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 situates Irish and international artists in the midst of Askeaton each summer, while thematic exhibitions, publications and events often occur.
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. Such an approach is built on a belief that contemporary art can be a form of critique, investigation and celebration where artists are at the centre of these dialogues playing a primary and fundamental role.
Ten years on, find out more about how and why art is made in Askeaton in this collected volume with 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.