Louth artist Suzanne Carroll takes to the mountains for latest exhibition

Suzanne Carroll and fellow artists who installing artworks at Barnavave for a one-day exhibition on Saturday

Margaret RoddyThe Argus

North Louth artist Suzanne Carroll is taking to the mountains for her latest exhibition which takes place within the walls of a deserted village on the mountains of the Cooley peninsula.

Following the success of her outdoor gallery experience held on the hillside on Anaverna, Ravensdale last year, she is hosting a one-day exhibition within the dry stone walls of deserted village on Barnavave in the Cooley Mountains on Saturday May 20 from 12pm to 5pm.

For this exhibition, Suzanne has collaborated with curator Shannon Carroll and they have invited eight artists from Louth and further afield to make work in response to the intriguing site of the Deserted Village on Barnavave, South Commons, Carlingford.

"As stewards of this planet we are each becoming more aware of how every action we take can affect the crisis we find ourselves in,” she says. “By raising awareness and prompting discussion on pertinent issues artists and the art they make can encourage us to reflect for a moment, to consider the small or even radical changes we might make in our daily lives.”

“But artists also need to think about their own consumption and production and take responsibility for the impact their practice may have on the environment. It is with these thoughts in mind that the eight artists from around the country were selected for this environmentally low impact project.”

The artists Eirn Redmond, a visual artist based in Dublin, whose practice inhabits a space between art, science and ecology; Rosie O’Reilly a visual artist working across sound, sculpture, written work and drawing; Mel Galley a printmaker employing the contemporary technologies of CAD and CGI. and laser etching. Originally from Cumbria she is now based in Dublin. Her work addresses discussions on place, ecology and ethics.

Carrickmacross-based Úna Curley is a visual artist who works in natural, textiles and found materials. She hopes to awaken a child like curiosity in the viewer questioning their relationship with themselves and the environment while raising awareness of the fast pace of consumption and subsequent waste.

Áine Ryan is a visual artist from Waterford whose work encompasses the cast glass process, mixed media, found objects, textiles and photography. She focuses on the interchange between belonging, place, identity and memory considered from a rural feminine perspective.

Gráinne Murphy is a printmaker employing the use of natural pigments in her screenprintss. Her work is influenced by the natural world and the stories and traditions that have shaped our relationship with the environment and explores the interconnectedness of water, landscape and folklore. Gráinne is based in Creative Spark Printstudio, Dundalk.

Órlaith Cullinane is a visual artist, her practice involves painting, printmaking, drawing, performance, digital media and sculpture. Orlaith is based in Bridge Street Studio, Dundalk.