Sherkin Island’s ‘Samhradh Le Cheile’ (Summer Together) Exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to gain an insight into the island of the arts
Sherkin Island artists, photographers, musicians and craftworkers are inviting visitors to the island’s annual community art exhibition.
Part of West Cork Islands Festival, the exhibition ‘Samhraidh Le Cheile’ (Summer Together) officially opene in the Community Hall on Sherkin Island at 3pm on Thursday 13th June and will run each day until 5:30pm until Monday 24th June.
The exhibition is curated by Sherkin Island artists and former graduates of the island’s Visual Arts Degree Programme, Brigid O’ Connell Madden and Jean Dunne. It will include all aspects of the visual arts including drawings, paintings, sculpture and photography. Craftwork such as basket-weaving, textiles, knitting, wood-turning, ceramics and jewellery will also be featured.
Jean Dunne said: “This is a perfect opportunity to see Sherkin Island’s creative community come together to showcase the wonderful talent on the island and to see how their work has been influenced by the land and seascapes of this wild and beautiful place.”
Sherkin – Island of the Arts
Known as the ‘island of the arts’, Sherkin Island has attracted a population of creative individuals including professional and non-professional artists, musicians, writers and photographers.
Several artists will be opening their studios during the two-week festival, giving visitors to the island an insight into their working lives and environments.
There will also be an opportunity for island residents to submit a favourite recipe again this year, as Brigid O’ Connell Madden explained: “Not everyone can paint, so for those who are creative in the kitchen instead, we are inviting people to submit recipes so that we are inclusive of all talent on the island. This project includes all island residents and provides a window into lives and family histories, with many of the family recipes going back several generations.”
The plan is to gather the recipes to capture them in a book at a later date.
There will also be music sessions and social dancing, as well as a crochet workshop on Saturday 22nd June. On Friday 14th at 6.00pm, Medazza, a vocal ensemble, will perform at North Shore, Sherkin Island.
Brigid O’ Connell Madden said: “This year’s Samradh le Cheile exhibition is an eclectic collection of art and craft works and is well worth the ten-minute journey across Baltimore Harbour to see what Sherkin Island has to offer. Hopefully, the sun will shine so that visitors can full take advantage of the island’s beaches and scenery to make a day of it.
“We are extremely grateful to Fáilte Ireland, the West Cork Summer on the Islands Festival and to Cork County Council’s Art Department for their support.”
For ferry times see: http://www.sherkinisland.eu/ferry