Recent Premiere at the Cork Film Festival:
This new documentary focuses on some of these artists including:
Tadhg McSweeney (Painter)
Helene Willems-Bogels (Inter-disciplinary Artist)
Helen Ní Chuill (Ceramist)
Gearóid Ó Duinnín (Musician & Painter)
Meredith Flandreau (Potter)
and Peadar Ó Riada (Composer & sometimes Painter).
The importance of the Múscraí Gaeltacht; its landscape, its rich cultural heritage and unique local dialect provides an inspiring and nourishing home-base for each of the artists. The artists’ life journeys – and their work in an engaging diversity of mediums – provide resonating parallel narratives in this colourful multi-facteted exploration of the artistic process and its deep connection with the land of its inspiration.
The film features excerpts from the poetry of Seán Ó Riordáin; originally from the area and one of the most revered Irish language poets of the twentieth century. Seán Ó Riordáin’s poetry is brought to life in an inspired recording by renowned Cork poet Liam Ó Muirthile, and the film features translations by some our finest living poets including Gabriel Rosenstock, Celia De Fréine, Colm Breathnach, Peter Sirr, Paddy Bushe and Theo Dorgan courtesy of Cló Iar-Chonnachta.
The film also largely features music from, and inspired by, the area including works by Peadar Ó Riada, Triúr, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Buille, Slow Moving Clouds, Fiona Kelleher and Gearóid Ó Duinnín.
The film takes its title from the name of the first exhibition of Ealaíontóirí Mhúscraí; a group of artists from the area who exhibit their work together at an annual exhibition held at the vibrant local arts centre Ionad Cultúrtha.
Helene Willems Bogels (Inter-disciplinary Artist) moved to Cúil Aodha in the 1970’s with her husband Dick and established the renowned Coolea Farmhouse Cheese artisan brand. Helen’s inspiring work – in a multitude of formats – draws heavily for its inspiration from local heritage and the surrounding landscape.
Helen Ní Chuill (Ceramist) lives and works in Cúil Aodha. She graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork in 2004 with a B.A. in ceramic design. Her work is inspired by ‘the delicacy and translucency of porcelain and the natural magic of the Muskerry area’.
Gearóid Ó Duinnín (Musician & Painter) is a self-taught artist from Cúil Aodha. He started to paint in 2008. In 2010 he held his first solo exhibition followed quickly by another solo show establishing himself as a substantial painter. In parallel to becoming a painter Gearóid is also a well-known local musician.
Meredith Flandreau (Potter) Originally from the U.S. Meredith settled in Ireland with her husband Robb Bradstock in the 1970’s and runs the renowned Coolavokig Pottery; the only wood-kiln fired pottery in Ireland.
Peadar Ó Riada (Composer and Sometimes Painter) Renowned local composer and musician and all-around local cultural organiser, Peadar was responsible for organising the first group exhibition of local artists that came to be know as Ealaíontóirí Mhúscraí (The Muskerry Artists). The name of the film comes from the name of this first exhibition.
Sleachta As Dánta / Excerpts from the Poems of SEÁN Ó RIORDÁIN
A Léamh Ag / Read By LIAM Ó MUIRTHILE
An Dán ‘Ealang’ / The Poem ‘Flaw’ by BREDA WALL RYAN
Traschruthaithe i nGaeilge ag / Transcreated by GABRIEL ROSENSTOCK
Le Ceol Ag / With Music by
Déanta i gcomhlachas leis / Made in Association with CORK COMMUNITY TELEVISION (CCTV)
Arna Mhaoiniú ag Údarás Craolacháin na hÉireann leis an Táille Ceadúnais Teilifíse / Funded By The BroadcastingAuthority of Ireland With The Television Licence Fee
Le Tacaíocht Taighde Agus Forbairt le fail ó /With Research & Development Support from
CREATE / The Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme Trealamh
Léirithe ag / Produced by ANÚ PICTURES
© Ó CÉILLEACHAIR
2016 Images courtesy of the Artists.