Tulca 2017

They Call Us The Screamers 3 November – 19 November 2017

 TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Galway, Ireland

I went for a look at Tulca 2017 They Call Us The Screamers in Galway….

Tulca 2017 They Call Us The Screamers in Galway
Tulca 2017 They Call Us The Screamers in Galway
Tulca 2017 They Call Us The Screamers in Galway
Tulca 2017 They Call Us The Screamers in Galway
Tulca 2017 They Call Us The Screamers in Galway
Tulca 2017 They Call Us The Screamers in Galway
Tulca 2017 They Call Us The Screamers in Galway

The exhibition takes its reference from a book written by Jenny James, published by Caliban Books in 1980. The book is an account of Atlantis, the commune she established a few years earlier in the Gaeltacht village of Burtonport, County Donegal – promoting an approach of de-programming from the modern world through therapeutic self-development and environmental self-sufficiency.  The book is also a response to the controversies and scandals that embroiled the commune during their first years in Ireland, following accusations of cultish behaviour, kidnapping, and physical abuse. The members of the commune were collectively nicknamed ‘The Screamers’ in a 1976 Sunday World article, referring to their practice of primal scream therapy – an adapted form of psychotherapy developed by Dr Arthur Janov that sought to re-enact the traumas of modern upbringing and thereby reverse the neurosis that follows in later life.

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Mayo Arts Service Newsletter October 2017

Great to see an image of my artwork Paper Bloom on the Mayo Arts Service Newsletter for the month of October 2017.

Paper Bloom is my outcome of being Mayo County Councils artist in residence at the Jackie Clarke Collection to commemorate 1916. It is based on the measurements of Padraig Pearse’s jail cell in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, covered in 5,500 handmade white fabric peace lilies.

Centenary book launch

I was invited to go to the launch of the book Centenary last night. It took place at the GPO in Dublin. Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht launched the new publication Centenary. Centenary was edited by Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times journalist and author.

What a brilliant book! Centenary is a state published book documenting the 2016 Centenary Programme. It features many articles, interviews and pictures from the various commemorations and events from around Ireland and the rest of the world – including me and my art work!

Screening of Silent Moves

I’m really looking forward seeing this…..

Silent Moves explores the real challenges faced by people with disabilities in our society: freedom to work, make friends, fall in love, marry, move freely in the world and make their own choices.
A film by internationally acclaimed visual artist Aideen Barry and artists of Western Care’s Ridgepool Training Centre, Scannán Technologies and presented by Ballina Arts Centre. For more information click here.