2018 Festival Programme
out now!





Maurice Henderson Fry was one of a wave of young artists who found their way into West Cork in the late 1960s and early ’70s. After a spell in Macroom, he settled in Allihies, Beara with his son, Orion.

Soon enough, he began to show his paintings, of scenes that were familiar to us all, but took on a new life under the deft manipulations of his brush: farmers at work in the landscape; glorious banks of wildflowers; and awe-inspiring skies. Truly, he made colour sing.

Beara Arts Festival is proud of its long association with Maurice, up to and including his participation in the 25th Anniversary Artists in Beara exhibition in August 2017. Maurice had only recently returned to painting, having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2014. Sadly, he passed away just a few weeks after the show.

We are delighted to continue our association with Maurice through this celebration of his life and work in our 2018 exhibition, Maurice Henderson Fry: Paintings, which Orion Henderson will open at the Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere at 2pm, Saturday August 4th.

We are delighted also to welcome Maurice’s sister, Beverley Fry, and her daughter, Anna Selby, to Beara. Anna is our 2018 Poet in Residence, and will stay in Dinny’s Place Artists’ Retreat, North Allihies, for the duration of the festival. Anna will lead a Wild Water Workshop at Trá an Phéarla and present a poetry reading at Boydells’ house in Reentrisk.

As usual, our programme includes a wealth of other activities; in the visual arts, literature, music and film. And, as always, we gratefully acknowledge the support of Cork County Council Arts Office, particularly Ian McDonagh, and the 2018 Municipal District Community Fund.



Saturday August 4th

  • 2pm, Opening of Maurice Henderson Fry: Paintings, by Orion Henderson. Beara Coast Hotel. Runs daily August 4th – 12th. Free. VISUAL ART
  • Time, Paper Show, Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere. Runs until August 26th. Free. VISUAL ART

Sunday August 5th

  • 12pm, Poetry Reading by Annette Skade, St Peter’s Church, Castletownbere. TALKS & READINGS
  • 6 – 7.30pm, Singing Workshop with Caz Jeffreys, The Marquee, St Peter’s, Castletownbere. WORKSHOPS
  • 9pm, Farraige: An Evening of Electronic Music, Sarah Walker Gallery. MUSIC

Tuesday August 7th

  • 2 – 4pm, Colour Mixing: Art Workshop for Adults with Ida Matrani, Castletownbere Library. WORKSHOPS

Wednesday August 8th

  • 2 – 4pm, Wild Water Workshop with Anna Selby, Trá an Phiarla, Allihies. WORKSHOPS
  • 7pm, Artist’s Talk with Cathy Bacon, At Cathy’s Studio, Ardacluggan, Urhan. TALKS & READINGS

Thursday August 9th

  • 2 – 4pm, Music Workshop for Young People 10+ with Nico Brown, Castletownbere Library. WORKSHOPS
  • 5 – 7pm, Art Workshop for Adults with Eileen Brennan, Castletownbere Library. WORKSHOPS
  • 8pm, Moondance (1995), St Peter’s Church, Castletownbere. FILM

Friday August 10th

  • 7pm, Poetry Reading by Anna Selby, At Cormac Boydell and Rachel Parry’s house and studios at Reentrisk, Allihies. TALKS & READINGS

Saturday August 11th

  • 2 – 4pm, Origami Workshop with Andrew Desmond, Castletownbere Library. WORKSHOPS
  • 5 – 7pm, Ukulele Workshop for Absolute Beginners with Andrew Desmond, Castletownbere Library. WORKSHOPS

Sunday August 12th

  • 11am – 1pm, Writing Workshop for Young People, Alex Barclay, Castletownbere Library. WORKSHOPS
  • 2pm, Artist’s Talk, Maurice Henderson Fry: A Personal and Artistic Appreciation by Tim Goulding. The Library, The Beara Coast Hotel. TALKS & READINGS