Where We Gather 2009

Image 1: Where We Gather. 2009. Two-channel projection with sound.  Image 2: Installation view, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.  Slide 3: Watch film

 

Where We Gather looks at places where people gather and how these have evolved over time, it is a social history of Irish Culture through the activities communities engage in and how they socialise. The era of the social dances of the 1950’s – 1970’s have often been described as the hay day of Irish Social History and this period is attributed to being the turning point for creating a more liberal society, less governed by the church. Using an abandoned Ballroom in rural County Roscommon as the location, the work is reluctant to sentimentalise the small town culture of old as many of these towns were often locked in economic stagnation and cycles of emigration. These same towns and villages are now once again faced with the familiar local –

global dichotomy. The cultural juncture between old and new, global and local, traditional community and modern society are all questioned in this piece.

The piece was produced to be exhibited as part of “Notions of Capital” at The Dock, Co. Leitrim in September 2009.

The two projection screens are installed at an obtuse angle and floor mounted to create an architectural space that immerses the viewer in the image.

The projection on the right hand screen was shot in an abandoned Dance Hall in Castlrea, Co. Roscommon. Bella Hall, originally a landmark in the town of Castlerea, was one of the first custom built dance halls in the region as a response to the social demand for spaces large enough to hold dances for over 1000 people. Up to this time dances were held in parochial or parish halls, leading to an insurgence of developers responding to this demand building ballrooms and dance halls across the country. One such developer being the former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds who was responsible for “The 13 Lands” – each ballroom having the word “land” in the title: Cloudland, Fairyland, Meadowland…

The scene shows a local well known showband member, Patsy Haugh, playing trumpet alone on stage without the backing of his band to a hall devoid of an audience, all that remains in this hall is remnants of the owner’s life. Patsy’s appearance in the piece is relevant in that he played in the Bella Hall as a teenager and remembers it in all it’s former glory. The choice of tune to play was left entirely up to him and was decided by him without consultation. Given the fate of this hall which is being encroached upon by progress and developments and who’s days appear to be numbered, he aptly chose to perform ‘One more Sunrise’.

On the left hand screen the silhouette of a couple dancing appears for the duration of Patsy’s performance and fades as it draws to a close.

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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