Fiona Woods |One Kind And Another | Book Launch & Panel Discussion | Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Co. Clare | February 6th 2pm
This new publication documents a number of collection of minds episodes which took place over a period of 18 months (2014-2015). The episodes outline contrasting worlds from the High Plains of Colorado to the tracking of goat herds in the Burren. They produce a myriad of dialogues with others, including artists with a strong rural focus, gun club members and goat farmers. The publication captures a multitude of engagements with the material world, both sensuous and intellectual.
Woods will be joined by members of the Ground Up Artists Collective who participated in some of these episodes, for a discussion about collaboration as process of discovery, as innovation, as risk.
Please join us on Saturday the 6th of February.
We’ll start the afternoon at 2pm with tea and coffee.
At 2.30pm discussions will begin, concluding by 4pm.
Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery is Co.Clare’s leading public art gallery.The Artists’ Resource Room is a volunteer-led initiative intended to generate discourse on the Visual Arts.
The work for One Kind and Another was made possible through generous support from The Arts Council of Ireland. The National Endowment for the Arts (US) and Clare County Council. It was designed by Pure Designs.
Entering the second decade of the collective’s existence there is an acceptance of natural rhythms and the knowledge of the true time of reproduction. With that in mind GUAC made the conscious decision to uphold a slow, durational processes, this has been the experience of many of the Ground Up Artist’s practice.
During the residency at Aras Éanna art centre on Inis Oirr, the collective’s presence on the island was strengthened through Ground Up Artist’s involvement with various groups and individuals. Meeting the layers and significance of language from the social, historical, political and economic perspectives of this Gaeltacht rural area was supported by an interest in building relationships and connections with the local people and community groups. Dwelling in Time has allowed both artists and the island community a chance to open up spaces for reflection, conversation, serious and playful considerations of issues which affect all, on and off the island.
Artists participated in and supported some island community groups while entering into the vernacular of the island through speaking Irish and meeting some of the realities of island life which could be considered in the light of contemporary environments, on the larger island, or “mainland” of Ireland. The considerations of time, and the opportunity of a durational experience offered the participating artists the possibility of encounter.
The collective was joined by groups with specific interests from outside of the island, MA candidates from Social Practice and Creative Environment programme in Limerick’s LSAD, collaborative team Kanelli & Smit from Freysland, and their project, EBB & FLO, was ongoing over ten days.
The Ground Up Artists wish to continue to develop a collective practice into the future. Possibilities for visits to Freysland and further invitations to engage in critical solidarities with communities, who are open to sustained engagement with their rural and agri-cultural concerns, bringing into visibility works which are part of a continuing development of a new rural aesthetic and practices which reflect the radical changes that are as much part of the rural as they are of the urban.
Dwelling In Time - Curated by Barry Foley
Barry is a native of Tipperary but has now based himself in the unique landscape of the Burren in Co Clare. He has taken part in numerous exhibition and has works in Private Collections both in Ireland and Europe, has worked as Exhibitions Curator Assistant at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, under theguidance of Curator Helen Carey and has curated a number of shows in recent years relating to rural community, land and nature.
‘Heritage’ is perceived as this mythical creature, an entity, in a time and a place that exists just beyond our reach. On the face of it, it appears that rural Ireland and her traditions have been lost, irrevocably changed, hastened by time and the recent economic crisis. If you were to look, to engage, you might just find something wonderful but you won’t just stumble upon your heritage. It’s there, just waiting to be engaged, to be explored, rediscovered anew and to be shared.” In conversation with Pat O’Mara, Orchard Manager at Irish Seed Savers.
Our connection with the landscape and all she holds has been a long established historical theme. More recently the various cycles of boom, bust, geopolitics and labour have further highlighted this symbiotic relationship and our growing dependence on the land in a world of ever decreasing resources. GUAC’s recent residency has been the embodiment of such research within a rural community.
A Midnight Court Sitting: Inisheer, a 10 min film, not for the faint-hearted, enjoy the experience!
This film was produced with Hynessight Video Productions
The Artist’s Resource Room invited Ground Up to do a presentation about their recent residency Dwelling In Time in Inis Oírr.
Dwelling In Time - Aras Éanna - Inis Oírr
Residency, Series of Events & Exhibition April – May, 2015
The word “dwelling” can suggest place, habitation, or home. As a verb it is more active, in calling up ideas about living, a sense of conscious decision, or staying with whatever is in focus. It also suggests time, reflection and waiting with slow patience.
Collective Residency - The residency was an opportunity for the collective to consider the theme Dwelling In Time and for the artists to develop their own practice interests.
Residency within Residency - The collective invited Dutch artist collaboration, Kaneli & Smit to the island.
Residency visitors - Third Space Artist Research Collective, Galway. MA SPACE participants, Limerick. Dreamsharing group, Limerick.
The Midnight Court - Weekly workshops and engagement with island communities and mask making workshops in Ennistymon. Performance event on Saturday May 2nd.
Collaboration - Collaboration with artist Fiona Woods
Exhibition – Aras Éanna Gallery May 2015
check it out :
Ground Up Artists new flyer on the following link:
designed by Michael Walsh www.emajoedisain.ee
Exhibition From 17 October – 5 January 2015.
Video of the ‘Feasting on The Wind’ exhibition by GUAC in October 2013 in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon.
The film is made by Fergus Tighe with support of the Clare County Council.
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