Sherkin Island: where art and community meet

The BA in Visual Arts on Sherkin island provides a model for distance learning and also sets an example in making art relevant to society at large

30th August, 2020
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Majella O’Neill Collins came to Sherkin Island more than 30 years ago and now works on the BA in Visual Arts. Picture: Collins

Beware Sherkin Island. Set foot in the place and you might never want to leave. That sounds like a cliché, but during my time on the west Cork island I keep encountering proof of it.

There’s my host, Deirdre Ní Luasaigh, a tech worker from Kerry who runs a business digitising artwork on the island. There’s Aisling Moran, community development coordinator with Sherkin Island Development Society, who came on a fixed-term contract eight years...

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