There was an excellent turn out for the reception event for Artlink Members Annual Exhibition: Mark 1 on Saturday 18th July at Saldanha Galleries, Fort Dunree Military Museum, Inishowen, Co. Donegal
Visitors from across Ireland made their way to Buncrana on Saturday evening to celebrate the inaugural Artlink Members Annual Exhibition. Twenty eight of the members of the Inishowen based art organisation showed new and recent artworks. The exhibition demonstrated the diverse approach to contemporary art making and included oil on canvas, photography, sculpture, film, performance and installation.
“This is an exciting time at Artlink, the creation of a membership system which offers support for locally based visual artists and in turn benefits contemporary visual culture in the region. Membership builds a support network for individuals and creates opportunities for artists to self determine contemporary practice. One of the themes for this exhibition reflects this collection of artists and their individual way of working as well as how they interact as a group. The work of an artist can often be a solitary activity. Working as part of an artist collective generates opportunities spreads knowledge, ideas and can also have a subconscious influence on an artist’s practice. By fostering an atmosphere of creativity allows artist the freedom of expression and encourages the production of new art work. This atmosphere in turn infiltrates the wider community.” Grace Mitchell, exhibition co-curator.
Although the indoor exhibition concluded on 23rd July one site specific work remains open and merits a visit. Leonie Tang, a Dublin-based artist, has created a camera obscura opposite the entrance hut at Fort Dunree.
The term Camera Obscura comes from the latin meaning ‘darkened chamber’, and is the earliest known imaging devise and the precursor of the modern day photographic camera. This site-specific installation makes use of the small ‘shutters’ and darkened interior to create a panorama of images within the space which change with the light and the time of day; charming and wonderful, evoking place, memory and perception.
“This installation will educate even the stranger to the photographic practice on everything from the history of photographic process, to the science behind optics, to the artistic endeavours of the photographic medium - and all within a spectacular interactive domain.” Leonie Tang
The installation is open until mid-August, Monday to Friday from 10h30 to 16h30 and Saturday/Sunday from 13h to 16h30.
John Black, Patrick Clafferty, Bernard DeCuster, Deirdre Doherty, Patricia Doherty Roe, Catherine Ellis, Emma Hirsk, Bernadette Hopkins, Anna Hryniewicz, Paul Kerr, Steve Lewis, Kevin McClelland, Sinead McGuinn, Aodán McCardle, Claire McLaughlin, Kevin McLaughlin, Lori Anne McMahon, Hilary Morton, Caroline Murphy, Adam Rory Porter, Liam Rodden Jr, Myriam Rommers, Mary Ryan, Patricia Spokes, Louise Spokes, Rebecca Strain, Leonie Tang, Sinead Walsh, Eileen Welsh
Shelly McDonnell is an artist and independent curator based in Galway City. She was board member and Chairperson of 126 Artist-Run Gallery from 2013- April 2015. During her time in 126, in addition to facilitating many exhibitions and national and international exchanges with artists and organisations, she coordinated the first 126 Quarterly Magazine and was chief coordinator of the 126 research project FOOTFALL: Articulating the Value of Artist Led Organisations in Ireland (published March 2015). She also sits on the board of TULCA Festival of Visual Art and Engage Art Studios and was Assistant Producer of TULCA 2014 (curated by Valerie Connor). Freelance curatorial work includes Engage Annual Members Show, Clifden Arts Festival (2013), Hyperopia, Clifden Arts Festival (2012), The Coach House Show, Dublin Castle (2003-2009). She graduated with B.A. Hons. in Fine Art from NCAD, Dublin in 2004.
Grace Mitchell is an Art Administrator and Independent Curator. She is currently Studio Manager of Engage Art Studios, Galway. She is Secretary of the visual arts advocacy group ADAPT Galway. Previously Grace was Treasurer of 126 Artist-Run Gallery (2014-2015) and Arts Administrator and Workshop Coordinator of Lorg Printmakers (2009-2011). Previous curatorial projects include Lorg Printmakers/ BIP Art (Brighton UK) Print exchange programme (2010) and the Lorg Printmakers/Zea Maze Printmakers (Massachusetts, USA) Print Exchange Programme (2011). She has a B.A. degree in Fine Art Printmaking from CCAM, Galway Mayo I.T. (2008) and a Masters Degree in Arts Policy and Practice from NUI Galway (2012).