Folk Fiction - Translations in Material Cultures

IKEA Churn

A multi-media exhibition by visual artist Gareth Kennedy. The exhibition features film, photographs and objects. On display is work created over the past two years with the residents of Inís Oírr, on the Aran Islands and Gneeveguilla, Co. Kerry.

The exhibition highlights material cultures both traditional and contemporary, exploring ideas around craft and social values, landscape and invented traditions.

Between February and April, Gareth Kennedy will work on a collaborative project with the Castlebar Men’s Shed and Mayo Arts Squad. The aim of the project is to produce a craft object inspired by local Mayo culture and skills, using IKEA furniture as a raw material. The object they make, together with a film about the making of it, will be launched in the Museum of Country Life on 6th April.

IKEA butter churn and components

The exhibition continues until Sunday, 14th April.

Folk Fiction - Translations in Material Cultures is funded by an Arts Council Touring and Dissemination Award.

Exhibition Events Programme

Sunday 24th February: 2.30-3.30pm.

Talk: Folk, Fiction and the Swedish Connection. 14+.

Join curator Rosa Meehan to find out where the Museum’s Irish Folklife objects were collected, the Scandinavian influence and where do we go from here.

Saturday 6th April: 2.00–4.00pm.

‘Folk Fiction’: Identity, Skill and Creativity. 7+.

Join Gareth Kennedy, Castlebar Men’s Shed and Mayo Arts Squad for a talk, short film and discussion of their collaborative project – creating a craft object inspired by the local and vernacular, using IKEA furniture as a raw material. Meet project participants and enjoy the drop-in workshop and display.

To make a booking:

Tel: 094 903 1751

email: educationtph@museum.ie

(Booking Office hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10am-1pm).

 
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