Only in Askeaton


Stephen Brandes

Stephen Brandes’ artwork appears in the backyard of Askeaton’s tourist office. Ireland of the Welcomes, the nation’s predominant tourist magazine, described it in 2013 as ‘a signboard of the rarest kind. It says nothing of the past or present but predicts happenings in Askeaton in the distant future…’ Michael Holly finds out more, and visits Stephen in his studio to learn about his approach to making art. 

Read more about Stephen Brandes and more artists in The Hellfire Club here and hear more of Repeater’s music here.

Running time: 9 min 9 sec.


Steve Maher

Recording during his 2014 stay in Askeaton, Steve Maher’s video is an investigative insight into the shady world of poitín, an illegal homemade high potency alcohol found in rural Ireland. The interview takes place on a midsummer evening in an undisclosed location, where Maher’s source, an anonymous Askeaton local, bares all.

Running time: 10 min 30 sec.


Berndnaut Smilde
Until Askeaton Has Streetview

Since 2006, contemporary artworks have been made in Askeaton, with many of them still lurking in unexpected places! Join Michael Holly as he goes in search of Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde’s Until Askeaton Has Streetview, an artwork seemingly found in the deepest reaches of the internet…

Running time: 8 min 2 sec.


Magdalena Jitrik
A Painting in Askeaton

Argentinian artist Magdalena Jitrik spent time in Askeaton during 2009 making a small painting that, according to prominent curator Adriano Pedrosa, ‘is a splendid abstract geometric composition – one can see the same mosaic of multicoloured slanted rectangles forming a larger, again not so orthogonal square, which in turn is intersected by a trapezoid figure, offering a feast for the formal connoisseur.’

In her accompanying video one can observe the painting’s growth from a blank canvas to a completed artwork, accompanied by a soundtrack by Jitrik’s band, Orquestra Roja (Red Orchestra). In another sequence, the painting appears as an apparition amongst gravestones and medieval stone carvings in the ruins of the Askeaton’s Franciscan Abbey. Jitrik’s Askeaton artwork later featured in 2011's Istanbul Biennial and as part of Phaidon’s Vitamin P2 compendium of contemporary painting.

Running time: 7 min 7 sec.


The Expanded Field

The Center for Land Use Interpretation, founded in 1994, is a nonprofit research and cultural organisation interested in exploring and understanding contemporary landscape issues in the USA, through exhibitions, publications, online resources, tours, and public programs. Based in Los Angeles, CLUI is interested in understanding the nature and extent of human interaction with the surface of the earth, finding new meanings in the intentional and incidental forms that we individually and collectively create. Programme manager Aurora Tang toured Ireland in 2018 and here presents an extensive lecture on CLUI.

The event took place on Wednesday 25 April 2018 at the LAB Gallery in Dublin, hosted by Maeve Connolly, co-director of ARC (Art and Research Collaboration MA programme, IADT) with additional contributions by Michele Horrigan (curator, Askeaton Contemporary Arts), Paul McAree (curator, Lismore Castle Arts). The event was part of The Expanded Field, an exhibition and residency project investigating the multifaceted nature of the Irish landscape, curated by Askeaton Contemporary Arts and Lismore Castle Arts.

Running time: 1 hr 35 min 45 sec. See more on The Expanded Field here