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BENCHMARK @Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

January 17 @ 7:00 pm - February 15 @ 5:00 pm



Friday 17 January – Saturday 15 February

An exhibition arising from a multifaceted arts and heritage project in which award-winning writer Mike McCormack worked alongside ten visual artists from Engage Art Studios and ten Mayo writers to explore aspects of bench marks and surveying. A bench mark is a simple and elegant crows-foot-shaped mark which is carved into stone walls in the built environment all around the country. They were originally created during the 1800s to mark the height above sea level at particular locations and were used by ordnance surveyors to map the terrain.

This exhibition features the work of visual artists Maeve Curtis, Noelle Gallagher, Nicola Gunwhy, Nuala Hiney, Eimear Jean McCormack, Hilary Morley, Avi Ratnayake, Vicky Smith, Joan Sugrue, Ruby Wallis; and writers Edel Burke, Aisling Keogh, Alice Kinsella, Mike McCormack, Sheila McHugh, Mari Maxwell, Geraldine Mitchell, Elizabeth Reapy, Ger Reidy, Jean Tuomey, and Anne Walsh Donnelly.

Funding from Creative Ireland Mayo for this project is gratefully acknowledged.

Adm. Free

Official opening: Friday 17 January at 7.30pm. This event will include gallery viewing and rea]dings from the writers involved. All welcome.



January 17 @ 7:00 pm
February 15 @ 5:00 pm
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