Askeaton Contemporary Arts: Book Launch

The Limerick Hellfire Club by James Worsdale, 1740. Courtesy National Gallery of Ireland

Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Askeaton Contemporary Arts: Book Launch

Since 2006, Askeaton Contemporary Arts has commissioned, produced, and exhibited contemporary art in the locale of a small town in County Limerick, Ireland. An annual residency program, artist commissions and exhibitions frequently occur. To date, over forty projects have been realized in Askeaton.

With no ‘white-cube’ gallery spaces in Askeaton, artists work in public spaces throughout the town. This form of engagement focuses on the existing dynamics of the locale, intending to bring forward the diverse layers of daily life and create a rich framework for subjective encounters. A local audience are often actively implicated into the development of projects through their assistance or participation. Such an approach is built on a belief that contemporary art can be used as a critical hub for local society, as a form of critique, investigation and celebration where artists are at the center of these dialogues.

Recent projects will be highlighted in a series of short presentations, book launch and discussion afterwards. The Hellfire Club is a series of new commissions based upon the presence of an 18th century secret society house in Askeaton. Today, the building is inaccessible to the public, as a ruin in constant danger of collapse. Around this site of physical decay, featured artists have considered the Hellfire history, its non-conformist allusions to the society of the 1700s, and its material presence as a crumbling ruin in the middle of a small Irish countryside town. New commissions by Stephen Brandes, Diana Copperwhite, Tom Fitzgerald, Sean Lynch and Louise Manifold are detailed in a catalogue publication, which features texts from Michele Horrigan, Padraic E. Moore and Brian O’Doherty.  Furthermore, aspects of the Welcome to the Neighbourhood residency programme will be discussed, giving an overview of the methodologies and projects accomplished.

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Michele Horrigan

Michele Horrigan is an artist and curator whose practice revolves around the legacies and potentials of environment and site. She employs video and photography in an investigative manner to research and represent hidden or overlooked narratives, creating new forms of knowledge in the process. Horrigan has considered the role of bauxite refining and its environmental consequences in her ongoing Stigma Damages, while other projects such as Where Does The Law Stand With Leprechauns? probe how mythology and Hollywood movies have created surprising real-life narratives both in Ireland and the United States.

Her curatorial energies have an emphasis on working with artists in site-specific or context-led roles. Since 2006 she is founder and director of Askeaton Contemporary Arts (ACA), facilitating artist residencies, exhibitions and publication production in rural southwest Ireland. Many ACA projects have been presented throughout the world in exhibitions, art biennials and film festivals. Horrigan is editor and publisher of ACA Public, an independent press established since 2014. Her writing, essays and articles have been commissioned for among others, Mousse Publishing and Bomb Magazine.

Amanda Ralph

Ralph is an artist whose practice is based on ideas generated through consideration of material in the public realm. Amanda is Program Director of the MA in Visual Arts Practices at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. She holds an M.Sc. from Trinity College Dublin, and MFA from University of Arizona Tucson. Awards include Fulbright Scholarship and residency at the International Studio Programme at PS1, New York.

Sean Lynch

Lynch is a visual artist based in Limerick. In recent years his artworks have been exhibited at the Camden Arts Centre, London; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; and Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, among others. He is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, and is also author and editor of several publications. In 2012 he was a participant at the Gasworks International Residency Programme, London.

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