Visual Art



AMANDA COOGAN | Allin Institute | Free

Friday, September 26 : 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 : 12 noon - 4.00 p.m.
Sunday, September 28 :  2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

13 WOMEN is a new moving-image work made in collaboration with Paddy Cahill and with sound composition by Mike Glennon.

This timelapse video is appropriated from 13 WOMEN, a live performance by Amanda Coogan in collaboration with thirteen performers, which explores the Church Street disaster of 1913 and its parallel with contemporary Irish society.

This performance took place in the Hugh Lane Gallery over twelve hours. It was captured for this film using timelapse photography, the entire twelve hours resulting in a new eight-minute film.

The sound composition for 13 WOMEN is based upon manipulated fragments of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring which premiered to near rioting in May 1913.


Amanda Coogan is one of the most exciting contemporary visual artists practising in the arena of Performance Art. Her work is challenging, provocative and always visually stimulating. 
Her live performances are referents for her video and photographic works. Her expertise lies in her ability to condense an idea to its very essence and communicate it through her body. 
She has performed and exhibited her work extensively including at The Venice Biennale; Liverpool Biennial; PS1, New York; Galeria Safia, Barcelona; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris and the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Coogan's practice is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin. 

Paddy Cahill is a film-maker/video artist based in Dublin.

 Mike Glennon is a composer, musician, visual artist and a PhD researcher at Trinity College, Dublin.



Saturday, September 27: 3.00 p.m. 

Amanda Coogan will discuss her work, including 13 WOMEN, at this event.



BRIDGET O' GORMAN | Allin Institute | Free

Friday, September 26 : 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 :  12 noon - 4.00 p.m.
Sunday, September 28 : 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Born in County Tipperary in 1981, Bridget O'Gorman makes installations using a range of media from photographic or moving image, food, found object to utilitarian materials such as silver or bone china. Often these works link disparate poetic, philosophical and historical account with contemporary site.  Underpinning this practice has been a study of material culture, informing a dialogue around a contemporary culture of uncertainty and survival.

Recent solo exhibitions include We Are Suddenly Somewhere Else at the Butler Gallery Kilkenny 2013, Material Culture at the Wexford Arts Centre 2012 and RE/SET at the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art 2011. 

During 2012 – 2013 her work was supported through the Artist In Studio Residency at the National Sculpture Factory in Cork.  Bridget is currently resident at the Fire Station Artists' Studios, Dublin.


CHARLES TYRRELL | Allin Institute | Free

Friday, September 26 : 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 :  12 noon - 4.00 p.m.
Sunday, September 28 : 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. 


Charles Tyrrell originally comes from Trim, County Meath. He studied painting at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. After graduating in 1974 he continued living and working in Dublin until 1984 when he moved with his family to Allihies on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork


He has exhibited extensively in Ireland as well as presenting exhibitions in Britain, France, Austria and Germany. He has represented Ireland several times, notably at the Paris Biennale and at the International Festival of Painting in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.


His work has always been concerned with abstraction. Originally his painting would have been directly connected with Abstract Expressionism. However, over the years his work has steered its course through a more programmatic minimalism. Nevertheless, room is still left for the intuitive, allowing the paintings to carry many resonances. It is hard not to feel a connection with the power of nature as experienced in the particular exposed, rocky and rugged landscape of the Beara Peninsula.


Charles Tyrrell is a member of Aosdána, an affiliation of creative artists, established by the Arts Council of Ireland to honour those artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland.


DAMIAN DROHAN | Allin Institute | Free

Friday, September 26 : 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 :  12 noon - 4.00 p.m.
Sunday, September 28 : 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.


Damian Drohan is a documentary photographer, film-maker and artist based in Cobh County Cork. His work has been featured on BBC News, 4FM, Newstalk, Sunday Times Culture, The Irish Times and various other outlets. His approach is personal and intimate. Through portrait, audio and film he explores individual stories and histories. He maintains a strong interest in history and memory of conflict in Ireland. Previous work has explored personal memory of World War II through the recollections of veterans of that conflict. Damian has lectured in photography, multimedia, journalism and audio production at various Further Education and Third Level institutions in the Cork area since 2004. He has a special interest in online and connected learning.


Whispers of War is a project commissioned by the Cork County Arts Office, which attempts to explore the collective memory of World War I in Bandon and the surrounding area. By creating intimate portraits and by recording familial recollections of veterans of the Great War, the project and exhibition will attempt to engage viewers and listeners in the fabric of those memories. In addition the visual content of the project explores letters, photographs and objects which belonged to veterans and are now held by relatives, removed by one or two generations from the conflict.

The work will be delivered through an exhibition of images, via a website and through interactive content.

Con Ahern: A short photofilm created as part of the Engage Arts Festival exhibition.

ENGAGE Arts Festival wishes to gratefully acknowledge the support of Cork County Council’s Arts Office in commissioning and funding this work for ENGAGE-14.


ED GODSELL | Bandon Library | Free

Friday, September 26 : 9.30 a.m.  - 5.30 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 : 9.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

Ed Godsell is a cameraman and film-maker living in Kilbrittain, County Cork. He mainly shoots and directs documentaries. 

In January 2014 he decided to take a portrait photograph of everyone living in the village of Kilbrittain. On one cold weekend in January the vast majority of the village turned up to take part. This is the result.

A Dutch/Irish filmmaker, Finbarr Wilbrink also arrived to make a short documentary about the day. The project was a very good method of getting to know the village a little more and also for the villagers to know what Ed does with his time.


HELEN SELKA | Allin Institute | Free

Friday, September 26 : 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 :  12 noon - 4.00 p.m.
Sunday, September 28 : 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. 


A Film by Helen Selka

Long Island/Inis Fada, is situated off the south coast of Ireland, close to the popular town of Schull, County Cork. It is one of the inhabited islands of West Cork and forms part of the beautiful seascape of Roaring Water Bay. Many of the islanders are connected to a way of life that goes back centuries. Bleak Paradise looks at some of the day-to-day concerns, activities and memories of these individuals, most of whom were born there. Long Island contributes to West Cork’s rich cultural heritage, not only through these residents, but also through its returning holidaymakers who feel closely connected to the unique landscape and natural beauty of its situation.

Helen Selka is a documentary film-maker with a lifelong connection to West Cork. Her work is informed by her training as an actress at RADA.


BILLY FOLEY | Town Hall | Free

Friday, September 26 : 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 :  12 noon - 4.00 p.m.
Sunday, September 28 : 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. 

Billy Foley - New Work

Billy Foley (b.1961) studied at the Crawford College of Art and Design 1980-1985. Based in Cork City, Billy has exhibited regularly in Ireland over the past ten years and has had several major exhibitions in the Netherlands and Belgium. He is a studio holder and director of the Cork Artists Collective and founder project manager of The Guesthouse, Shandon. Foley has been a part-time Art facilitator with Cork Prison since 1994. Current exhibitions and projects include RHA, Ashford Gallery, Dublin, 2013; Field of vision: Lewis Glucksman Gallery, 2011; Qua Art – Qua Science; The University Of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands 2008; Fenton Gallery, Cork and Galerie Beeld & Aambeeld, Netherlands 2000-2013.

He has received awards and funding from The Arts Council of Ireland and The Department of Foreign Affairs Cultural Relations Committee and Cork City Council. His work is represented in many private and public collections including, Lewis Glucksman Gallery; Bank of Ireland; Arts Council Of Ireland; Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork; University College Hospital Cork; Scott Tallon and Walker Architects; University College Cork; The University Of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands; The Office of Public Works; Cork City Council; Irish Broadcasting Commission, Dublin; Magee and Co; Graphic Design, London; Cork Opera House; RTE; Henry Ford and Son Ltd, Ireland and Pfizers Pharmaceuticals Production Corporation Ireland.


VALERIE CATOIRE | Skylight Gallery| Free

Thursday, September 26 : 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Friday, September 26 :  9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m 
Saturday, September 27: 9:00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Originally from Picardy in France, Valerie now lives and paints in Ballinspittle, County Cork. Her paintings are visually striking and flamboyant. Working with palette knives, pure oils and vibrant primary colours, Valerie usually paints wild flowers on large canvases, resulting in explosions of colour.


THE PAUL HANKAR INSTITUTE | Skylight Gallery| Free

Thursday, September 25 : 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Friday, September 26 : 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 :  9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. 

The Paul Hankar Institute, Brussels - Two Exhibitions

Like a Tree is an exhibition of photographs taken by Luc Teper in Brussels over a period of two years. These images, taken at different times of the day and night, capture the beauty and form of numerous trees and also of the accompanying wildlife. 

Luc is a teacher at the Paul Hankar Institute in Brussels. Photography is his passion. His two favourite themes are nature and cities that have a deep cultural tradition such as Bruges, Venice and Brussels. 

The Art Nouveau in Europe Conceptual Exhibition features the work of the Paul Hankar Institute’s Interior Design Students. This presentation explores the Art Nouveau style in Europe from the late nineteenth- to the early twentieth-century. 

For this project the students were inspired by how iron, a rough and functional material, took on a specific, lighter aesthetic dimension during the Art Nouveau period. Working with cardboard, an everyday material, the young people transformed boxes into new entities, thus making the observer look at this contemporary object in a different light.

ENGAGE Arts Festival wishes to gratefully acknowledge The Gallery, Kinsale in association with Irish in Europe Community ambassador Roos Demol for curating this double exhibition from The Paul Hankar Institute at ENGAGE-14.