The Kingcat of Keshcorran | Sean Lynch, Michael Holly & Liam Byrne

An exhibition by visual artists Sean Lynch & Michael Holly with Roscommon-based ephemera collector Liam Byrne

The ethos of the visual arts programme at Roscommon Arts Centre during this curatorial residency has been developed with a view to expanding the scope for participation in the arts centre’s activities while also initiating relationships with the local population, interest groups and specific communities. This exhibition consists of a film by Sean Lynch and Michael Holly that will be presented alongside items of local historical and geographical interest from the ephemera collection of local history enthusiast, Liam Byrne. Collecting stories plays a huge role in Sean Lynch’s art practice while Liam is the collector of the objects, relics and ephemera that document these stories.

The exhibition begins in the pages of poet and mystic Ella Young’s book The Wonder-Smith and His Son, where the main character An Gubbaun Soar roams aimlessly through a stoney landscape. Suddenly, out of the sky, a bag of tools fell to the ground. He instantly became a master stonemason, and travelled to the nearest town, where he carved, upon a window the Kingcat of Keshcorran, “with insinuating grace and with infinite cunning, losing itself at the last in loops, and twists, and foliations and intricacies that spread and returned and established themselves in a mysterious, magical, spell-knotted forest of emblems.”

Sean Lynch came across the story when researching the carvings of James O’Shea in Oxford of 1859.  Having been rebutted by Oxford authorities for his attempting monkey carvings on the new museum building, O’Shea carved a group of feline-like creatures onto a window at the museum. While the precise details are now lost, one could speculate that O’Shea remembered the story of the Gubbaun, an old folk tale told amongst stonecarvers, and asserted to bring forth evil monstrous cats to the facade of the museum? Liam’s collection features images from Roscommon history that might find a kinship with The Kingcat, while Michael Holly’s video of summer solstice activity around megalithic sites in the region reveal the belief systems around land and history.

In the gallery space, Liam presents a collection of material, underneath glass cases he salvaged from a Museum refurbishment some years back. One presentaion details the medieval sculpture of the Roscommon Abbey alongside early geological studies of the region and more recent magnetic gradiometry imagery, placed amongst other tangential material such as a piece of the Berlin Wall now in Roscommon.  Another case sees county council annual agricultural reports mingle with a fossil Liam found in a carpark in Offaly and an illustration of the Cross of Cong.

 

Sean Lynch will represent Ireland at The Venice Biennale in 2015.

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Biography

Linda Shevlin is a visual artist and curator based in Co. Roscommon, Ireland. Her projects look at the complexities of modernity’s effects on land and the socio-cultural landscape of her environment. Her recent work has drawn attention to the role that certain historical/mythological tropes and characteristics have played in popular culture. Using exhibitions, film, and installations she creates situations that explore the borders of fact, fiction and reality.

She has been the recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Visual Arts Curatorial Residency award for three consecutive years from 2013-2016.  In 2014 she produced a series of events and exhibitions in County Roscommon including a newly commissioned work by Sean Lynch; The Workers, a retrospective of the Art@Work project, featuring Michelle Browne, Gareth Kennedy and Elaine Reynolds and The Workers symposium with contributions from Grizedale Arts and others. In 2015 she is developing a series of situations that will challenge the conventions of working in traditional gallery contexts. The regional visual art programme will take a nomadic approach to making and exhibiting that will involve working with non-arts spaces around the County including museums and parks. Ultimately reflecting on the importance of rural visual art spaces as discursive sites for non-instrumental forms of thought and action.

In 2012 she was awarded one of two inaugural residencies under the Spark Project funded through Leitrim Arts Office & Enterprise Board in partnership with the Arts Council of Ireland. The work produced through this residency was exhibited at The LAB, Dublin in 2014. Other recent exhibitions include Crystal Palace, Breezeblock, Sydney (2014); LOCAL, The Dock, Leitrim (2014); Supernature, Galway Arts Centre (2013); Tulca Festival, Galway, curated by Megs Morley (2011); Circadian, Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2010); Social Capital, curated by Claire McAree, The Dock, Co. Leitrim (2009) and Crave, Cross Gallery, Dublin (2008).

Recent screenings of her films include Camper, TRUCK Space, Calgary, Canada (2013); Interchange, CEFA, Philadelphia, USA (2012); Surface Shorts, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK (2011) and Falling Awake Patna Museum, India (2010).

In 2009 Linda completed an MA in Visual Arts Practices through IADT and in 2010, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Visual Artists Ireland. In 2015 she will take up the role of Chairperson of the Board.

Curatorial Statement

My curatorial concerns centre around the production and dissemination of work in rural contexts, how artists make and present work and the support mechanisms that enable its production and also it’s migration beyond the environs in which it was created. Favouring projects that can be developed through dialogical and collaborative approaches, my projects explore community identity, focusing on marginalised or under-represented rural communities.

My interest lies in lesser-known aspects of history, their intersection with the present and how conceptual traditions in art can be unpicked through research in archaeology, history and ethnography. By presenting the work of artists who bring into play memory, hearsay, oral and archival history so as to construct new readings of the past, my curatorial projects aims to lay emphasis on the idea that the visual is an assimilatory process continuously at work in the construction of cultural, political, personal, and national identities.

C.V.

Qualifications

2008

Masters in Visual Arts Practice (Honours)

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology

1996

Advanced Diploma Fine Art (Honours)

Dublin Institute of Technology, Mountjoy Square, D1

Recent Shows/Screenings

2014

The Crystal Palace

Breezeblock, Sydney

LOCAL

The Dock, Leitrim

Supernature

The LAB, Dublin

2013

Supernature

Screening with TRUCK, Calgary, Canada

Supernature

Galway Arts Centre

Supernature

Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen

Solo Shows

2014

Supernature

The LAB, Dublin

2013

Supernature

Galway Arts Centre

 2010

Circadian

Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Leitrim

(in collaboration with Padraig Cunningham)

Relics & Ruins

The Hammond Gallery, Glengarriff, Co. Cork

2008

Crave            

The Cross Gallery, 59 Francis Street, Dublin 8

2007

The Burning Fields             

The Hammond Gallery, Glengarriff, Co. Cork

2005

Replace             

The Hammond Gallery

2004

Someplace Else            

Hallward Gallery, 65 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

2002

Terra Firma             

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St. Cork

2001

Solo x5              

The Model, Sligo

Selected Group Shows

 2011

Tulca / After the Fall

Curated by Megs Morley

Galway Arts Centre

Interchange

Centre for Emerging Artists

Philadelphia, USA

2010

alter / native project at the Boyle Arts Festival

Roscommon

2009

Notions of Capital (curated by Claire McAree)

With Aideen Barry and Carol Anne Connolly

2008

The Cross Gallery at ART08         

The RDS, Dublin

White Noise

Studio six, Temple Bar Galleries & Studios

2007

Convergence              

(Group show of resident artists + Bill Viola,

Hughie O’Donoghue, Caroline Patten & Stephen Kelly)

The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

2005

A Moment in Time            

Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin

Stoney Batter Studio New Works          

Custom House Gallery, Westport, Mayo

2004

Full Circle             

Temple Bar Galleries, Temple Bar, Dublin

2003

Ground              

Galway Arts Centre, Dominick St,

Galway & Marketplace Arts Centre, Armagh

50/50

Temple Bar Galleries, Temple Bar, Dublin

2002

R.H.A. Annual Exhibition           

R.H.A. Gallagher Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin

Curatorial Projects

2014

Curator in Residence, Roscommon Arts Centre

Exhibiting artists include: Michelle Browne, Vanessa Donozo Lopez, Gareth Kennedy, Sean Lynch, Alice Lyons, Orla Mc Hardy, Eamon O’Kane, Sean Rafferty and Elaine Reynolds.

2010

Sacred Exhibition and Seminar

Enniskillen

alter / native at The Shambles

Boyle Arts Festival

Roscommon

Minutiae

Suki Chan (UK) and Oisin Byrne (IRL)

Roscommon Arts Centre

Awards & Residencies

2014

Visual Arts Curator in Residence Scheme

Awarded by Arts Council of Ireland

2012

Recipient of Spark Residency at The Organic Centre, Rossinver

Supported by Leitrim Arts Office & Leitrim Enterprise Board

Art@Work Residency

Awarded by Roscommon County Arts Office

2010

Capital Grant*

Arts Council of Ireland

Individual Artists Bursary

Roscommon Arts Office

Small Festivals Bursary (for alter / native 2010)

Roscommon Arts Office

2008

Artist in Residence 2005 – 2008

The Dock Art Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Individual Artists Bursary

Roscommon Arts Office

2001

Arts Council of Ireland Artist’s Bursary

Collections

Office of Public Works, AXA Insurance, De Vere White,

Private Collections in Ireland, The U.K., Europe and The U.S.A.

Publications /Texts

2014

Supernature: Converging at the ‘soft edges’ of science, nature and the visual arts

by Joanne Laws

2013

Art @Work 2012

Published by Roscommon County Arts Office

2009

Reimagining the Hierarchy of Monuments

Building Material. Architect Association of Ireland Journal, issue 19

2008

Crave

Published in association with The Cross Gallery, Dublin & Roscommon County Council

 Other

 Appointed to Board of Directors Visual Artists Ireland

The all -Ireland representative body for professional

visual artists in 2010.

*Awarded for application on behalf of the alter / native project

 

 

 

 

Contact

Linda Shevlin
Tivanagh School
Cloonloo
Boyle
Co. Roscommon
Ireland
 
linda@lindashevlin.com
+353 86 605 2571
+353  71 966 4606