Opening of “OAK 2015” at Killenure Castle, Dundrum (near Cashel) is on Saturday 9th May from 3.00 – 6.00pm.
Curated by Pauline O’Connell and to be opened by Darragh McCullough. Music bu Jerry Fish.
I am going to install my Rib Bone (wing) and a Sycamore Seed (wing) sculpture on Monday for the show.
The original thatched 17th century house was enlarged and extended to link the house to the well-preserved castle ruins. The Cooper family lived there for 217 years, 6 generations. After the Coopers sold the property in 1963 to the Alisons, they in turn sold it to the Baileys and some of the outbuildings were turned into a school.
In the mid 80s Jessica Roth became the owner and developed an art studio and meditation centre.
In October 2007 the present owners (Eavaun Carmody and Emmet Sexton) bought the property and have begun extensive work on the house and the grounds. They hope to restore the walled garden in 2015. With a background in art and design and passion for period property, they have restored and sensitively modernised this home for their own family. They are developing Killenure Castle™ as a cultural destination during the summer months. At other times of the year, the property can be hired for cultural events.
A cross section of art practice accounts for the wide variety of work on display, ranging from traditional sculpture, painting to video and installation, work that relates to the rural context in varying conceptual and textural ways.”The list of artists are : Michael Canning, Maud Cotter, Eileen MacDonagh, Daphne Wright, Marie Foley, Sonja Landweer, Margaret Tuffy, Cecilia Bullo, Cecilia Moore, Bob Frazier, Martin Lyttle, Martha Quinn, Tom Fitzgerald, David Fitzjohn ( Wales ), Michael Fortune, Rachel Parry, Aoife Banville, Eva Kelly, Holger Lang (Austria).