Calendar of events

April

Artist in Residence for April - N M Kelby

Artist in Residence for April - N M Kelby

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.

Ends 6 April
Skin to Air & Edge of Absence, An installation in 2 parts by Bernadette Cotter

Skin to Air & Edge of Absence, An installation in 2 parts by Bernadette Cotter

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

Thursday 10 April 7:00pm Free Admission - books for sale for €15.99
Book Launch of THE PINK SUIT - by NM Kelby

Book Launch of THE PINK SUIT - by NM Kelby

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

Opening Wednesday 16 April at 7pm - running until Sunday 1 June 2014 Free Admission
Absence of Subject - August Sander/Michael Somoroff

Absence of Subject - August Sander/Michael Somoroff

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.

Thursday 17 April from 1-2pm FREE!
Artist Talk with American Photographer, Michael Somoroff @ the Crawford Gallery, Cork

Artist Talk with American Photographer, Michael Somoroff @ the Crawford Gallery, Cork

In addition to the opening reception for Absence of Subject, American photographer, Michael Somoroff will give a talk about his work at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork.

Michael Somoroff, the son of the eminent commercial photographer Ben Somoroff, was born in New York City in 1957. Michael studied art and photography at the New School for Social research as well as assisting his father in his studio on the set, on location and in the darkroom. In October 1979 the first exhibition of Somoroffʼs photography was held at The International Center for Photography in New York City under the personal supervision of Cornell Capa launching young Somoroff’s career. In 1978, at the age of twenty-one, he opened his own photography studio and shortly thereafter began working for virtually every major magazine in New York and Europe.

In 1980, Somoroff moved to Europe where he worked in London, Paris, Milan and Hamburg, Shortly after his arrival in Europe, he became a noted photographer in his own right, where he was a regular contributor to such influential magazines on both sides of the Atlantic as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Stern and Life. He continued to develop his personal work, traveling throughout Europe and North Africa, forming many friendships that served as the foundation for his artistic efforts. Among his most important mentors was the photographer Gyula Halász, better known as Brassaï, Andreas Feininger, Louis Faurer, and Andre Kertész.

Since returning to New York at the end of the 1980’s, Michael Somoroff has thoroughly devoted himself to the research of his ideas and his artistic production. His dedication to social reform through the promotion of art is the cornerstone of his activities. He regularly lectures and collaborates with corporations as well as cultural institutions of all sizes to create programs that use art as a way of improving communication between people and the communities they live in. He is generally known for his serious interest in religion and the spiritual condition not only of his immediate company but society at large.

Michael Somoroff is represented in many important collections worldwide, a sampling of which include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; and The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

May

May 2014
Mandy Barker - Artist in Residence @ Sirius for May

Mandy Barker - Artist in Residence @ Sirius for May

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.    

June

Friday 20 June 8pm €20.00
The Four of Us

The Four of Us

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! 

July

Friday 4 July 8pm €15.00
MARK GEARY

MARK GEARY

Sirius welcomes back Irish singer songwriter, Mark Geary!  For more information please visit Mark's website at www.markgeary.com

Opening Friday 11 July 7:00pm Free Admission
The Nocturnes, Paintings by Jack Hickey

The Nocturnes, Paintings by Jack Hickey

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! 

August

Friday 1 August 8pm €12.00
Donal Clancy & Pipers Union

Donal Clancy & Pipers Union

This tight knit trio formed in 2013 features: David Power and Ciarán Somers and, of course Donal Clancy.

 

Opening 14 August 7pm Admisson Free
Kenneth King - Irish Maritime Painter Curated by Marianne O’Kane Boal

Kenneth King - Irish Maritime Painter Curated by Marianne O’Kane Boal

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.


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