Clare - Ennis

Clare Museum

Transparencies - Art Installation

With its long abandoned corridors, a solitary, eerie and melancholic loneliness that’s palpable clings to this old stone building that’s situated at the edge of town.

That’s why it has attracted all sorts – teenagers and photography enthusiasts especially, who have come through its falling doors over the years. I am no exception to this.

As I child I remember attending mass in Our Lady’s Lunatic Asylum on the Gort Road in Ennis on Sundays – how fascinated we were by the ‘patients’, as we called them. They were friendly, though they often appeared very affected.

Transparencies in the field of optics ‘is the physical property of allowing light to pass through a material’.

And so these opaque images on film pressed between layers of glass and framed within a light, attempt to navigate through the long, sad and lonely history associated with the hospital that now stands abandoned and derelict.

The work brings together portraits and architectural images of the structure that’s now being left to rack and ruin.

Time: 4pm - 7.30pm

Genres: Visual Art

Features: Wheelchair accessible

Address: Arthur's Row, Ennis


No Booking Required

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