‘A treasure trove of soul fuel with deep roots in Irish soil’ Irish Times
Friday December 15th
The Root of the Matter with Michele Horrigan and Seanie Barron
8.30pm Free event but pre booking is essential
SEANIE BARRON is a craftsman, a walking stick maker and storyteller whose work has been prominently seen throughout Ireland and abroad, most notably at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin, Flat Time House in London and Boston College in the U.S. Seanie lives in Askeaton, Co. Limerick.
MICHELE HORRIGAN is an artist based in Limerick and Brussels. She is founder and curator of Askeaton Contemporary Arts, which has invited over one hundred artists to live and work in County Limerick making new projects in direct relationship to the town. www.askeatonarts.com
Saturday December 16th Saturday Tickets are €20
Reading by June Caldwell and Kevin Barry 2pm
KEVIN BARRY is the award winning author of two novels and two short story collections and, most recently, the play Autumn Royal and the screenplay Dark Lies the Island. He is the co-editor of Winter Papers.
JUNE CALDWELL’s short story collection Room Little Darker was published by New Island Books in May 2017. She’s a prizewinner of the Moth International Short Story Prize. Her first novel, Little Town Moone, is forthcoming from John Murray.
On Photography: Hugh O’Conor 3.30pm
HUGH O’CONOR was born in Dublin in 1975. He studied drama at Trinity College, Dublin, and film at NYU as a Fulbright scholar.
As well as a long career as an actor on stage and screen, including playing the young Christy Brown in the Oscar-winning My Left Foot, and recently appearing on stage in Enda Walsh's Arlington [a love story] in both Ireland and U.S., he has written and directed award-winning short films for the Irish Film Board, and created music videos for artists like Sinéad O’Connor and Little Green Cars. He is currently executive producer on his animated adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s The Overcoat, and in post-production on his directorial feature film debut, Metal Heart, written by Paul Murray, which will be out next year.
As a fine art photographer he has exhibited at the RHA Dublin and RUA Belfast, and was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2014.
‘A Lament for the Lament for Art O’ Laoire’ 7pm
Screening of the film by Bob Quinn with discussion by artist Sean Lynch.
SEAN LYNCH is a visual artist living based in Askeaton Co Limerick and Brussels. He studies fine art at the Stadelschuel, Frankfurt am Main. In 2015 he represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale. In addition, he has recently held solo exhibitions at The Rose Art Museum, Boston, Modern Art Oxford, and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. His art works have been exhibited at the Camden Arts Centre, London, CAPC Bordeaux, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, neugerriemschneider Berlin and Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main. Along with Michele Horrigan, he works at Askeaton Contemporary Arts.
The Movement by Mary Nunan with a reading of The Second Stage by Claire Louise Bennett 9pm
MARY NUNAN is a contemporary dance artist – choreographer, performer. Her professional career began when she joined Ireland's first state funded contemporary dance company: Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1981-86). She was founder Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company (1988-1999). Throughout her career Mary has created a substantial body of critically acclaimed solo and ensemble choreographies that have been performed in national and international venues. She was the first Course Director of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick (1999-2016). Since 2002 she has been involved as a collaborative artist and performer in Maya Lila Collective, under the direction of Joan Davis. Mary was Bealtaine national dance artist-in-residence in 2017.
CLAIRE-LOUISE BENNETT is the author of Pond. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, Electric Literature, The White Review, Frieze Matters, and gorse, among others.