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By August 27, 2018No Comments

Powerful Breast Cancer journey stories brought to life as part of Clifden Arts Festival 2018

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Christopher Banaghan’s all absorbing exhibition will allow attendees to time-travel to the year 4040

A number of brave women’s inspiring Breast Cancer stories and struggles will be brought to life as part of a once off exhibition called Bosom Pals taking place during Clifden Arts Festival 2018( 12th – 23rd September ).

The moving exhibition, which is in honour of the late writer and poet Marie Cadden, explores the poems and artworks contained in the Bosom Pals book. The exhibition offers an incredibly unique experience as these works are taken from the intimate pages of a book and brought to life visually to put a human face on what it is like to live with Breast Cancer.

Eight women poets’ personal experience of Breast Cancer are beautifully and uniquely explored with powerful drawings of the female body post-surgery offering a more intimate insight in to the women’s individual journeys.

Clifden Arts festival connects some of the world’s most fascinating artists and showcases a diverse range of their innovative works within the stunning surroundings and breath-taking beauty of the west of Ireland.

The theme of home is a major feature across many of the 11 day festival’s exciting visual arts spectacles, with a stellar line up of internationally acclaimed artists sharing the sights, sounds and memories of their home-place.

Among Ireland’s leading international artists set to feature as part of this eclectic event is Rosie McGurran. Rosie’s solo exhibition draws inspiration from the fantastic surroundings of Roundstone Co. Galway and the island of Inishlacken to share her personal interpretation of the land and sea and the elusive stories of the people living there.  The Belfast artist curates the Inishlacken Project residency and is currently preparing for a major one-person exhibition at Los Gatos International Writers Festival in San Francisco.

Supported by Clifden Arts Festival, internationally acclaimed artists Dorothy Cross, Mick O’Dea, Donald Teskey, Joe Wilson, Jim Savage and David Lilburn will join forces as part of a unique exhibition celebrating the collaboration between Ballynahinch Castle Hotel and Occasional Press over the last decade.

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Christopher Banaghan’s all absorbing exhibition will allow attendees to time-travel to the year 4040 and see divers dig up fragmented remains of some of Galway’s biggest icons such as President Michael D.Higgins and singer Mary Coughlan. They try to rename them after figuring out who these people might have been in a former life.

Laurence Hoffman takes you on a journey around the remote island of Inishturk as part of her photographic documentary ‘Inishturk: Faces, places and traces’. Through a six-month journey to and from the island, she has created an intimate and enthralling portrayal like no other of the island, the people and its remarkable landscape.
Launching on September 12 2018, the eclectic mix of fascinating visual arts spectacles will take you on an exciting journey and help you escape from your own reality as you relax and enjoy the raw beauty of Connemara.

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About Clifden Arts Festival

The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Community Arts Week, now in its 41st year will take place from September 12th – 23rd and yet again promises to have something to excite everyone in this years programme. Audiences can expect a very high quality artistic programme with a superb literary, musical and visual art content which again will have the community arts of Clifden and the surrounding hinterland as a central focus with creative writing, music, theatre, graphic design and film workshops and performances taking place in the local schools for the duration of the festival.

2023 Festival Programme