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    Saturday, January 13th, 2024
    Title: Fata Morgana. Artist: Majella O’Neill Collins. Dimensions: 70 x 100cm. Year: 2022. Photography: CultureArk

    A 21st Century ghost ship is the inspiration for an exhibition which opens today at Uilinn, the West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen.  Artist and Sherkin Islander Majella O’Neill Collins became fascinated with the story of the MV Alta, the merchant vessel abandoned at sea 1,400 miles south of Bermuda in 2018 after engine failure when en route from Greece to Haiti. It drifted for 496 days over 2,300 nautical miles until washed ashore at Ballycotton during Storm Dennis in February 2020. Re-named 14 times with owners who are impossible to trace the ship remains unclaimed, unsalvaged and on the rocks. The sense of this vessel sailing along on relatively untroubled water, entering uncharted waters and eventually hitting a rock inspired the artist and led ultimately to the exhibition Allegory of the MV Alta. It continues until February 24.


    Wednesday, August 4th, 2021

    If you find yourself on an art hunt in Skibbereen then a visit to the galleries at Uilinn to a solo exhibition by Stephen Brandes will prove rewarding.  Three monumental drawings by this renowned draughtsman combine with traditional collages and an animated slide show.  Central to the show is an hour long video which tells the story of fictional character Albert Sifzfleisch during the last few months of his life in 2069.  We watch as he travels and starts writing a book about optimism  and follow to his after life as an unwitting tour guide to the ruins of the glorious Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris in the Marais. The show runs to September 4.

    Hat in Forest by Stephen Brandes


    Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

    The Consecration of St. Mary’s Popes Quay by James Mahony

    Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger is now on show at Uilinn, the West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen in County Cork, an epicentre of the famine.   More than 50 artworks from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University – at Hamden, Connecticut between Boston and New York – are on stunning display. It has been seen by tens of thousands of people at Quinnipiac.

    In west Cork the show is accompanied by a diverse programme of performances, talks, lectures and events including artists talks and a reading by Jeremy Irons of The Cummins Letter written by a local JP in 1848 describing the conditions in Reen. Among the artworks is The Consecration of St. Mary’s Popes Quay by James Mahony, the Cork born artist best known for his harrowing depictions of the famine for The Illustrated London News, where he was an artist and reporter.  Dublin auctioneers Whyte’s presented a full sized replica of this work to the Dominicans at St. Mary’s, Cork after they were outbid by the American university when it came to auction in 2015.


    Sunday, July 16th, 2017

    The River Boundary (Lough Hyne) 1988 by William Crozier

    A William Crozier retrospective has just opened at Uilinn in Skibbereen.  The show presents the west Cork landscapes he made close to his home from the mid 1980’s against a backdrop of his early work inspired by the Existentialist movement and the anxieties of the post war period.

    The exhibition will be shown across two venues with his later works at Uilinn until August 31 and his earlier works at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from October 12 until April 2018.  Both shows are curated by Sean Kissane, exhibitions curator at IMMA.