News

2018 – July

We are delighted to announce the completion of a first round of renovation works at Interface, thanks to capital investment on behalf of the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Govt of Ireland Logo

This work has seen a solid fuel stove installed, which heats five radiators, as well as the glazing and sealing in of a private studio space, resulting in a fantastically bright, warm work space, with views over the beautiful Inagh Valley.

2018 – February 

OpenCall

Deadline: 2nd March 2018

Calling all artists, musicians and writers interested in residencies Autumn – Winter 2018 and Winter – Spring 2019. Please send a pdf to info@alannahrobins.com. The pdf should include your proposal (no more than 1 page), CV, artists’s statement and eight samples of recent work. Please include a letter of reference in your application. 

GalwayCoCo_Crest_Stacked_FC_Pantone

Deadline: 16th March 2018

We are delighted to announce, in collaboration with Galway County Council, a two week residency opportunity in Autumn 2018 to a Galway based artist, writer or musician. Please send a pdf to info@alannahrobins.com. The pdf should include your proposal (no more than 1 page), CV, artists’s statement and eight samples of recent work. Please include a letter of reference in your application. and specify Galway Co Co Residency Award in the subject field.

2018 – January

Ruth le Gear and Kaitlyn Bryson  

Ruth and Kaitlin met on the Land Arts of the American West expedition, as part of the Water rights programme at SFAI in 2016.It was there that they learnt that their complementary art practices and epistemological perspectives could demonstrate how artwork can heal lands and people. Both incorporate bioremediation into their artistic practices, Kaitlin using fungal tissue to absorb heavy metals from water and Ruth with water remedies inspired by homeopathy. In their short stay with us, they were working together to create a remedy based artwork for the lands affected by the 2015 Gold King Mine Spill which devastated communities around the Animas and San Juan rivers. They were also working on making remedy clouds. The clouds are made with water vapor from Ruth’s water remedies, and medicinal mushroom and lichen essences that Kaitlin has made while at Interface. 

2017 – December

Foad Alijani

Iranian artist Foad Alijani should have been artist in residence together with Matsuda, Geddis, Mok and Subramanian. However, due to his not be granted a visa, he was sadly unable to be in Connemara for that period of time. Alijani, not to be defeated, decided to carry out his project anyway. With the help of Marie Louise Heffernan of The Ecology Centre, we were able to support his project and supply him with information he needed about medicinal herbs in Ireland, and those common to both Iran and Ireland Alijani writes:

“Art is accomplished through the interaction of the human kind, as the artist seeks his need to discover himself. In the visual arts there is an ongoing dialogue between images and the material world. My personal approach artistically is an imitation of creation, consisting of a beginning, a path and finally the art work. My idea is to be able to keep the balance between these three parts. I truly believe that the path is the peak of all art works. The coexistence of knowledge of the universe’s entity and the interaction of all inside and outside made possible. This path is everlasting”

Film_photo

The Herbal Tea

2017 – November –  December 

The work of Japanese Masanori Matsuda is all about the light. This gentlest of men arrived here from Japan in early in November, namely the darkest month of the year as it lies between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. As we all know, sunlight is precious during the month of November, and Masanori was keen to ‘put focus on the quality and trajectory of sunlight during this very month for the development of [his] work.’ 

‘Meanwhile, I am fascinated by the way Celtic spirituality is highly connected and influenced by sunlight and darkness. While November is the darkest month, I find the Irish saying of which ‘the veil between the two worlds – the death and the alive – is very thin in November’ astounding.
The slightly uncanny definition of the close distance between different worlds in Irish culture became a major inspiration in my thinking process. I hope to evolve my work basing on the idea of seeing through a thin veil that binds the two worlds, sunlight, darkness, time and space together.’ 

Indian artist Sarasija Subramanian describes her engagement with found natural objects and aspects of the natural world as resulting in assemblages in a ‘quasi-archival format.’ As an artist engaged in the intersections of science, political histories and presents, mythology and folklore, she re-positions information that would otherwise be lost, misplaced or forgotten, using a combination of photography, drawings and found objects to create open-ended spaces of discourse. Having spent six weeks engrossed in a combination of science through the eyes of a coral farm and hatchery in Inagh, the Dublin Botanical Garden, and readings of Celtic myths and Irish folklore, her current project is a ‘dialogue between contradictory modes of knowledge and how they validate and disprove each other’s sanctity’ She has been documenting the coral farm through drawings and photographs, ‘In the context of man’s intervention and the consequent adaptation of nation to such interventions,’ looking in parallel at Celtic myths of Sea Monsters.

Belfast based artist, Michael Geddis was brought up in a small seaside town on the East coast of Ireland and spent his teenage holidays lobster potting and picking, drying and selling edible seaweeds. Specialising in finely detailed drawing, he delights in the elegant beauty of natural forms. In his aim to generate visually compelling artwork that incorporates a discernibleconceptual watermark, he melds macroscopic and microscopic patterns from nature and finds tiny microscopic structures particularly inspirational.


As a veterinary surgeon in his past life, Michael did a lot of orthopaedic work. He has, therefore, an informed appreciation of the innovative use of coral in assisting bone healing including the major benefits of its unique absorbable natural properties. He was delighted, therefore, when some of the team at Inagh shared beautiful electron microscope images of coral skeletons with him. Some of these feature amazing close-up shots of human bone growth cells making themselves at home on the inviting surface of the coral. New work is sprouting abundantly from this highly fertile creative environment, and it is inspiring to see his focus, as he dons his microsurgeons magnifying loupes to produce incredibly intricate drawings.

2017 – November

 INTERFACE4_sm

@ STOCKHOLM

SURFACE TENSION

exhibition travels to Stockholm for one weekend. This show groups together the work of twelve of the members, and Australian award winning artist in residence, Anna Glynn. Work by Alannah Robins, Anna Glynn, Angela Williams, Dolores Lyne, Ian Wieczorek, Jane Cassidy, Kate Fahey, Linda Schirmer, Liz Quirke, Louise Manifold, Mary Donnelly, Sarah Wren Wilson, Yvonne Hennessy.

Open from 11-18.00, Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November

Detroit Stockholm, Roslagsgatan 21

Storm-lands

Storm-lands, Louise Manifold

with thanks to

CULTURE_IRELAND_LOGO_BW

2017 –  October 

Leipzig born, Belfast based Jasmin Märker

‘By engaging with fungal and bacterial cultures I seek analogies to societal cultures, exploring relevant scientific concepts and their philosophical paradigms. The nature of my work is very experimental. My project ideas frequently stem from scientific hypotheses of how something affects something, but my artistic imagination takes it from there. ‘ This woman was a total inspiration. When she was not cycling, she was foraging, fermenting everything in sight, baking amazing loaves of sour dough bread in the cave at Moyard and making art out of seaweed, mushrooms and bacteria. 

Galway Jazz Festival

Brett Sroka and Rauno Nieminen in concert at the Galway Jazz Festival

Sluice

HIRAETH

Interface and Carousel in collaboration at Sluice Biennial, Hackney, exploring the longing for the homeland, nostalgia and borders.

2017 –  September

SURFACE TENSION @ Interface –  Exhibiton of members and artists in residence, in collaboration with Clifden Arts Festival.

11am- Saturday, 16th September
11am-Monday, 18th September
4pm-Wednesday, 20th September 
8pm-Friday, 22nd September in collaboration with Culture Night

Meeting at Lidl Carpark Clifden for car pool. Please ring Alannah @ 086 1993878 to book a place.

Brett Sroka
Madelaine Sillfors

Anna Glynn

Sarah Wren Wilson
Louise Manifold
Angela Williams
Margaret Irwin
Dolores Lyne
Ian Wieczorek
Kate Fahey
Jane Cassidy
Liz Quirke & Yvonne Hennessy
Alannah Robins & Linda Schirmer

with thanks to

Culture Night Logo RGB 300ppi

 

2017 –  August  

OpenCall

SURFACE TENSION – Open call for members’ show: Surface Tension @ Interface, Connemara (September 13th – 24th) and Detroit Stockholm (November 2nd – 5th). Applications to be made by sending a single PDF containing the following: Artist’s statement (max A4),  description of work for submission, up to 5 images and list of requirements for installation. All media welcome for consideration. Applicants must be members of Interface, criteria for membership can be found here. Deadline: 1st September.

2017 – July

We received over 30 applications from around the planet and the full programme for Autumn is now realised:

September –  Madelaine Sillfors, Brett Sroka and Rauno Nieminen. In collaboration with Galway Jazz Festival, Clifden Arts Festival and Culture Night we are delighted to announce the arrival of these fine artists. Four site visits will give an audience a chance to experience the work of Sillfors and Sroka together with a member’s show at Interface during the Clifden Arts Festival. Anyone still around Galway for the Galway Jazz Festival (5th – 8th October) will have the opportunity to hear Nieminen and Sroka in concert.

October 

     Jasmin Marker.  “My primary material interest lies in the microbial kingdoms. By engaging with fungal and bacterial cultures I seek analogies to societal cultures, exploring relevant scientific concepts and their philosophical paradigms.
The nature of my work is very experimental. My project ideas frequently stem from scientific hypotheses of how something affects something, but my artistic imagination takes it from there. Thereby I negotiate possible intersections of art and science.”

November 

Sarasija Subramanian (India)

Foad Alijani (Iran)

Michael Geddis (Ireland)

Masanori Matsuda (Japan)

2017 –  June

Our deadline of 6th July for the open call of residencies Autumn/Winter 2017 is fast approaching.

2017 – April

LimitedAccess

We proudly announce that Surfacing –  Linda Schirmer and Alannah Robins – is being screened as part of Limited Access 7, festival for moving images, sound and performance, Tehran this month.

In September, coinciding with Clifden Arts Festival, Interface will host Swedish artist, Madelaine Sillfors.“My work takes place in the field of drawing and sculpture in a way that I focus on the architecture, and spiritual information I hear/see when working in a space. I often use the spatiality of the room as a reference point, and at Interface I would work spatially with the old salmon hatchery and the very interesting architecture of the old water tanks. I have started to work with the concept of the function of the sift. Filtering…with the filtering function of many living creatures in the sea.” New York composer, musician and sound artist, Brett Sroka comes to Interface in late September/early October.“The liminality that defines electro-acoustic sound, the transition between those aural phenomena, has been a recurring theme in my work, which has manifested itself in acoustic pieces that are transformed into electronic reflections of  themselves in real time, performance techniques that confound the physical and the aural, or generative sound installations that grow out of improvisation or audience interaction.”

Glynn and Dalmazzo

A few images and links to Cusp and Fusion, some excerpts of work by Anna Glynn and Peter Dalmazzo, completed during their residency at Interface.

 

2017 – March

2017siaf_500

Some pictures of the Interface presentation stand at Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm. It was a fantastic event, with lots of meetings with wonderful people. 

 

with thanks to

G2020 Logo

Some pictures of Glynn and Dalmazzo at work on site, in interview on Connemara Community Radio, and on a guided shore walk with Marie Louise Heffernan of The Ecology Centre.

 

2017 – January

We are delighted to announce that Anna Glynn and Peter Dalmazzo (Australia) will be artists in residence from early March to mid April. A multi media artist and a bioloist, both are experienced professionals in their respective fields and enjoy collaboration with each other as well as others in the community.

Glynn has received a number of Awards including: in 2013 she was a finalist in the ‘Australian Art in Asia Awards’ which recognised her ongoing commitment to international collaboration, in 1998 she received an International Women’s Day Award for contribution to ‘Women, Art & the Community and in 2009 her painting ‘Brave Hunter’ was chosen as the iconic Australian image for the cover of ‘A Concise History of Australia’. Dalmazzo received the 2015 Shoalhaven City Arts Boards Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts.

“Our love of nature is a strong influence on our professional practices. Anna’s multimedia works embrace narrative within nature, fleeting layers of time, past and present. Peter has broad interests from fish to birds, algae to terrestrial vegetation. His research on underwater sounds led to the creation of the Catalogue of Australian Marine Animal Sounds…We are applying as a couple working with diverse skills in multimedia art and science. A residency through Interface in the Inagh Valley would provide us with uninterrupted time to collaborate and utilise our interdisciplinary skills to research and develop new projects. We would observe, record, reflect and work together ‘where art and science meet’ – combining multimedia art and environmental endeavour.”

2016 – November

ResArtis_Tehran

Interface in attendance at the ResArtis Conference at Tehran

exploring Roots and Routes: Challenges and Opportunities of Connectivity with thanks to

AC_FUND_TheArts

iaspis_logo_engelsk_150mm150dpi

2016 – September

Linda Schirmer (DE) and Alannah Robins (IE) have been working on their current collaborative project, ‘Surfacing’. Using the old water tanks at the facility, they have explored qualities of water, of submersion and surfacing through dance, projection and film.