Forthcoming events / Ócáidí ag teacht


Suan – an exciting exhibition of glass works by multi-award-winning artists

        Hazel Hutton and Barbara Kenneally

will be opening on Friday 27th October 7.00pm.

“Glass as a material has compelling natural allure. No other material has such an ability to change colour, texture and shape. Glass interacts with and distorts natural light – emphasising the purity of the material and its wave nature. How light is displaced and reflected constantly questions what it is we are looking into. This in itself is highly experimental and essentially ephemeral.”

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                        Oct. 27th – 17th Nov. 2017

Hazel Hutton is a graduate resident at Crawford College of Art and design, Cork, Ireland where she completed her degree in Contemporary Applied Art in ceramics glass and textiles (BA Hons) 2016. In 2015 Hazel Hutton completed an eight week student exchange to Shanghai where she studied glass casting on a large scale. Before coming to the Crawford Hazel Hutton received Potters training underneath traditional potter Ray Maw in West Cork. She has work within private collections in Ireland and the UK.

“I try to capture the beauty in movement within static forms. Inherent ideas within interaction, sexuality and human tension are important within my figurative sculptures. I have a highly personal relationship with my materials and tend to give them their freedom allowing their raw and natural state to be the most important.”

Hazel’s exhibition, Beetles & Beaks, showed in WAS in 2016.


Barbara Kenneally has a longstanding passion for the Beara peninsula. The beauty of this area in West Cork with its ever-changing light and topography is a constant source of inspiration. Copper mining took place here in prehistoric times as well as during the Irish industrial revolution. The organic mineral deposition is dramatic but the interaction of Nature on the manmade interventions in the landscape is spectacular.

In her current work, the magnetism of childhood memories comes into play.

She captures the essence of Allihies and its mining heritage by using rocks found at the mines to create the moulds for her glass. The transparency of glass allows for exploration of the surface and the subsurface, a very significant aspect to her work.

She wants viewers to contemplate  this sub-world and in some way hopes to evoke reflection on those individuals who lived, worked and passed on from this place.



In a Pickle Postcard Exhibition:

 24th Nov – 30th Nov.

In A Pickle (the Kathy O Leary wheelchair assist fund) would like to invite you to participate in a fundraising exhibition showcasing unique, small-scale works in a variety of media from emerging and established local, national and international artists.

In a Pickle Postcards is part of a larger campaign to raise funds for Kathy, an artist who, following a spinal injury ten years ago, has been a wheelchair user. She is struggling to maintain her independence and needs help urgently. For more details please follow this link:


We are asking you to donate a piece(s) of work, A5 size, (8.3 x 5.8 inches standard measurement.) It can be an original drawing, painting, mixed media, collage, editioned photograph or print – the choice is yours, for inclusion in the exhibition. Any subject. The artist’s identity is kept secret and wont be revealed until the work is sold. The work will be exhibited and sold at our Poetry & Postcard Event in Working Artist Studios, Skibbereen on Friday November 24th and online there after. The works will all be sold @ €50 each, a great opportunity for artlovers to purchase affordable original pieces.

Kathy O’Leary

Various artists. All proceeds to Kathy’s wheelchair fund.


Exhibition:   Risteard Breathnach     Photography   1st – 29th Dec.


Music: Kenny Dread: “We will be lovers” album launch Early Dec

Kenny Dread

(date to be confirmed)


Poetry:  Award-winning bi-lingual poet, Doireann Ni Ghriofa will be returning to WAS at a date to be announced, to launch her new collection of poems in English, the multi-award-winning Clasp  

Clasp is her first English-language collection of poems. In three sections entitled ‘Clasp’, ‘Cleave’ and ‘Clench’, Ní Ghríofa engages in a strikingly physical way with the world of her subject matter. The result is by times what one poem calls ‘A History in Hearts’, among other things an intimate exploration of love, childbirth and motherhood, and simultaneously a place of separation and anxiety. In one poem set in the boys’ home in Letterfrack, a place of undeniable terror, we see how, in the name of religion, “The earth holds small skulls like seeds”.

The final section of the book comprises a single poem, Seven Views of Cork City, which, swooping in and out of personal history, paints a convincing if sometimes unsettling portrait of the poet’s adopted city, and of urban life’s ubiquitous restraints on “our dream of speed”.

The woman’s body is central to the collection, highlighted, visible, unconquered. Forgotten bones are reclaimed, gendered territory is staked out; it is clear that Ní Ghríofa’s has a voice which will not be silenced… In Clasp Ní Ghríofa has signalled that she is a poetic force to be reckoned with in the future.” – Clíona Ní Riordáin, Southword Journal

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa






 FILM:  after a rapturuous reception in January, we plan to show again the stunning film, the groundbreaking documentary,

Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World       by Mary Lanceagnes_martin_cover

Agnes Martin has been designated by ARTnews Magazine as one of the world’s top ten living artists. In this incredibly intimate film, she speaks candidly and eloquently about art, her life and times, her working methods and her own art. This is a “must-see” film.

Date to be announced. Spaces will be limited.


and guitarists, Ari Sheehan & Mick Hoey: the incredible Rianóir 




FILM:    Brought Back By Public Demand!

Pat Collins’ wonderful film, Tim Robinson: Connemara will be shown again in WAS. Music composer, Susan Stenger will be the guest speaker, answering questions. (date to be announced)

Tim Robinson: Connemara

Tim Robinson: Connemara



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