Visual Art

Visual Arts Commission
Bénédicte Coleman: Beaches Storage Project
Locations: Pallas Strand, Eyeries; Ballydonegan Beach, Allihies; Cahermore Beach; the Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere; and Bere Island.
August 4th – 12th

Beara Arts Festival’s artist-in-residence Bénédicte Coleman aims to engage participants of all ages in her Beaches Storage Project. Under Bénédicte’s direction, man-made debris collected along the shore will be sorted into specially constructed metal units at Pallas Strand, Eyeries; Ballydonegan Beach, Allihies; Cahermore Beach; and Bere Island for the duration of the festival.

Participants will be invited to collect and sort the debris, provoking a discussion on the story of this “rubbish” and its effects on the oceans, and by extension, humans and other species that feed from the seas.

A leaflet with information regarding the phenomenon of plastic detritus and its effects on the world’s oceans will be available, as well as links to beach detritus art projects and initiatives.

About Bénédicte Coleman

Bénédicte graduated from the Cork Crawford College of Art in 2013. Her degree show installation earned her the National Sculpture Factory Bursary Award, which culminated with her installation Papyrus Infiltrans in the garden of the Crawford Art Gallery in July 2014. This exhibition was commissioned by Cork Midsummer Festival.

In September 2015, Bénédicte showed her installation In the Garden of all Things in Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere. This exhibition was supported by the Culture Night Cork County Commission Scheme.

Other exhibitions include Overture: Selected Showcase for Emerging Artists, Damer House Roscrea 2013; Art & Style Brown Thomas: Curated Window Exhibition, Cork 2013; Found: Selected Beara Artists, Allihies Mine Museum, Beara.

Bénédicte lives in Eyeries, Beara.

Tending Boats (c) John Eagle

25th Anniversary Artists in Beara Exhibition
Beara Community School
August 4th – 11th

The first Artists in Beara group exhibition was mounted at Beara Community School in 1992. It featured 75 works by 25 visual artists living in or associated with the Beara peninsula, including Louis le Brocquy, Anne Madden, Mick Mulcahy, Charles Tyrrell, Tim Goulding, Rachel Parry and Cormac Boydell.

Subsequently, an Artists in Beara exhibition was the centre-piece of almost every Beara Arts Festival that ran between 1993 and 2004. This year’s exhibition again serves as a survey of work by local artists, both emerging and established.