Luan Gallery has announced a series of events to take place through the month of August.
The events will include a children’s workshop, artist talks and sustainable arts practice workshops. The events are part of the accompanying outreach programmed around the current exhibition Athrú, an Invocation, a group exhibition at Luan Gallery that explores themes of climate change, sustainability, Irish ecology, and postcolonialism.
This programme forms part of phase one of Luan Gallery’s three-year strategy focusing on climate change, Irish ecology, biodiversity, and sustainability and is supported by Creative Ireland. This project aims to instigate meaningful engagement between artists, artwork, and the public in our county and on a national level.
Luan Gallery will host 'Creating Today for a Better Tomorrow', a children’s sustainability themed arts and craft workshop in Abbey Road Artists’ Studios on Saturday, August 5, at 12pm. This workshop will be facilitated by visual artist Varvara Vorobei (Artbox ) and is aimed at empowering young people through creative processes to realise their artistic abilities, individual agency, and collective potential. The workshop is suitable for children aged 6 to 13 years old. Booking in advance is essential as places are limited.
The exhibiting artists will lead a series of free online talks aimed at both the public and practicing visual artists covering various topics surrounding climate activism in the arts. The talks will take place with Teresa Dillon on August 10, at 1pm and with Rosie O’Reilly on August 31, at 1pm.
Luan Gallery will also host community focused workshops engaging people with creative approaches to behavioural change. These workshops will be led by Rosie O’Reilly in August, and Teresa Dillon in early September. A Sustainable Arts Practice Discovery Day facilitated by artist Kari Cahill will take place on Sunday, August 27. The day will start off with foraging along The Golden Mile followed by a colour making workshop using the botanical discoveries, at Abbey Road Artists’ Studios. This workshop will demonstrate the basic methods and tools to create sustainable paint, ink, and pigment colour with natural and industrial materials. This workshop costs €30 and will include lunch. Booking in advance is essential are spaces are limited.
Athrú, an Invocation is a multi-disciplinary group show presenting work by Mark Clare, Teresa Dillon, and Rosie O’Reilly. Responding to the many ways in which biosystems, animal and plant lives have been affected by climate change across Ireland and beyond. Athrú, an Invocation draws our attention to the transformative potentiality that sustainable practices and behavioural change can invoke. Exhibiting artists utilise a wide array of natural materials including rushes and mycelium fungus and explore topics such as the extinction of indigenous Irish insect species, the lives of sea urchins affected by changing oceanic PH levels, and the life and death of the now extinct Irish Rannoch-Rush. The exhibition continues until 3rd September.
For event bookings and information please email: [email protected] or tel: 090 6442154. Further information on the exhibition and upcoming events can be found on Luan Gallery’s social channels; Instagram: @luangalleryathlone - Facebook: @luangallery.
Admission to the gallery is free for groups and individuals. Tours for groups can be arranged by contacting the gallery in advance by email at [email protected] or on 090 6442154. Luan Gallery is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday from 11am–5pm and Sundays from 12–5pm.