American Photographer Michael Somoroff’s Absence of Subject is a poignant homage to the legendary German photographer, August Sander’s monumental work People of the 20th Century (Menschen des 20 Jarhunderts). It is a thoughtful and passionate meditation on memory, imagination, human resilience and creativity.
"The originality in this body of work is based on Somoroff’s keen sense of observation and interpretation. In this collection of photographs by Somoroff and Sander accompanied with three animated pieces, Absence of Subject lets you revisit August Sander’s work, allowing the audience to understand the richness of Sander’s intent. In each of August Sander’s pictures Michael Somoroff has erased the subject retaining only the background. The unprecedented digital revolution has brought the potential for manipulation into focus. Through the use of software Somoroff has taken out what we have always believed to be the “essential element” – the subject, the portrait. The backgrounds once a secondary fragment now become the primary motivator. They have now been translated into new fully conceived images that rightfully belong to the “post-modern” idiom." -- Curator Diane Edkins
The exhibition is made with the generous support of Admira, Cork County Council and the Arts Council.
Sirius Arts Centre's Artist in Residency Programme will host author Nicole Mary Kelby during the month of April. NM Kelby is the critically acclaimed author of White Truffles in Winter, In the Company of Angels, Whale Season, and the Florida Book Award winner A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts, among other works. Her most recent book The Pink Suit Based on the true story behind Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s iconic pink suit.
On November 22, 1963, the First Lady accompanied her husband to Dallas, Texas dressed in a pink Chanel-style suit that was his favorite. Many pieces of her personal wardrobe, including the pink suit, came from the New York boutique Chez Ninon where a young seamstress, an Irish immigrant named Kate from Cobh, worked behind the scenes to meticulously craft the memorable outfit. While in residency NM Kelby will be researching a new book and will also be a guest lecturer at Univeristy College Cork.
The Sirius Arts Centre Artist in Residency programme is made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council.
Cork based visual artist, Bernadette Cotter, known for her visually beautiful and deeply moving work has created this installation especially for Sirius Arts Centre. by comiling layers of visual cues with varied materials, the artist evokes a sense of stillness and fragility, drawing the viewer through to a deeper level of experience and reflection.
Running until 6 April
Sirius Arts Centre hosts the launch in Ireland of NM Kelby's latest book The Pink Suit
Based on the true story behind Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s iconic pink suit.
On November 22, 1963, the First Lady accompanied her husband to Dallas, Texas dressed in a pink Chanel-style suit that was his favorite. Many pieces of her personal wardrobe, including the pink suit, came from the New York boutique Chez Ninon where a young seamstress, an Irish immigrant named Kate (from Cobh), worked behind the scenes to meticulously craft the memorable outfit.
"One of history's most tragic and iconic outfits has long had its own strange and compelling story. Now, at last, that story has been told—and beautifully."–Jeffery Kluger, APOLLO 13
NM Kelby is the artist in residency at Sirius for April - the Artist in residency programme is made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council
UK based photographer Mandy Barker is the Artist in Residence for May. Mandy’s artistic direction has evolved from graphic design to contemporary
photography. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, including The Photographer’s Gallery, Deimar Noble, The Mall and Cork Street Galleries in London, and the
Science & Technology Park, Hong Kong.
Her current and ongoing series of work, ‘SOUP’ has achieved international recognition being awarded First Runner Up in the Photography Book Now Blurb 2011 competition, the images of which were projected onto the walls of The Aperture Foundation in New York. Her work has been published and printed in over 20 countries, including TIME Magazine US, GEO, The Financial Times, and an online selection made by Stephanie Braun of The Photographer’s Gallery for Source Magazine. She has contributed to an article for CNN International concerning arts relationship with the environment and the role it can play in the debate around climate change. Her work has appeared on TIME magazines’ photography blog, Lightbox, for Earth Day, April 22nd 2012 and her work has been shown in The Explorers Journal after her voyage across the North Pacific Ocean in July 2012. Her work aims to engage with and stimulate an emotional response in theviewer by combining a contradiction between initial aesthetic attraction and subsequent message of awareness. http://mandy-barker.com
The Artist in Residency Programme is made possible with the generous support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council.
Don Baker, singer, songwriter, guitarist and, of course, ace harmonica-player, not to mention bluesman will appear at Sirius Arts Centre for one night only. Don't miss this spectacular performer! for more information visit his website at
The return of OPEN HOUSE 5 exhibition to Sirius Arts Centre - a time when Sirius 'opens the house' to artists living and working in Cork City and County.
Opening Thursday 12 June at 7pm - exhbition will run until Sunday 6 July
Returning after a long hiatus from Sirius we welcome back the brothers originally from Newry; Brendan and Declan Murphy!
This is one you won't want to miss!
Sirius welcomes back Irish singer songwriter, Mark Geary! For more information please visit Mark's website at www.markgeary.com
Sirius Arts Centre presents a collection of paintings by emerging Cobh based artist, Jack Hickey. The Nocturnes is a forray into city nights of partying and going out. Exhibition runs until Sunday 10 August - more information to follow soon!
This tight knit trio formed in 2013 features: David Power and Ciarán Somers and, of course Donal Clancy.
This exhibition of Donegal based Maritime painter, Kenneth King, celebrates the launch of a new publication. Curated by Marianne O'Kane Boal, it is a culmination of a life's work and dedication to the sea. Exhiibition runs until Sunday 31 August.