Askeaton Contemporary Arts
THE ALGAE SUMMIT
Convened by Belgian artist Filip Van Dingenen, The Algae Summit is 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 is 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.
Alongside many contributions from the Askeaton locality and seaweed harvesting and research communities, participants include artist and curator Paula von Seth from Stockholm, Berlin-based Australian poet, critic and curator Rachel O’Reilly, Belgian energy therapist and artist Ive Van Bostraeten and Czech artist Klara Hobza, all alongside Irish artists Domestic Godless, Adrian Duncan, Mary Conroy and Seanie Barron. A public programme of events surrounding the summit will be soon announced.
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.
WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Join us from 3rd - 15th July 2017 as we host Michael Fliri, Patrick Hough, Tina O'Connell, Neal White, Kevin Barry & Olivia Smith (Winter Papers) as part of our annual residency programme. Public events will occur during the artists’ stay, culminating with an open day and tour on Saturday July 15.
Each summer since 2006, artists live and work in Askeaton. To see the many projects made throughout the town in often unexpected places and contexts, please click here
UNDER STARRY SKIES
Laundry drying racks, rope, bed springs, a car door, chicken wire, wooden palettes, a ladder and rusty gates and ironwork of various shapes and sizes are all used to construct a haphazard barricade on the outskirts of Limerick City.
Liz Ryan’s photographic montage details this ramshackle, yet remarkable structure, as part of her continuing research exploring everyday life and creative interplay. Her enquiries further reveal that the barrier was built to keep horses happy and safe, grazing in a green field beyond. Yet, the site’s legal owners, the Irish Development Agency, continue to threaten action against this intrusion. They plan that this ground will eventually transform into a business park or factory, once a carefully planned foreign investment policy comes to fruition.
Designed by Wayne Daly in a concertina fold format, Under Starry Skies opens out over two metres in length, allowing for full panoramic detail of Ryan’s image. A critical text by Michele Horrigan and images of artworks by Limerick folk artist Bobby Duhig (1930 – 2014) are also featured, each offering further insights into Ryan’s work.
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CARL DORAN at KUNSTVLAAI, AMSTERDAM
Limerick artist Carl Doran’s new project,
All The World Is A Stage, will debut in Amsterdam, on May 21 as Askeaton Contemporary Arts’ contribution to Kunstvlaai, the internationally-renowned platform for experimental art spaces.
Established in 1997, this year’s Kunstvlaai focuses on innovative methods of exhibition making, based inside the Stadsschouwburg, a nineteenth century building once home to the Dutch National Ballet and Opera. Distorting the lines between stage and audience, Doran draws and sketches throughout the theatre - onstage, offstage, among and around the theatre, all the time shifting points of view. His aim: to capture in real time this space and its protagonists, to construct a new sense of place and vitality.
SPECIAL PROJECT -
THE EXPANDED FIELD
Throughout 2017 and into 2018, we partner with Lismore Castle Arts in County Waterford in The Expanded Field, introducing and developing new artistic positions to explore the cultural and spatial environments of the Munster region.
Artists announced include Stuart Whipps, the Centre for Land Use Interpretation, The Domestic Godless, Superfolk and Filip Van Dingenen. Further updates and details will be soon announced.
As part of Askeaton's Contemporary Arts' publishing venture, we'll release a new book written by Catalina Lozano of Mexico City in the coming months. Our reissue of John Carson's seminal 1978 project A Bottle of Stout in Every Pub in Buncrana is now sold out, following successful launches and events in Askeaton, London, Vancouver and Derry.
Find out more about how and why art is made in Askeaton in this collected volume with contributions by Valerie Connor, Mike Cooter, Wayne Daly, Steve Maher, Susan MacWilliam, Curt Riegelnegg, Nuno Sacramento and Freek Wambacq.
52 pages, 250 x 290mm
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THE IRISH TIMES
Read about Askeaton Contemporary Arts in Manchan Magan's Irish Times feature article here