Modern Languages21 October 2011 – 11 January 2012
Modern Languages explores the relationships between indigenous craft and contemporary, international creative practice in a time of globalisation. Five artists and designers were invited to respond to traditional Irish craft idioms. Coming from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and Japan, these artists offer new perspectives and interpretations of vernacular traditions that are far removed from Celtic cliché or preconception. Focusing on the intentional adoption or corruption of tradition, each adapts elements of the vernacular to convey meanings that are no longer dictated by geography or historic provenance but by their own research and practice.
The exhibition features work by Ciara Phillips, Nao Matsunaga, Laura Mays, Barbara Ridland and Deirdre Nelson. From Laura Mays’s reincarnations of the traditional Sligo Chair, to Nao Matsunagas’ temporary structure built in homage to the curragh sea boats of the west of Ireland, this exhibition willn offer insightful new understandings of our oldest traditions.
This exhibition is a co-production between the National Craft Gallery, and Galway Arts Festival, Ireland.
Timespan, Scotland 17 February 2012 – 23 March 2012
Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale, Sutherland, KW8 6JX, UKwww.timespan.org.uk
The Barony, Scotland 14 July 2012 – 18 September 2012
The Barony, West Kilbride, KA23 9AR, UKThe Barony Centre
The Lighthouse, Glasgow 5 January 2013 – 31 March 2013
The Lighthouse 11 Mitchell Lane Glasgow G1 3NU
Linlithgo Halls, West Lothian 26 April 2013 – 28 July 2013
The Cross Linlithgow, West Lothian EH49 7AHwww.linlithgowburghhalls.co.uk/
An Tobar, Isle of Mull, Scotland 5 September 2013 – 2 November 2013An Tobar Arts Centre
Education & Outreach
Curator's Talk Friday 21 October at 5pm
Curator’s Talk with Katy West
Late Date Shuffle Friday 28 October at 6pm
Drop in for a glass of wine and ceilidh to contemporary trad music!
Film Screening 15 November at 8.30pm
Join us at Billy Byrne’s pub, John St., for a screening of ‘Man of Aran’
Late Date Shuffle Friday 28 November at 6pm
Join us for a drink and the documentary of the ‘Man of Aran’ film - ‘How the Myth was Made’