Image shown: Artwork by Micheal Murphy

Junctures: memory and the built environment is an exhibition of drawings presented by artist Ciara Rodgers and attendees of Castleisland Daycare Centre, Kerry. Made in response to local architecture and personal histories, the exhibition runs until 13 February 2020 at Area Services Centre, Station Road, Castleisland, Co. Kerry.

The project was made possible through Age and Opportunity’s Artist in Residence in a Care Setting initiative. Artist Ciara Rodgers spent seven weeks in October and November 2019 at Castleisland Day Care Centre, where she conducted research and created drawings with attendees.

The residency sparked discussion on local history and architecture with the older people while Ciara shared her experience of drawing. The period also included a group field trip to Hartnetts hotel to meet the owner, Jerome Hartnett. The group shared stories, memories and looked at archival material relating to the rich history of this building which has loomed over the town of Castleisland and remained with the same family for over 200 years.

Participants in the project created drawings from selected historical buildings in the town and looked at the Divanes calendar series, commissioned by the local car dealership and the work of a local artist, Kathleen Shanahan, for inspiration.

The project was supported by Age and Opportunity, Bealtaine Festival, Creative Ireland and the attendees, staff and wider community of Castleisland Day Care Centre.

Ciara Rodgers (1982) is an artist living and working in Cork. She studied Fine Art at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design. Ciara’s studio practice includes charcoal drawing, polaroid photography and sculptural installation. She is interested in the relationship we have with the historic built environment and the values or lack thereof we impose on it.


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