Forthcoming events / Ócáidí ag teacht

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Exhibition: Sharon Dipity    Leap of Faith

Friday 18th October 6.30pm.

Open studio days: Wednesday 11.00 -12.30 and Saturday 11.00 – 4.00

Artist Sharon Dipity works across media, using; painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, printmaking, textiles, performance and participatory arts.

   For her three week residency Sharon will make new work connected to Ballydehob, drawing inspiration from its history, environment and the many years she has lived in the town and its environs. Following the residency, Sharon plans to leave the work created in situ to be viewed as part of the exhibition. She will host open days in her studio on Wednesday 11.00 -12.30 and Saturday 11.00 – 4.00.

Sharon Dipity

Sharon’s practice is enveloped in the process, it is experimental and playful, embracing chance, none the less it is careful and mindful. She draws inspiration from the environment, language and the current politics of the world in which we live: architecture, infrastructure, land and seascapes, often referencing the fairytales of her childhood. Communication, connection, journeys and destiny are recurring themes in her work, represented by ladders, bridges, telephone cables, pylons, satellite dishes and pathways.

Sharon Dipity holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Scenography from U.C.E, Birmingham and a B.A. Honours Degree in Textiles from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Sharon has exhibited in solo and group shows in Ireland and Europe.

In 2014, Sharon was commissioned by HSE South Cork Arts and Health Programme to create a series of artworks for Blackrock Hall Primary Care Centre. She has been awarded several arts residencies and grants including funding from Cork County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland. Sharon has extensive experience facilitating art sessions with young people and adults and has been working as an artist practitioner on the Arts for Health Partnership Programme since 2007.


Poetry: James Harpur Friday 8th November 2019 at 6.30pm.

James Harpur

We are delighted and honoured to welcome the wonderful James Harpur to Working Artist Studios to read from his marvellous and multi award-winning work.

James Harpur lives in West Cork and is the author of six volumes of poetry. His latest book, The White Silhouette (Carcanet), was an Irish Times Book of the Year and includes poems about the Book of Kells, a snowy journey from West Cork to Rosslare, Russian icons, and natural phenomena such as the Perseids meteor shower. He regularly broadcasts on RTÉ’s Sunday Miscellany and A Living Word (‘thought for the day’) and is a member of Aosdána.



Filíocht: Poetry:  Colm Breathnach  29/30 November 2019

Is mór an onóir dúinn fáilte a chur roimh Colm Breathnach, file, aistritheoir, eagarthóir is gearrscealaí i WAS i mbliana.

It’s an honour for us to welcome poet, translator, editor, novelist and short story writer, Colm Breathnach to WAS in November.

Colm Breathnach

In aice le Carraig Ruacháin, i gCo Chorcaí, a rugadh Colm. Bhain sé céim MA sa Nua-Ghaeilge amach faoin Ollamh Seán Ó Tuama i gColáiste na hOllscoile, Corcaigh. D’oibrigh sé mar théarmeolaí agus rúnaí leis an gCoiste Téarmaíochta agus ina dhiaidh sin mar aistritheoir i Rannóg an Aistriúcháin. Bhí sé ina Phríomh-Aistritheoir Cúnta sa Rannóg nuair a ghlac sé le scor luath chun dul i mbun na scríbhneoireachta ar bhonn lánaimseartha. Bhuaigh Colm an phríomhdhuais filíochta i gcomórtais liteartha an Oireachtais ceithre huaire. Sa bhliain 1999, bhronn An Foras Cultúrtha Gael-Mheiriceánach ‘Duais an Bhuitléaraigh’ air. I gcomhpháirt leis an Dr Andrea Nic Thaidhg, dhein sé aistriúchán ar an úrscéal Katz und Maus le Günter Grass. Foilsíodh a chéad úrscéal, an saothar meitificsin Con Trick “An Bhalla Bháin”, in 2009. D’fheidhmigh sé mar eagarthóir cúnta ar dhá eagrán de Innti i dteannta Michael Davitt agus ba é an chéad eagarthóir Gaeilge é ar Scoth na hÉigse/Best of Irish Poetry (Southword Editions). Foilsíodh Tírdhreacha, cnuasach filíochta leis in 2015 (LeabhairCOMHAR) le léaráidí ó Paul Ó Colmáin, WAS. Tá dánta le Colm aistrithe go hocht gcinn de theangacha lena n-áirítear éagrán Rómáinise den chnuasach An Fear Marbh.

Colm was born near Carrigrohane, Co. Cork. He was awarded an MA in modern Irish from University College Cork. He worked as a terminologist with An Coiste Téarmaíochta, the Irish-language terminology committee, and later as a translator in Oireachtas na hÉireann. He was Assistant Chief Translator when he took early retirement in order to become a fulltime writer. Colm has won the principal poetry prize four times in the Oireachtas literary competitions of Conradh na Gaeilge. In 1999 the Irish American Cultural Institute presented Colm with the ‘Butler Literary Award’. With Dr Andrea Nic Thaidhg he translated the Günter Grass novel Katz und Maus into Irish. His first novel, a work of metafiction, appeared in 2009. Colm worked as assistant editor on two editions of the poetry journal Innti with Michael Davitt and was the first Irish-language editor of Scoth na hÉigse/Best of Irish Poetry (Southword Editions). He published a poetry collection, Tírdhreacha in 2015 (LeabhairCOMHAR) which was illustrated by Paul Ó Colmáin of WAS. Colm has had poems translated into eight languages including a Rumanian edition of his collection An Fear Marbh.





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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