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REMNANT -A Performance Art Symposium in Ballina, Co Mayo - Saturday 29th September 2012


A Performance Art Symposium in Ballina, Co Mayo 

Ballina Arts Centre/Jackie Clarke Museum/Civic Offices Gallery

Saturday 29th September 2012 


Amanda Coogan

Dominic Thorpe

Aideen Barry  

With guest speaker Nigel Rolfe

Please click on this link to see a the brochure for the symposium   REMNANT   

Ballina Arts Centre and the Arts Office, Public Art Programme, of Mayo County Council are delighted to announce REMNANT, a day of performance art in Ballina on Saturday 29th September.  There will be performances from three of the most exciting artists working inIreland today, Amanda Coogan, Dominic Thorpe and Aideen Barry.  In addition to this will be a talk from guest speaker artist, Nigel Rolfe, and a discussion and Q&A session facilitated by Cliodhna Shaffrey. 

This initiative was devised by Public Art Co-ordinator Gaynor Seville in collaboration with Sean Walsh, Director of Ballina Arts Centre in order to address the lack of opportunity in the area to experience performance art, and to pilot what could become an annual event.  In discussion with the artists there was also a desire to explore the issues around actual experience of performances, and experience of documentation of performance.  The guest speaker Nigel Rolfe, and Cliodhna Shaffrey in her facilitation of the discussion, will explore this further.  To further illustrate and explore this notion, the gallery space will have an exhibition of the artist’s documentation from previous performances, and documentation of the REMNANT performances will also be added to this for the duration of the exhibition, thoughout October.

Amanda Coogan’s practice is represented in the IrishMuseumof Modern Art’s collection, The National Self Portrait Collection and the AIB art collection. She is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery in Dublin. Coogan is currently working with the Theatre director Robert Wilson on his production of ‘The Life and death of Marina Abramovic’ she also premiered her new Art Film at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival this

By working live Dominic Thorpe brings the perceiving and creating of art into the same moment, place and context. He explores presence and experience at the moment of encounter, both for the artist and audience. He believes that to be present, to experience and to encounter are crucial to developing deeper understanding, enabling response and generating relationships of integrity.

Aideen Barry is a Performance and Visual Artist based in the West of Ireland. Her work is consumed with the exploration of the extraordinary in the ‘normal’ and the notion of how anxiety can manifest into a number of different forms.  Rooted in her work is an interest in the contemporary Irish gothic, the work in it’s many expressions referencing human behaviour in the strange area between amusement and discomfort, creating balance and tension in an in-between space.  Her work is know both nationally and internationally and she has received numerous awards for her practice

Nigel Rolfe is guest speaker and will open the day with a talk at the arts centre.  His work encompasses many media that include sound and audio production, video and photography. His primary reputation for the past thirty years is working live, making performances throughout Europe, and the former Eastern Block, North America and Japan.  He is Visiting Professor in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art in London, and Senior Visiting Critic to postgraduate fine art courses in the United Statesand Europe.

The day will end with a question and answer session facilitated by Clíodhna Shaffrey, a curator whose practice includes exhibitions, writing, public art commissioning, and longer-term research-based projects, such as, Unbuilding (200—2010), Artist-as-Traveller (2004), TRADE (2005) and BodyCity (2007) . She was co-editor, with Sarah Searson, of  - the first on-line resource for public art inIreland – from 2009-2011.  She is currently visual arts advisor to the Arts Council.

There will be informal networking at the Ballina Manor Hotel into the evening for all artists who attend the day.  This is a FREE event, all are welcome, though booking is required.  Contact: Email  Tel: 096 73593



Posted: 08/08/2012

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