Since 2006, Askeaton Contemporary Arts commission, produce and exhibit contemporary art in the locale of a small town in County Limerick, Ireland. An annual residency programme entitled Welcome to the Neighbourhood situates Irish and international artists in the midst of Askeaton each summer, while thematic exhibitions, publications and events often occur. Through these methods, over a hundred artists projects have been realised.
With no ‘white-cube’ gallery spaces in Askeaton, artists work in public spaces throughout the town. This form of engagement focuses on the existing dynamics of the locale, intending to bring forward the diverse layers of daily life and create a rich framework for subjective encounters. A local audience are often actively implicated into the development of projects through their assistance or participation. Such an approach is built on a belief that contemporary art can be used as an active hub for local society, as a form of critique, investigation and celebration where artists are at the center of these dialogues playing a primary and fundamental role.
We has introduced the work of artists from Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy Norway, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Ireland to Askeaton. Many artworks made here have been subsequently presented throughout the world in exhibitions, art biennials and film festivals. In addition Askeaton Contemporary Arts have organised and presented events throughout Ireland and in New York, Vancouver, Amsterdam, San Sebastian and elsewhere, presenting our project to wide and diverse audiences.
Susan McWilliam, IC ITE OID, 2014
By car: 25 minutes from Limerick City on N69
By bus: Bus Eireann route 314 from Limerick City
By air: 40 minutes drive from Shannon Airport with
regular routes to US, Europe and UK
Coolrahnee House, Askeaton,
Telephone: 061-398883 for reservations
Sponsors and Supporters:
Arts Council of Ireland
Independent Curators International, New York
Limerick City and County Council
Limerick City Gallery of Art
Askeaton Civic Trust
Cois Sionna Credit Union
Askeaton Community Council
Office of Public Works
Many local individuals and businesses in Askeaton