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March 17, 3pm



throughout 2016


John Carson


  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.



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.

In Milan and Paris they 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. 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.

Following their residency in Askeaton in 2013, the duo now return to make and exhibit a new artwork as part of the annual St Patrick’s Day parade.


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 available from early March for €20 including post and packaging

Pre-order now!







Please join us in Askeaton for our eleventh annual artist's residency progamme, running from July 11th to 23rd. Invited artists and guests will be announced soon.


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


Welcome to the Neighbourhood is supported by the Arts Council's Festival and Events Award, along with Tottenham Hale International Studios London, Limerick City and County Council, and the Grand Central Programme from Limerick 2020 - Candidate City for European City of Culture 2020.




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, weasels, fists, foxes or swimmers. By channeling all from the overlooked to the exotic, Barron has spent years working on a form of art that, though may come from an untrained hand, is as relevant as any didactic form of creativity.

Following his recent exhibition at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin and upcoming presentation at 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





A series of commissions in 2012 based upon the presence of an 18th century secret society house in Askeaton. Today, the building is inaccessible to the public, as a ruin in constant danger of collapse.

Around this site of physical decay, featured artists have considered the Hellfire history, its non-conformist allusions to the society of the 1700s, and its material presence as a crumbling ruin in the middle of a small Irish countryside town. New commissons are detailed in the publication, alongside texts from Michele Horrigan, Padraic E. Moore and Brian O’Doherty.

Available to download for free here