An island, a community, an exhibition

Island of the arts smaller version

Sherkin Island artists, photographers, musicians and craftworkers are preparing for the islands’ annual community exhibition.

Part of West Cork Islands Festival, the exhibition ‘Samhradh Le Cheile’ (Summer Together) opens in the Community Hall on Sherkin Island at 2:30pm this coming Saturday 16th June and will run for two weeks.

The exhibition is being curated by Sherkin Island artists and former graduates of the island’s Visual Arts Degree Programme, Brigid O’Connell and Jean Dunne.  It will include all aspects of visual art including drawings, paintings, sculpture and photography. Craftwork such as basket-weaving, textiles, knitting, wood-turning, ceramics and jewellery will also be featured.

A unique aspect of this year’s exhibition is that people have been invited to submit their favourite recipes as well, with a few lines about the person it came from and a photograph of them.

In addition to the Samhradh Le Cheile exhibition, several of the island’s artists are opening their studios to give visitors an insight into their creative working environments and how they work.

There will also be a series of open workshops running throughout the weekend,  and for music lovers, the Presto Quartet will play at the North Shore on Sunday 17th June from 4.30pm. This is a group of Transition Year students from the Cork School of Music who will perform a world premiere of an original piece by Ian Wilson. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

There is something for everyone at this year’s West Cork Islands Festival on Sherkin Island so we hope that people will make the ten minute journey across Baltimore Harbour to see this summer celebration of community and creativity.

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John Simpson, Nigel Towse, Tara O' Donoghue and Brigid O'Connell Madden

John Simpson, Nigel Towse, Tara O’ Donoghue and Brigid O’Connell Madden are seen here on Silver Strand, Sherkin Island