ELEMENTAL

An exhibition of contemporary sculpture, especially for children, with work by artists Caoimhe Kilfeather and Karl Burke, and creative response space designed and created by Anne Bradley; at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre

12th January - 2nd March 2019
Curated by Superprojects

Aimed especially at children aged 4-12, Elemental is an exhibition that invites children and people of all ages to encounter contemporary art through touch and movement, as well as sight. Leading artists Caoimhe Kilfeather and Karl Burke have transformed the galleries with their interactive, tactile sculptures and installations that explore scale, texture, space and light.

Elemental contains a major commission from Caoimhe Kilfeather, with artworks that suggest an imagined garden of both indoor and outdoor elements. One element, created from hundreds of metres of green Indian silk, hanging 3 metres high, offers pockets of space for children to inhabit. A tree house perches 5 metres high overlooking the exhibition space, the floor covered with cushions and 'leaves' fashioned from organdie, with brooms and sweeping brushes to tidy up. In the upstairs gallery are a number of works, and children are able to walk around and through a steel sculpture by artist Karl Burke (entitled ‘Taking a Line’), which stands 2.5 metres high, and creates a very subtle optical illusion that implies density in empty space. Both Caoimhe and Karl have also each made interactive works that speak to children’s oft held desire to creatively arrange objects found in nature.

Practising primary school teacher and trained artist Anne Bradley has created ‘The Make Space’ – a calm room where children can take time to creatively respond to the themes and materials of the works on exhibition; using materials such as sand, small objects, pieces of wood and fabric to explore pattern, visual order, touch and more.

During the final week of the exhibition, a number of additional artworks will be exhibited throughout the gallery. These commissioned works will be made collaboratively by local primary school children from Dromore National School in Bantry and artist Siobhán McGibbon, who will be working together over eight sessions in Uillinn to research, experiment and create their own artworks, responding to the exhibition themes.

Elemental is funded by the Arts Council.