9 May – 11 June | Opening: 8 May at 7pm
The James O’Driscoll Gallery, West Cork Arts Centre, North Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Nearshore is an exhibition of work inspired by the indented, west Cork and south Kerry coasts – a coastline of peninsulas, estuaries, harbours and islands, where sea and land meet at gravelly and sandy beaches, mudflats and cliffs as well as at piers, docks and slipways. The adjacency of water gives a number of distinctive characteristics to this region. The erosive power of the sea results in particular types of landforms, such as sand dunes, and estuaries. Biologically, the ready availability of water enables a greater variety of plant and animal life, and particularly the formation of extensive wetlands. In addition, the local humidity due to evaporation and the influence of the Gulf Stream creates a microclimate supporting unique types of organisms. These coastal regions are border-lands defined by the ever-changing weather.
The exhibition includes fired clay wall works by Cormac Boydell, an installation piece highlighting environmental destruction of the landscape by Karen Hendy and John Kingerlee and three-dimensional ceramic forms by Kathleen Standen.
WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this event possible.