The photos of authentic old children’s dresses are applied to gauze, waxed and move slightly in the air. Their transparency represents the fragility of the self where innocence will become memory.
Sadie Mackey | Nestlings : This selection of new work was influenced by a recent stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan. Always sensitive to surrounding landscape, this idyllic location presented relatively exotic stimuli with its woods, lake, drumlins and teeming wildlife. The paintings, prints and drawings occupy a liminal space between figurative and abstract, resulting in small, intimate contemplations on familiar natural phenomena.
Harriet Selka | A Mistrust of Painters : “This work is concerned with re-thinking the painted portrait and valuing the genre within the contemporary art world, creating the unexpected, through the removal and remodelling of conventions in portraiture. Recently, I have focused on subtly obscuring the formalities of the passport photo - an object representing a great deal, both visually and politically.” ART Working Artists Studios Excavations and Perpetuum Momentum Working Artist Studios is honoured to present a group multimedia exhibition based on intimate experiences of contrasting states of awareness of motion, stillness and the states in-between involved in the on-going change. The exhibition consists of wood engraving, sculpture, painting, mix-media collage and photography.
The exhibition is created by the members of Working Artist Studios and associates.
The Inner Perspective A presentation of different art works and projects in the former building of the West Cork Arts Centre. Jennifer Baumeister, Anna Dudek and Tomasz Madajczak present a multimedia exhibition, involving video performance, photography and installation.