Askeaton Contemporary Arts

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?

 

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In 2020, Askeaton Contemporary Arts and IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin collaborate on A Residency Within A Residency, a research project and public programme asking what it means to hold residencies and host engaged 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, featuring Janice Hough (IMMA), Michele Horrigan (Askeaton Contemporary Arts), Teresa Gleadowe (Cast, Cornwall) and more.

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

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