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Friday, 22 June 2012

Busy not being upset for 'The Upset'

It's been a very busy time for me at the moment with preparations for an Environmental Arts Event 'The Upset'.

My days for weeks now have been spent with full on left side of the brain activity, emails, keeping records of submissions, assisting PR, people, posters, all this has nurtured a void for me, thrown in at the deep end and learning loads! I really appreciate everything I am learning from this project, and although super busy I have felt my heart and mind expanding along the way. I love the integrity behind the show is seems so beautiful to me 'creative expression for the environment'

Such a diverse array of submissions all validly making up a whole, that I am dearly excited to see come together.

Everyone around me has been so super supportive, thank you all so so much! I love the community that has helped nurture this project! From the individual artists submitting there work to the friends old and new who have joined us at the weekly meetings to express their support of the project.

I would like to thank the following people: my beautiful husband for his love, faith, support and practical assistance, Sandra Vernon for her exquisite PR skills and excellent practical advice from years of admirable experience, Gearoid Lynch for his heart to Leitrim's threatened environment and help and encouragement at this projects conception, Grace Cowley for her on going support and quick initiative, Polly Brown, Charlie Easterfield and Joanna Rickard for being a such sweeties at our meetings, Alexa Mc Dermot, Jenni Poi, and Catherine Morrow for their beautiful written contributions and on going faith in this project, Holly Gardener for keeping me company and keeping my studio creative while I'm working on the computer, Matt Gardener for his solidarity and good humour, Fergal Mc Partland for kindly allowing us use of the space, Martin Reading at the Dock for loan and assistance of a projector, Scott Musgrove for showing support by sending a drawing and with that keeping me believing that the possibilities are endless.

Oh my gosh so many people to thank and we have not even got the keys for the event venue! LOL ! I'm sure I will be thanking everyone again and many more names to be added to this list.

Next week is when the actual practical work begins receiving the artwork and fashioning it into an art exhibition.

Wish us luck and light!

I'm feeling super Happy about 'The Upset' Saturday week the 30th of June, in Drumshanbo, in Lovely Leitrim!

The Upset - Press Release


Written by Sandra Vernon

On Saturday, 30th June, in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, an art event will be taking place that started as a small acorn and has grown into a full tree. “The Upset” –our awareness and the freedom to express it- will be taking place in one of the empty units on the old Lairds site, behind the Food Hub, in Drumshanbo. This exhibition started as an expression of concern by some artists about the environment and has now grown to a major exhibition with over 50 artists, many well known, not just from Ireland, but from USA, Mexico, Hong Kong and the UK exhibiting. The exhibition will be open until Friday 6th July, but the opening day on Saturday 30th at 12pm (until 9.30pm) will be an exciting mix of art; music; readings; dance; film and workshops where through their different practices the artists involved can show their love and concern for the environment and its future.

Among the activities on the opening day there will be readings by artists from their poems and stories…… music performances by Lionadh Rua with vocals by Marcia Kenny, Del and Joanne Lawrie and Yasmic Chaudrey aka “Fuzzy Hell” and dance performances during the day by The Tahany academy of Irish Dancing. Short film and videos by other artists, 5 of them PhD graduates, will also be continuously showing on a screen. At 4pm there will be a 10min presentation followed by a workshop given by Mary Conroy. Her current project “ Wildroutes” encourages users of Limerick City to build their environment in a way which benefits all inhabitants. The workshop is on seedbomb making and anybody attending is asked to bring any seed and compost they have lying around. It is, as are all performances, a free event. At 5pm Belinda Loftus from will give an overview of her Ph.D research on climate change and the visual arts sector.

With over 50 artists involved and at least twice as many works it is impossible to list them all. American pop surrealist artist Scott Musgrove has sent work from Seattle ”Lotus Louis”, one of his iconic fictitious animals. Winner of the `12 National Geographic kids Photography and many other awards, Eleanor Leonne Bennet is another contributor. Sculptor Jackie McKenna with 2 ceramic pieces,” Love Leitrim” & “Daisy Loves Leitrim” and a bronze Curlew. Sarah Stevens will be showing pieces from her acclaimed “Derelict Nations” project featuring the Abbey Manor Hotel in Dromahair; Maria Noonan Mcdermott with two of her evocative oil paintings; Calligrapher Shay Cunningham; Freda Young; Sandra Vernon; Kathy O`Leary, the list goes on and the work is varied in content and media. Each piece will have an artists statement outlining their thoughts behind their work and a bit about themselves.

. “The Upset” is taking place at the instigation of Harriet Tahany, a local artist who graduated from Sligo IT with a first In Fine Art and completed her Masters Degree in Belfast in 2009 after winning the RDS Taylor Art Award. She will be documenting this exhibition for a further exhibition to take place in Dublin in October. She would like to thank all the people who have worked hard to bring this important exhibition about, business owners and friends alike. Entrance to this event is, naturally, free of charge. All the artists have contributed to cover the costs of Insurance, posters etc.

The Exhibition times are Sat 30th June, 12-9.30pm; Sunday – Fri 6th July 12-5pm (from Sun-Fri the films and videos will be shown all day), further information on participating artists and performances can be obtained from or email

Since news of the content of this exhibition has spread, ie Sunday Times, many students have requested to study and document the show. This really helps highlight the importance of this exhibition, not just for artists and students but anyone who is concerned or interested in their environment.