Askeaton’s ‘Welcome to the Neighbourhood’ festival

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Seanie Barron whose exhibition of walking sticks will open on Friday.

ASKEATON Contemporary Arts return with their ‘Welcome to the Neighbourhood’ festival this Friday. 

The group, which commissions, produces and exhibits contemporary art in Askeaton, will host the 14th edition of ‘Welcome to the Neighbourhood’ curated by Michelle Horrigan. All events are free and open to the public.

The programme of events will get under way this Friday with stone carving by Stephen Burke and Mark Ranalow who will display their skills and guide the public in creating their own masterpieces.

On Friday night, Seanie Barron will showcase an exhibition of branches he collected and shaped into walking sticks, while on Saturday there will be a walking tour along the banks of the River Deel.

A variety of movies will be featured on the programme with Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty’s short movie ‘I don’t believe in isms’, which looks at the impact of American culture on Irish identity. Michael Higgins and Juana Robles will present a one-night only event, reflecting their artistic work in experimental film and referencing the history of travelling cinema that once frequented Askeaton.

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The festival’s annual Open Day will take place on Saturday June 25, celebrating the work of 2022’s artists-in-residence. A reception at Askeaton Civic Trust will be followed by a guided tour of the town, where the pubic will encounter the work of Adrian Duncan, Chloe Brenan and Laurie Robbins.

This will be followed by the launch of Nollaig Molloy’s new publication ‘A Confection of Photographs’.

Full list of festival programme here.