Askeaton to host feast of contemporary art

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

Askeaton to host feast of contemporary art

Seanie Barron’s carved sticks will feature in the LCGA

ASKEATON’S annual festival of contemporary art returns this month with an eclectic programme of events throughout the town and wider community.

Now in its eleventh year, the Welcome to the Neighbourhood festival, has brought over 70 artistic projects to fruition since it was established in 2006.

This year’s programme will see a host of Irish and international artists living and working in the town throughout July. A series of public events, free and open to all, occur during the artists’ stay, with a special open day on Saturday, July 23, featuring artworks to be encountered throughout Askeaton.

Among the artists taking part are Limerick’s Liz Ryan and Martyn Turner, cartoonist for The Irish Times, each of whom are developing new artworks as part of the ongoing state centenary programme entitled The Askeaton Commune. Also taking part will be artists from Mexico, Colombia, Brussels and Barcelona.

The festival kicks off this Friday with the launch of a new publishing initiative by Askeaton Contemporary Arts and a discussion about independent publishing and artist books. Copies of new issues will be available, including a reissue of John Carson’s seminal 1978 artwork A Bottle of Stout in Every Pub in Buncrana.

Next Tuesday, there’s a treat for cheese lovers, with a talk by one of London’s most prominent art critics, Chris Fite-Wassilak. Afterwards, there will be a chance to taste a selection of cheeses especially chosen by Chris for Welcome to the Neighbourhood.

Both events will take place in the offices of Askeaton Civic Trust.

The open day, on July 23, will see the resident artists presenting their projects in venues throughout the town. There will also be a walking tour of Askeaton accompanied by resident artists and curators and hosted by artist Sean Lynch.

Also taking place as part of the festival is an exhibition by local wood carver Seanie Barron and Quim Packard, entitled Sticks and Stones Will Break Our Bones. Located in the Limerick City Gallery of Art and the neighbouring People’s Park, this joint exhibition explores ideas of nature and folklore through sculptures, found objects, drawings and wood carvings.

See www.askeatonarts.com for more information.