Sherkin islanders get creative for Islands festival

Sherkin Creates

Posted on: 10th June, 2016

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

A community exhibition on Sherkin Island is set to showcase the wonderful creative talent on the island.

‘Sherkin Creates’ opens in the Community Hall on Sherkin Island at 2:30pm on Saturday, June 18. Part of the West Cork Islands Festival, the exhibition will be curated by Sherkin Island painter, Jo Ashby. It will include a wide variety of arts and crafts, ranging from drawings, paintings and sculpture to photography, basket-weaving, textiles and jewellery – all made by island residents.

The exhibition will run on June 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 and on July 1 and 2.

An interesting facet of the ‘Sherkin Creates’ exhibition is that it will feature photographs of islanders, which will be displayed around the Community Hall in the form of an undulating stream of images.

Jo Ashby explained: ”We are inviting the entire island community to take pictures of each other going about their daily business, as well as while they are creating, to promote greater community participation and to give a sense of daily island life. The images will circle the exhibition space to show the strong creative thread that binds us all on Sherkin Island.”

There will also be opportunities for visitors to join in practical sessions in the Community Hall, such as a photography demonstration and a knitting session.

Aisling Moran, West Cork Development Worker, said: ”We are extremely grateful to Fáilte Ireland for their support of the West Cork Islands Festival and to Cork County Council’s Art Department for their support with our Sherkin Creates exhibition.

“It promises to be a great weekend, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the island. An added bonus is that artists will also be opening their studios to visitors over the opening weekend and there will be a heritage photographic exhibition showing Sherkin Island images of historic and social interest so there is something for everyone.”

A regular ferry service runs from Baltimore to Sherkin Island www.sherkinisland.eu/ferry.

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