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One, Here, Now

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Raised by 8 people in 17 months
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.

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Sirius Arts Centre is housed in a former yacht club in a pretty port town that was once the departure point for generations of Irish émigrés - a garrison town in Cork harbour that was surrounded by British forts. Cobh, a small town which lies on The Great Island - accessible by bridge and by boat, seems an unlikely site for such a significant Irish artwork. But such is the beauty of the proposed project – which will invite visitors to make the pilgrimage to East Cork, and onto the Great Island, much like the journey their predecessors took before emigrating from Ireland for good. Not unlike O’Doherty himself in 1957. The installation in Cobh in 1996 was a seminal moment for Irish art. Now it marks 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, now one hundred years after the proclamation of the Republic. O’Doherty’s use of the Ogham alphabet in this work had and still has, important political and cultural significance. The accompanying catalogue essay for the work states that the murals and the Ogham writings convey a complex historical narrative that is “one of sorrow and oppression, and once its layers of complex codes are understood, the series of paintings take on the status of a memorial to those who were forced to leave Ireland, as well as an act of resistance against the legacy of what has been described as the ‘age of empire’.”

This new re-looking at the Ogham Cycle proposes to renew, reflect an d reinterpret this outstanding work of Brian O’Doherty in a seemingly hidden, but equally magnificent setting on the sea, and on the edge of Europe.
The Royal Yacht Club, 1890
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