VISUAL ART GALLERY: Friday 17 January - Saturday 15 February


An exhibition arising from a multifaceted arts and heritage project in which award-winning writer Mike McCormack worked alongside ten visual artists from Engage Art Studios and ten Mayo writers to explore aspects of bench marks and surveying. A bench mark is a simple and elegant crows-foot-shaped mark which is carved into stone walls in the built environment all around the country. They were originally created during the 1800s to mark the height above sea level at particular locations and were used by ordnance surveyors to map the terrain.

This exhibition features the work of visual artists Maeve Curtis, Noelle Gallagher, Nicola Gunwhy, Nuala Hiney, Eimear Jean McCormack, Hilary Morley, Avi Ratnayake, Vicky Smith, Joan Sugrue, Ruby Wallis; and writers Edel Burke, Aisling Keogh, Alice Kinsella, Mike McCormack, Sheila McHugh, Mari Maxwell, Geraldine Mitchell, Elizabeth Reapy, Ger Reidy, Jean Tuomey, and Anne Walsh Donnelly.

Support from Marie Byrne and Raymond Healy, Ordnance Survey Ireland, and Siobhan Sexton Conservation Architect at Mayo County Council, is gratefully acknowledged. The project is made possible through funding from Creative Ireland Mayo.

Adm. Free

Official opening: Friday 17 January at 7.30pm. This event will include gallery viewing and readings from the writers involved. All welcome.

See also 

BENCHMARK In the Making event with Mike McCormack on Sat 8 Feb | 4pm, and  BENCHMARK Paper Sculpture Workshopwith Maeve Clancy on Sat 1 Feb | 2pm