The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan, will officially launch Beara Arts Festival 2019 at the Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere, at 3 pm Saturday, August 3rd. The Festival, which is proudly supported by Cork County Council, will run until August 11th. The launch event will also mark the opening of the exhibition, Landscapes of a Life: The Paintings of John Eagle.
John, who passed away in December 2018, had a long association with Beara Arts Festival. Although best known as a photographer – he documented all the lighthouses around the Irish coast – he was also a gifted painter, specialising in landscapes and seascapes inspired by the hills and harbours of the Beara peninsula. This exhibition will commemorate John and his work.
Beara Arts Festival has commissioned a new work by local artist, Mary Sullivan. Breathe is an immersive visual and sound installation in an underground tunnel at Lonehort Battery on Bere Island that launches at 3pm, Sunday August 4th.
Mary is a graduate of DIT Dublin School of Creative Arts, Sherkin Island, where she was awarded a first-class honours BA in Visual Art. In 2018, she was selected to participate in the RDS Visual Arts Awards Exhibition, where she was awarded the acclaimed Taylor Art Award for her installation and video sculpture At Home, At War.
The festival will also feature a musical performance by the Vespertine Quintet & Adrian Crowley at the Sarah Walker Gallery, and a series of workshops and talks at Beara Coast Hotel; Castletownbere Library; Reentrisk, Allihies; and Lonehort Battery, Bere Island.