Sherkin Creates is a community art exhibition set to showcase the wonderful creative talent on West Cork’s Sherkin Island
The exhibition opens in the Sherkin Island Community Hall at 2:30pm on Saturday 18th June. Part of the West Cork Islands ‘Summer on the Islands’ Festival, the exhibition will be curated by Sherkin Island painter, Jo Ashby.
It will include a wide variety of arts and crafts, ranging from drawings, paintings, and sculpture to photography, basket-weaving, textiles, and jewellery – all made by island residents.
The exhibition will run on 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th and 26th June and on the 1st and 2nd July.
Images of Islanders
An interesting facet of the ‘Sherkin Creates’ exhibition is that it will feature photographs of islanders themselves.
The images will be displayed around the Community Hall in the form of an undulating stream of images.
Jo Ashby explained:”We are inviting the entire island community to take pictures of each other going about their daily business, as well as while they are creating, to promote greater community participation and to give a sense of daily island life.”
“The images will circle the exhibition space to show the strong creative thread that binds us all on Sherkin Island.”
There will also be opportunities for visitors to join in practical sessions in the Community Hall, such as a photography demonstration and a knitting session.
Aisling Moran, West Cork Development Worker, said: “We are extremely grateful to Fáilte Ireland for their support of the West Cork Islands Festival and to Cork County Council’s Art Department for their support with our Sherkin Creates exhibition.”
“It promises to be a great weekend, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the island. An added bonus is that artists will also be opening their studios to visitors over the opening weekend”.
“And there will be a heritage photographic exhibition showing Sherkin Island images of historic and social interest so there is something for everyone.”
A regular ferry service runs from Baltimore to Sherkin Island.