Art related to Famine for Skibb exhibit
West Cork is to host an exhibition of the world’s largest collection of Famine-related art.
The free exhibition, Coming Home: Art and the Great
Hunger, opens at the Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, in Skibbereen on July 20.
It is also part of a major historical, cultural, and educational event which continues for three months in Skibbereen and spreads to other parts of the region.
The permanent home of the collection is Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.
On its first visit to Ireland, it has so far been viewed by more than 55,000 people in Dublin Castle since February.
It constitutes a direct link to the past of almost 6.5m Irish and 40m Irish-American people.
Significantly, it is accompanied by a rich and diverse programme of performances, talks, lectures, and events at Uillinn and in other locations.
The vast programme is made possible by the cultural collaboration of Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Skibbereen Arts Festival, West Cork History Festival, A Taste Of Cork Food Festival, West Cork Literary Festival, and The West Cork Education Centre.
Organisers say it is a unique opportunity for the people of West Cork, and visitors to the region, to experience artworks by major Irish and Irish-American artists of the past 170 years such as Daniel Macdonald, Paul Henry, Jack B Yeats, William Crozier, Hughie O’Donoghue, Dorothy Cross, and Alanna O’Kelly.
The extensive programme includes a West Cork schools programme; a series of artist residencies in association with the Crawford Art Gallery and University College Cork; a unique performance by acclaimed Irish artist Alanna O’Kelly for Schull Workhouse,
Anáil na Beatha; a celebration of the legacy of young women who emigrated to Australia called 110 Skibbereen Girls;
Chronicles of The Great Irish Famine concert with Declan O’Rourke and guests, and a garden trail at Reen Farm Sculpture Garden were artist John Kelly lives with his family.
There are also Famine Stories Walking Tours, an artists talk in the gallery with Robert Ballagh, the world premiere of Rua Breathnach’s
Welcome To The Stranger at Skibbereen Town Hall, the Canon Goodman Concert with Lúnasa, Point Of Departure: A Lament film screening and drama workshops for children, a poetry reading by Cherry Smyth of her longform poem Famished , and numerous Heritage Centre talks.
For more information, log onto westcorkartscentre.com phone 028 22090 or email email@example.com