curated by Declan Sheehan
This project sees a themed group of artist’s residencies based at our dedicated artist studio on the site of Fort Dunree, an ex-military base on a headland in Inishowen - with artists making new work connected to the matrix of themes of resistance and rebellion prompted by this unique site. The project works with artists who between them represent the highest standards and a exceptionally broad range of approaches within contemporary practice.
The Artlink Residency Studio is in Dunree Fort: the site where Wolfe Tone was brought ashore in 1798 after capture, a military fort that has been developed here ever since. Fort Dunree, Dun Fhraoigh in Irish means, “Fort of the Heather” and indicates that this site has been an important military site down through history. The military context is set into stark contrast by the stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife of the site. The site draws increasing numbers of visitors both national and international and these Artlink artist residencies explore how such a unique context can develop contemporary artists’ practices.
Alongside tapping into the history and thematics of Fort Dunree as potential, this programme of Artlink artist residencies is dedicated to using this unique context to continue to engage with our local communities by further developing our innovative programme of artist residencies within this rural setting.
This project began with a residency by Sara Graevu in 2012 and continues with the current exhibition.