Roscommon Arts Centre to Present New Visual Arts Programme DEVELOPERS, April 5-May 15
Roscommon Arts Centre is delighted to launch the visual arts programme for 2014 with Developers by Alice Lyons and Orla Mc Hardy. This exhibition opens next Saturday 5th April at 7.30pm. All are welcome.
Using tropes and devices that reflect the development of contemporary rural society, Developers strives to portray what is often difficult to decipher or goes unseen.
This multi media and film installation addresses the recent social and cultural transformation of the Irish landscape and it's villages due to the proliferation of constructed developments. The work in this exhibition comes from quietly observing a community reasserting itself and trying to adapt to its newly evolved appearance.
Writer and director of Developers Alice Lyons says, "Developers is a project about trying to see rapid change as it is 'developing', in the hope that clear seeing might be its own reward. Cootehall, my home for fifteen years, has been in the midst of a great upheaval in recent years. I wanted to approach the particularities of those changes; to see, to listen, to 'snatch out of time' moments that might offer some clarity in a period when clarity was hard to come by, when freezing fog - literally and figuratively - descended on the village. A big mirror often seemed the best tool to use. Film, speech and poems were employed as tools of reflection, too. This is a display of what they yielded."
Alice Lyons and Orla Mc Hardy have co-directed The Polish Language (2009), which was nominated for an IFTA, received Best Irish Animation Awards at the Galway Film Fleadh, the Kerry Film Festival and a jury citation from Expresion en Corto in Mexico. It has screened in competitions in 30 film festivals worldwide and was recently part of a major exhibition,'Script films: Script as a moving image: A dynamic archive' at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM),Karlsruhle, Germany & FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool.
Alice Lyons (writer/director, Developers) was born in Paterson, New Jersey and moved to County Roscommon in 1998. For her poetry she has been the recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary and numerous bursaries in literature from An Chomhairle Ealaoine/the Arts Council. Her recent poetry has been published and is forthcoming in POETRY (Chicago). For many years Lyons taught on the fine arts course at GMIT in Galway and Castlebar and is just completing a PhD in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen's University, Belfast. She works as curator for visual arts for The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon.