Image shown: First Citizens Speak 'Paddy' by Deirdre O'Mahony

FIRST CITIZENS SPEAK! is an exhibition by Deirdre O’Mahony  on view in glór, Ennis from Thursday 5 – 28 May.  The exhibition is part of VOLTage at glór; a festival presented by Clare County of Culture and glo?r in association with Age and Opportunity Bealtaine 2016.  The exhibition will be launched on Thursday 5 May at 6pm by Catherine Marshall art writer, curator, formerly head of collections at IMMA. All welcome. 

Artist Deirdre O’Mahony has been commissioned by Bealtaine and VOLTage to develop FIRST CITIZENS SPEAK!, a project responding to Bealtaine’s citizenship theme for 2016 ‘First citizens of Ireland’. The project explores the memories and thoughts of older members of the community in North Clare – aiming to investigate the values and behaviours they hold dear and that are, and were, particularly important in allowing them to attain a level of contentedness and connectedness that many of us lack. The project involves the artist working with GP Dr Fergus Glynn (whose catchment area is in North Clare) as interlocutor, anthropologist Anne Byrne and local members of the North Clare communities as interviewers and mediators.

Deirdre O’Mahony is an artist, academic and occasional writer. She received a BA in Fine Art from St Martin’s School of Art London, an MA at the Crawford College of Art Cork and a PhD from the University of Brighton titled New Ecologies between Rural Life and Visual Culture in the West of Ireland: History, Context, Position, and Art Practice. O’Mahony has received numerous awards, both national and international. She is a full time lecturer at the Centre for Creative Arts, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

Funded by Age and Opportunity BEALTAINE 2016 and VOLTage/Clare County of Culture 2016.


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