Mayo County Council Arts Office Public Art Programme in collaboration with The Linenhall Arts Centre are delighted to announce an afternoon of artist’s talks in relation to the recently launched FIND project.
On Saturday 19th April at 2pm, artist Alice Maher, who was one of the mentors for the FIND artists, will give the first talk of the afternoon. This will be followed by the artists each giving brief 15 minute talks about their practice, and specifically their project for FIND.
There will be a break in between the talks for tea/coffee and the afternoon will finish with an informal Q&A session in the gallery/studio space, with wine and refreshments.
FIND is an exciting artistic venture presenting a series of temporary artworks/installations/events in and around the town of Castlebar, with the Linenhall Arts Centre acting as central focus for participating artists and audience alike.
This special public art programme created by County Mayo based artists was launched in March and included a performance and re-enactment of a tug of war that used to be an annual event for workers at the Old Hat Factory. The artist searched out descendants of the hat factory to take part, along with students from St Joseph’s school in the town. Other artworks to be found include a series of miniature drawings in business environments, an outdoor film projection, a building that lights up and interacts with passers by, a side street crammed with flags and text relating to the old Linen industry and the old Castlebar Star Cinema rediscovered and represented in a very unexpected way.
The Mayo artists who were selected for the commissions are Nuala Clarke (with Crystal Gandrud), Alice Dixon (with Anthony Champa), Joanna Hopkins, Chris Leach, Amanda Rice and Ian Wieczorek.
An accompanying exhibition at The Linenhall exposes the studio work and processes behind the production of these artworks. The gallery space will in effect become a living installation of artist’s studios during the month of the exhibition and audience members throughout April will have the opportunity to observe and meet the artists working in the space.
Full details of the project, the artists and their artworks are available via www.findartproject.com including a downloadable brochure, with location map for the artworks.
This is a free event and all are welcome to attend. Artist’s talks start at 2pm in the Linenhall Arts Centre theatre, Saturday 19th April.