An island art trail

Posted on: 4th June, 2014

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

This year’s exhibition by the graduates of the BA in Visual Arts on Sherkin Island was a huge success. With a record-breaking headcount of over 1000 visitors to the island tallied by the ferry operators, the island was thronged with art enthusiast.

The Sherkin Ferry ran non-stop. That combined with additional visitors from neighbouring Cape Clear and the arrival of those with their own sea-going vessels, topped the visitor numbers to the previous graduate show in 2012.

For one weekend only, ‘Surge’, an exhibition of final year work by graduate students, took the form of an island-wide art trail. The 17 students occupied 11 locations throughout the island. Acting as pop-up galleries were venues ranging from community centres and local businesses to abandoned dwellings and polytunnels.

The work ranges in media as diverse as painting, drawing, photography, film, multi-media, digital work, installation, sound, pieces using light, projections, sculpture and site specific work using the landscape and native buildings.

This year’s graduates include Finola Cooney, Sue Crellin McCarthy, Edwin Cridland, Tim Davis, Mary Finn, Barbara Hopkins Reen, Mary Jordan, Nicola Kelly, Christine McAuliffe, Etaoin Melville, Rob Monaghan, Caoimhe Pendred, Tara O’Donoghue, Mona O’Driscoll, Rita O’Driscoll, Nina Sanctuary and Fran Woolf.

‘Surge’ is one of two final year exhibitions that the BA Visual Arts Students are holding. The second will take place in West Arts Centre from Friday 30 May. This exhibition will be curated by WCAC Director Ann Davoren and will take place in two locations – West Cork Arts Centre and The Pier in Skibbereen. This exhibition will run until Saturday, June 21 at WCAC. For further information contact 028 22090 or info@westcorkartscentre.com

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