Due to Covid-19, our annual residency programme Welcome to the Neighbourhood, due to occur in June 2020, has been postponed.
As an artist-run organisation, we understand the need for solidarity and kinship during these unprecedented events, and will continue to focus our resources directly to support artists. Thanks to the Arts Council of Ireland, we continue to support the practices of Michelle Doyle, Roddy Buchanan, Ella de Burca, Luce Choules, Emma Wolf Haugh, Suza Husse, Deirdre O’Mahony, Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty during this time, and hope to see them joyously in Askeaton in the near future.
Distance from Stone
A.C.A. PUBLIC has launched Men Who Eat Ringforts, a new publication with contributions from environmentalist Sinead Mercier, artist Michael Holly and folklorist Eddie Lenihan.
Ringforts are Ireland’s most common archaeological monument, liberally spread throughout the countryside. Seen as circular enclosures in the rural landscape and many existent for hundreds and thousands of years, they are often overgrown with trees and bushes, forming an unassuming yet encompassing presence. With increasing regularity, the Irish state has sanctioned the destruction of ringforts as part of motorway schemes and infrastructural development. How can we understand a nation hell-bent on the demolition of its own history for the expedient delivery of perceived notions of progress? And what forms of resistance should be formulated to counteract the barbarism of these tendencies?
Co-published with Gaining Ground, a public art programme in County Clare, read more on our publications page.
Publication Scaffold was a series of events, performances, installations, and discussions, curated by artists Michele Horrigan and Sean Lynch, and curator Jo Melvin, as part of Dublin Art Book Fair 2019 at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin. Co-produced with Askeaton Contemporary Arts, listen to a new podcast with excerpts from the talks and performances, presented and produced by artist Michael Holly here.
John Carson and Conor Kelly,
In winter 2019 and spring 2020, Askeaton Contemporary Arts and IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin collaborated on A Residency Within A Residency, a research project asking what it means to host artistic practices in locations and situations which offer differing geographical, political, historical and everyday situations, finding models of practice and programming of national and international value.
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 our 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 recent projects have featured Matt Calderwood, Jonny Lyons, and Lattitudes, all to be seen here