One, Here, Now

One, Here, Now is a nine-part series of spectacular floor-to-ceiling wall paintings by the eminent New York-based Irish artist Brian O’Doherty (formerly known as Patrick Ireland), that were made over twenty years ago and subsequently covered up and almost forgotten about, until now.

This highly ambitious project proposes to restore these wonderful murals and display them for a year. The project will be marked by a year-long series of specially commissioned artworks, music compositions, performances and talks to celebrate, re-interrogate and most importantly, preserve these important Irish works for future generations.

The original installation in Cobh, facilitated and curated by Peter Murray; founder of Sirius Arts Centre and former Director of the Crawford Gallery was, in 1996, a seminal moment for Irish art. Now it marks over fifty years of the artist’s interest in the ancient Irish Ogham alphabet. It pays tribute to the Irish language and it monumentalises Irish heritage, over one hundred years after the proclamation of the Republic.

The preservation project also coincides with Brian O’Doherty’s 90th birthday and the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Sirius Arts Centre. It proposes to renew this outstanding work of Brian O’Doherty in a seemingly hidden, but magnificent setting on the sea, and on the edge of Europe. Commissioned projects and partnerships throughout the year will include, among others, works by visual artists Brendan Earley, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Dan Graham, Mary-Ruth Walsh, Karl Burke and Kevin Atherton, compositions by Ann Cleare and Peter Broderick, and two new dance works by the internationally renowned Liz Roche Company in collaboration with composer Linda Buckley for Sirius Arts Centre and the Cork Opera House. Associated talks and events will take place at the Crawford Art Gallery, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design and other venues.

The project is supported by the Arts Council, the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Cork County Council, Colourtrend and the Port of Cork. The Project Patron is Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland.

We are now looking for funding to bring Brian O'Doherty and his wife Barbara Novak back to Irelandfor the (re)launch of the murals. We are also fundraising to make a publication of the year-long event, which will remain as the legacy of this project.

One Here Now

Organizer

Miranda Driscoll 
Organizer

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