Hanneke Frenkel, Peter Knox, David Wilkinson, and Stefan Frenkel
The Turbot Island community is excited to showcase their creativity at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival. Living on the remote Inis Turbot, they have embraced the challenge of limited entertainment by unleashing their imagination, resourcefulness, and love for island living in a range of art projects for their group exhibition.
Hanneke Frenkel, known for her Seacarpets, has garnered attention and recognition, leading to an invitation to create ‘Seasack’ seating for the Irish Pavilion at the prestigious Venice Biennale Architecttura. Inspired by the response to her work, she returned to Turbot with renewed energy, crafting more carpets and sacks from salvaged beach rope.
Peter Knox, a musician and math teacher, expresses his artistic side through music and has written a song titled ‘Turbot Men,’ along with an accompanying video on YouTube. Over the years, he has transformed his island home into a private art gallery.
David Wilkinson, an author, shares his love for Turbot and island living through his book ‘Island Journal, One year and a day,’ documenting his experiences traveling through the western islands. Stefan Frenkel adds a fun and inventive touch to the island’s history by creating small objects from shoreline finds, serving as unique memorials to island events.
To experience this unique exhibition, visitors can join boat trips from Clifden Boat Club at designated times during the festival, offering a chance to meet the artists in their island setting and learn more about their creative journey and Turbot’s history. Tickets are limited, so it is advisable to check the details and purchase tickets through the Box Office.