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Graduate exhibition on Sherkin Island: Uncover

This BA degree in Visual Arts is an outreach course which takes place on Sherkin Island off the south west coast of Ireland. It is the only outreach degree of this kind in the country and has been running for many years.

The idea of the course is to give students, especially islanders, who missed out on a university education when they were younger, the chance to return to college to pursue a degree qualification in the arts. Because of their diverse backgrounds the students bring a wealth of talent and experience to this course. The competition for places grows year on year. The resultant standard is extremely high.

Seventeen students submitted their final degree projects this year. The students present their work in various locations around the island.  This exhibition is open to the public. The 2016 exhibition is entitled Uncover.

I was unable to visit every student’s work so apologies to those whose work I was unable to see.

Much of the work is concerned with conceptual art. I have rarely been so moved by work as I was by that of Lesley Cox. She investigates the connection we all have to the uterus.

Lesley Cox

Lesley Cox

Lesley Cox

Lesley Cox

Other work, which I found outstanding, was Imagination-Emigration by Philomena Smith. The work represents this idea by linking Philomena’s life in the textile industry to her sense of misplacement or not belonging.

Philomena Smith

Philomena Smith

Detlef Schlich’s work, also struck me as very professional. It consisted of a film installation in three parts. The work is concerned with developing an alter ego. His work can be seen here

Deidre Buckley Cairns was a stained glass artist before she started her A Visual Arts course and this influenced her final project. This is about the link between colour and memory.

Deidre Buckley Cairns

Deidre Buckley Cairns

Other beautiful work included Brigid Madden’s project on the invisibility of displaced people in our world

Bridget Madden

Brigid Madden

Bridget Madden

Brigid Madden

Although many students used photography in their exhibits there was only one photographic project and this was the work of Jean Dunne which was truly stunning.

Jean Dunne

Jean Dunne

Since much of the work was conceptual it was tricky to photograph. One such project was Whispers by Daireen McMullan.This was about how the wallpaper is a witness to our secrets and our hidden lives. the room was dark with only a single lamp. It made me shiver to enter this space. The silhouette of the child struck me as meaningful so I left him in as he is not recognisable.


Lucy Cox’s work is concerned with environmental, political and spiritual elements.

Lesley Cox

Lucy Cox

Some of the images I made did nto do justice to the students work so I have not included them – for that I apologise.

25 May 2016

Argentina: St Martin

From Pucon in the lake district of Chile we took a bus across the border to Argentina. There are only one or teo mountain passes across the border in this area and only one over which buses can pass.


A  novel breakfast publicity poster


Fellow passengers reflected in the bus before the ‘off’


A rather spoiled young fellow passenger uses the seat as a foot rest. She didn’t provide us with nose pegs….


We stop at the border to allow us to change money to Argentinian pesos


The money changing ‘shop’


The Argentinian border post


Barry trying to escape at the border…..


Great cafe on arrival in St Martin


Reminded me of the sixties


Lots of upmarket shops


Very PC dolly display


St Martin through a ‘photo op’ bill board….


The ‘Dublin’ pub where we had an apero one evening.


The lake in the early morning


The lake again – the guy is metal detecting…


St Martin is 2212kma from somewhere on the route 40


These lovely guys were wanting to be elected..


24 Feb 2016

Pucon images

Pucon is situated on lake Caburga. Villarica volcano is visible from all over the town. It smokes continually and at night the rim glows red with flames leaping up from time to time. I did not have the correct camera gear to capture this but you will just have to believe me we did see this phenomena.

We took a lovely trip on the lake

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17 Jan 2016

Heurquehue Park near Pucon

Pucon is situated on another beautiful lake with its very own volcano. This volcano spat out red flames during the night. I tried to photograph it but did not have the correct lens nor a tripod so the result was unsatisfactory but I’ll show it anyway in another blog.

For this blog I want to show images of the park we visited about twenty kilometers from Pucon

If you cannot see the slideshow click here

9 Jan 2016

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Villarica and Lican Ray

We couldn’t visit the Villarica volcano without a car so all I could do was photograph it from a distance.

Villarica volcano

Villarica volcano

Instead we decided to take a bus to the lake at Lican Ray which turned out to be well worth a visit

Lican Ray lake

Lican Ray lake willow

Lican Ray lake fishermen

Lican Ray lake pedal boat

Lican Ray lake boats

Lican Ray lake barry 2

Lican Ray lake boat

Lican Ray lake

Lican Ray lake barry

Lican Ray lake

29 Dec 2015