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Stormy Petrel / Guairdeall

April 17th @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Stormy Petrel

Stormy Petrel / Guairdeall – ‘Acoustic Radar’ and ‘Flare Horn Rig’
Cruinniú na Cásca

Easter Monday, April 17th 2017
11am – 6pm, Free Event, All Welcome


This work features an ‘Acoustic Radar’ and ‘Flare Horn Rig’, sound sculptures based on World War 1 listening devices.

A collaboration by artists Orla Ryan, Alanna O’Kelly and Brian Hand exploring the symbolism of the Stormy Petrel, the world’s smallest seabird, as a metaphor for someone who is an avatar of change and who announces an oncoming storm. In 1916 the Stormy Petrel was an international symbol of revolution and the anti-colonial imagination.

These artists explore the role of women couriers who memorised the Proclamation on their journeys out of Dublin early on Easter Monday morning. The women became human telegraphs, the pressure of the despatch always with them. We rise at noon. Obey your orders. Telephone, scrap, glance. Once the rebellion had started, delivering the message and getting back to Dublin was not straightforward.

Originally commissioned as part of the An Post GPO Witness History public art commissions for 2016

Fabrication and technical support from Lawrence O’Toole and Eilis Murphy (Folded Leaf Press). Thank you to the support of VISUAL Carlow in this production.

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Image: Stormy Petrel/ Guairdeall by Orla Ryan, Alanna O’Kelly & Brian Hand at VISUAL Carlow. Photo by Ros Kananagh


April 17th
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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