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Vocal harmonic workshops with Susan McManamon Creative Places West Cork Islands

Vocal harmonic workshops with Susan McManamon

Harmonic workshops (pilot project)
Sherkin Island
July and August 2023
Two vocal harmonic workshops with Susan McManamon, involving members of the church choir and other musicians and singers from the island. 

Hedge School Tom Keeley Creative Places West Cork Islands

Hedge School 

Tom Keeley
Féile 2023: Photographic exhibition, art installation & performance
Oileán Chléire / Cape Clear
Summer 2023

Multi-media performance lecture and installation, exploreing what an interconnected island perspective shows us about living together across borders today and beyond.

Catherine Reinhart Collective mending Creative Places West Cork Islands

Catherine Reinhart 

Collective mending
Sherkin Island North Shore
December 2023

The Collective Mending Sessions was a series of socially engaged workshops centered on collaboratively mending a quilt. These workshops resemble a quilting bee where participants learn basic mending and textile care while building community in a warm, inclusive environment

Community Exhibition Cape Clear Danny Stewart Creative Places West Cork Islands

Community Exhibition

Duncan Harper, Pierce Hickey, Róisín Ó Chonáill, Kirstie Affleck, Doris and Ferdia O Liadáin, Simon Kidd, Catherine Ryan, Ruairí Ó Donnabháin, William Bock & Helle Helsner and Danny Stewart. 

Féile 2023: Exhibition & walking trail 
Oileán Chléire / Cape Clear
Summer 2023 
Curated by Ruairí Ó Donnabháin

Community exhibition Oileán Chléire.  An exhibition of local artists as part of OILEÁN the annual Irish language focused arts festival on Cape Clear

Samuel Beckett Cascando Aedín Cosgrove of Pan Pan theatre Creative Places West Cork Isalnds

Samuel Beckett Cascando 

Aedín Cosgrove of Pan Pan theatre.
Féile 2023: Outdoor Theatre
Oileán Chléire
Summer 2023

Presentation of the internationally acclaimed work of a local artist Aedin Cosgrove of Pan Pan theatre

Bere Island Art Festival Creative Places West Cork Islands

Bere Island Arts festival

Inaugural Bere Island Arts Festival
September 2023

A festival of visual art, theatre, dance, and literature celebrating the local and the national and offering a diverse range of events across scenic locations.

Launched on Culture Night by novelist, and playwright, Cónal Creedon, highlights included; an exhibition of ‘The Hold’ by Mary Sullivan, new work by Sarah Walker, a stunning performance by the local choir in collaboration with a visiting choir and directed by Eva Mullan, pinhole photography workshop with Harry Moore, workshops and talks with writers Adam Wyeth, Annemarie Ni Churreáin, Molly Twomey, Donal Ryan, and Bere Island’s Seamus Harrington. Three of the country’s finest traditional musicians Máirtín O Connor, Zoe Conway and Dónal Lunny headlined on Saturday night and the final day included a long table lunch, music, dance and storytelling – phew, what a weekend!

Kirstie Affleck<br />
Artist, Maker<br />
Oileán Chléire

Kirstie Affleck 

Artist, Maker
Oileán Chléire

Farmer maker and Islander Kirstie Affleck is working on a new body of work with her self shedding sheep, developing her practice, of traditional wool spinning, knitting and stranded colorwork to produce pictures & stand-alone art pieces 

The Museum of Birds and Beasts.Tess Leak & Sharon Whooley. Creative Places West Cork Isalnds

The Museum of Birds and Beasts 

Tess Leak & Sharon Whooley
Participatory arts project
All Islands

The artists will work with islanders to develop a Museum of Birds and Beasts, exploring folklore and artefacts. Working wih farmers, ferry drivers, islanders connected to fishing, bird enthusiasts etc to collect stories of bird, animal, and marine lore. 

Mona O Driscoll Sherkin Creative Places West Cork Islands

Community Scoruíochting & Map of Sherkin’s Heritage Place Names

Mona O’ Driscoll 
Community gathering and map making
Research and development stage

Due to the changing environment of farming, fishing and ownership of lands on Sherkin Island, the need to record the names of local roads, and features on Sherkin has become important. This project, led by Mona will go deep into the heart of local identities to constitute a deeper understanding how people past and present make meaning on the island

Simon Kidd Cape Clear Creative Places West Cork Islands

Simon Kidd 

Oileán Chléire / Cape Clear

His work creates artefacts of place, dealing with the island’s physical materiality, creating very pleasing casts (silicone moulds) of rock faces, before translating them into ceramic objects. Cruthaíonn a shaothar déantáin áite, ag plé le hábharthacht fhisiciúil an oileáin, ag cruthú teilgin an-taitneamhacha (múnlaí sileacóin) d’aghaidheanna carraige, sula n-aistrítear iad ina réada ceirmeacha. 

Norman King Sherkin Island Creative Places West Cork Islands

Norman King 

Book & Exhibition
Sherkin Island
Book launch to be announced 

Never before published reflections on island life through poetry and songs by islander Norman King. A selection of work that give voice to his unique personal lived experiences with wit and humour and some are pure flights of fancy and imagination, others connect with the natural environment and evoke a pure sense of joy with illustration by John Simson.

Basket Making with Martin O’ Flynn Bere Island Creative Places West Cork Islands

Basket Making with Martin O’ Flynn 

Bere Island Active Retirement Group
Bere Island
October/November 2023

Martin O Flynn, traditional master basket maker facilitated the Bere Island Active Retirement Group in late 2023

From the Inside Out and the Outside In

Mary O’ Sullivan
Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre
November December 2023
This exhibition of new works by the artist shone a light on both the resilience and fragility of island life and island communities.

Kirstie Affleck

Expanded Island

The Guesthouse artists & the community of Oileán Chléire, Josephina Mellado, Kanako Haru, Hiroki Doi, Irene Murphy, Mick O’Shea, Jamie Ashforth, Evan Aiken, Andy Ingamells, Tomasz Madajczak, Claudia Barton, Roy Wroth, Aideen Quirk, Siobhan Ni Dhuinnin, Anne Marie Deacy, Richard Clare, Billy Kemp, Lisa Cliff. Róisín O’ Connell.

Artist Residancy 
Oileán Chléire / Cape Clear
November 2023

The Guesthouse Cork City artists went to Cape Clear and opened up a dialogue through a multidisciplinary approach throuh readings, food and art making. Thanks to islander and artist Róisín Ó Chonáill who helped make it happen.

An Sean Duine Og, Creative Places West Cork Islands

An Sean Duine Og

Graffiti Theatre Company
Bere Island, Oileán Chléire & Rathmore NS Baltimore
November 2023

Graffiti Theatre Company, play for children ‘An Sean Dhuine Óg’ (The Old Young Man) took place at the school on Bere island and Cape Clear. The play was translated into English, Irish and Ukrainian.

A Green Rope for Sherkin 

William Bock
Rope making, film and community development 
Sherkin Island
A Green Rope for Sherkin revolves around an ever-growing Sugán Rope. The rope is crafted outdoors by many hands using only green wild plants sensitively harvested from the landscape. The process is guided by our hands, the natural material and conversations that arise from working together.

Kirstie Affleck

Looking For The Light Within

Tomasz Madajczak (facilitator), Aedín Cosgrove, John Magennis, Róisín Ní Chonaill, Aisling Brennan, Danny Stewart, Catherine Ryan
Oileán Chléire / Cape Clear
April 2023 / April 2023
Connecting the community of Oileán Chléire through creativity sea journeys, weekly workshops, conversations, walks and artistic explorations to develop the possibility of place making in a contempoary context 

Ukes go Bere 

Organised by Dr. Eva McMullan & assisted by Andrew Moran.
Bere Island
June  2023
Ukes go Bere is weekend festival suitable for complete beginners and accomplished ukulele players. The festival included drumming, vocal and Ukulele workshops, brunchelle, KaraUke evenings, and a live, free performance. 

The Festival of Music on Heir Island 

Artistic Director, Dave Tomson
Chamber and orchestral music
Heir & Sherkin Islands
Summer 2023
FOMOH brought some 25 musicians, mostly drawn from European and Irish doctors orchestras, who met for a week of chamber and small orchestral music. Residents of the island enjoyed daily concert and the all island Ceili. In 2023 the whole orchestra travelled to Sherkin and performed a concert in the Community Centre.

Community Exhibition & Dancing at the Crossroads

Sherkin Island
Summer 2023
The annual community exhibition brought together some 30 artists in the annual showcase of island life and artistic endeavor. 

Creative Places WCI is now live.

We currently have two funding strands, Islander Artist / Maker & Expression of Interest

Kirstie Affleck

Island Visits

In early 2023 the Project Coordinator spent longer periods of time on each island in a series of clinic-style meetings. This was an open invitation to any islander to meet the project coordinator to talk about art, culture, making and opportunities. (insert photo is of Kirstie Affleck, Cape Clear Sheep)


In late 2022 the Project Coordinator was interviewed on both Oileáin FM (Sherkin Island) & Bere Island radio

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