Opening this week: 21 – 27 September 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 14.23.48Engage Arts Festival  is back for its eighth year, and the line-up is as exciting as ever. This multi-disciplinary festival runs from 24 – 27 September in Bandon, Cork. There are eight visual arts events to attend over the four days, as well as a myriad of music, dance, theatre and literature events.

Isabel Nolan is showing her most recent body of work in its entirety at the Allin Institute on Saturday and Sunday. The knees of a funerary sculpture of the poet and cleric John Donne (1572-1631) are the central motif of this show.

Still_2_resiz_20On Saturday and Sunday The Allin Institute building’s billiard room houses an installation by Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, her work combines film and computer generated imagery to explore ideas of landscape and displacement.

Performance artist Fergus Byrne will be performing at Flora Ville on Saturday 26 from 12 – 6 pm. Fergus Byrne is a member of the Visual Arts Centre and is based in Dublin.

HAMMERHEAD-Lucy-July2014_resize_10Cleary Connolly will bring their amazing meta-perceptual helmets to St Peter’s Church. The exhibition also includes Cleary and Connolly’s utopic drawings of unrealised or unrealisable helmets. The Helmets toured Ireland during the summer of 2015 with support from the Arts Council Touring Scheme and were created through an Arts Council Project Award.

Bilbao-based painter Patrick Michael Fitzgerald will show works on paper at The Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday. “Painting is never just a visual phenomenon. It is about the body and how the mind’s eye becomes physical through touch, an event where the world can be rebuilt through painting. Though my paintings in many ways employ an abstract language, I always use my immediate surroundings as a source: a tree, shadows in a room, a garden… humble, everyday things.”

The festival also showcases local sculptors Don Cronin and Moss Gaynor in the Skylight Gallery from Thursday to Saturday.

Check out the full programme that includes Music, Dance, Theatre and Literature events all across the weekend.

Fin Barre’s Festival runs over two days in selected venues throughout the South Parish, on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2015. Featured artists are Natasha Bourke and Clara Griffin, who will be on display in Elizabeth Fort, photographs by Daniel Corkery inThe Abbey Tavern on Gillabbey street and three artists will be in Quay Co-op. There will also be a graffiti jam at the steps of St Fin Barr’s at 1pm.

Keep an eye on their Facebook event page for more details as they unfold.

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