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Sherkin exhibition has all ingredients for success

June 10th, 2018 7:10 AM

By Southern Star Team

Sherkin Island artists, from left, John Simpson, Tara O'Donoghue, Brigid O'Connell-Madden and Nigel Towse (with his hand-made willow lobster pot) at Silver Strand on Sherkin Island. (Photo: Robbie Murphy)

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ARTISTS, photographers, musicians and craftworkers are preparing for Sherkin Island’s annual community exhibition.

The exhibition gives the public an opportunity to see why Sherkin is widely regarded as ‘the island of the arts.’

This year, as part of its focus on inclusivity, islanders have been asked to submit a favourite recipe and photo of themselves to go on show. 

Part of this year’s West Cork Islands Festival, the exhibition ‘Samhradh Le Cheile’ (Summer Together) opens in the Community Hall on Sherkin Island at 2.30pm on Saturday, June 16th and will run for two weeks until Sunday, July 1st.

Curated by Sherkin Island artists and former graduates of the island’s Visual Arts degree programme, Brigid O’ Connell-Madden and Jean Dunne, the exhibition will include all aspects of visual art including drawings, paintings, sculpture and photography. Craftwork such as basket-weaving, textiles, knitting, wood-turning, ceramics and jewellery will also be featured.

Project co-ordinator for Sherkin Island Development Society, Aisling Moran, said: ‘Once again, we are showcasing the amazing creative talent on Sherkin Island and to see how the unique landscape of this island of artists influences and inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to create.

A unique aspect of this year’s exhibition is that people have been invited to submit their favourite recipes as well, and these will be available for all to see and sample.

There will be a series of open workshops running throughout the weekend, and for music lovers, the Presto Quartet will play at the North Shore on Sunday, June 17th from 4.30pm. This is a group of Transition Year students from the Cork School of Music.

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