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Excursions Performance Festival

Jan 26 2009 12:00PM


Excursions is a performance art festival based in Limerick City, the festival acts as a platform for contemporary performance artists and includes Irish artists’ performances alongside international invited artists.

Limerick City Arts Office in association with Limerick City Gallery of Art, Belltable Arts Centre and Daghdha, supported by The Arts Council, presents Excursions 2009. The festival acts as a platform for contemporary performance artists and will include Irish artists’ performances alongside international invited artists.

Excursions supports student performances, the 2009 programme includes student artists from Limerick School of Art and Design, and IADT, these are Elena Bezborodova, Niamh O’Beirne with Elva Carri, Karen Buckley and Steve Maher.

Aine O'Dywer is the first performer of the festival and will enthusiastically use a trampoline while singing, in the Belltable’s new home on Cecil Street.

The UK Artist William Hunt will give a master-class to students at Limerick School of Art & Design on the Friday of the festival as well as a performance on Saturday.  Hunt will also perform ‘I Forgot Myself, Looking At You’ involving the artist sitting at a table and taking a cast of his head. With his face encased in plaster and unable to see Hunt uses a harmonica to breathe through. Watching this experience of sensory deprivation is heightened as the artist begins to play the guitar.

There will be a Performance Trail as part of Limerick City Gallery of Art Family Days, led by Patrick Keaveney on Saturday 24th January Leaving LCGA at 11.30am. On arriving at the gallery children will each get a map of the city with treasure areas marked out. The trail will guide the children in an exploration of performance art, meeting different artists through the trail. Wrap up warm the Family Day will be an outside trail.

The Artist Ania Bas is inviting people to Sell or Buy Languages in the city centre on 24th January between 11am and 4pm at the Sell/Buy Language stall in Bedford Row.  Give as much time as you wish! Sell your language to a stranger and negotiate a price with the client. The minimum price is 1 Euro for a 5min lesson. Teach your language at the location for an agreed period of time.

The artist Rachel Gomme will create a collection of individual recorded silences in City Hall on Friday 23rd January from 2pm to 5pm, exploring the intimacy, presence and exchange value of silence. Book your session at LCGA.

Eva Weaver's durational performance Red Crossing will take place on the Sylvester O’Halloran Bridge on the 23rd and 24th. She will be crossing over and back weaving red thread through the bridge creating a visible red field, transforming the bridge into a momentary sculpture.

Irish Artist, Aileen Lambert will perform Another Chance Encounter on Saturday morning, close to the Milk Market. Her work draws attention to materials which are normally discarded or undervalued and are the leftover matter of another product or material. Helium balloons will be attached to these materials creating the potential for serendipitous moments to occur between the chance movements of the balloon and the attached material among a live audience.

Are We All Looking is the work of John Dummett from Newcastle Upon Tyne which will be a 3 day live process situated outside Limerick City Gallery of Art. He will create an informal social space in which to develop with others a public dialogue and public intervention that explores ideas, expectations and perceptions about codes of behavior and how these affect a sense of place.

On Saturday 24th a durational performance by Scottish artist Kenny McBride will take place in Daghdha Space in John’s Square from 1pm – 5pm. The performance entitled Meant Lament is concerned with generations, loss and conflict. His work creates visually poetic and encountering spaces that can be used to memorialise and engage collective memory.



Excursions is launched with a wine reception at LCGA at 6.00 Thursday 22nd.


Excursions Performance festival - Timetable 2009. word doc (41 Kb)


Excursions 2009 is curated by Sheila Deegan Limerick City Arts Officer, Pippa Little Curator Audience & Access Limerick City Gallery of Art, Susan Holland Curatorial Fellow Limerick City Gallery of Art and Joanne O'Beirne Artistic Director Belltable Arts Centre.





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