Beyond the Beyonds: A Retrospective (1962 – 2016)
11am – 5pm daily, July 24 – August 5
Beara Community School, Castletownbere
Public seminar: An exploration of John Kingerlee’s work as an artist, featuring Larry Powell, Ros Drinkwater, George Kingsworth, Alannah Hopkin and Gerard Gibson.
11.30am – 1.30pm, 2.30 – 4.30pm, Saturday, July 23 (all welcome)
Official opening: 2pm, Sunday, July 24 (all welcome)
Biography: Born in Birmingham in 1936, John Kingerlee began making art in the Sixties. He lived in Cornwall for some years, before moving to the Beara peninsula in 1982. He and wife Mo first settled in Cleanagh, and later in Kilcatherine. In his time in Beara, Kingerlee produced an extraordinary volume of work, much of it abstract, and was championed by international art critics such as Ted Pillsbury and William Zimmer.
For five years from 2005, an exhibition of Kingerlee’s work toured museums in the United States. In 2008, he became the first Irish artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Museum of China. He is the subject of two books – Kingerlee, by Jonathan Benington, and The Whole Planet is a Garden: The Genius of John Kingerlee, edited by Ted Pillsbury – and a new documentary film by Marina Levitina and Colm Hogan.
Beyond the Beyonds is a retrospective of Kingerlee’s work from 1962 to the present day. It includes examples of the artist’s signature series of Grids and Heads, as well as landscapes, drawings and painted collages.
Beyond the Beyonds is curated by Marc O’Sullivan Vallig and Rachel Parry, and presented in association with Beara Community School, Cork County Council and Castletownbere Development Association.
Sarah Walker Gallery, The Pier, Castletownbere
Open daily until August 7
Initiated by artist Angie Shanahan in collaboration with painter Jacqueline O’Driscoll and ceramicist Eileen Singleton, the travelling Island-Oileán project is described as “an on-going journey through water and memory”.
The project was launched in autumn 2015 and has so far staged a series of residential workshops on two islands: Cape Clear and Bere Island. Supported by the Arts Office of Cork County Council and headed by Eileen Singleton, the popular workshops have involved collaborating with local adults and children on the islands to make plaster casts from objects that have meaning and significance to them.
Island-Oileán features plaster casts and found objects from the islands, and a short film by director and producer Aisling Browne, as well as the three artists’ paintings, prints and sculptural ceramics.
Fundraising Auction of Work by Carol Brawley
8pm, Friday, July 29
Anam Cara, Eyeries
The late American artist Carol Brawley lived near Eyeries for the last 18 years of her life. Carol had solo exhibitions in Santa Fe, SFCA Gallery, Grand View Gallery LA and Galeria Avril. After suffering a traumatic head injury and disability in a motor vehicle accident, Carol continued to paint on a smaller, more intimate scale and also developed a serious interest in fine art photography.
Guest auctioneer: Seán O’Leary
Anonymous bids will be accepted for first hour of viewing.
Proceeds will go towards medical costs incurred by Margaret Hardman.
Please contact Julie Aldridge 027 74331 for further details.