A summer of art on Sherkin Island

Sherkin artists: Sherkin Tara, Vanessa Richardson, John Simpson, Jo Ashby, Brigid O’ Connell Madden and Nigel Towse. Pic: Robbie Murphy

Despite the additional challenges of social distancing, the Sherkin Island community has decided to go ahead with its plans to showcase the island’s creative and artistic talent and a series of art exhibitions will take place in the Community Hall on Sherkin Island this summer.

The annual Sherkin Island community art exhibition runs until July 4 and is a celebration of the diverse creative talent on the island. It will include paintings, photography, sculpture, textiles and ceramics. The exhibition will open every day, from 12 noon until 5pm. 

Six more art exhibitions will run after that right up until August 24: July 6-11, Jordyn Lynch; July 13-21, Jo Ashby and Robbie Murphy; July 23-August 2, Vanessa Richardson and Nigel Towse; August 4-9, Tara O’ Donoghue; August 11-16, Brigid Madden and Roisin Youell; August 18-24, John Simpson.

 All will operate under strict Covid-19 guidelines including the use of hand sanitisers, face coverings for all visitors and a one-way system in line with social distancing requirements.

Known as ‘island of the arts’, Sherkin Island has attracted a population of creative individuals including professional and non-professional artists, musicians, writers and photographers.

Aisling Moran, project coordinator with Sherkin Island Development Society (SIDS) said: “We have thought long and hard about holding the exhibitions this year due to the additional diligence required by Covid-19 guidelines. As always, we are grateful to Cork County Council for their support in helping this to happen. We see it as a great opportunity to showcase the great creative work that is being done here and to welcome people to the island.”

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WCP Staff

WCP Staff Writer

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