Something to look forward to… 2021 at South Tipperary Arts Centre

by admin on 30/03/2021

2021 didn’t started off as many would have hoped, but if the last year has taught us anything it is that we are much more resilient and adaptable than we think. This has been particularly visible in the Arts, where everyone from artists to museums, festivals and arts centres, have managed to quickly adapt to the challenges faced, and in doing so have found new ways to bring exciting, inspiring, thought provoking and educational arts events of the highest quality direct to people in their homes.

South Tipperary Arts Centre (STAC) have been busy behind the scenes over the past few months adapting, developing, and planning the delivery of their 2021 Programme as well as continuing to engage audiences with online activities such as their ‘Connect, Create, Inspire’ programme of online classes and workshops, specifically targeting themes of creativity and wellness, supported by Healthy Ireland Tipperary.

STAC’s 2021 programme is finally about to launch and will kick off next week, with Dara McGrath’s Project Cleansweep (6th April – 1st May). This exhibition, which will be delivered online due to Covid 19 Restrictions, has a relevance and impact far beyond the specific sites that it deals with, asking audiences to look again at these types of sites and think about the legacy that human activities can have on the land. A topic brought once again to the fore of our consciousness in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic; a virus whose spread to humans is attributed to continued human encroachment on the natural world. 

An exciting exhibition and accompanying one-day (online) symposium by the all-female collective Na Cailleacha’ will be one of the flagship events of the 2021 programme.  Taking place during Bealtaine, from 7th May – 12th June, this project will bring a wide range of practices by some of Ireland’s best known female artists, musicians and writers, and promises an innovative and fresh approach to very important issues surrounding aging and visibility, creativity, feminism, and collective collaboration. The symposium, The Age of Reason and Unreason, will take place on 29th May and will be live streamed from STAC (Speakers and booking details to be announced).

July sees STAC partner once again with Clonmel Junction Arts Festival (CJAF) for the 20th anniversary of the festival on a visual arts project entitled Reflections. An Open Call project, where artists are asked to respond to the 2021 theme of Identity (What’s in a Name?) and consider ‘If the arts hold a mirror up to society, who are we in 2021?’.

Another project which will see artists directly respond and create new work related to the area of Clonmel and the region of Tipperary, is the much-anticipated 2021 residency project, Shul. The artists, Christine Mackey and Martina O’Brien have already begun their residency (albeit remotely) and the project will culminate with an exhibition in September.

Ends of the Earth, an exhibition by Shelagh Honan, will take place in late October and will see the artist develop and bring together a new and exciting body of work that touches on issues of gender, identity, climate and surveillance.

The 2021 programme this year has something for everyone, with a variety of arts events for audiences to look forward to, to reconnect with culture, and reignite their curiosity.

STAC is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Tipperary County Council. 

Dates are subject to change due to Covid restrictions. Please see or follow their social media channels for updates.

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