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Ancient and Wild Exhibition Extended

The Ancient and Wild Exhibition Extended to 28 February 2018 at Johnston Central Library, Farnham Centre, Farnham St, Cavan.

 

 
 
The Launch
 
On Monday 11th December, Minister Heather Humphrey’s launched the group exhibition ‘Ancient and Wild’ at the Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan.  The project is an inter –sectoral project within Cavan County Council (Arts, Heritage and Geopark). The exhibition successfully embodies the aims of the Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022.
 
Participating Artists
 
Thirteen local artists including Heather Brett, Elena Duff, Paul Farnan, Jim Fee, Siobhan Harton, Ben McCabe, Kasia Zimnoch, and Pawel Kleszczewski, Cormac McCann, Rosarie McHugh, Bee Smith, Rikki Van den Berg and Freda Young, participated in the project. 
 
The artists were exposed to the wonderfully diverse and interesting physical and cultural heritage of County Cavan. The art work represents the artists’ response to this county, its people and its rich cultural and physical heritage. 
 
The Process
 
Artists attended three field trips exploring landscape, history, folklore and geology in Counties Cavan and Fermanagh. The first field trip focused on West Cavan and Fermanagh and provided artists with access and insights to deepen their understanding of the unique landscape of the Marble Arch Caves global geopark. Experts in the local area and in geology and archaeology including Grainne O’Connor and Simon Gray, awakened a sense of curiosity in the artists. 
 
A second field trip during heritage week allowed the artists to meet Rachael and Ian Elliott, of Corravahan House, a protected structure. Presentations to artists on this day by Anne Marie Ward, Heritage Officer, Dr Kirstin Lemon and David Cullivan provided the group an opportunity to explore the built heritage and further establish links between architecture, geology and landscape.
 
The third field trip was hosted by the O’Dowd family at Trinity Island, Killeshandra and facilitated by Catriona O’Reilly, Arts Officer. During this trip, artists were exposed to the beautiful flora and fauna prevalent on the island. In addition, installation artist Patricia McKenna, spoke of the importance of place in her work, how it is contested and constructed and use of non-art space for audience engagement. Dr Sean McElwain focused on place shaping music and sounds.   Each of the artists, through their interpretation have considered, responded and made art work that is reflective of, and pays homage to the unique and diverse heritage and the people of Cavan. 
 
Heather Brett participating poet speaking about the project said
 
“it was a privilege to be part of an exhibition that wouldn't look out of place in any city! I love the fact that we were so diverse and responded totally differently to the environment and history....all of the artists involved provided the public with new viewpoints and thought provoking work and that is positive.”
 
Exhibition Opening Hours
 
The exhibition continues at Johnston Central Library, Cavan until 28 February 2018 during Library Opening Hours.  
Johnston Central Library
Farnham Centre
Farnham St
Cavan
H12 V3W4 
Contact Librarian: Kathleen Brady
 
Opening Hours
 
Day Time
Monday 10.00 - 1.15 / 2.15 - 5.15
Tuesday 10.00 - 8.30
Wednesday 10.00 - 1.15 / 2.15 - 5.15
Thursday 10.00 - 8.30
Friday 10.00 - 1.15 / 2.15 - 5.15
Saturday* 10.00 - 1.15 / 2.15 - 5.15

*The Library is closed on the Saturday of Bank Holiday weekends.

Limited access to the exhibition on Tuesday 20 and Thursday 22 February from 5pm and on the 24 February to facilitate community arrangements. 
 
Schools, groups and adult learners are particularly welcome and artists are available to provide talks by prior agreement with the arts office on 049 4378549. 
 

 

Published

05 Jan 2018

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