After the Fall – Curated by Stephen O’Connell
Date: 4/12/2020 - 22/01/2021
Time: 10am - 5pm daily
Ticket type: Free
After the Fall - Downloadable Catalogue and Price List.pdf
From December 4th, STAC is delighted to present After The Fall, an exhibition of contemporary Irish woodturning, curated by Stephen O’Connell and kindly supported by DCCI and Tipperary County Council.
This exhibition represents a survey of the very best practitioners of this craft form, with a strong emphasis on sculptural work. The selected artists/makers reflect a diverse range of methods and material approaches, as well as enviable skill and invention, showcasing what is possible within contemporary woodturning.
Woodturning historically has been viewed as a functional craft form, producing components for other crafts and industries, as well as domestic objects such as bowls and vessels. However, since the great American studio craft movement of the 1970s, its potential for producing sculptural forms and being literally and metaphorically the fulcrum for a highly considered artistic practice has grown exponentially.
In an Irish context key moments in the development of this craft include the setting up of a woodturning programme at the Kilkenny Design Workshops in the mid 1960s led by Maria van Kesteren, the experiences of turners Liam O'Neill and Ciarán Forbes at the Parnham Symposium, Dorset, which ultimately led to the foundation of the Irish Woodturners' Guild and, more recently, the international success of individuals like the late Liam Flynn, whose work transcends the boundaries of art, craft and sculpture and is highly regarded internationally.
After the Fall seeks to take a measure of where artistic woodturning currently stands in Ireland now and presents the work of a group of makers between whom there are many cyclical points of influence. We hope this work will surprise and inspire both those familiar and new to woodturning and broaden their expectations of this traditional craft form.
Artists: Roger Bennett, Max Brosi, Liam Flynn, Matt Jones, Emmet Kane, Gintaras Malinauskas, Alan Meredith, Liam O'Neill.
Booking not essential however only 4 persons allowed in the gallery at any one time in line with Covid-19 guidelines. Groups – booking recommended - firstname.lastname@example.org