Uillinn engages with all this summer

by Gavin Buckley
and Louise Forsyth 

Summer is finally here, and we have so much going on at Uillinn for you to enjoy! See below for details on a very small selection of our events but do check in with us for more over the summer and beyond. 

Together Now: The Engagement Project, which runs to August 21 is a large group exhibition of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture and film by artists from different practice contexts from all over Ireland, who have been working together in residencies and other forms of engagement since 2014. The work on show has been made as a result of collaborations and conversations between the artists from KCAT and artists who prioritise social engagement, performance, installation and a variety of media from film and video to very un-traditional interpretations of traditional media such as painting and sculpture. The exhibition will be engaging, challenging, colourful and fun. Most of all, it is designed to encourage awareness of the diversity of arts practice. It will be accompanied by a publication from the Together Now symposium.

An eight-day Summer Art and Dance Camp will be held from July 16 to 19 and 23 to 27 entitled ‘Mapping the Divide’, with dance artist in residence Mairéad Vaughan and artist in residence Tomasz Madajczak. For children aged nine to 12 years (10 places), booking and payment essential to secure place on 02822090 or info@westcorkartscentre.com. Mapping the Divide is a creative exploration into the effects of technology on our body, mind and environment. Students will be invited to journey into the body and out to the landscape, to bring awareness of the direct sensory and kinaesthetic relationship we have with our environment. Using gathered materials chosen from the landscape, they will explore textures, patterns, smells, sights and sounds. Then movements will be choreographed from this investigation to create a site-specific, pop-up performance for Skibbereen Arts Festival Saturday, July 27 at 1pm.

Barefoot Baroque will be welcomed back to Uillinn on Thursday, July 25 at 2.30pm. Barefoot Baroque bring the vibrant and sublime music of the baroque era in a series of informal concerts in beautiful spaces around the towns and islands of West Cork. Featuring Justin Grounds (baroque violin), Katy Salvidge (harp and recorder), Gideon Wieck (viola), Tess Leak (cello) and Camilla Griehsel (alto voice), the group bring arias from Handel and Bach, concertos from Telemann and some solo and duet music, with a passion to share this music with all, in a relaxed and refreshing style. All welcome, donations to the musicians.

A group of young actors have come together to create a modern version of Othello by William Shakespeare, performing on Thursday, July 25, 8pm in Skibbereen Town Hall. A story full of themes relevant to young people: love, jealousy, friendship, loyalty, bullying and insecurity. The play is full of great roles that are adapted to a modern setting. Tickets €10, available on Eventbrite.

Join Professional choral director, Katy Salvidge for Pop-Up Choir (Kids) on Monday, July 29 and Pop-Up Choir (Teens) on Tuesday, July 30. Come and sing in a choir that’s created in just one day! Experience performing with professional musicians in a short concert at the end of the day. Katy Salvidge is the founder of community choirs in Baltimore and Bantry and the creator of the Pop-Up Choir in West Cork and Portugal. A multi-instrumentalist, Katy is well known for bringing the joy of singing to the whole community and is also a member of the acclaimed Barefoot Baroque Ensemble. For seven to 12-year olds. Fee: €25 (limited places). Booking with Katy Salvidge on on 086 3256172 or ksoundage@yahoo.com 

The Vespertine Dancers will lead a creative dance workshop exploring dance and both live and recorded music in a fully inclusive way on Wednesday, July 31. Through group and individual work and using improvisation some of the methods used to create our collaboration with The Vespertine Quintet will be shared. The workshop is open to all with and without disabilities and suitable for both experienced dancers and those with no previous dance experience. This collaboration is funded by the Skibbereen Arts Festival. €5 Booking on 02822090 or info@westcorkartscentre.com 

As part of Skibbereen Arts Festival (July 26 to August 4), there is a huge programme of events, please contact us for further information on 02822090, info@westcorkartscentre.com or keep an eye on our website and Facebook page. For more information on upcoming classes, courses, workshops and lots more please see our website www.westcorkartscentre.com follow us on facebook and twitter, ring 028 22090 or call in and see us. Remember entrance to Uillinn is FREE and many of our many events throughout the year are free of charge also. Please note that we are closed on Sundays and most Bank Holiday Mondays. 

WCP Staff

WCP Staff Writer

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