A creative gathering on Sherkin Island

Summer is bursting out all over

Summer is bursting out all over

Sherkin Island is preparing for its annual community arts & craft exhibition at the  Community Hall this weekend (June 17th – 18th June).

‘The Gathering’ exhibition will be officially opened by Ann Davoren, director of the West Cork Arts Centre,  in the Community Hall on Sherkin Island at 2:30pm on Saturday 17th June.

Curated by Sherkin Island artist, Mona O’ Driscoll, the exhibition will include a wide variety of arts and crafts, ranging from drawings, paintings and sculpture to photography, basket-weaving, textiles and jewellery – all made by island residents. I have submitted a sculpture and the above acrylic & pastel painting.

An interesting facet of the exhibition is that it will also feature photographs of Sherkin Island animals. The images will circle the exhibition space to show the strong connection with the island’s wildlife, farming and pet community.

Nellie, me old sea dog

Nellie, our old sea dog, will be making a guest appearance… unlike her owner who will be in Birmingham attending the opening of  Two Distant Views.

The exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to gather the creative work of this tiny community but also to gather together for what is always a lovely social event to celebrate the talent that’s on this island.

There will also be opportunities for visitors to join in practical sessions in the Community Hall on Sunday 18th June from 1pm, including photography, haiku and knitting workshops.

An added bonus is that there is a new series of walks around the island this year – all clearly signed – so it’s a great opportunity to make a day of it and explore the island’s beaches and scenic beauty. (Note to self – must do a blog post about those walks).

Several island artists will also be opening their studios to visitors over the weekend of ‘The Gathering’ exhibition.

A regular ferry service runs from Baltimore to Sherkin Island:   http://www.sherkinisland.eu/ferry