Wealth and Knowledge in Art

 

The Clare Champion,
Friday, June 16, 2014

 

 

An exhibition of unique handmade artworks and the personal memories and stories they represent is currently on display at Clare Museum. ‘Wise Ways’ documents the extraordinary wealth and knowledge, and the sustainable ways in which people lived, in County Clare in the past.

The collection was created in 2007 during an artist’s residency undertaken by Dublin artist, Terry O’Farrell, collaborating with Clare artist, Nicola Henley, at Raheen Community Hospital and Day Care Centre. The project gathered a record of beautiful art work and fascinating information about the past in Clare which is sadly being lost with the passage of time.

The collection has already been exhibited in the former post office in Kilnaboy and at Scariff Library. This is the first time it has been displayed in Ennis.

‘Wise Ways’ is a novel and inspiring way of learning about rural life in Clare during the 20th century. It captures authentic experiences of a life that is now largely gone and helps the museum reflect this culture to both tourists and local people.

A book containing images of the ceramic pieces and their accompanying stories is available for purchase from Raheen Community Hospital in Tuamgraney.

The exhibition will run throughout the summer months until September 26th. The museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 1.00pm and from 2pm to 5 pm and admission is free.

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