7 December 2019
By Bryan Smyth
Cork County Council Library and Arts Services is delighted to host ‘Left Field: Works from the Ballinglen Foundation Collection’, currently running at Cork County Library Headquarters (LHQ) Gallery until January 17th, 2020. This exhibition brings together the works of several artists, both Irish and international, who relocated to Ballycastle, Mayo, for residencies.
The Ballinglen Arts Foundation was initiated in 1992 by Margo Dolan and Peter Maxwell with the aim of offering studio spaces and residencies to artists, providing an opportunity to live and work by the sea, and to absorb the skies and the pale northern light of Mayo. Ballycastle is spectacularly situated close to the sea cliffs at Downpatrick Head and close to the ancient Ceide Fields.
Each artist is asked to donate a piece to the Ballinglen Foundation Collection at the end of their residency. For the ‘Left Field’ Exhibition, curator Sarah Kelleher has selected paintings, prints, photographs and drawings that evoke an experience of a specific place while not being immediately recognisable as landscapes.
Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan notes:
“I am proud to see Cork County Council’s Library and Arts Services continue to bring extraordinary exhibitions to the people of Cork. ‘Left Field’ is a fantastic exploration of the experience of the Irish Coast. The Coastline of County Cork has attracted many phenomenal artists and inspired incredible artistic work throughout the years. It’s truly exciting to see how these experiences have been explored in different Counties.”
‘Left Field’ is now open at Cork County Council Library HQ Gallery and runs until Friday 17th January 2020. The exhibit is available to view 9am – 5.30pm weekdays and admission is free.