Art re­lated to Famine for Sk­ibb ex­hibit

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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 info@west­corkarts­cen­tre.com

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