Bullock Lane Finale for Townhall Cavan
A selection of work from five artists who have recently participated in the studio opportunity at Townhall, Cavan as part of the Bullock Lane opportunity will now open on Saturday 10 March. The artists are: Jolene Mok, Sarah Lundy, Amanda Jane Graham, Mateusz Lubecki and Elena Duff.
This exhibition will be the last visual art show hosted by the creatives at Townhall, Cavan before the building closes on 31 March in preparation for the building refurbishments. As part of the time spent on the Bullock Lane opportunity the artists were encouraged to engage with another art professional: curator, writer, mentor to assist them to develop critical faculties for their practice. The work that the artists have created for this exhibition provides a glimpse of their practice.
Matuesz Lubecki at his recent solo show at Townhall, Cavan and during his time on the residency focused on making paintings from a selection of family photographs. The work reflects on painting and the act of remembering.
Jolene Mok is an experimental artist born and raised in Hong Kong. She works in video, film and photography and holds an MA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University. Jolene has created a two channel video on the hilly, mountainous landscapes of Ireland in autumn and winter and is working on a video of the Cavan landscape for her next show.
Leitrim based Sarah Lundy will present prints from her researching on a herbarium of dried specimens. She holds an MA in Arts Policy and Practice from the Huston School of Film and Digital Media at NUIG and an MA in Fine Art from the UCA, UK. She will host a workshop on the Victorian technique of making solar prints of plant forms on photo sensitive papercyanotypes at Cavan Institute.
Amanda Jane Graham is currently working on a PHD looking at the role of the arts space and the influence of the arts within communities. She is interested in gathering information on the relationship of people to a dedicated arts space that acts also as a social hub. Amanda Jane Graham works from personal narrative and her work ‘It’s A Domestic Abuse Panorama’, is a frank reflection on her younger life.
Bailieborough based artist Elena Duff returned to Ireland in 2013 after living and working in Germany for six years. Elena studied a joint degree in Fine Art (painting) and Art History at the National College of Art and Design in Thomas Street, Dublin. She is a multi-disciplinary artist and will show work inspired by her time in Berlin.
Joe Keenan and Siobhan Harton who have worked with Philip Doherty and are affectionately and collectively known as ‘the creatives’ said “On Friday afternoons we host the Janey Mac lunch at Townhall, Cavan instigated by the artist Jane Mc Cormick. It has been a real social meeting place for us to chat and to get to know our visiting artists, our volunteers and supporters of the arts. It was great to have the artists working in their studios here and keeping the building alive. We hope to continue to work with the artists, the community and the local authority from 61 College St”.
The exhibition will open with a reception on Saturday, 10 March from 3pm – 5pm and will run from Wednesday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm until 24 March. Paddy Mc Donald, Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council will welcome everyone to the opening reception.
Schools or members of the public interested in talking with the artists are encouraged to book a session directly at Townhall Cavan or with the arts office on 049 4378549.
The Bullock Lane Studio Opportunity is an initiative of Cavan County Council arts office and supported by the Arts Council.
The refurbishment of Townhall, Cavan will take place between July 2018 and June 2019. The investment in the building was secured by Cavan County Council working with Cavan Arts and Culture Centre Ltd under the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016 - 2018, and announced by Minister Heather Humphreys in 2016 with subsequent funding secured from Peace IV and by the Members of Cavan County Council to the total value of €1.75 million.
Caption: Artwork by Jolene Mok will be among the displays at the Bullock Lane exhibition at Townhall.