Wild-screen, a weekend of national and international contemporary art film, will take place from 7th to 8th March at Inagh Valley Hatchery in the Connemara countryside. Curated by Galway-based artists Louise Manifold and Úna Quigley, the programme will include films by Michael Craig-Martin, Dorothy Cross, Vivienne Dick, Werner Herzog, Derek Jarman, Maximillian Le Cain, Laida Lertxundi, and Walker and Walker.
Connemara has been home to and shaped the imagination of many artists and filmmakers over the years. Inspired by this remote landscape and the West of the imagination, Wild-screen will showcase films that explore ideas around wilderness, from Connemara to deepest Brazil, underwater tropics to the mountains of Austria. The Wild-screen project aims to screen art films outside of the usual urban settings. The secluded Inagh Valley location invites the audience to take a pilgrimage into the heart of Connemara, the impact of the journey and surroundings adding to the viewing experience. Contemporary Irish artists are creating new work in Connemara for the screening which will be shown alongside famous works dating from the 1960s to the present.
Wild-screen is a free event and will include two days of screenings, a guided walk with John Lusby of BirdWatch Ireland, a discussion panel chaired by Katherine Waugh, and the launch of a commissioned publication by Wild-screen creators Quigley and Manifold, expanding upon ideas presented in the Wild-screen programme and featuring contributions from film philosophers, writers and artists. Buses from Galway city will be provided on Saturday and Sunday to take people to and from the event for a small fee. For the programme of events and further information, please visit the Wild-screen website www.wildscreenireland.com
Marilyn Gaughan, Arts Officer at Galway County Council, said: ‘Galway County Council is delighted to be a commissioner of Wild-screen as part of our public art programme. It’s very fitting that this project takes place in our first year of UNESCO designation as a City of Film. It’s a great opportunity to highlight artists working in the field of moving image and film. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Úna and Louise on this project; we’re fortunate to have so many incredible artists of such high calibre working in this area in Galway.’
Maeve Mulrennan, Head of Visual Arts at Galway Arts Centre, said: ‘Galway Arts Centre has a reputation for working with artists in the medium of film and Wild-screen is an important and exciting new venture for us. Galway has recently been designated as UNESCO’s first Irish City of Film and we hope to engage new audiences in the compelling work taking place in contemporary art film.’
Maximillian le Cain, Wild-screen exhibiting artist, said: ‘It’s easy to see why I find the “pilgrimage” aspect of Wild-screen appealing. In a time when moving images are almost too readily available, when even the rarest treasures of cinema can be called up at will on devices small enough to fit into our pockets, a project which situates film viewing in relation to place and to spatial voyaging is to be valued. It cannot but reveal new dimensions to the work presented.’
Louise Manifold and Úna Quigley, curators of Wild-screen, said: ‘The process of journey and the experience of location are one of the central ideas of the project. We wanted people to get away from the restrictions of urban locations for cinema, to transport people to experience work in a remote space in beautiful Connemara. The venue for Wild-screen is particularly unique, situated in a modern post-industrial space designed by Irish modernist architects Scott Tallon Walker; it is not just about the viewing experience but also about the journey there and the space itself.’
Wild-screen is supported by The Arts Council, Galway County Council, Údarás Na Gaeltachta and The Galway Arts Centre.
Screening location: Inagh Valley Hatchery, Cloonacarton, Recess, Connemara
Directions to the location and nearby accommodation can be found on the Wild-screen website:
Wild-screen exhibiting artists: Michael Craig-Martin (IRE/UK), Dorothy Cross (IRE), Cecilia Danell (Sweden), Aoife Desmond (IRE), Vivienne Dick (IRE), Margaret Fitzgibbon (IRE), Michael Fortune (IRE), Cecile Hartmann (France), Werner Herzog (Germany), Derek Jarman (UK), Johanna Laitanian and Liinu Grönlund (Finland), Maximillian Le Cain and Vicky Langan (IRE), Laida Lertxundi (Spain), Peter Liechti (Switzerland), Louise Manifold (IRE), Megs Morley and Tom Flanagan (IRE), Úna Quigley (IRE), Walker and Walker (IRE).
Louise Manifold, born in Co. Galway, studied at Central St Martins College London and GMIT Ireland. She has exhibited extensively in Ireland, and internationally at ISCP, New York, Proximal Distances Chicago, Supermarket Art Fair Stockholm, 411 Galleries Shanghai, China and the Botin Foundation, Spain. She has received awards from The Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, Galway City Council, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Galway County Council. In 2009, she was one of four short-listed artists for the AIB Art prize. Louise serves on the board of directors for Galway Arts Centre and Artspace Studios Galway. www.louisemanifold.com
Úna Quigley is a visual artist whose practice centres on experimental filmmaking. She graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2001 with an MA in European Fine Art and has exhibited internationally, including the Kassel Film Festival, the Rencontres Internationales Paris, the Lewis Glucksman Gallery Ireland, Crawford Gallery Ireland, and most recently solo exhibitions at Centrum Berlin. She has received a number of awards from the Arts Council of Ireland and local authorities. Since 2013 she has lived and worked in the West of Ireland. www.unaqart.blogspot.com