2017 Festival Programme
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It’s hard to believe that it’s twenty-five years since author and broadcaster Deirdre Purcell opened the very first Artists in Beara exhibition at Beara Community School. That exhibition showcased the work of twenty-five artists living and working on the Beara peninsula, and was such a success that it was repeated – in various permutations – for many years thereafter.

The exhibition also led directly to the foundation of Beara Arts Festival in 1993. The festival became an annual event, running until 2004. In that time, it featured numerous art exhibitions and installations, artists’ talks, literary workshops and readings, as well as musical and theatrical performances. The festival also published two collections of work by Beara poets with illustrations by local artists; Maidin i mBéara and The Colours of the Wind.

In 2016, we revived Beara Arts Festival with Beyond the Beyonds, a retrospective to mark the eightieth birthday of John Kingerlee, a long-time resident in Claonach and Kilcatherine. The exhibition featured work Kingerlee created over six decades, including many pieces that toured museums across America from 2006 to 2010.

The festival also featured a wealth of local literary, musical and artistic talent, with talks, readings, workshops and performances in venues such as Beara Community School, Castletownbere Library and the Sarah Walker Gallery on the Pier, Castletownbere. The festival’s Sonic Boxes project, featuring the work of local electronic music artists, included Compartments, a collaboration between poet Annette Skade and her son, composer Cormac Mac an Fhalla, that was broadcast on the Dursey Island cable-car for eight days. Other recordings, by David Harmax and Ian Geraghty, were housed in metal containers at the Allihies Mines, Dunboy, the Glebe Graveyard outside Castletownbere and Glenbeg Lake outside Ardgroom.

This year, our programme is more diverse again. We are grateful for the support of The Arts Council and Cork County Council Arts Office in allowing us to commission On the Edge of Darkness, a new musical composition for piano, strings and electronics, by David Harmax; and Beaches Storage Project, a trail of participative art installations by Bénédicte Coleman.

For this year’s festival, Cormac Mac an Fhalla, Ian Geraghty and David Harmax have created another series of electronic music installations, which can be heard at the signal towers on Dursey, Black Ball Head and Bere Island. Sara Baume has accepted our invitation to be our first writer-in-residence, staying at Dinny’s Place artist’s retreat in North Allihies. We have recorded Dursey Island Discs, featuring the voices of eight people from or associated with the only island in Ireland connected to the mainland by cable-car. And we have again arranged a series of artists’ talks and workshops, all of which are free.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the film The Purple Taxi/Un Taxi Mauve, much of which was shot in Eyeries. To mark the occasion, we are screening The Purple Taxi in the Village Hall, the first time the film will ever have been shown in Beara.

And we are hosting another Artists in Beara exhibition – which will again be opened by Deirdre Purcell – back where it all began, at the Beara Community School.

We hope our 2017 edition of Beara Arts Festival will be welcomed as warmly.

DAY BY DAY

Friday August 4

  • 6pm Opening of the 25th Anniversary Artists in Beara exhibition of local artists at Beara Community School. All welcome. Runs 11am – 5pm daily until Friday August 11th. VISUAL ART
  • 8pm Cormac Ó Caoimh and Martin Leahy at The High Tide Club. Tickets: €12 from sarahwalkergallery.com. MUSIC

Saturday August 5

  • Visual Arts Commission. Bénédicte Coleman: Beaches Storage Project. At Eyeries Strand, Ballydonegan Beach, Cahermore Beach and Bere Island. Free. Daily until August 12th. VISUAL ART
  • 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm Leo Cullen Creative Writing Workshop at Castletownbere Library. Free, but booking necessary: castletownberelibrary@corkcoco.ie / 027 70233. WORKSHOPS & READINGS
  • The Three Towers sound installations at the signal towers on Dursey, Black Ball Head and Bere Island. Free. Daily until August 12th.  SOUND
  • 8pm New Music Commission. World premiere of David Harmax’s On the Edge of Darkness, for piano, strings and electronics, at The High Tide Club. With support from Bill Karnation. Tickets: €15 from sarahwalkergallery.com. MUSIC

Sunday August 6

  • 11am – 1pm Origami Workshop (all ages over 10) with Andrew Desmond. Free, but booking necessary: castletownberelibrary@corkcoco.ie / 027 70233.  WORKSHOPS & READINGS
  • 1pm Tim Goulding Artist’s Talk at Beara Community School. Free.  WORKSHOPS & READINGS
  • 2 – 4pm Ukulele for Absolute Beginners Workshop (all ages over 10) with Andrew Desmond. Free, but booking necessary: castletownberelibrary@corkcoco.ie / 027 70233.  WORKSHOPS & READINGS
  • 4pm Annette Skade Poetry Reading, Boydells’ house.  WORKSHOPS & READINGS

Monday August 7

  • 11am – 1pm Alex Barclay Creative Writing Workshop for Children. Free, but booking necessary: castletownberelibrary@corkcoco.ie / 027 70233.  WORKSHOPS & READINGS
  • 1pm John Eagle Demonstration of Oil Painting at Beara Community School. Free.  WORKSHOPS & READINGS

Tuesday August 8

  • 2 – 4pm Eileen Brennan Art Workshop for 8 – 10-year-olds at Castletownbere Library. Free, but booking necessary: castletownberelibrary@corkcoco.ie / 027 70233.  WORKSHOPS & READINGS
  • 8pm Launch of Dursey Island Discs at Lehanmore Community Centre. Five Dursey Islanders and three others associated with the island select their favourite items of music in a series of audio recordings. All welcome. SOUND

Wednesday August 9

  • 11am – 1pm Tina Darb PR for Artists Workshop. Free, but booking necessary: info@bearaartsfestival.com  WORKSHOPS & READINGS
  • Thursday 10th August, 1pm Bénédicte Coleman Artist’s Talk at Beara Community School. Free.  WORKSHOPS & READINGS
  • 40th Anniversary screenings of The Purple Taxi at The Hall, Eyeries. 6pm and 8.30pm. Donations to Cancer Connect. FILM

Saturday August 12

  • 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm Leanne O’Sullivan Poetry Workshop (see website for details). Free, but booking necessary: info@bearaartsfestival.com  WORKSHOPS & READINGS
  • 2pm Nature Walk on Bere Island with John O’Sullivan. Meet at the pier at Rerrin Village. Free.  WORKSHOPS & READINGS