Since 2006, artworks have been made in Askeaton, with many of them still lurking in prominent public places and unexpected corners! A selection can be seen here, while other pieces can be spotted everyday on streets, inside buildings and throughout the town. Guided tours can be arranged by prior arrangement.
Stephen Brandes’ artwork as sign, seen in the back yard of Askeaton’s Tourist Office appears in Ireland of the Welcomes, the nation’s predominant promotional publication for all things great and good to visit in Ireland, in 2013:
“Askeaton was a strategic river crossing where the bodies of inhabitants were defended by a notable castle and their souls by Franciscan brethren whose friary stands close by. The village has been reduced in strategic importance by the building of a bypass and a new bridge but follow the signpost on the main road, charming houses, a riverside walk and the towering ruins of fortress and friary. There is an information centre in the square and, by the riverside below in the castle, a signboard of the rarest kind. It says nothing of the past or present but predicts happenings in Askeaton in the distant future. Between 2240 and 2263AD, a succession of horrible happenings are to occur, terminating in the destruction of the castle by thirty six lighting strikes and a fireball…”
Sean Lynch's A Glossolalia appears upon a gable end in Askeaton's main square. Referencing the traditions of artisan stuccowork seen throughout Limerck and southwest ireland, a humourous inscription in Latin can been seen. For a detailed decoding of what's been said, see Patrick Comerford's writing on A Glossolalia here
Freek Wambacq’s Galloping Horses in Ranahan's Bar is always a great discussion point! In 2013 Freek made An Askeaton Poem by, placing objects used by Foley artists to synthesize sound for TV and film into eleven places in Askeaton, creating unexpected juxtapositions through their presence and the language used to describe each work. So, halved coconut shells seen at Ranahan’s transform into the sound of horses!
In 2016 Spanish artist David Bestue cast local publican Patricia Ranahan’s hand and mounted it on her front door for our annual open day before joyously presenting it to her in what was coined by the local drinking fraternity as “The Handover”. The sculpture is now on display inside the bar.
Jorge Satorre fragments a drawing made especially for him by cartoonist Martyn Turner throughout four rooms in an empty building on Church Street. Satorre asked Turner, a well-known satirist whose work appears in the Irish Times almost every day, to make a cartoon not about current affairs or today’s news but rather about himself. Satorre describes the building as a metaphor for Martyn Turner’s head, and walking through its rooms act as a poetic journey through Turner’s thoughts and life.
In 2016, Ramon Kassam placed a strip of white paint and thumbtacks along the edge of a building in Askeaton’s West Square, subtly turning its facade, by Kassam’s admission, into an enormous two-storey high painting!