Launch of Onsight 2019

Posted in Connect on October 10, 2019.


A striking new sculptural work by visual artist Niamh McCann will be launched on Friday, 11 October at 2pm in the grounds of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.  All are welcome to attend.

McCann’s new artwork is titled IMRAM Pavillion/Mother’s Lament, referring to a class of old Irish tales concerning a hero’s sea journey to the Otherworld.  The contemporary blue and red artwork is inspired by the crafting traditions of Ireland – particularly that of boat making and the distinctive form of the Tuam/Sligo Chair.

The lakeside artwork was developed through Onsight – an annual arts initiative by the National Museum of Ireland, Mayo County Council Arts Service and Mayo Artsquad. The aim of Onsight is to provide an opportunity for artists and visitors to explore the themes of Ireland’s National Folklife Collection through outdoor art works.

Nimah McCann is a Dublin-based artist who currently works out of the Fire Station Artists Studios (FSAS).  She is the recipient of various Arts Council of Ireland awards, and fellowships at Cemeti Arthouse, Indonesia; HIAP, International Artists’ Residency, Helsinki, Finland, URRA Artist Residency, Argentina and of Perspective and EV+A exhibition awards.  Her work is represented in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the OPW, Limerick City Gallery, Swansea City Council, the London Institute and the Hiscox Collection, London.

For further information on Onsight please visit https://www.museum.ie/Country-Life/Visitor-Information/Things-to-See-Do/On-Sight

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