Askeaton Contemporary Arts
Askeaton Contemporary Arts host the 12th annual
Public events, free and open to all, occur during the artists’ stay, culminating with a special
Open Day on Saturday 15 July featuring new artworks to be encountered throughout Askeaton.
Since 2006, over ninety artworks have been made in Askeaton, with many of them still lurking in prominent public places and unexpected corners of the town! Matt Packer, curator and new director of eva International, Ireland’s biennale of contemporary art, and artist Sean Lynch lead a tour of Askeaton, encountering key artworks by Stephen Brandes, aiPotu, Jorge Satorre & Martyn Turner, Ramon Kassam, Freek Wambacq, Ben Kinsley and Jessica Langley.
Shot in locations throughout Askeaton, Maya Schweizer’s film A Tall Tale was lauded as part of this year’s Berlinale, one of the world’s leading film festivals held in Berlin each year. Rich with associations to Askeaton’s medieval times, Edgar Allan Poe and Orson Welles, A Tall Tale reveals a landscape of ruins and evokes phantom lives. Join for its Irish debut at Cagney’s Bar in the company of the artist.
Gustavo Grandal Montero, librarian and Special Collections curator at Chelsea College of Arts and Camberwell College of Arts, London, speaks about and exhibits a collection of rare and important artist books. This event is a special and intimate opportunity to see publications by seminal artists from the 1960s such as Ed Ruscha, Dieter Roth and Daniel Spoerri, guided by Gustavo’s dedicated and expert knowledge.
Internationally celebrated for his novels City of Bohane and Beatlebone, Limerick writer Kevin Barry has in recent times worked alongside Olivia Smith to edit Winter Papers, an annual anthology of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography and visual arts. Kevin and Olivia will be in conversation, sharing their experiences as writers rooted in the west of Ireland and increasingly known throughout the world as exponents of Irish culture and life.
Our annual Open Day celebrates the work of 2017’s artists-in-residence. A reception at Askeaton Civic Trust will be followed by a guided tour of Askeaton, encountering new projects by Patrick Hough, Michael Fliri, Tina O’Connell and Neal White.
IMAGE: Map of Askeaton in 1586, from Pacata Hibernia (A History of the Wars in Ireland During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, Especially Within the Province of Munster Under the Government of Sir George Carew)
SPECIAL PROJECT - THE EXPANDED FIELD
The Algae Summit is the first presentation of The Expanded Field, a new collaborative programme jointly organised by Askeaton Contemporary Arts and Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford. Throughout 2017-8, artist residencies, new commissions and exhibitions will collectively explore the multifaceted nature of the Munster environment, aiming to find new methodologies and approaches for the urgent issues facing the region today.
Artists featured are Stuart Whipps, the Centre for Land Use Interpretation,
Olivia Plender, The Domestic Godless, Superfolk and Filip Van Dingenen.
THE IRISH TIMES
Read about Askeaton Contemporary Arts in Manchan Magan's Irish Times feature article here
THE ALGAE SUMMIT
Convened by Belgian artist Filip Van Dingenen, The Algae Summit was an international conference taking place in Askeaton and nearby Shannon River Estuary from 15 – 18 June 2017.
Askeaton and its outlying territories is an acknowledged centre of seaweed cultivation from at least medieval times, as it was used as the primary agricultural fertilizer in the region to sustain daily nutrition and life. The introduction of chemical substitutes in the 1950s saw its decline alongside depopulation of many islands on the Shannon. Van Dingenen has repeatedly visited Askeaton in recent years to research this history, seaweed cutting and the still-unresolved nature of harvesting rights in Ireland, along with the wider ecological impulses that must be spoken of – all to remove the divide between human and nature, and challenge the alienation of contemporary life from the now unheard environmental spirits in our midst. A focal point was a two-night engagement held on uninhabited Coney Island in the middle of the Shannon Estuary, with the aim of creating a new alternative treaty to address this wide-ranging issue. As we understand the political isolationism directed from Trump and big business towards the delicate world we inhabit, the Algae Summit acts as a model to identify and promote the needs and urgencies of indigenous critical resistance.
Alongside contributions from the Askeaton locality including Cyril Ryan and Liam Dundon, participants include artist and curator Paula von Seth from Stockholm, environmental activists John Bhaba Jeaic Ó Confhaola, Sinead Mercier and Séagh Mac Siúrdáin, Berlin-based Australian poet, critic and curator Rachel O’Reilly, Belgian energy therapist and artist Ive Van Bostraeten, cynotype expert Sarah Codd and Czech artist Klara Hobza, all alongside Irish artists Domestic Godless, Adrian Duncan, Maurice Foley, Mary Conroy and Seanie Barron and seaweed food company Mungo Murphy. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for access to all research documents.