For the second year running South Tipperary will celebrate the national Culture Night which takes place across the country on September 21st.
Culture Night is a national event co-ordinated by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht. In South Tipperary it is also in partnership with South Tipperary County Council Arts Service & County Museum.
A full programme of events will take place at the County Museum in Clonmel and the Main Guard, Clonmel.
You can start the day off by attending the exhibition Dig where you Stand at the County Museum which is open all day. This is a project curated by Eilis Lavelle, Sarah Lincoln and Rosie Lynch.
Artists in the exhibition include Susan Hiller (UK), who combines the audio presentation of recordings of extinct and dying languages with their visual interpretation, Uriel Orlow (CH), who focuses on a forgotten period in history that reveals an intimate diary of life on board cargo ships refused entry through the Suez Canal and confined to this limbo for eight years, Bridget O’Gorman (IE) whose video installation, “All places are distant from heaven alike”, reflects the peaceful space of Bolton Library in Cashel, home to 12th century manuscripts, the Nuremburg Chronicle and works by Dante, Swift, Calvin, Erasmus and Machiavelli and Philippa Sutherland (IE)who has produced a series of personal interventions into the South Tipperary Museum collection.
Throughout the day at the museum school parties are invited to meet Claoimh – the historical re-enactors (schools interested in attending should contact Julia Walsh, Outreach Officer, South Tipperary County Museum on 052 613 4564 to book a place).
At 5.15pm the museum will come alive as Claoimh introduce visitors to the realities of life in medieval Tipperary with demonstrations of swords and weaponry used during the 17th century and will examine the history and the buildings of the Butlers (all are welcome to attend). At 6.20pm artist Philippa Sutherland will talk about her work in the exhibition Dig where you Stand. Philippa’s interventions uncover new and surprising narratives and present a very personal response from the artist to the collection. One of Sutherland’s interventions is a clip from John Huston’s film The Dead, where the character of Gretta, is stirred by the melancholy memoires arising from the song “The Lass of Aughrim” sung by Frank Patterson.
Linking into Sutherland’s talk will be a screening of Huston’s film The Dead. The Film screening starts at from 6.40pm.
This film demonstrates how past love and the love of the past affects our present day reality and can inhibits our true sense of being in the present.
At 8.30pm a performance by musicians Eamon Sweeney (Barogue Guitar), Róisin O’Grady (Soprano) and Laoise O’Brien (Recorder) will start at the Main Guard, Clonmel.
Ormonde, Power, Privilege & Patronage – 17th Century music for voice, recorder and baroque guitar is a musical journey through a period fraught with upheaval in Irish society and will include music by composers such as Turlough O’Carolan, Henry Purcell, Jean Baptiste Lully & Henry Lawes.
Guitarist Eamon Sweeney studied classical guitar with Dr John Feeley at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.
Eamon is a member of the Early Music duo, Tonos, (www.tonos.ie) with soprano, Róisín O’Grady.
Irish soprano Róisín O’Grady studied music and Italian at University College Cork and continued her vocal studies at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music under the vocal guidance of soprano Margaret Marshall OBE.
She has performed with choral societies and orchestras throughout Ireland and the UK including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Orchestra of St Cecilia.
Laoise O’Brien has performed with all the major early music groups in Ireland including the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Camerata Kilkenny and the Irish Consort and appears regularly in concert series and festivals throughout the country. Admission is free to the concert, but places are limited so booking is essential - to book contact South Tipperary County Museum on 052 613 4552.
Culture Night 2012 is about the culture we share and know, from our past and in our present.
It extends to culture outside of our immediate environment and invites us all to participate as audience members, local people and interested observers. Come along observe, participate and be part of Culture Night 2012.
All events are free - booking is essential for the film screening of The Dead and the concert Ormonde, Power, Privilege & Patronage at the Main Guard as places are limited - to book contact South Tipperary County Museum on 052 613 4552. For more information or to receive a brochure contact Sally O’Leary Arts Officer - firstname.lastname@example.org, 052 613 4565 or see www.southtipparts.ie.