Thursday, February 25, 2016


Cloonkeen-based artist Sheila Flanagan is the second guest in artist collective Group 8’s new Art & Words series of talks in Ballinasloe. She will present a slideshow and talk about her artwork, as well as socially engaged practice in a rural setting, and Artfarm, the rural art space in Cloonkeen, Newbridge, that she runs.
Oscailt - Sheila Flanagan
Sheila will appear at Tosnú Art & Craft Gallery’s studio in Brackernagh, Ballinasloe, on Friday March 4th at 7.30pm. Admission is free. Tosnú will be open on the night selling quality hand-crafted gifts and cards. Refreshments will be served.

Time Please - Sheila Flanagan
Sheila received a BA in Fine Art from GMIT in 2003 with first class honours specialising in sculpture. In 2005 she moved to Cloonkeen which led to a deep questioning of her art practice and its meaning in a rural context. Through this introspection the concept of Artfarm emerged The mission of Artfarm is to create opportunities for artistic expression by providing interaction through residencies, projects, talks etc., and for artists to go there with an aspiration to inspire, share, experiment and develop new ideas. The aim is to navigate towards explorations of ecologically sustainable art and contemplative art practice.

Vessel - Sheila Flanagan
Artfarm is part of an evolving sculptural installation entitled R10 based on time, ecology, identity and intervention. Artfarm is the centre point and the surrounding circular region of landscape, villages and community are the artpiece, a living, evolving time-based work. This Artwork has a radius of 10 miles and a 10 year deadline up to 2020.

All are welcome. Free admission.