5 new artworks commissioned for Camden Fort, Crosshaven, Cork Harbour

Inner Sea - Julia Pallone - 2011

For War Department Use Only - Julie Merriman - 2011

Bound for Home - Nell Regan and Monica Boyle

Bound for Home - Nell Regan and Monica Boyle

In Celebration of Two Non-Events - James L Hayes

Five artists are preparing to unveil a series of intriguing new artworks which have been specially commissioned by Cork County Council as part of the redevelopment programme of the Fort Camden military installation overlooking the entrance to Cork Harbour.  

This event is the culmination of over a year’s work in which Cork County Council invited artists to visit Fort Camden and propose various imaginative responses to the site. Four visual artists, James L. Hayes, Julia Pallone, Julie Merriman, Monica Boyle and poet, Nell Regan were selected for commission. They have spent the last seven months working on the site and in their studios to create a series of dramatic installations that re-imagine the life and history of the Fort.

The commissioned works are installed in the Casemate building at Fort Camden.  This powerfully built structure, designed to withstand bombardment, provides a unique and atmospheric setting for the artists work. When developing the commission Cork county Council asked the artists to make work that would add to the visitors experience of Fort Camden. What visitors will find are startling transformations of buildings as in Julia Pallone’s Inner Sea where she has created an artificial sea in a cave-like space.

James L Hayes in his dramatic installation In Celebration of Two Non-Events uses found materials which he has recast and incorporated into new forms where he contrasts the magnificence of military power with the mundane routine of military life.

Artist Julie Merriman has been attracted by the idea of the harbour being guarded by the two forts of Camden and Carlisle. Julie works in a delicate drawing style that uses mapping techniques and it is no surprise in her installation For War Department Use Only that she has chosen to recreate 19th century plans of both fortresses.

Poet Nell Regan and visual Artist Monica Boyle combine forces to create a magnificent installation entitled Bound for Home which in word and image recreates personal lives and stories of military personnel stationed in the fort.

The Fort Camden Commissions Series 2011 went on public view from 13  August and continues until the end of September.

Opening times Saturday & Sundays 12-17:00 hours 



Commission Call Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

16 August 2017

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Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.

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