In 2021, Applefest initiated several place-specific creative projects that engaged with the community and the place we live in, bringing together artists, performers, stakeholders and interested members of the community to develop original experiences and special exhibits to share in the public realm.
Clonmel native Annie Hogg was in residence with Applefest 2021 exploring local materials from the Suir riverbanks to make site-specific inks. Her work culminated in a suite of ink drawings which were exhibited at the Narrow Space Gallery, Annie’s first solo show to date. Annie was also very involved in
Brave was a site-specific sculpture especially commissioned from rush artist Gerardine Wisdom; Gerardine harvests her own rushes from the Shannon river at the bottom of her garden and dries them in situ. Her exquisite work for Applefest was based around the theme of bravery and through interviews and workshops with
Our 2 Biodiversity Trails are located along the Greenane Blueway and at Old St Mary’s Church, Clonmel. In the company of one of our favourite collaborators Louise Garcia, reacquaint yourself with some of our common and lesser-loved wild plants; nettles, ivy, the briar, which feed and shelter our wildlife and pollinators. Choose
The second project we launched this year was ‘Our Sense of Place‘, a collaboration of 14 writers with 14 members of Clonmel’s International community sharing their experiences of immigration and living in Ireland today. The writers attended a workshop hosted by well-known journalist and ghost writer Sue Leonard who also
The first of our initiatives was the Indigenous project funded under the Arts Council Capacity Building strand and which launched in February 2021 with a series of online and outdoor workshops under the guidance of Dr Billy MagFhloinn. Participants came together to explore ritual and tradition and themes of interest to them