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Assembly Launches at the Jackie Clarke Collection

Date: 18-11-2022

Mayo County Council in partnership with the Jackie Clarke Collection is pleased to announce the official launch of Assembly by Shane Finan.

To commemorate the Decade of Centenaries, Mayo County Council’s Arts Service in partnership with the Jackie Clarke Collection, undertook an Artist in Residency programme with visual artist Shane Finan. Shane assembles objects into artworks, using contemporary technologies alongside traditional media. His work is about connections between place, technology human and nonhuman.

His project, entitled Assembly is the result of his six-month residency at the Jackie Clarke Collection. It will be officially launched at the Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina, on November 19th at 3pm.

From May to November 2022, the artist worked with the Jackie Clarke Collection as artist-in-residence. He studied the archive, the museum and the collection to understand why Jackie Clarke chose the objects he chose. Drawing from printed materials (newspapers, leaflets, autograph books) and the idea of technology as a device for how stories are spread, he has created a new art installation that takes over the Memory Room in the collection museum in late 2022.

Shane spent time meeting people in Ballina and the surrounding areas and creating his own collection of stories from the people that he met. Autograph books, influenced by those in the museum collection, contain a trace of the people who have told their stories to Shane, and they will be on site and can be added to in the museum. The artwork, Assembly, is a blended 'future museum' of north Co. Mayo.

In essence, the artwork is simply a reminder that no story is ever just black and white.

The exhibition will be officially launched by assistant professor of Media Studies at Maynooth University Dr El Putnam. You are warmly invited to join us for the launch of Assembly on November 19th at 3pm at the Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina.

For further information on Assembly, contact the Mayo County Council Arts Service on 09490 64666 or email Katriona at  

The project was funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media.

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