Visual Art

AIDEEN BARRY  | Town Hall | Free

Friday, September 27 : 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Saturday, September 28 : 12 noon - 4.00 p.m.
Sunday, September 29 :  2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Born in Cork in 1979, Aideen Barry is a visual artist whose work meditates on the mysteries and metaphysics which in turn govern her interest in Das Unheimliche (The Uncanny). Her work oscillates between the intensely personal to the quotidian to the exceptional, often simultaneously. The common denominator of her work is an attempt to deal with anxiety. Barry's means of expression are interchangeable: working in the media of performance, film, animation, drawing, sculpture and installation.

Aideen's solo projects include exhibitions at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2003), The Butler Gallery,  Kilkenny (2010),   Mother’s Tankstation,  Dublin (2011),  Galeria Isabel Hurley, Malaga (2012), Catherine Clark Gallery, US (2012) and Stephen Stoyanov Gallery, New York (2014).  

Other projects include showings at galleries worldwide - in Bulgaria, China, France, Iceland, Ireland (North and South), Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the UK and US. 

Aideen has been awarded a number of prestigious prizes including: The COE Award (2004), Travel and Training Award (2007, 2011, 2013), The Arts Council of Ireland Project New Work Award (2008, 2009, 2010), Culture Ireland Funds (2010 and 2011) and Galway County Council Bursary Award (2013). 

Barry has been awarded residencies in The Banff Centre, Canada (2007), NASA Kennedy Space Centre (2008), The Headlands, US (2011). In 2013 she was invited to the Art OMI international residency in New York. 

Aideen lives and works in the west of Ireland.


DOROTHY CROSS | Allin Institute | Free

Friday, September 27 : 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Saturday, September 28 :  12 noon - 4.00 p.m.
Sunday, September 29 : 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Dorothy Cross, born 1956 in Cork, works in a variety of media including sculpture, photography, and video. Her first major solo shows were 'Ebb' at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, in 1988 and 'Powerhouse' at the ICA, Philadelphia, the Hyde Gallery and Camden Arts Centre, London, in 1991. Cross represented Ireland at the 1993 Venice Biennale and a major retrospective of Cross’s work took place at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin in 2005.  

EYEMAKER is a video of Mr Jost Haas, one of the last glass-eye makers. Mr Haas was trained in Germany and has spent most of his life making prosthetic eyes in England. Eye prosthetics are now made from plastic, so his skills will soon disappear.  

Dorothy asked Mr Haas to allow her to film him fabricate a glass eye, and when complete, to blow it up – burst it like a bubble - destroy it. In the last seconds of the video he blows the eye, the bubble pops and disappears - one could miss it in the blink of an eye.

Mr Haas has the expertise to copy an existing eye perfectly, down to the finest detail of a lost eye. His skill is wonderful. He creates the eye with extraordinary rhythm and grace. One big difference between a plastic eye and a glass eye is that tears run more beautifully over glass. 

The mimicry of the eye being made parallels art - the creation of illusion and artifact. In the end of EYEMAKER the explosion of the fake organ of vision foils us.


GERALDINE O'SULLIVAN | Skylight Gallery | Free

Friday, September 27 : 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Saturday, September 28 : 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Geraldine O’Sullivan, a native of West Cork, graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a First Class Honours Diploma in 1981. She now lives and paints from her studio in Ballylibert, Castlefreke, West Cork. The subject matter of Geraldine’s paintings remains rooted in the landscape and coastline of her homeland, a landscape that offers her a continuously changing palette and, central to Geraldine’s work, a landscape in which she has been immersed for generations. This landscape provides her with 'a vast, emotional, visceral and staggeringly beautiful panorama'. 

This exhibition features Geraldine’s unique interior paintings, seascapes and works from a new series of garden paintings, some of which feature West Cork gardens.


KATHERINE BOUCHER BEUG | Allin Institute | Free

Friday, September 27 : 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Saturday, September 28 : 12 noon - 4.00 p.m.
Sunday, September 29 : 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Katherine Boucher Beug now works from her studio in Dunderrow, Co. Cork. 

What drives Boucher Beug to make her work is the need to invent a visual language that expresses those feelings and states of being that we all have experienced and for which there are no words. She is deeply influenced by Josef Albers, the twentieth century's great colour theorist. Formal aspects such as composition and use of colour have authority as the result of an incredibly precise set of investigations. Meaning is found through the 'visual' rather than being pre-determined. The resulting paintings, coherent yet oddly inscrutable, are intellectually, emotionally and aesthetically satisfying.  

For the Bandon Arts Festival, Boucher Beug is creating a studio-like situation, including paintings, the ephemera of practice and objects that inspire her work. 

She has exhibited widely. Her work can be seen in all major collections in Ireland  including the Royal Hibernian Academy and the National Gallery of Ireland and in collections in Germany and the US. She is represented by the Oliver Sears Gallery. 


TOM CLIMENT | Town Hall | Free

Friday, September 27 : 4.00 p.m.  - 6.00 p.m.
Saturday, September 28 : 12 noon - 4.00 p.m.
Sunday, September 29 : 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Tom Climent produces paintings of figurative, urban and landscape subjects, sometimes referencing the history of painting in his works. His most recent work tends to focus on the creation of a structured space, while investigating the boundaries between abstraction and representation. 

 These investigations are performed using paint. As traces of memories and feelings accumulate and overlap on the canvas, construction and deconstruction become active tools in the creation of his paintings. His work reminds us of how our spatial ability becomes spatial knowledge as we navigate our world. With this knowledge we create a place for ourselves. 

 Widely exhibited in Ireland his work is in the collections of The Central Bank, The National Treasury Management Agency, University College Cork, University College Dublin, Cork Institute of Technology, AIB Bank, The National Self-Portrait Collection, NCB Stockbrokers, Cork City Council, The Office of Public Works and The Smurfit Business School.


Saturday, September 28 |  9.00 p.m. | €15

Part two of The Castle Bernard Project explores the ethereal. ENGAGE presents site specific installations and performances at The Farm, the one time dower house of the Bernard family.  

Cork Architect George Buckley, an apprentice of George Richard Pain, designed The Farm. The Dublin Penny Journal of February 15, 1835 refers to him as the architect of the 'exquisitely beautiful' Gothic mansion 'recently erected' one mile south of Castle Bernard for William Smyth Bernard, M.P., brother of the Earl of Bandon. 

The main rooms of the house form a backdrop to the three works, one a specifically choreographed dance performance, one a site-specific food installation and one a dramatic performance piece by visual artist Aideen Barry. Two of the works are inspired by the spaces; all three respond to the setting.



AIDEEN BARRY – Flight Folly (Performance) 

The construct of Aideen Barry’s finely-wrought ten-minute performance balances anticipation and expectation alongside references to mediated memory and childlike wonderment, filmically slapstick humour, and the ludique and foolhardy. It also poses broader questions of purpose, logic, normalcy, reliability, standing against the more challenging and threatening forces of anxiety, fear and uncertainty. 



For ten years an irreverent shadow has been cast over the culinary landscape of Irish gastronomy by The Domestic Godless. In this time they have explored anything edible as a medium through which to convey all the qualities that distinguish art from craft and food from mere sustenance. 

On September 28 they bring their laboratory to Bandon. Expect living jellies, toothpastes rife with fungal perfumes, ice-cream to challenge the existence of matter...and perhaps some eggs (and not eggs).



See description under Dance Category