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Images from my exhibition “The Three Sisters”, concluding my 11 week residency at Kilkenny Arts Office. (I may eventually get around to editing the film from the launch night)!

My residency was the best thing I have ever done for my visual art practice and for my self confidence. A big thankyou to Mary, Niamh and Cathy who were so supportive and for all the chats about art.

I will continue to blog about my swimming endeavours and my art practice. The link will be on my website.

My artists residency has now finished and my exhibition up and running. I am in the process of sorting photos and a film of my exhibition set up and launch as a final blog.

For anyone who has been following the idea behind my exhibition “The Three Sisters”, I do have a film of the third river, The Suir, this is a wee snippet took on June 9th in complete torrential rain. I just thought I’d better upload this to finish off The Three Sister concept, didn’t want to be missing a river! Thanks to Donal and Rory from Carrick on Suir triathlon club for taking me swimming.

I have so much swimming, water and river footage now, its going to be a long time sorting through it all. But the process of filming and meeting all the swimmers during my artists residency has been great fun and part of my art practice I have always wanted to have the opportunity to explore and develop.

Here’s a 30 second movie trailer from  ‘Swim to Work Day’.  

I have 35 minutes of  film footage and I don’t know what to do with it all.

I originally thought to exhibit it all in real time, so the viewer can experience the whole  journey, but its a bit long. I like the walking past all the congested traffic and then the peace of the river in contrast. I then thought I could speed up the walking part, there’s at least 12 minutes of that, but it looks too comical, maybe thats  good.

Any ideas?

That’s not how you hold your paddles!

Thanks to Caroline and Roger.

Only one more film to shoot, The Suir has sure been hard to get people to swim with, hopefully on Tuesday I’m meeting up with some swimmers and I’l get the last film.

As well as that I’ve a rake of painting and cutting to do. Less blogging more action!

For some reason 3 of those photos won’t enlarge, I’l try and sort it later.

Just been organising my camera and clothes for tomorrows ‘Swim to Work Day”. I don’t want to arrive at work to have forgotten warm clothes and shoes to wear! It wouldn’t make sense to have to drive home for them!

The photo above is of Esther Williams, what I am aspiring to!! But realistically it will just be me freezing away, (and Roger my kayak support) wishing that I had drunk more tea before embarking.

The pressure is on, time is running out and still a million ideas I want to do before I’m turfed back into reality again!

I had a nice Supprise on Sunday when Duke Special and his band called in to see my work, he was playing at ‘The Set’ next door, so I left a note saying if he had time to call around and he did. He has used his friends animations in his previous performances and I thought he may be interested in my work.

I was relieved that my ipod shuffle wasn’t blasting out any highly embarressing music when they called around.

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Art at No. 76

The aim and focus of the Art Residency at No. 76 is to enable the successful applicant to research and develop their practice. Other aims of the residency are to: give insights into how and why artists create their work, build relationships and further promote the Arts, provide an awareness and further appreciation of the Arts, cultivate and develop new audiences. The Kilkenny Arts Office is part of

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January 2021