The Potting Shed & Amach Anseo Community Garden Artlink Fort Dunree Saturday 14th September 2019 3pm - 6pm
Born & Bread is a feel good event aimed at promoting inter-cultural dialogue and cooperation among different generations and ethnic groups as all knead together around the same table, while sharing skills, stories and traditions, learning from each other and enriching awareness, understanding and respect.
Dún na nGall (Fort of the Foreigners) is hugely privileged to have a diverse population with a breadth of experiences and traditions, yet we rarely have an opportunity to learn about the many customs and skills that people in our community practice. The purpose of this event is to create dialogue through creativity, a conversation through sharing, a friendly space for people to come together and have fun whilst learning about each other through making.
Through the collective experience of preparing and sharing bread, Born & Bread will use Amach Anseo’s newly built wood-fired oven alongside an open firepit to allow griddle and hotplate breads to be prepared as well as traditional Irish soda bread.
We chose to work with the theme of bread because bread is a staple food popular around the world and in every household in Ireland and is one of the world’s oldest foods, prepared by the simple process of baking a dough of flour and water. The virtually infinite combinations of different flours and differing proportions of ingredients, has resulted in the wide variety of types, shapes, sizes, and textures available around the world. Bread has come to take on significance beyond mere nutrition, standing as a metaphor for hospitality and welcome, evolving into a fixture in religious rituals, secular cultural life and language.
The event has been organised with the guidance of Donegal Intercultural Platform, a voluntary organisation made up of individual members and affiliated organisations who are interested in building inclusion and equality in Donegal.
The event is free and open to all. It is being held outdoors so wrap warm and dry.
Artist Talk Thursday 15th August 7pm Saldanha Suite, Artlink, Fort Dunree
London based artist Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau is in the middle of a month long residency at Artlink, Fort Dunree. As part of his residency he will be talking about his work in conversation with local artist and member of the West Inishowen History & Heritage Society John McCarron. John has a particular interest in early Irish and Celtic art, which in part informs his own art practice.
Matthew’s creates sculptures, drawings, performances and films, employing abject materials and ‘ugly’ techniques. His latest animations are made with the ugliest animation technique from recent history - Flash animation - a style last used in the early days of the internet, before bandwidth rose to allow for streaming video. As he developed these animations, he began to make ‘digital paintings’, and based them on Medieval religious painting which to modern eyes often appear ‘ugly’ or naive because of the different pictorial conventions in that era.
For this residency, he is making new paintings and animations, developing the work he has been focusing on over the past few years. He has been visiting sites of interest in the local area such as old monastic sites, as well as speaking to local historians and artists to develop a better understanding of how the history of Irish Medieval art is embedded physically in the landscape of Donegal, and how that history is represented in contemporary culture.
Easter Monday was our very first plant sale at the community garden. We have been working with Michiel Verspuij from Boomtree Bees since last year to build up our garden and develop our growing potential. He's helped us design the garden, build raised beds and wertical planters as well as a polytunnel and composting system. We'd worked pretty hard and lots of our seeds grew into fine seedlings ready to be transplanted into the garden. We had so many we decided to use the excess plants to raise much needed funds to keep our garden growing. We made pancakes, painted eggs and hunted for chocolate eggs too. We're so grateful to all who came and supported us. If you would like to join the community garden send an email to us. Here are some photos by Bettina Linke of the day.
A colaboration with Artlink and Amazing Grace Festival
Ebb and flow, inhale and exhale, exterior and interior, us and them. What is the relationship (interaction) between the ‘in’ and ‘out’?
Without? ‘Go without …’? ‘Without a care’? ‘The enemy without the gate’ (an archaic usage of the word simply meaning ‘outside!)?
Within? ‘Within our tribe? ‘Within the lines or borders’? ‘Within the law’? ‘Within myself, I feel …’? ‘Within these walls’? ‘‘Look within yourself’? ‘Acts within character’?
When is the time and place to be ‘out’ and to be ‘in’? How do they affect each other? John Newton in Amazing Grace talks about ‘when this flesh and heart shall fail’ (external circumstance), he can still find a life of ‘joy and peace’ (internal state of mind). Is there a need for an ebb and flow between the two? What happens if we stay only focused on being ‘in’ or on only being ‘out’? Do joy and peace only come from within?
Murlough Beach, Portstewart Strand, Downhill Beach and Port Ban Dunree, joined over 30 beaches across the UK and Ireland on Sunday 11 November for Pages of the Sea, Danny Boyle’s commission for 14-18 NOW to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.
The event was an informal, gesture of remembrance for the millions of men and women who left their home shores during the First World War, many never to return. It was delivered in Northern Ireland and County Donegal by the Nerve Centre and National Trust, in partnership with Big Telly Theatre Company, Stendhal Festival, UV Arts, Artlink and Live Music Now.
Port Bán, Dunree unveiled a stunning large scale portrait of Seaman John Patrick Buckley from County Cork who lost his life, along with over 350 others, on the SS Laurentic after it sank at the mouth of Lough Swilly in January 1917 after she struck two mines laid by a German U-Boat. Port Bán looks out to the site of the wreck.
Seaman John Patrick Buckley of the Royal Naval Reserve was born in 1895, in Youghal, County Cork, son of Patrick (Patsy), and Mary Buckley (née Keane), the sixth of their eight children. Patrick was a Sailor and Merchant Seaman, so it seems John Patrick followed in his father’s footsteps. By the time the census was taken in 1911 only four of Patrick and Mary’s children had survived and the following year their son William had also died.
We don’t know exactly when John Patrick joined the crew of the Laurentic but he was probably on board when the ship was stationed in the Far East in 1915 - 1916. In a photograph taken in a portrait studio in Singapore John Patrick stands proudly in uniform, reminding us of the distances that separated these young men from their homes and families. In a Christmas card sent to his sister Kathleen just a month before his death he asks that she “keep one thought apart for a friend who today is afar”. Along with the card he sent Kathleen money to buy the dancing shoes she wanted. John Patrick Buckley’s body was never recovered, leaving this couple who had suffered so much loss, with just their two youngest children Hannah and Kathleen.
From 2pm - 4pm on 11th November attendees at Port Bán got involved in stencilling silouettes on the beach and had the opportunity to hear some of the poems written by the community and view the artwork created by local school children. Parking was available at Fort Dunree and a free shuttle bus ran every 20 minutes, from Fort Dunree to the beach. Hot drinks and refreshments were available from The Coffee Cup at Fort Dunree and Triskele Coffee (at Port Bán).
Poet Carol Ann Duffy was invited by Boyle to write a new poem, which was read by individuals, families and communities as they gathered on the beaches on 11 November. Copies of the poem are available online and were available at the beaches for those who came together or to offer their own personal contribution.
Artlink ‘Pages of the Sea’ Community Events Ahead of Sunday 11th November Artlink hosted several free community events:- A series of schools workshops on the theme of remembrance with local artists Tues 6th - Wednesday 7th November. The schools were St Egney's Desertegney, Scoil Ìosagàin and St Oran's PS Cockhill.
“Nationalist Veterans in the First World War: the True Story” A talk by Seamus Breslin at Buncrana Community Library Wed. 7th Nov 6.30pm - 7.30pm. An illuminating talk about the post Armistice experiences of all WW1 veterans from the North West of Ireland, but in particular that of the Nationalist veterans whose story has seldom been told. It questions the perception that these veterans were shunned by their community, demonstrating that they were well respected throughout the 1920s and 30s, took part in the War of Independence and protested for the rights of disabled war veterans.
Poetry Workshops on the theme of remembrance with author Aileen Mc Gee at Buncrana Community Library; Sat 10th November 10am - 12pm (for Children): 12.15pm - 2.15pm (for Adults)
At the launch of Pages of the Sea, Danny Boyle said: "Beaches are truly public spaces, where nobody rules other than the tide. They seem the perfect place to gather and say a final goodbye and thank you to those whose lives were taken or forever changed by the First World War. I'm inviting people to watch as the faces of the fallen are etched in the sand, and for communities to come together to remember the sacrifices that were made."
The work was commissioned and produced by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and delivered with partner organisations across the UK: National Trust; Activate Performing Arts; Creative Foundation; Eden Project; National Theatre Scotland; Nerve Centre; Sunderland Culture; Taliesin. The wok is in association with Aberystwth Arts Centre; The Grand Theatre of Lemmings; Magna Vitae; MOSTYN; SeaChange Arts; Swansea Council; Swansea University; Theatre Orchard; and VisitBlackpool. Supported by The National Lottery and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. With additional support from Backstage Trust, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and National Rail.
On 11 November 2018, communities will gather on beaches across the UK and Ireland to say thank you and goodbye. Film-maker Danny Boyle invites you to join him in marking 100 years since Armistice and the end of the First World War. Pages of the Sea is a unique moment to say goodbye, together, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.
You’re invited to beaches across the UK and Ireland where, at low tide, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, watch as it is washed away and we take a moment to say a collective goodbye.
In addition members of the public who want to join in can help create silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict. Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem especially for the moment, to be read aloud by individuals, families and communities on the day.
The public can also explore an online gallery of portraits of some of the men and women who lost their lives in the war, and select someone to say a personal goodbye to, or upload a photograph and details of a family member who died. This remembrance can be shared either via social media or as they gather in person on beaches on 11th November.
Artlink is working with the Nerve Centre to co-ordinate the event at Port Bán, Dunree. We'll be publishing full timings of the day and information on how you can get involved in the coming weeks.
Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, in partnership with National Trust, Activate Performing Arts, Creative Foundation, Eden Project, National Theatre Scotland, Nerve Centre, Sunderland Culture and Swansea City Council.
Supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Big Lottery Fund, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
With additional support from Backstage Trust, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and National Rail.
Since we reinstated the ceramic kiln at Fort Dunree this summer, we have wasted no time in offering the local amateur and professional artist support and lessons in ceramic art.
This month local ceramic artist Matthew Porter has been engaged by Artlink to introduce artists to the ancient Japanese art of Raku glazing and firing at The Potting Shed at Fort Dunree. This course has been so popular that, as part of our Culture Night celebrations, we have asked Matthew to demonstrate his skills to the public too.
On Friday 21st September, Matthew will begin with the second part of the ceramic workshop at 4pm in the afternoon when the students on the course will glaze their previously made pots. The glazed ceramic pots will then be fired between 6 and 8 pm, at a public demonstration to show the beautiful effects that can be achieved with the Raku process.
Matthew Porter says “I am delighted to be able to work with Artlink, to show local artists and the public this ancient tradition. It’s great to know that there are facilities here at Artlink for artists to be able to learn and develop their practice in ceramic art, and I look forward to working here again in the future.”
Patricia Spokes from Artlink adds “We are so pleased to be able to offer our local community the ability to learn this craft, and also to develop local ceramic art by making these facilities available to artists. We do hope that on Culture Night people will come and join us here for what will be in the main a social and creative event, but one at which people may learn something about ceramic art and perhaps be inspired to join one of our workshops in the future.”
Everyone is invited to attend the event at Artlink at Fort Dunree on Culture Night, Friday 21st September.