EXHIBITION: PLASTIC: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It
5pm – 9pm (Advance Booking Only)
PLASTIC, a touring exhibition, features the work of over thirty national and international artists, designers and scientists, as well as a newly commissioned work by Donegal based sound artist Ed Devane.
Plastic has great power, and with great power comes great responsibility. It has changed our daily lives and our environment more than any other material. The unsustainability of our relationship with plastic is well documented, but to stop using plastic is not an option. Its use has revolutionised industrial design, and more essentially, modern medicine relies on plastic so heavily that even the most basic medical procedures would be unimaginable without it.
This exhibition, which is produced with the support of Science Foundation Ireland, is Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin’s first national touring exhibition. In each location, an artist has been commissioned to work with the local community to co-design an artwork reflecting the cultural history, place and relationship between the people and their environment.
EXHIBITION: Outside In – Recent work by Liz Doyle
6pm – 9pm (Advance Booking Only)
Liz Doyle is a contemporary painter and printmaker based in County Donegal. Texture and surface play a big part in Doyle’s work, where vivid colours and shapes form land masses, vessels and landscapes. Processes such as pouring and the taking of ‘prints’ by lifting areas of wet paint from one work and transferring it to another result in vibrant colours and rich surfaces.
ONLINE FILM NIGHT:
ARTWORKS Annual Film Night
WHEN: Friday 18th September, 8pm
WHERE: RCC Facebook
A yearly treat, beautifully orchestrated by Seamus Quinn and edited by Bill Hazzard, Artworks Picture Framing presents a selection of locally-made short film works. A variety of local independent filmmakers including Daniel McGarrigle, Charlie Joe Doherty, Steve McCollum, Ruth Keogh, Aengus Fiel, Kieran Devlin, Paddy Toye, Seamus Quinn and Steven Crane, amongst many others, will showcase some of their recent work.
RCC Sessions with Paul & Jimmy
WHEN: Friday 18th September, 10pm
WHERE: RCC Facebook
Late night music broadcasters Paul McDevitt and Jimmy Stafford curate a selection of specially filmed live sets by a host of their local favourites.
Featuring Maria McCormack, Jonathan Smeaton, Sheerbuzz, Mark Black and Without Willow. THE Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny has a very special Donegal showcase in store for this year’s Culture Night. Featuring a host of talent and filmed at the multidisciplinary centre, the first of the brand new RCC Sessions will premiere online at 10pm on Friday night, 18th September.
Mark S Black has been a firm fixture on the north-west music scene for decades and the Letterkenny native has been very busy in recent times. Not only has he been doing his weekly Sundays Live Sessions on Facebook, he also continues to work on new, original material. Mark’s fourth studio album, Wheels Keep Turning, is out now and feature the talents of long-time musical partner, Carn’s Seamus Devenny on drums and violin, and fellow Letterkenny man Michael O’Boyce on bass. Both feature on this special broadcast.
Maria McCormack officially released her debut album, I Choose To Love, in February, 2019 to great national praise. Writing songs for 20 years, Maria’s album was co-produced by well-known Irish sessions musicians Billy Robinson and Pat Crowley, at Billy’s Grooveshack Recording Studio in Ramelton. The album also features fellow Donegal musicians, Peadar Coll and Declan McClafferty.
The RCC was delighted to host Jonathan Smeaton previously, when he launched his latest original album, Drawing To The Light, at the Letterkenny centre. Jonathan has been writing songs since he was twelve years old. Born in Dublin, he came to Ramelton via Belfast where he sang in the Choir of St. George’s Church, where his father, Brian Smeaton, was a curate. He quickly found his feet in the rich and varied musical heritage around Ramelton with somewhat tentative fledgling performances in the early eighties. Half a lifetime of experience and adventure later, he has become a sure-footed confident artist and live performer, who communicates his music with passion and heart.
Without Willow is an acoustic folk duo consisting of Letterkenny’s Karen Kelly and Drumkeen man Simon McCafferty. Blending haunting, heartfelt vocals with virtuoso guitar playing, their distinctive sound has established them as firm favourites on the Donegal music scene. Their self-titled debut EP was released in 2017 followed by single November Fog in 2018, a tribute to singer Karen’s later father.
Formed in the August of 2017, Donegal based four-piece indie alt-rock band Sheerbuzz is a high energy, highly-skilled group with years of experience in writing and performing original music, despite their young age. Band members include Lachlann Ó Fionnáin, Evan McGinty, Adam Grady and Lughan Devenny, who have already graced the stage of the RCC on a number of occasions.
Wild Swans | Forgotten Places
WHEN: Friday 18th September, 6pm
Introduction to Wild Swans Performance Art
During the initial 2020 lockdown, Wild Swans in conjunction with Bbeyond, invited artists to collaborate in the project ‘Forgotten Places’, a series of performances which took place in in Girona, Spain and Fanad, Co. Donegal in August 2020. The project offers an introduction to performance art with 10 performances by Donegal and Spain based and Bbeyond artists.
‘Forgotten Places’ explores our sense of place and space and the artist’s specific responses to site, place and memory of a space. It captures how we create out of primal spatial experiences and how we embody feelings and images. The artistic process began online with the artists and film maker and has continued over the months on a weekly basis. Each artist has written a text related to their performance creating a digital document for the project.
The project crosses a threshold of various performance art approaches and is accessible to a wide general audience through the Regional Cultural Centre Co. Donegal. It aims to make Performance Art in Donegal more accessible for everyone and to encourage artists to move into the space of performance art as an art practice.
Wild Swans was founded by artists Denys Blacker, Girona, Spain and Bernadette Hopkins Co. Donegal, Ireland as a performance art exchange project between Spain and Donegal, supported by Bbeyond Performance Art, Belfast. We thank Creative Ireland and Donegal County Council for funding the project and also Regional Cultural Centre, Donegal for their support and facilitation in bringing the work to a wide audience.