Artistic Irish island confirms summer events will go ahead

Artistic Irish island confirms summer events will go ahead

SHERKIN ISLAND, located off the south west coast of Ireland, will hold a series of art exhibitions this summer.

Despite the additional challenges of social distancing, the community has decided to go ahead with its plans to showcase the island’s creative and artistic talent.

The exhibitions will all take place in the island’s Community Hall, starting with an exhibition by the Haiku group which ran from June 25-27.

That display featured Haiku poems written during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

This weekend will see the launch of the annual Sherkin Island community art exhibition, which runs from June 29 to July 4.

Sherkin Tara, Nigel Towse, Jo Ashby, John Simpson and Brigid O’ Connell Madden, seen here on Sherkin Island (Pic: Robbie Murphy)

Billed as a “celebration of the diverse creative talent on the island”, the collection includes paintings, photography, sculpture, textiles and ceramics.

Six more art exhibitions will run after that, keeping the artistic space busy right up until 24th August.

“All will operate to strict Covid19 guidelines including the use hand sanitisers, face coverings for all visitors and a one-way system in line with social distancing requirements,” the organisers confirm.

Known as ‘island of the arts’, Sherkin Island has attracted a population of creative individuals including professional and non-professional artists, musicians, writers and photographers over the years.

Aisling Moran, project coordinator with the Sherkin Island Development Society (SIDS) said of their upcoming events: “We have thought long and hard about holding the exhibitions this year due to the additional diligence required by Covid-19 guidelines.

“As always, we are grateful to Cork County Council for their support in helping this to happen. We see it as a great opportunity to showcase the great creative work that is being done here and to welcome people to the island.”