Several artists showcase at Shankhill Castle

Ceann 2011, is an exhibition being held in the historic setting of Shankill Castle in Paulstown, Co Kilkenny as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival. The exhibition will take place in the castle and stable yard with a wide range of art on display; including painting, etching, sculpture, writing and documentaries about Irish architecture.

Elizabeth Cope, who lives in the historic castle, has undertaken a zoo animal collection of etchings, which will be on show at the exhibition. She will also have a couple of her Somali paintings for sale from her visits there in the 1990’s of which a generous percentage of the proceeds will go to Trocaire’s East African Emergency Appeal.

Phoebe Cope, like her mother has established a wide audience in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Her most recent exhibition was at Buckingham Palace in June. She will be exhibiting Indian paintings she did while working there last winter and also some drawings from a trip to St Petersburg last May.

Other artists on display include Mungo McCosh, a Scottish painter, printmaker and illustrator who worked in Iraq as a war artist; Richard Dyer is a renowned artist, poet and critic and is the current assistant editor of Third Text and the Art Editor of Wasafiri; prolific colourist, Derek Culley, has just exhibited at RuaRed, the South Dublin Arts Centre and he has famously exhibited his 30 foot long mural Golgotha at the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool; Norwegian artist Liv Benedicte Nielsen does lively paintings which are somewhat sacred in nature and subject matter; the former Irish Commissioner for the Venice Architecture Biennale, Shane O'Toole will present, on behalf of the Irish Architecture foundation, three documentaries that celebrate the first decade of Ireland's participation at the Biennale; Sandra Gibson writer with a special interest in art and music launches her newly published book ‘Ain't Bad for a Pink: Launch taking place at the opening.

The exhibition commenced on Friday August 5 and continues until Sunday August 14 from 10am to 6pm daily and on Sunday from 2-6pm.

Free parking and wheelchair access is available. There will be a pop-up cafe in the stable yard where refreshments will be on sale. www.shankillcastle.ie

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