The Circle of Life– Opens 10th May, 2019
The Circle of Life is a collaborative exhibition at glór, Ennis, Co Clare featuring the work of Eleanor Feely and Rachel Macmanus, facilitated by Clare Arts Office. The exhibition will showcase drawing, photography, sound, performance and found objects.
The artists are responding to the residents, staff and surrounding community of St Josephs Hospital, Ennis, Co Clare.
Exhibition: The Circle of Life
Venue: glór, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co Clare. V95VHP0
Location: glór Studio, Ground Floor.
Dates: Friday 10 September from 10 – 5pm and Saturday 11th September 10- 5pm.
Live Performance by Eleanor Feely at 2pm both days.
Artists Talk by Rachel Macmanus at 11am both days
The Circle of Life is a collaborative exhibition at glór, Ennis, Co Clare featuring the work of Eleanor Feely and Rachel Macmanus. The exhibition will showcase drawing, photography, sound, performance and found objects.
St. Josephs Hospital Ennis is a residential facility for older people, managed by the HSE, which provides care to older people from Co Clare and also has a Day Hospital services to the local area.
Two artists, Eleanor Feely, Artist in Residence at St Josephs, and Rachel Macmanus, a locally based artist, have collaborated on a creative project with the residents and staff of St Josephs. Time was spent weekly with the residents reflecting on memories of their lives, and discussing their views on what life is like for them now in the present day.
The project is named The Circle of Life as it mimics how the hospital works, and how life there as a resident is cyclical, and definitely non linear. The dance of life, and how the end becomes the beginning of something new. Asking the questions what is
memory? What is now?
Visiting St Josephs is a sensory experience, walking through long corridors bathed in light, echoing footsteps of brisk nurses and the slower shuffle of residents. The smell of dinner and the distant sound of singing from the chapel, the laughter from an open door and the rattling of a tea trolley. The familiar voices of staff and residents rising and falling, a nurse crouched down low to someone in a wheelchair. All of life is within this place, and its residents are community shapers from a generation ago, with incredible stories of times from a different era.
The Circle Of Life project in glór seeks to showcase the rich tapestry of experience and life we have witnessed in St Josephs, and allow the viewer to experience this through sound, visuals, story telling and sculpture.
Artist’s talk by Rachel Macmanus
Friday and Saturday at 11am
Rachel Macmanus is a locally based artist who works through the medium of drawing, painting and live art. Rachel studied Visual Communications at NCAD Dublin and is currently completing a Fine Art MA with Open College of the Arts, Barnsley, UK.
Live Performance with Eleanor Feely
Friday and Saturday at 2pm
Eleanor Feely is the Artist in Residence of St Josephs Hospital, and also the Director of Clare Youth Theatre. Using her theatrical professional background, Eleanor will be using the found objects within the exhibit for the basis of this story telling performance.
Admission is free. The exhibition is open daily from Friday 10th May until Saturday 11 May, 10am – 5pm. Exhibition information will be available at glór.
The artists have also written a blog about the project which can be viewed at https://stjosephshospitalcircleoflifeproject.wordpress.com/
Exhibition Sponsored by Clare Arts Office
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