Main Street, Schull, Co. Cork P81 VY38
Blue House Gallery on Schull’s Main Street represents a wide range of artists working in West Cork, as well as bringing in exhibitions from city galleries and occasionally, from abroad.
The 2021 schedule includes some highlights of the season. Following an opening group show of galler y artists (04-23 June), ‘Clay Maketh Man’ (25 June-14 July) celebrates contemporary ceramics with the work of prominent makers. ‘Amadeus on Main Street’ (06-18 Aug) will be an exhibition distinguished by the unusual nature of its content, a photo-essay by Todd Billeci of a performance by Schull’s Playacting Theatre on one of the most celebrated (and challenging to perform) plays of recent theatre, Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus. The play presents the life and genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as Divinely inspired composer and conflicted human being. Directed by Karen Minihan, Todd’s photographs capture some of the drama, vividness and pathos of the performance: the music you must supply yourself!
Four photographers participate in ‘Borders’ (16 July-04 Aug.) and wrestle with their personal understanding of the term: Melanie Black considers emotional borders, Nicolas Cooper looks at the elusively shifting line between land and sea, Geoff Greenham engages with psychological barriers in past, present and future time, while Simon Hill (President of the Royal Photographic Society) focuses on geographic and political borders between territories.
‘Moving On’ (03-15 Sept), a solo show of veteran ceramic artist David Seeger shows the accomplished hand of an artist who is as interested in the philosophy of his practice as in the manner in which form can be manipulated to play with optics and illusion. What you see may not be what you get.
Two interesting group shows (17-29 Sept.) wind up the season and represent important arts collectives celebrating significant anniversaries, with Graphic Studio Dublin’s 60th as the leading Irish print studio.