Saturday, November 8, 2008
There are 2 designs - one featuring the Mattie Rynny Wall Portrait from the X-PO kitchen.
The other a view of the old Kilnaboy School House with the Church in the background.
Prices €5 for 6 - all funds to help keep the X-PO going.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
For almost a year now the decommissioned Kilnaboy post office has had a new purpose and new lease of life. Renamed X-PO, the old building has seen a concentrated burst of artistic and community activity unique in a small rural community. Driven by the vision and energy of Dromoher artist Deirdre O’Mahony, as part of her doctoral thesis at the University of Brighton, the X-PO has drawn many people in, curious to see what kind of a thing this X-PO arts project might be way out in the rural west.
Local people initially embraced the project through the first archive exhibition: a tribute to a great local character, genuine gentleman and postmaster of many years, Mattie Rynne. There followed exhibitions, talks and presentations dealing with the changing environment, changing farm life and changing rural social circumstances that mirrored events and concerns in countless other rural parishes.
Local interest groups took ownership of the X-PO idea through local history and mapping projects. They used X-PO computer resources to scan and reprint old photographs gathered in the community for a community archive. They also used the building as a meeting place and a base. The Macra na Fierme also found a home there. Health and Beauty and Set Dancing evenings were arranged.
Visitors from all over the world signed the visitors book. Passing tourists, academics and students from the Burren School of Art, conference delegates and summer scholars all came to look and left with a glimpse of Ireland past, present and future that they could have found absolutely nowhere else.
And now ….?
Now ... the reins pass from a single artist to the X-PO Community. Action Groups have been set up to work on Funding, Culture, Local History and Education. The ‘Team X-PO’ Management and Co-ordination Group has been set up to continue the work Deirdre started: to continue to build social and artistic networks locally and globally: to adapt the basic shape of the X-PO to its new circumstances.
What that shape will turn out to be is not yet clear. Commitment, participation, interest and circumstance will all play their part. Over the past year valuable friends and partnerships have been made for the X-PO those relationships will carry into the future.
At present the necessary structures are being put in place so that funds and grants can be applied for, exhibitions and events can be organised and the place kept open.
On September 19th there will the first of a weekly Friday Tea and Coffee morning and a chance to preview the new photography and film exhibition: X-PO Retrospective – the beginnings. This exhibition will feature large-scale photographs taken by Deirdre O’Mahony when she first started to work on the project nearly a year ago. There will also be showing a film by Ennistymon filmmaker Fergus Tighe who has documented the X-PO from the early days.
Clubs and gatherings will start on Monday 22nd September and should feature a Singers and Players Club, Set Dancing, Local History and Mapping, Drawing for Portfolio, Health and Beauty, Music.
X-PO would like to thank everyone who has helped, sponsored or aided us in any way. X-PO would especially like to thank those who have participated in the many events over the past year.
Contact XPO on 086 0872983 or Team XPO for availabilities and times.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Tues 22nd July at 8 pm
Michael Mc Caughan will talk about his his book, The Price of Our Souls: Gas Shell and Ireland which deals with the controversial Corrib Gas Project in North Mayo, where Shell is building a gas refinery and high pressure pipeline in a landscape of extraordinary natural beauty.
McCaughan has written extensively about local and global economic interests and is based in the Burren with extensive experience in Latin America.
X-PO, Kilnaboy Cross, Kilnaboy, Co Clare. Tel 065 6827940 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, July 13, 2008
For Further information call 065 6827940 or email email@example.com
Kilnaboy, Co Clare
Surfacing: Viscaux 2004 - 2008
Launch Sunday 20th July at 12 noon
Exhibition runs from Sunday 20th July to Friday 29th August 2008
Opening Times: Monday to Friday: 2- 5pm, Sundays 2- 5pm.
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 7 - 9pm
Funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaionn and SuperValue.
Peter Rees The Legion of Mary Corofin 1998
Peter Rees: The Last Cattle Auction in Kilnaboy 2003
AN UDDER VIEW- DOCUMENTING A COMMUNITY
Kilnaboy 1983 -2008
May 20th to June 13th
The advent of Deirdre O'Mahony's Kilnaboy X-PO public arts project has allowed Peter the perfect opportunity to present his work in a dedicated exhibition. The X-PO project being all about rural community, its past, present and future. Peter's work is a perfect fit to follow the mappings and tracings, the videos, paintings and museum style exhibitions Deirdre has already curated for the X-PO. In what is surely a unique exposition of the lives, times and history of a rural parish Deirdre and Peter have spent months, evening by evening, trawling through thousands of pictures, selecting images year by year to make up his show.
For most of his truck driving years Peter Rees drove a creamery tanker famous for its 'Udder Cola' livery. His photographic exhibition, 'An Udder View' – your world, his vision.
X-PO is a public art project that seeks to actively engage
rural communities by giving space and time to review,
recall and renew core community values and priorities.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Tracings, Narratives and Representations: Kilnaboy 1842- 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Rinnamona Research GroupSéan TaylorThe X-PO Mapping Group. Opening Sunday May 18th at 3pm.Exhibition runs from May 18th -June 13th 2008
Opening Times for this exhibition:Monday to Sat 2.00 – 5.00 pm
Evenings: Mon, Tues, Thurs. and Fri. 7.00 – 9.00 pm.
X-PO is a public art project by Deirdre O'Mahony.
The aim is to revive the kind of incidental social space formerly represented by the rural post office and it will be the subject of a Nationwide feature in the coming weeks.
X-PO is generously supported by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíonn and SuperValu X-PO, Kilnaboy, Co Clare. Tel 065 6827940 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 25, 2008
Artist Jay Koh is visiting the X-PO and will be at the X-PO to meet and hear comments
and contributions on the project to date.
Public Meeting: The future for the X-PO.
Exhibition Launch: Farming: A Visual Stuttering Artist: Eileen Healy