Sherkin Island is holding a series of art exhibitions this summer. They are pictured here on the pier on Sherkin Island. In the foreground, from left to right: Sherkin Tara and Vanessa Richardson. In the background, from left to right: John Simpson, Jo Ashby, Brigid O’ Connell Madden and Nigel Towse. Picture credit: Robbie Murphy

Sherkin Island will hold a series of art exhibitions on the island this summer. Despite the additional challenges of social distancing, the community has decided to go ahead with its plans to showcase the island’s creative and artistic talent.

The exhibitions will all take place in the Community Hall on Sherkin Island, starting with an exhibition by the Haiku group from 25th – 27th June when they will display the Haiku poems they wrote during the recent lockdowns.

This will be followed by the annual Sherkin Island community art exhibition from 29th June – 4th July, a celebration of the diverse creative talent on the island. It will include paintings, photography, sculpture, textiles and ceramics. The exhibition will open every day, from 12 noon until 5pm.

Six more art exhibitions will run after that right up until 24th August:

Sherkin artists step out for the summer: (From the lower step up) Sherkin Tara, Nigel Towse, Jo Ashby, John Simpson, and Brigid O’Connell Madden, seen here on Sherkin Island. Picture credit: Robbie Murphy

6th of July        11th of July      Jordyn Lynch

13th July           21st of July       Jo Ashby & Robbie Murphy

23rd July            2nd of Aug        Vanessa Richardson & Nigel Towse

4th Aug             9th Aug             Tara O’ Donoghue

11th Aug            16th Aug            Brigid Madden & Roisin Youell

18th Aug            24th Aug            John Simpson

All will operate to strict Covid19 guidelines including the use hand sanitisers, face coverings for all visitors and a one-way system in line with social distancing requirements.

Known as ‘island of the arts’, Sherkin Island has attracted a population of creative individuals including professional and non-professional artists, musicians, writers and photographers.

Aisling Moran, project coordinator with Sherkin Island Development Society (SIDS) said: “We have thought long and hard about holding the exhibitions this year due to the additional diligence required by Covid19 guidelines. As always, we are grateful to Cork County Council for their support in helping this to happen. We see it as a great opportunity to showcase the great creative work that is being done here and to welcome people to the island.”

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