Showcase days to Askeaton Contemporary Arts festival

The old railway station in blossom

AS OF this July 26, consider an exploration of Askeaton’s ‘Welcome to the Neighbourhood’ as this visual art festival tapers. This is the two-week showcase to Askeaton Contemporary Arts for which selected national and international artists conceive and make visual art works at historic and everyday sites in the village.

Today Thursday 26 will platform the work of Karin Dubsky, one of Ireland’s leading marine ecologists. She works at Trinity College Dublin and is coordinator and co-founder of the NGO Coastwatch Europe.

Dubsky speaks and campaigns regularly on environmental issues. From the festival curator Michele Horrigan, we hear that “following the recent Coastwatch Europe exhibition at the European Parliament in Brussels, she will describe her work and how a greater understanding and inclusive vision of an area such as the Shannon Estuary area could be gained.

“This is relevant to EU marine spatial planning and an increasing focus in Askeaton Contemporary Arts’ programming since 2017’s international conference The Algae Summit.”

Consider Saturday July 28 to be the grand finale to this promenade exhibition that sees works evolve in places such as the friary or even a field on the edge of town. We can assemble at Askeaton Civic Trust at 3pm for the yearly Open Day celebrating what 2018’s artists-in-residence have achieved.

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The reception will be followed by a tour encountering new projects by Matt Calderwood, Jonny Lyons, Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty. Expect to be led around town by the friendly, astute and informed commentary from ACA’s Michele Horrigan and fellow artist Séan Lynch.

Take the 314 bus from Colbert Station and incidentally, Askeaton’s old railway station has its own floral installation created by artists Niamh Moriarty and Ruth Clinton, pictured in conversation with Breda Dunworth.