Out of Place / CeA/R/T

8th September 13th October

Opening reception Friday 7th September 7.30pm, with guest Shelagh Honan

CeA/R/T (Co.Clare Artists/Researchers/Teachers) is a group of four Clare-based practitioners, Lorraine Callanan, Bairbre Geraghty, Edel Hogan and Mary Moran. They met through the Professional Development MA programme in Limerick School of Art and Design SAD (LIT), and have subsequently worked as artists, researchers and teachers, developing a strong community of practice.

Their work within this exhibition in The Courthouse’s main gallery probes into the idea of ‘place’ and what a sense of place can truly mean for any one individual. As a group, they investigate place beyond mere geography. Work in this new exhibition includes video, animation, photography, installation, assemblage and drawing.

CeA/R/T contemplate questions seeking to unearth the interlocking, overlapping forms of bonding, belonging and relationships that inform place identity.

Research tells us that the ways in which people relate to places are rooted within notions of biographical, emotional, spiritual, ideological, cultural, historical, environmental, commodifiable and dependent relationships. When thinking about ‘place’, we might ask:

  • What is place identity?
  • What is the nature of the bond, or affinity, with place?
  • Is it more imaginary than real?
  • How significant is this sense of place in one’s understanding and perception of themselves and how they describe themselves to others?
  • Is it innate?
  • To what degree does ‘sense of place’ still play a significant role in creating and maintaining an ongoing sense of self in an increasing fluid & global world?

Supporting Programme
In keeping with their roots CeA/R/T have devised an education programme to run concurrently with the exhibition, in the form of a guide designed to support Leaving Certificate students studying art.

Think Again / Seminar Saturday 13th October 2018This seminar examines the value and role of creative thinking within second level art education, and how our curriculum can foster creative thinkers into the future. Aimed at art educators and stakeholders, guest speakers include Maria Finucane, Aislinn O’Donnell, and John Beattie. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.