‘Ceann 2011’, an exhibition at Shankill Castle in Paulstown, will present visual art, writing and architecture during the Kilkenny Arts Festival from August 5-14.
The exhibition in the castle and stable yard will include paintings, etchings and sculpture by Phoebe Cope, Derek Culley, Richard Dyer, Mungo McCosh, Benedicte Nielsen and Elizabeth Cope. Following the official opening on Sunday at 3pm will be a launch of the book Ain’t Bad for a Pink: The Life of Bluesman Pete ‘Snakey Jake’ Johnson by Sandra Gibson; and under the category of architecture, the event will feature the screening of three documentaries presented by Shane O’Toole on behalf of the Irish Architecture Foundation at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010
Elizabeth Cope, who lives in the historic castle, has undertaken a zoo animal collection of etchings which will be on show at the exhibition. She will also have a couple of her Somali paintings for sale from her visits there in the 1990s, of which a generous percentage of the proceeds will go to Trocaire’s East African Emergency Appeal.
Phoebe Cope, like her mother, has established a wide audience in Ireland and the UK. Her most recent exhibition was at Buckingham Palace in June. She will be exhibiting Indian paintings she did while working there last winter and drawings from a trip to St Petersburg last May.
Mungo McCosh is a Scottish painter, printmaker and illustrator. He has worked in Iraq as a war artist and more recently accompanied the Prince of Wales as his official artist on a number of overseas tours. He will be exhibiting linocut prints and landscapes in watercolour.
Richard Dyer is a renowned artist, poet and critic and is the current assistant editor of Third Text and the art editor of Wasafiri. For 10 years he was the news editor and London correspondent for Contemporary Magazine. His figurative yet abstract paintings, which will be shown at Ceann, have been described as ‘living sculpture’ by Hive magazine.
Prolific colourist Derek Culley, born and educated in Dublin and now residing near Liverpool, is noted as being an intuitive yet impulsive artist. Culley has just exhibited at RuaRed, the South Dublin Arts Centre and he has famously exhibited his 30-foot-long mural Golgotha at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool.
Norwegian artist Liv Benedicte Nielsen does lively paintings that are somewhat sacred in nature and subject matter. Nielsen’s following is largely in Scandinavia and on the continent. She studied at the National Academy of Oslo and in Vienna. This is her first time to exhibit in Ireland. Sandra Gibson, a writer with a special interest in art and music, has written promotional material for Art of England and Circa magazines and edited the World War II memoirs (The Scouse Chronicles) of a merchant seaman.
Shankill Castle is located in Paulstown, at exit 7 from the M9. Opening hours are 10am to 6pm daily and 2-6pm on Sunday. There will be free parking, and wheelchair access is available.