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Culture Night 17th September 2021

 Banna Píob Chuan Modh 18:30

Banna Píob Chuan Modh was established in October 2010 with a view to setting up a Pipe

Band in the Clew Bay Area. Banna Píob Chuan Modh translates as The Clew Bay Pipe

Band.Des Cafferkey is the Pipe Major of Banna Píob Chuan Modh, which makes him the

musical director, and senior instrumentalist. Peter Carney, Principal of Carrowholly N.

S. and Pipe Sergeant, is his deputy, and he coordinates the behind the scenes work and

logistics for the group.

 Sculpture at Westport Quay 14:00 –  18:00

Custom House Studios in cooperation with Mayo County Council are pleased to host an outdoor exhibition of contemporary sculpture

at Westport Quay, Co Mayo, in Summer 2021. Exhibiting Artists: Donnacha Cahill, Eileen Mac Donagh, Lelia Ni Chathmhaoil / Aoife

Casby, Maeve Curley, John Gibbons, Conleth Gent, Kathlyn O’Brien, Paul Mosse, Vivian Hansbury, Andrew Folan, Emma Bourke.

 Meet the Artist: Pauline Garavan –  Seeing Earth 19:00

This exhibition invites the viewer to see planet Earth through fresh eyes. First, a series of

intimate images draws the viewer into an up-close engagement with the intense beauty of a

living world often overlooked or taken for granted. The images explore the organic forms of

an Earth resonant with life. In these encounters the evocation of light, colour, and texture

open up new vistas of the hidden, breathing planet. A flower aflame with the sun, a hint of a

cetacean moving in the great ocean, fungus settling into new colour, haws gleaming on stalks

– each image hints at worlds within worlds unfolding before the eye which pays attention.

 The taken-for-granted is given the gift of being seen . Then, the exhibition brings the viewer into a direct visual encounter with the

Earth in its totality using the iconic image taken by William Anders in 1968 from the Apollo 8 moon mission. Here, the human eye is

presented with a painting of the first ever picture of its planetary home. The scale of deep seeing is now that of the planet itself. The

marvel of life and its fragility is revealed when the blue Earth is seen against the vast expanses of dark space. This image shows an

Earth on which all life is connected, and no borders exist. The journey from the micro realms to the macro sphere of the planet situates

the human within the community of shared being. In an era of climate peril and habitat loss, this exhibition challenges us through lifecelebrating

meditative observation to enter the depth of what it is to fully be in harmony with all that surrounds us.

Pauline Garavan’s practice is based primarily in paint and some small scale sculpture. She is represented by The Trinity Gall ery,

Dublin. She has shown her work in many solo shows and has exhibited widely in selected and open group exhibitions. Her work is

held in public and private collections in Ireland, the UK and the United States.

 Donncha Moynihan guitar / Ger Reidy poet. 19:30

Custom House Studios presents a concert featuring newly composed music and poems interlaced

with older material drawn from the ancient traditions of Ireland. Three highly regarded traditional

musicians, Deirdre Moynihan vocals/fiddle, Diarmaid Moynihan on uilleann pipes and Donncha

Moynihan guitar will join forces with renowned poet Ger Reidy to provide an hour long performance.

The Moynihan siblings have featured on many award winning albums and have toured globally

appearing at many major folk festivals in Europe and the USA.

Ger Reidy is a Westport based poet who has published three critically acclaimed volumes of poetry

and a collection of short stories. His first volume entitled ‘Pictures from a Reservation’ was published

in the late 90’s and was the launch pad for a very successful writing career and his most recent work

is a collection of short stories entitled ‘Jobs for a Wet Day.’

 Meet the Artist: Vera Ryklova – Of the Body 20:30

Vera Ryklova explores the concept of the self and the events that impact its social construction. Her own lived experience is her source and

her own body is her medium. Both deliberately used to intimate women’s reality to the public eye. Ryklova performs to the lens and produces

photographic and video self-portraits. The key concept of her practice is confrontation and the camera has the function of a distancing device

that she utilises to experience a state of catharsis. In her work she particularly observes emotional conflict aroused by the divergence of

reality that exists from that which has been desired. In doing so, she layers elements of her past and present, which together builds a subject

for the viewers to explore, as well as invites their life experiences to impact the reading of her work. Her exhibition Of the Body features a

new body of work. Ryklova is going to introduce two projects at the stage of work-in-progress to manifest the trajectory of her practice after

presenting her previous work in two independent solo exhibitions. Optimal Distance, a photographic exploration of a sense of belonging, is

one. the only real thing to do, a video work that questions the role of faith, is the other.

 Open Studios. 18:00 – 20:30

An opportunity to visit working artist’s studios.

exhibited at the National Gallery of Ireland. She presented two solo exhibitions, in 2021 at the Irish language, arts and cultural centre

Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich (Belfast) and in 2018 at Triskel Arts Centre (Cork). She has also exhibited in several group exhibitions held

in Ireland and the UK, including FiLiA Feminist Conference (London, Manchester) and her work is included in the Art Collection of

Trinity College Dublin.

Although these projects evolved independently, they complement one another. Optimal

Distance expands on the concept initiated in her earlier work and the idea for the only real

thing to do was inspired by the experience of making Optimal Distance. Ryklova takes the

work she has produced for the two ongoing projects and represents it in a way that refersto

a wider sense of a state of incompletion, process, search for resolution. This exhibition aims

to excite viewers to follow the progress of her new work.

Vera Ryklova is a Dublin based artist who works in lens-based media. She was one of five

selected Irish Talents representing PhotoIreand in 2020 at FUTURES, a Europe-based

platform for photography. She won the Hotron Art Works Prize for work by a recent

 graduate in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2016, which

 exhibited at the National Gallery of Ireland. She presented two solo exhibitions, in 2021 at the Irish language, arts and cultural centre

Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich (Belfast) and in 2018 at Triskel Arts Centre (Cork). She has also exhibited in several group exhibitions held

in Ireland and the UK, including FiLiA Feminist Conference (London, Manchester) and her work is included in the Art Collection of

Trinity College Dublin.

Culture Night is strategically funded by Mayo County Council and the Arts Council and is supported by Creative Ireland and participating groups & venues in Mayo.  Media Sponsor is Mid-West Radio. 

 

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Genres: Music / Performance / Poetry / Visual Art

Features: Family friendly / Wheelchair accessible

Address: Outside Custom House Studios, The Quay, Westport, Co Mayo

Website: http://www.customhousestudios.ie

Phone: 087 7633257

No Booking Required