National Famine Commemoration 2017

Launch of Artworks –To mark the National Famine Commemoration in Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary on 30th September 2017.

A range of Artworks which have been developed as part of the Local Programme for the National Famine Commemoration will be launched on Thursday 28th September next at the Village Hall in Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary.

There are three strands to the event taking place on Thursday night.

Schools Project:

The Tipperary Famine Landscape Project is a schools project which was originated and delivered by local artist Katy Goodhue, and funded by Tipperary County Council and Creative Ireland as part of the community programme for The National Famine Commemoration in Tipperary.

Six local schools, Slieveardagh N.S., Our Lady’s N.S., Lios na mBroc N.S., Glengoole N.S., Ballysloe N.S. and Gortnahoe N.S. were invited to participate in the project.

Katy worked with 14 class groups from the six schools. She gave an interactive age appropriate introduction to the history of The Great Famine with a specific reference to the local area, using props and costumes. Each pupil then made a picture using good student quality oil pastel on sugar paper. Pupils gained a basic awareness of the famine and its impact on communities across Ireland and in their own local area. Each class was also encouraged to focus their imagination on one of the various themes and aspects of the famine so not until the work from all the schools is combined will the whole story unfold. 307 pieces of art by local children will form an exhibition at the village hall in Ballingarry.

Visual Artworks: by Katy Goodhue – a series of box relief collages in response to the Irish Famine.

Over the summer months, artists Katy Goodhue and David Quin researched the famine in the local area of Ballingarry, specifically looking for local famine-related stories to conceptually drive the workshops for the schools and to create an artists response. As part of this and in collaboration with filmmaker David Quin two sets of work were produced. Katy Goodhue created a group of five low relief collages on the impact of the famine on the population and specifically the people living in the Ballingarry area.

The titles are Subsistence, Hospital Field, Local Relief, Next to a slow Murder, and Epic History and are a visual, tactile and narrative response to the Famine in the local area.

Film:A Great Silence by David Quin

This 10 minute film by animator, director and lecturer David Quin who is based locally in The Commons, is a sensitive and thought provoking response to the Irish Famine with specific reference to the local area and to the difficult journeys of the people affected at the time.

View the artwork here: