Past Projects 4 - Kelp : 2002

Barbara Freeman with Dermot McLaughlin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and students from Fionn Chonnallacha
A View of Barbara's Installation @ An Gailearaí
Students Performing "Ceilp" at the Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast.
Ceilp @ An Gailearaí
Ceardlann na gCroisbhealach in conjunction with Fionn Chonnallacha - a Traditional Irish Music Course located in Ballyconnell House, Falcarragh developed a project that combines visual art and contemporary music. The project, entitled ‘Kelp/Ceilp’ culminated to present an exciting exhibition on 8th June,2002 at the Ceardlann’s gallery, An Gailearaí.

Internationally established artist Barbara Freeman, from Belfast, worked with four music students from Fionn Chonallacha exploring the seaweed ‘Kelp/Ceilp’. Both art forms are using technology to give sound and form to their explorations. The exhibition will be opened by poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Dermot McLaughlin from the Arts Council and will be on show for a month.

An Gailearaí is a gallery located in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltachta dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art. It is committed to presenting an artistically challenging and high quality participation based programme. Fionn Chonnallacha, also based in Falcarragh, is a traditional Irish music course aiming to develop and promote the traditional music industry nationally and internationally. Both projects were funded by Ealaín na Gaeltachta and the Arts Council of Ireland.

This project demonstrated the innovative approach of working collaboratively between art forms. The aims were two fold: firstly it provided a rare opportunity for a visual artist and musicians to work innovatively and collaboratively. Secondly, at the time we would have liked to have thought this project to be one of an annual series that brings traditional music, newly composed music, visual arts and visual and music technology together. The project directed itself to the development of arts presentations and productions in the Gaeltacht in an alternative and exciting way through the medium of Irish. We believe that it is important that the Gaeltacht community have opportunities to experience art that has innovative aspects that are active in their area.

The exhibition was also held at the Old Museum Arts Centre in Belfast.