Art in Cork Special: Cork Midsummer Festival


Cork Midsummer Festival opens this Friday 12 June in Cork and runs over two weekends 12- 14 and 19 – 21 June.

Cork Midsummer Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages. Its programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all artforms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists

The_Ruin_resizeIn Plain Sight by Kim Haughton opens at the Atrium, Cork City Hall on Saturday 13 June.  This body of work began following a chance encounter with a man wearing devil horns and a priest’s collar outside a cathedral in Dublin. His story of abuse in bucolic locations in Donegal led to a four year project photographing seemingly ordinary landscapes across Ireland. The images show the byroads, beaches, and homes where the cruelest acts were carried out on vulnerable children. In a collaborative process, survivors recount their stories of love, loss, forgiveness, suffering, justice and injustice. ’In Plain Sight’ is nominated for the 2015 Prix Pictet, the world’s leading prize for photography and sustainability. In March, Haughton was named by TIME magazine as one of ‘nine Irish photographers to follow”.

Douglas-final-print_crop_1200_800_c1Auxons of the Grand Collective is a print exhibition by Douglas Bosley across two venues in the city. He uses the mezzotint printmaking process – first developed in the 1700s –a detailed process involving roughening a metal plate with thousands of tiny dots. His work opens at Cork Printmakers and Bolts Coffee and Arthouse on June 12 and runs until 25th June.

modUlar1-1Shape Shifting interactive art workshop with Dominic Fee from 2.30 – 4.30 at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery on Saturday 13 June. Build complex shapes using cut card and assemble a variety of different and exciting transformations of these within the gallery space. This drop-in workshop is based on Dominic’s own sculpture currently on display in the exhibition and this work will remain in the Gallery. Please note this workshop is limited to 12 participants per session.


3-walled-town-of-cork-c1575-pacata-hibernia-a-797x1024_editedJoin Ben Reilly and Éilis Ní Fhaoláin for Settlement sand casting river maps workshop, it promises to be an afternoon of family fun. They welcome children and parents to get creative using sand, plaster and clay and cast a river map based on the River Lee as it runs through Cork. Help build river settlements, ‘huts’ or mini dwellings from clay and straw. All materials will be provided and children can take home their own work.





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