Janks Archive is an ongoing investigation of insult humour from around the world. Stemming from the word “Janks,” a colloquial term from Southern Alabama, this ever-expanding global project, with its members Jessica Langley and Ben Kinsley, soon appear in Askeaton to discover its local variations on this theme.
Why study insult humor? Janks Archive note that “Insults are an ancient oral tradition embedded within the collective consciousness of a culture or region with inherent ties to human social evolution. In this time of great political upheaval and xenophobia, we are driven to increase more understanding of something which on the surface seems antagonistic, but rather might be an invitation for exchange and mutual understanding.” In Mexico, Albures is a verbal game of double entendre. In Italy, Stornelli is a form of insulting folk poetry, while in Finland you might Heittää Herjaa. Encounter the project on the streets and at events at Cagney's Bar at 6pm and Ranahan's Bar at 7pm and on December 20.
Catalina Lozano's The Cure is the latest release from ACA PUBLIC, Askeaton Contemporary Arts' publication venture. Read more about it, and more books available to buy and download, on our publications page.
In 2019 ACA PUBLIC will release new titles from artist Deirdre O'Mahony, writer and curator John Hutchinson, and environmentalist Sinead Mercier.
Each summer since 2006, artists live and work in Askeaton as part of the annual Welcome to the Neighbourhood event. See and read more about 2018's programme, including artworks such as Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty's Losing Track: A fan fiction account of Kiefer Sutherland's visit to Askeaton, revolving around the presence of the Hollywood film star in the town, soon after being dumped by Julia Roberts in the 1990s. More projects in 2018 featured Matt Calderwood, Jonny Lyons, and Lattitudes, all to be seen here
Limerick artist Carl Doran continues to work closely with the Office of Public Works as they continue restoration work on Askeaton’s 12th century castle. Destroyed by Cromwellian forces in 1652, repair works will continue in the next few years to allow for public access to this important site in the middle of Askeaton town. Doran’s project, entitled The Stonebreakers, involves regular public events in partnership with Askeaton Civic Trust and the making of a journal of drawings detailing day-to-day activities at the castle, emphasising the processes, techniques and skills involved in this major conservation project.
During 2017 and 2018 Askeaton Contemporary Arts collaborated with Lismore Castle Arts for The Expanded Field, a series of artist residencies and exhibition featuring new artworks by Stuart Whipps, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Olivia Plender, The Domestic Godless, Superfolk and Filip Van Dingenen. These artists worked on uninhabited islands, in schoolrooms and quarries and many more places throughout Ireland, with keen research interests and inquisitive stances finding unexpected and rarely explored terrains - everywhere has a story to tell and secrets to divulge. See more here