Visual Arts Trail

2017 COAF Exhibition Trail

The 2017 Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival has a great list of visual art exhibitions that will be available to visit throughout the festival and beyond……

Michael Collins House: 7, Emmet Square, Clonakilty

Revolutionaries, Jim Fitzpatrick

Revolutionaries is an exhibition of prints of Irish revolutionaries by famed Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, known for his iconic print of Che Guevara. The exhibition officially opens on Friday the 16th of June at 7:30pm. More information here…

COPE Foundation Gallery and Craft Shop: Harte’s Courtyard, Clonakilty

Home (Sweet Home)

Home (Sweet Home) is a collaborative, multi-media, art installation, featuring outsider artists supported by Cope Foundation. The short film element, was produced by Alison Glennie and questions the viewers sense of home and what that word evokes in the individual.  At Home is a collaboration with visual artist Marie Cullen; Alison has combined several elements from her socially engaged practice; drama, film and photography.
This project provided an opportunity for off-site public engagement, with the recording and filming of short interviews on a topical theme and the articulation of wide-ranging views on that subject. At Home aimed to capture the zeitgeist around our national housing crisis and shelter.

COPE Foundation Gallery and Craft Shop: Harte’s Courtyard, Clonakilty


Featuring works by people supported by The Cope Foundation Centre. Opening on Thursday, June 15th at 7pm. All welcome. The exhibition will be opened by Pauline Norris

Upstairs at Aris Café and Wine Bar: Astna Square, Clonakilty

Dríocht: the Legend Of The Light, Cathal O’ Regan

Clonakilty artist Cathal O’ Regan presents a new body of work for this year’s Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival: a set of comic book-style original drawings that are a new take on creation myth, with a uniquely contemporary and Irish twist.

The Loft Gallery: 4 Western Road, Clonakilty

Peg Quinlan

Drawing, painting and all types of art work have been a part of Peg’s life since early childhood. It is what she’s always wanted to do. When it came time to decide how her love of art would be expressed, and thinking to choose a more practical outlet, she earned a degree in fashion design. Peg worked successfully in that field for many years. Runs until June 30th. More information here… 

Clonakilty Community Arts Centre Gallery, Astna Square, Clonakilty

Group Exhibition

If you drop into the Clonakilty Community Arts Centre during this years Organic Arts Festival, you will find yourself amongst some of the most startling and unusual art that the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer. With work from David Ian Bickley, Darren Caffrey, Mick Holly, Pauline Walsh, CoAction West Cork and more.

Clonakilty Community Arts Centre, Astna Square, Clonakilty

CCAC collaborative art group

A very-large multi media triptych on canvas, produced by a group of local artists working together to explore through visual art and text the subject of boundaries and thresholds. Organised by Lorraine King Marshall.

Clonakilty Community Arts Centre, (foyer) Astna Square, Clonakilty

The Bumblebee Buzz

a collection of artwork from two national schools in clonakilty,  gaelscoil Mhichill ui coillean Agus scoil na buachailli . This beautiful fun community artwork depicting the importance of bees in our world will be on display in the lobby  of Clonakilty Community Arts Centre for the duration of the festival. Come along and get the buzz

Clonakilty Library: Kent Street, Clonakilty

Group Exhibition, Darrara Art Group

Darrara Art Group is a group of artists that meet each Wednesday night in Darrara Community Centre near Clonakilty. The exhibition consists of a set of paintings and drawings in various mediums, and all are of scenes familiar to the wild and rustic countryside in the area around Clonakilty.

 Oak Fired Pizza (Upstairs Screening Room): Rossa Street, Clonakilty

PurpureaKate Bean and Fintan McKahey

Both artists practice in West Cork and continue to be inspired by the natural beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way.  Purpurea is an immmersive video installation inspired by the transition of atmosphere in the environment, created by the weather of West Cork over a period of 9 months. Working with the organic qualities of light succeeds in retaining the essence of the time and setting in which the imagery was captured. Utilising a combination of both visual and auditory expression, the artists aim to reflect another dimension, while representing the ambience of the natural world. More information on the artists here and here…

Betty Brosnan’s Café: Pearse Street, Clonakilty

Studies Of Slumped Glass And RopeDónal Ó Briain

Dónal O’ Briain presents a set of abstract black and white photograms (objects placed on traditional photographic paper and exposed to light), hand printed on resin coated silver gelatine paper. These intriguing images trace the outlines of glass and rope objects.

The Venue, O’ Donovan’s Hotel, Pearse St. Clonakilty

Clonakillty Bicycle Virus, curated by Jack Kelleher

A curated bicycle show of purpose-built or evolved bicycles used by everyday people in their lives. We will have a tandem, folding bikes, city messenger bikes, a beach cruiser, stunt bikes, and kid toters, each reflecting the proud owner\’s aesthetics and functional choices. Each exhibited bike will have an accompanying explanation.

Window-front, 18 Pearse Street Clonakilty

The Paper Pet Shop, Brian McSwiney

Look in the window of 18 Pearse Street during this years COAF and you will see a strange collection of life-size and larger-than-life paper animals, people and other creatures, brought to you by the ingenious Brian McSwiney. More information about the artist here

Business Windows, Pearse Street, Clonakilty

Irish Wheelchair Association Artworks

During this years Organic Arts Festival you will be able to view pottery, puppetry and other artworks made by members of Clonakilty Irish Wheelchair Association from a ten week and six week workshop in various shop windows around the town of Clonakilty.

(more to follow, keep checking in…)