This year’s exhibition once again took place in its most appropriate venue. Johnswell Hall in Johnswell Village. It ran from Sunday 22 August until Sunday 29th August2010
The 2010 exhibition had a different format and layout to that of 2009. It was composed of a selection of works by both Gypsy Ray and Alan Counihan including drawings, sculptural installation and film along with work produced by the pupils during Gypsy’s time as artist-in-residence in Johnswell National School.
There was also a presentation of the almost five hundred field names gathered during the year along with a selection of audio recordings and oral histories made during that time.
The centrepiece of the exhibition was a large projection of “Field Song”, a short collaborative film made with the pupils of Johnswell National School and some community members of all ages from Rathcoole Civil Parish. It was made as both a celebration of place and community using the field name records as a primary material. All those individuals who had their portraits taken as part of this process were also invited to say the name of a field as an aural accompaniment to their image and part of the overall soundtrack.
Part litany, part incantation, this film is a celebration of habitation and of human passage.
A link will shortly be provided to allow viewing of this work.