New project at The Source looks at links between sport and art

Did you ever wonder what makes people put on sports gear and head out training on a dark, wet Thursday night?

Did you ever wonder what makes people put on sports gear and head out training on a dark, wet Thursday night?

‘endurance | resilience’ is the title of a new project at The Source Arts Centre which looks at the links between sport and human effort in contemporary art.

During 2015 the Visual Art programme is working with artists who explore how and why individuals and communities get involved in regular physical training and endurance sports, where human effort can act as a metaphor for surviving times of economic or personal uncertainty.

As part of the year-long programme sports activities such as swimming, boxing and rock climbing, to name but a few, are coming to The Source Gallery in the form of artworks.

The project is developed by visual art curator in residence for 2015 Annette Moloney whose arts practice includes exhibitions, public art and arts and health projects as well as professional development and mentoring. Annette is a socially-engaged curator and collaborator and also a proud member of the Munster Rugby Supporters Club.

Public engagement is a key element of the overall project and over the coming weeks Annette will be working on creative ways to welcome local audiences into The Source Arts Centre as part of the project.

What to expect over the coming weeks - ‘Fitter, Happier, More Productive’ - Thursday, May 14th to Thursday, June 25th. The first exhibition in the programme kicks off in May and features work from Dan Shipsides, Roisín Lewis, Debbie Guinnane and Justin McKeown. The Gallery will include the installation of a functional climbing wall made from repurposed school desks; drawings based on long distance open water swimming; performance work using familiar gym equipment; and interactive artworks activated by public participation in the gallery.

‘Deep End Dance’ - Thursday, May 28th 10am to 12.15pm - at the end of May the project will host a free event as part of the Bealtaine Festival where local active retirement groups are invited to The Source Arts Centre for a guided tour of the first exhibition along with a special screening of Deep End Dance, a short film featuring 81-year-old Madge Bolger who will attend the screening and take part in a Q&A.

This event is free but booking is essential. Please contact the box office by phone on 0504 90204 or in person at the Source Arts Centre.

In September the second exhibition will feature artists Roddy Buchanan and Fergus Byrne and will include an artists film installation made in collaboration with runners, captured as they finish a tough training session where each individual is filmed as they catch their breath.

For more information please contact Annette Moloney (curated@sourcearts.ie) or visit www.thesourceartscentre.ie.