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Askeaton Contemporary Arts host the eleventh annual Welcome to the Neighbourhood festival, with Irish and international artists residing and working in the County Limerick town throughout July 2016. Public events, free and open to all, occur during the artists’ stay, with a special open day on Saturday 23 July featuring artworks to be encountered throughout Askeaton.
Resident artists this year are Fiona Marron and Fiona Reilly from Dublin, Limerick's Ramon Kassam, and David Bestué of Barcelona. Along with many other visitors, they will be joined by Alan Counihan of Kilkenny, Catalina Lozano of Bogota, Filip Van Dingenen from Brussels and Jorge Satorre from Mexico, Limerick’s Liz Ryan and Martyn Turner, cartoonist for The Irish Times, each of whom are developing new artworks as part of our ongoing state centenary programme entitled The Askeaton Commune.




    Friday 15 July, 8pm
Askeaton Civic Trust

Artists John Carson, Hugh McMahon and Susan MacWilliam join curators Michael Hill, Catalina Lozano and designer Wayne Daly in a roundtable discussion about independent publishing and artist books. The event marks the launch of A.C.A. PUBLIC, a newly-established imprint by Askeaton Contemporary Arts. Copies of new issues will be available, including a reissue of John Carson’s seminal 1978 artwork A Bottle of Stout in Every Pub in Buncrana, and a collected volume featuring contributions by Valerie Connor, Mike Cooter, Steve Maher, Susan MacWilliam, Curt Riegelnegg, Nuno Sacramento and Freek Wambacq.



Tuesday 19 July, 8pm
Askeaton Civic Trust

One of London’s prominent art critics, Chris Fite-Wassilak talks about another great passion of his - cheese! Join as he shares his research and experiences of one of the world’s favourite foods, touching on many ideas around its making, consumption and traditions in innovative and surprising ways. Afterwards, taste and enjoy a selection of cheeses especially chosen by Chris for Welcome to the Neighbourhood.













Seanie Barron's

walking stick made

from holly with a

bog oak handle

and road reflectors.

Thursday 21 July, 8pm

Askeaton Civic Trust

Since 2006, over eighty artist projects have been realised in Askeaton, sited in places as varied as a petrol station forecourt to a hairdresser’s floor, and from discount stores to a Franciscan Friary. Public art is more than just a way of exhibiting art and getting it seen, rather it acts as a conversation between sites, artists and audiences, often raising many questions about the shape of our society and the ideologies behind it. Join Claire Feeley, currently based at the Barbican Centre in London, who will talk about her experiences of producing and curating art throughout Ireland and Europe, pointing out what she believes is relevant in contemporary culture today.




Saturday 23 July, 3pm
Throughout Askeaton

Celebrate the work of our resident artists, as they each present new projects in venues throughout Askeaton. A walking tour of Askeaton will guide you around and begins at the Civic Trust, accompanied by resident artists and curators and hosted by artist Sean Lynch.




A.C.A. PUBLIC Summer 2016

Collected volume featuring contributions by Valerie Connor, Mike Cooter, Wayne Daly, Steve Maher, Susan MacWilliam, Curt Riegelnegg, Nuno Sacramento and Freek Wambacq.

Edited by Sean Lynch, Michele Horrigan

and Wayne Daly

52 pages, 250 x 290mm
Purchase for 10 euro incl. post and packaging


Thursday 28 July, 6pm
Limerick City Gallery of Art

Sticks and Stones Will Break Our Bones

Opening reception of a new exhibition by Seanie Barron and Quim Packard, curated by Michele Horrigan.


Located at LCGA and as a public artwork in the People’s Park, Sticks and Stones Will Break Our Bones explores ideas of nature and folklore in the approaches of Askeaton’s Seanie Barron and Quim Packard of Barcelona. For decades, Seanie has been carving and shaping wood in a workshop at the back of his house in Plunkett Road in Askeaton – in recent times he has emerged as one of the most original artmakers in Ireland, as seen in recent exhibitions in Dublin and London. A collection of walking sticks stand beside new sculptures developed especially for this exhibition. Quim’s found objects, drawings and sculptures will compliment Barron’s creations, finding new ways to experience the world around us anew.


The exhibition continues until 4 September.




Getting to Askeaton

By car: 25 minutes from Limerick City on N69
By bus: Bus Eireann route 314 from Limerick
By air: 40 minutes drive from Shannon Airport



Coolrahnee House, tel: 061-398883

More info call 087-2977179, email




Seanie Barron roams around Askeaton, looking for branches left in a field or underneath a bush to shape into a walking stick. These often take on surreal forms referencing seahorses, aliens, weasels, foxes or swimmers. 


Following recent exhibitions at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin and Flat Time House in London, read his exhibition catalogue with an essay by Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes of the University of Amsterdam and an in-depth interview with Seanie Barron and Michele Horrigan.


Download for free here


The Askeaton Commune


In 2016 Askeaton Contemporary Arts presents The Askeaton Commune, a series of new commissions to coincide with the centenary of the Easter Rising and the founding of the Irish State. The programme aims to emphasise the pursuit of cultural equality and egalitarianism within the social infrastructures we now inhabit, prioritising the role of the individual ahead of the constructed notions of contemporary statehood. The commune is a model we aim to adopt - an intentional community of people living and working together, sharing common interests and resources. Throughout the year artists, curators and writers from Ireland, Mexico, Belgium and Columbia will live and work in Askeaton working towards these goals.


Alan Counihan will work with local factory Kingspan, while Jorge Satorre plans a permanent artwork for the town. John Carson and Nick Davies revisit Carson’s seminal 1978 artwork A Bottle of Stout in Every Pub in Buncrana. Filip Van Dingenen’s journey into the byways and highways of geography will focus on Limerick’s now forgotten seaweed harvesting traditions (seen in the image below). Liz Ryan’s research into folk art practices in the region will continue to yield enlightening discoveries, and Catalina Lozano’s investigations of the roles of colonialism in the everyday will find new resonances.


John Carson's A Bottle of Stout in Every Pub in Buncrana

First exhibited at Derry’s Orchard Gallery in 1978, John Carson’s A Bottle of Stout in Every Pub in Buncrana has since become a fabled artwork. Did Carson manage to drink in all of Buncrana’s 22 bars in just one day? Did he succeed in persuading Guinness to sponsor this endeavour? These are questions still asked, as rumours of his pubcrawl as art still abound.

Askeaton Contemporary Arts are delighted to reissue Carson’s original artist book, alongside an interview with him and new recollections revealed by Bernie McAnaney, Carson’s guardian on that day. The ethics of marketing and advertising, the goings-on of a small town on the Irish border, and the myth and reality of the sturdy Irish drinker all prominently feature.


This venture forms part of A.C.A. PUBLIC, a newly-established publishing initiative, and is co-designed by London-based Wayne Daly and artist Nick Davies from Cardiff. It is now available for €20 including post and packaging.