Exhibition: “The Age of Reason/Unreason”

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A Group Show by Na Cailleacha, “The Age of Reason/Unreason” will take place in Ballinglen Museum of Art, Main Street, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, opening on Monday 21st June and running until Wednesday 28 July 2021.

Opening hours : 12am – 5pm Monday to Sunday.

T : 096 43184 | E : ballinglenarts@gmail.com

Na Cailleacha

Na Cailleacha is a collective of six visual artists, one jazz musician and a curator/writer who have come together to explore being female, older and hopefully wiser. The history of Na Cailleacha is closely bound up with the Ballinglen Arts Foundation and with the landscape and community of north-west Mayo. It was there that this group met for the first time as a group and there that all of the work in this exhibition was initiated.

The Age of Reason/Unreason

This show includes:

  • Paintings by Helen Comerford, Maria Levinge and Patricia Hurl
  • A monumental drawing by Gerda Teljeur
  • Digital film and music made by Barbara Freeman in association with musician, Carole Nelson
  • Sculptures by Therry Rudin
  • A number of collaborative works such as The Ballinglen Portfolio, made up of 8 prints by each of the members of the group, some of whom have not made prints previously. The content of each print reflects the personal practice of each artist, using print techniques, from traditional etching and carborundum to digital media, text and notation. The portfolio reflects the group’s interaction with the landscape, sounds and wildlife of the area.
  • Stone Sounding, a performance video, led by Carole Nelson and Therry Rudin, in which Na Cailleacha perform a ritual, inspired by the location and our interaction with each other.
  • A documentary film by Therry Rudin, Dawn to Dusk, recording the group’s month in
    Ballinglen. will be shown as part of the exhibition. It records the work they did as
    individuals, their collaborations and discussions, and public presentations of their processes in County Mayo.

The group will be present in Ballinglen Arts Foundation from June 10 – July 2 where they intend to work on a project about identity, using life-size rag dolls as alter egos and they hope to present workshop on this in the course of the residency.

In collaboration with the Mayo Arts Office they will also be releasing their poster ‘The Advantages of being a Cailleadh Artist’, their homage to The Guerilla Girls, with whom they will hold a group conversation about feminist practice.

Ballinglen Museum of Art, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, F26 RX61