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Exhibition of Bronze Work by Mahon Men’s Art Group in Atrium of City Hall Extension

 APRIL O8 Bronze work exhibition

Pictured at the launch of the exhibition by the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Donal Counihan , were l-r   Sean McCarthy, Cork Sculptor, Donal O’Regan, Mahon Men’s Art Group, Jim Barrett, Mahon Men’s Art Group, Mahon Garda Sergeant Fergus Twomey, Cllr. Terry Shannon, Donie Keenan, Mahon Men’s Art Group, Lord Mayor Cllr. Donal Counihan, Cllr. Denis O’Flynn, Noel Kent, Mahon Men’s Art Group, Maeve Dineen, Communiuty Arts Co-ordinator and Viv Sadd, Mahon CDP.                                                                                                        

An exhibition of bronze reliefs created by Mahon Men’s Art Group is on display in the atrium of City Hall, Cork, from Thursday 24th April for two weeks.  Lord Mayor Cllr. Donal Counihan speaking at the launch emphasised the commitment of the men to their local community and to creativity through art.

The works were created during workshops the group undertook with Cork sculptor, Séan McCarthy, from 2006 to 2007.  Under his guidance they learnt a range of sculpting techniques and skills which have resulted in these sculptural pieces.Due to the success of these workshops the Parks Section of Cork City Council in 2007 invited the group to make artwork for the new Lough Mahon Park in Mahon.  Following the exhibition in City Hall they will be permanently installed in this location.

The men produced under the relief’s theme of ‘Community’. Group members Jim Barrett, Noel Kent, Donal O’Regan and Donie Keenan produced four large scale bronze panels with the titles, Play, Express, Build and Communicate. The group work out of their own arts space in Mahon’s Network porta-cabins on Mahon Drive. The sculpture workshops with Séan McCarthy were a new departure, as they engaged for the first time with a professional artist.  The initiative has been supported throughout by the Cork City Council Arts Office.

Mahon Men’s Art Group formed in September 1998.  Their formation followed Mahon Community Development Project’s participation in the Arts Awareness Intervention 2 pilot initiative which explored the potential of using art as a means of involving men in the process of working for and within communities.   This exhibition is an opportunity for the wider community to see the work by these community artists before it goes on permanent display in the new Lough Mahon Park, Mahon. The exhibition will continue in the Atrium of City Hall (new extension) until May 8th 2008.

Further information available from

Arts Office,Recreation, Amenity & Culture, Cork City Council, City Hall,Cork.

Tel: 021 4924298

arts@corkcity.ie

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