Switch on Culture Night in Clonmel as arts and cultural organisations open their doors to host a programme of free evening entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture.
The centre of Clonmel will come alive on Friday September 22nd, kicking off with ‘Walk a Mile in my Shoes’ at 3pm, an LIT Clonmel/Tudor Artisan Hub project. This is an exciting community event, which will create an installation of shoes. From Parnell Street, the ½ mile long trail of shoes will end at the LIT Clonmel campus. Anyone can take part. Each person is asked to donate and decorate a shoe symbolising themselves or someone they know/used to know.
Two separate arts trails are coordinated by South Tipperary Arts Centre. The ‘Apple Treasures’ Trail & Exhibition is a special Culture Night commission for 2Cando Arts featuring an exhibition at the Arts Centre on Nelson Street all about apples to surprise, delight and inform us on the treasures of Clonmel’s unique Apple Heritage. With performer Louise Garcia as Lady Apple Pip, 2Cando Arts invite you to discover the apple treasures trail from 5pm, with 17 trees to reflect the 17 varieties of apples grown locally. Taking in Parnell Street, Mitchell Street, the Friary Car Park, and Dowds Lane, you can also meet Lady Apple Pip at the Arts Centre. Apple-themed refreshments will be served and where Eimear King’s specially commissioned short film, ‘Apple Treasures’ will be screened throughout the evening.
Starting at 5pm at the old Post House on Gladstone St, actors from Clonmel Theatre Guild will bring you on a literary journey of discovery through the novels of writer Anthony Trollope, who was postmaster in Clonmel in the 1840s. In ‘The Chronicles of Trollope’, the character of Trollope will bring you to visit the Grantlys at the Main Guard and Rev Harding at Old St Mary’s Church, finishing with a trip to the White Memorial Theatre with Phineas Finn and Mme Goesler, where St Mary’s Choral Society will have a screening of Trollope’s work in an atmospheric Victorian theatre. The actors will repeat the trail until 7pm.
Finally, Tipperary County Museum hosts a lecture by Dr. Ann Wilson, at 7:30pm which will discuss picture postcard collections of a young woman's life in Edwardian Times. A fascinating talk which looks at the everyday family life, social and work life and how they dealt with economic factors, emigration, nationalism and the role of women in society. This lecture ties in with the acclaimed new exhibition ‘A Message in Time’ which runs until June 2018 and admission is free.
Pick up a map and brochure from any of the venues, or download the Culture Night app.
Beehouse Arts will celebrate Culture Night 2017 with an exhibition of visual art in the atmospheric Scots Church. The artworks will showcase recent work by artist Brigid Teehan. The exhibition will be open from 5pm – 7pm.
Also at the Main Guard, you can have your portrait taken by artist and photographer Vincent Hannon. No booking necessary to participate in ‘Portraits 100’ from 5pm - 11pm.