To Hold Still
June 14th - 27th 2021
The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork
Open Daily: 11am-4pm (Closed Tuesdays and Monday 21 June)
To Hold Still is a sculptural installation made from briars which spills through the doll's house space of the Lord Mayor's Pavilion. The work draws on the idea of suspended time in fairytales, where brambles surround and protect a castle's sleeping inhabitants. During the first lockdown Anne Ffrench spent a lot of time in young woodland overgrown with gorse and briar, two impenetrable barriers. Briars, she reminds us, have a vital protective function, saplings need the time of the briar to establish and grow strong before the briars recede and trees take their place. During the first lockdown we heard reports of nature reclaiming space as humans stood still. To Hold Still wonders what if ‘lockdown’ could mean the briars were free to grow and encircle us until the threat had passed, much like the castle in Sleeping Beauty. Accessible to a family audience on the imaginative level of the fairytale, To Hold Still is a visually striking meditation on time, threat and care, and further, a prompt for us to be still and allow nature to grow wild around us.
This Cork Midsummer Festival exhibition is part of a new series of installations from Jessica Akerman, David Mathúna & Andrew McSweeney, Anne Ffrench, Vicki Davis, and Pádraig Spillane, curated by visual arts curators in residence Pluck Projects. Find out more here.
News: Corks Emerging Artists set to shine with support of Anonymous Donor Innovative, ground-breaking and imaginative programmes secure backing Statement by the Community Foundation for Ireland
Ground-breaking arts projects which allow emerging Cork artists to break-through in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions are to go ahead after securing support from an anonymous donor through The Community Foundation for Ireland. The Foundation has announced that three local groups have secured support from its Cork Arts Fund which was established after a donor came forward with €200,000 to support projects aimed at giving artists determined to overcome disadvantage an opportunity to highlight their talents.
Announcing the successful projects The Community Foundation has paid tribute to the passionate, energetic and vibrant artistic community undeterred by the huge challenges of the past 18-months. Each has been selected on the basis that it will address or give voice to social disadvantage or injustice. The projects include 10 theatre productions, Bursaries and Artists in Residence Programmes as well as Exhibitions of new works. All have a strong community component. The three projects are:
Sample-Studios in Churchfield is in partnership with Radical Institute in providing residencies for at-risk and marginalised artists through a new programme called The Radical Institute Studios of Sanctuary. In a first of its kind project for Cork a framework has been developed for holistic, practice-based learning, experimentation, and collaboration by at-risk and marginalised artists. Art and creative practices will be promoted as a means of cultivating personal development and cross-cultural understandings. There will also be a focus on building sustainable community alliances and social solidarity. 3 artists and creative practitioners in residence will have the opportunity to avail of 'Studios of Sanctuary' in Sample-Studios and take part in a tailored mentorship programme by Radical Institute (Dr. Eve Olney and Dr. Krini Kafiris)
The Rising Sparks Programme by Benchspace in the Marina Commercial Park. Rising Sparks will engage artists from marginalised and disadvantaged communities who work with wood, textiles, jewellery or metal. Five will be offered year-long support to discover and nurture their talents before showing their ability to the wider community at a special Rising Sparks Exhibition.
The Cork Arts Theatre on Carrolls Quay is establishing a new Creative Empowerment Award Programme. Theatre companies and artists are invited to develop new stage works. They will be diverse, forward thinking and adventurous and will be supported by the theatre’s Artistic Director, Technical Director and other production expertise. Cork audiences can look forward to 10 new premiers at the theatre.
Announcing the projects, Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation for Ireland said:
“Our anonymous donor wanted Cork’s artistic community to push boundaries, be bold and be brave in giving voice to those who are disadvantaged, excluded or isolated. The response has been overwhelming. It is clear the vibrancy, range and resilience of artists and their supporters in Cork remains strong despite the challenges of the past 12-months. Audiences can expect works which open minds, raise questions and at times maybe challenging as new emerging artists grow their talents. We can look forward to works, exhibitions and performances with a sense of excitement and anticipation. This is going to be an energetic period for the arts in Cork. Find out more here.
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