Bere Island Arts Festival

Bere Island Arts Festival

The inaugural Bere Island Arts Festival will feature a full programme of visual arts, theatre, music, and literature, celebrating the creativity and the inspiration to be found on West Cork’s Bere Island.

The four-day event is packed with exhibitions and performances and is sure to become a regular fixture on the islands calendar in the years to come.

 

THURSDAY

The Hold – Exhibition

An exhibition by visual artist Mary Sullivan in collaboration with Bere Island Women Create will explore the creativity of Bere Island women through the lens of quilt making, performance, written word, sound, and photography. Bere Island women reflect on the hold that the island has over them through their creative responses to the lsand.

Location: The Drill Hall (10 minute walk from Rerrin Village)

 

Sarah Walker Exhibition

View the art created by Sarah Walker – a visual artist living and working on the Beara Peninsula, West Cork. She grew up in Dublin and studied Fine Art Painting at the National College of Art and Design. In 1991 she moved to live permanently in Beara and opened the Sarah Walker Gallery in 2000.

Location: Wild Atlantic Glamping

 

Islanders’ Art Exhibition Opening

 

Four Bere Island artists come together to showcase their work in an exhibition inspired bu Bere Island and its surroundings. The work on display will include drawings, photographic images, sculptures, and quilting.

Location: Lecture Theatre (Former Camp Church)

Joining The Club & Murder in Little Grimely

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The Peninsula Players presents an evening of theatre with two one-act comedies by David Tristram.

Joining the Club– This is the night that Jenny plans to reveal the results of her home pregnancy test to her husband, Tom. But he has some startling news of his own…

Murder in Little Grimley – Anxious to cash in on the public’s appetite for detective dramas, the Chairman Gordon writes a whodunnit. But in a bizarre twist he then finds himself embroiled in a real-life murder mystery that threatens to put him behind bars.

Local drama group the Peninsula Players have been entertaining audiences in Beara and beyond since 2012. Some past productions include ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ by Joseph Kesselring, Oscar Wilde’s ‘ Importance of being Earnest’, ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan ‘by Martin McDonagh, O Casey’s ‘Bedtime story’ and the’ Lone Star Love Potion’ by Michael Parker, to name just a few.

Location: Lecture Theatre (Former Camp Church)

 

 

FRIDAY

 

Writing Workshop with Molly Twomey

 

In this three-hour generative workshop, participants will become miners digging for gold in the everyday details we so often ignore. Using visualisation and the act of remembering, you will write poems based on your daily life and the objects and communities around us that nourish and sometimes frustrate us.

Location: Bere Island Heritage & Information Centre

 

Pinhole Photography Worskhop with Harry Moore

Friday 22 September 2023

At this  pinhole workshop,  Transition Year students at Scoil Phobail Bhéara will explore the making of pinhole cameras, creating negative images and then producing a positive black and white photographic print. Some cameras will be available as well as the opportunity and details for participants to make their own cameras. The Saturday version of this workshop will be open to the public.

Location: Wild Atlantic Glamping

 

Bere Island Military History Tour

Take a guided tour of Lonehort Battery, which was operational during World War One. It is the largest of seven gun batteries built on Bere Island by the British Admiralty. The battery is surrounded by a deep moat and still contains two 6″ coastal artillery guns.

Location: Lonehort Battery, near Rerrin

Reading by Molly Twomey

Molly Twomey’s work has appeared in New England Review, Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, The Irish Times, Mslexia, The Stinging Fly and elsewhere. The poet grew up in Lismore, County Waterford, and graduated in 2019 with an MA in Creative Writing from University College Cork.

Location: This event will be held outdoors at the Bere Island Standing Stone or Gallán which is said to mark the exact centre of the island. It is located in the townland of Greenane in a place known locally as Ard na Gaoithe (windy height) and is 3m tall. Legend has it that a giant on the mainland threw a stone at the Cailleach Beara/The Old Hag of Beara but it missed and landed on the island. The stone is part of the Beara Way walking loop on Bere Island and can be easily accessed.

In the event of adverse weather, the venue will be changed to The Bere Island Heritage Centre. All ticket holders will be notified by email.

Poetry Open Mic

Calling all poets. Read in a small, supportive and friendly environment. We would love to hear your work. Open to all to come and read and/or listen.

If you’d like to read, book your 5 minute slot by emailing hurley_pauline@hotmail.com.

Location: Bere Island Standing Stone (Gallán)

In the event of adverse weather, the venue will be changed to The Bere Island Heritage Centre. All ticket holders will be notified by email.

 

Culture Night on Bere Island

“Come west along the road with Conal Creedon”

 

This event is part of an evening of storytelling, art and music to celebrate Culture Night and officially open the inaugural Bere Island Arts Festival.

Location: The Drill Hall (10 minute walk from Rerrin Village)

 

The Hold by Mary Sullivan

The Hold by Mary Sullivan and Bere Island Women Create is a gorgeous book charting the art project undertaken on Bere Island. The book will be officially launched by  Majella O’Neill Collins as part of an evening of storytelling, art and music to celebrate Culture Night and officially open the inaugural Bere Island Arts Festival.

Location: The Drill Hall (10 minute walk from Rerrin Village)

Concert by ‘The Starlings’

Enjoy a performance by the Starling Band – formed in 2012 with musicians Deirdre Archbold, Christine Deady, Paula K O’Brien, and Liz Clark. All 4 band members have links to Bere Island. Their gorgeous 4-part harmonies and alternative instrumentation have proved popular at the Skibbereen Arts Festival twice and in pubs and concert venues throughout West Cork.

Location: The Drill Hall (10 minute walk from Rerrin Village)

 

SATURDAY

 

Poetry, Conjuring and Magic with Annemarie Ni Churreáin

 

How to conjure mystery and magic in a poem? Join poet and editor Annemarie Ní Churreáin for a creative writing workshop aimed at poets writing across a range of subjects including landscape, history, family autobiography and the Otherworld.

In a supportive and encouraging environment participants will learn to identify resonant themes and will gain insights into the dynamics at play in the making of a poem. Workshop activities will include creative writing prompts, close reading of work by established poets, and group discussion.

No previous experience of poetry or of magic required. Poets at all levels of experience welcome!

Location: The Bere Island Heritage and Information Centre

 

Writing Workshop with Adam Wyeth

In this stimulating workshop you’ll be given a range of writing prompts to help get your creative juices flowing and improve your skills as a writer. Moving across all fictional genres, this course will provide ways to deepen imagination and craft, bringing fresh ideas and layers to your work, helping to take to it to the next level.

Location: Wild Atlantic Glamping

 

Pinhole Photography Workshop with Harry Moore

The pinhole workshop will explore the making of pinhole cameras, creating negative images and then producing a positive black and white photographic print. Some cameras will be available as well as the opportunity and details for participants to make their own cameras.

Location: Wild Atlantic Glamping

 

A reading by Annemarie Ni Churreáin from her book The Poison Glen

 

Weaving together landscape, history, and the compelling mythology of a Donegal site known as ‘The Poison Glen’, here are poems of grit and burning, of wildness, grace and magic, of dreaming and compassion.

Location: Bere Island Standing Stone (Gallán)
In the event of adverse weather, the venue will be changed to The Bere Island Heritage Centre. All ticket holders will be notified by email.

 

Military History Tour

 

Take a guided tour of Lonehort Battery, which was operational during World War One, is the largest of seven gun batteries built on Bere Island by the British Admiralty. The battery is surrounded by a deep moat and still contains two 6″ coastal artillery guns.

Location: Lonehort Battery

 

Reading by Bere Island poet Seamus Harrington

Seamus Harrington’s recognitions for poetry recently include a shortlisting in the Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition. He has had poems placed and published in the UK, the US and in Ireland in publications such as Hungry Hill Writing, Southword Journal, The Red Wheelbarrow, Poetry Rivals, Crannog Magazine, Mobius and many others.

Location: Wild Atlantic Glamping

 

A musical performance reading of about:blank by Adam Wyeth in collaboration with Brigid Leman & Frieda Freytag

In this special event, Adam Wyeth teams up with acclaimed musicians, electric cellist Frieda Freytag and violinist Brigid Leman, to create a unique and spellbinding performance of music and poetry.

Location: Wild Atlantic Glamping

 

Donal Ryan: Reading from The Queen of Dirt Island followed by Q&A

  

Acclaimed author Donal Ryan joins us on Bere Island to read from The Queen of Dirt Island – his soaring, jubilant story about four generations of women, fierce love, and the powerful stories that bind people together.

The Aylward women of Nenagh, Tipperary, are mad about each other, but you wouldn’t always think it. You’d have to know them to know – despite what the neighbours might say about raised voices and dramatic scenes – that their house is a place of peace, filled with love, a refuge from the sadness and cruelty of the world. Their story begins at an end and ends at a beginning. It involves wives and widows, gunrunners and gougers, sinners and saints. It’s a story of terrible betrayals and fierce loyalties, of isolation and togetherness, of transgression, forgiveness, desire, and love. About all the things family can be and all the things it sometimes isn’t.

Reading followed by a Q&A session.

Location: Wild Atlantic Glamping

 

 

 

Details of Saturday and Sunday events to follow.

For the full programme, see https://bereislandartsfestival.ie

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Date

Sep 21 - 24 2023
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Time

All Day

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Location

Bere Island
Bere Island

Organizer

Bere Island Project Group
Email
bereconservation@gmail.com
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