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John Carson


First exhibited at Derry’s Orchard Gallery in 1978, John Carson’s A Bottle of Stout in Every Pub in Buncrana has since become a fabled artwork. Did Carson manage to drink in all of Buncrana’s 22 bars in just one day? Did he succeed in persuading Guinness to sponsor this endeavour? These are questions still asked, as rumours of his pubcrawl as art still abound.

Askeaton Contemporary Arts are delighted to reissue Carson’s original artist book, alongside an interview with him and Sean Lynch, and new recollections revealed by Bernie McAnaney, Carson’s guardian on that day. The ethics of marketing and advertising, the goings-on of a small town on the Irish border, and the myth and reality of the sturdy Irish drinker all prominently feature.

This venture forms part of A.C.A. PUBLIC, a newly-established publishing initiative, and is co-designed by London-based Wayne Daly and artist Nick Davies from Cardiff. It is now available from early March for €20 including post and packaging




Askeaton Contemporary Arts in association with Tottenham Hale International Studios (THIS), London have initiated an artist exchange programme, and now make a public call out for a 2017 participant.

The appointed artist-in-residence will reside in North London for two months during June and July of 2017 and will be given a large studio space at THIS. A living and work stipend is provided, accommodation in a shared house, along with travel expenses to and from the UK. An artist talk and open studio event will occur during the artist’s stay.

In celebration of Limerick’s bid to become European City of Culture in 2020, the programme will support an artist who has a connection with the Limerick region – anyone who is born, lives or studied in Limerick can apply. Individuals currently in full-time education will not be considered.

- Applications should be made by email to by 5pm on May 2nd, 2016. Please provide the following, attached in a single pdf document: Artist statement / Proposal for the residency (what are you interested in doing in London?) / CV / 10 images of artworks with contextual information and any relevant website links.
- The completed pdf should not exceed 10mb. WeTransfer, Dropbox or multiple attached files are not accepted. A shortlisting process will occur, and final selection of the residency artist will be made by early July.

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aiPotu is the collaborative work of Norwegian artists Anders Kjellesvik and Andreas Siqueland. Their sculptures and performances often involve absurd and surreal interventions into everyday life. Based in Berlin and Oslo, the duo travelled to Askeaton Contemporary Arts to exhibit a new performative artwork as part of the annual Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, on the busiest day of the year in the town’s streets.

Potatoman and Death, characters devised by aiPotu, played out an epic drama weaving into the local parade. Conceived in collaboration with Danish artist Pelle Brage as the final scene of aiPotu’s roving Island Tour that began in 2007, a ceremonial burial and celebration will occur in Askeaton. This act heralds the end of a project that has touched many places throughout Scandinavia and Iceland, and at Sydney’s Biennale of 2008.

In Milan and Paris aiPotu once vacuum-cleaned the dust out of museum spaces. They purchased small pine trees in a supermarket in Finland before replanting them back into a forest nearby. At the K21 museum in Dusseldorf, they donated twenty litres of piss to the collection. On their last visit to Askeaton they set up a free public shower, with scented soap and rubber ducks readily available. They’ve walked 750 kilometres in freezing conditions along routes once frequented by Norwegian tramps until the 1960s. aiPotu seem unhindered by any bureaucratic regulation or repetitive routine, their actions are often unsanctioned, direct reactions acted out with uncompromising zeal.








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For decades, Seanie Barron has been carving and shaping wood in a workshop at the back of his house in Plunkett Road, Askeaton. Initially, his work might be labeled as folk art, yet on further inspection it becomes apparent that his work is instead borne out of an understanding of nature and often-humorous interpretations of the environment around him. He roams around Askeaton, looking for the right branch left in a field or underneath a bush, to then shape into a walking stick. These often take on surreal forms referencing seahorses, aliens, weasels, fists, foxes or swimmers. Following recent exhibitions at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin and Flat Time House in London, read his exhibition catalogue with an essay by Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes of the University of Amsterdam and an in-depth interview with Seanie Barron and Michele Horrigan.

Available to download for free here


In 2016 Askeaton Contemporary Arts presents The Askeaton Commune, a series of new commissions to coincide with the centenary of the Easter Rising and the founding of the Irish State. The programme aims to emphasise the pursuit of cultural equality and egalitarianism within the social infrastructures we now inhabit, prioritising the role of the individual ahead of the constructed notions of contemporary statehood. The commune is a model we aim to adopt - an intentional community of people living and working together, sharing common interests and resources. Throughout the year artists, curators and writers from Ireland, Mexico, Belgium and Columbia will live and work in Askeaton working towards these goals.

Alan Counihan will work with local factory Kingspan, while Jorge Satorre plans a permanent artwork for the town. John Carson and Nick Davies revisit Carson’s seminal 1978 artwork A Bottle of Stout in Every Pub in Buncrana. Filip Van Dingenen’s journey into the byways and highways of geography will focus on Limerick’s now forgotten seaweed harvesting traditions (seen in the image below). Liz Ryan’s research into folk art practices in the region will continue to yield enlightening discoveries, and Catalina Lozano’s investigations of the roles of colonialism in the everyday will find new resonances.



Please join us in Askeaton for our eleventh annual artist's residency progamme, running from July 11th to 23rd. This year's artists are Fiona Marron from Dublin, Lisa Torell from Stockholm, Limerick's Ramon Kassam, and David Bestué of Barcelona.

A full programme of events will be announced in June.

Click here to see last year's events and projects, including Sam Keogh's sculptures made in collaboration with his father Brian.