Setting the level

THE Dunamaise Arts Centre will open level, its fourth open submission exhibition on Friday July 20 at 7pm featuring work by selected artists. An exciting development in the Dunamaise visual arts programme, both in its approach and its curation, the exhibition will feature pieces by 18 artists which have been selected by guest curator and artist Jock Nichol.

THE Dunamaise Arts Centre will open level, its fourth open submission exhibition on Friday July 20 at 7pm featuring work by selected artists. An exciting development in the Dunamaise visual arts programme, both in its approach and its curation, the exhibition will feature pieces by 18 artists which have been selected by guest curator and artist Jock Nichol.

The artists exhibiting include Pat Fitzpatrick, Aidan Flanagan, Maeve Coulter, John Cullen, Mary Cullen, Angela Fewer, Lorraine Walsh, Bernadette Madden, Aisling Conroy, Judy Carroll Deeley, Tony Gunning, Martina O’Brien, Anna Marie Savage, Sheelagh McShane, Aoife Hand, John Busher, Kevin McCann, Dave West.

An overwhelming and impressive number of applications were received earlier this year, both from established artists all over Ireland, as well as local and emerging artists. The 18 pieces exhibited are of mixed media and sizes by artists from the length and breadth of the country.

Born in Scotland in 1962, artist Jock Nichol trained at Edinburgh College of Art, gaining a BA Hons in Drawing and Painting and a Post Graduate Diploma with Distinction. He has been awarded residencies at Hospitalfield, Arbroath, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and Cill Railiag, Ballinskelligs. Jock moved to Ireland in 1992 and has work in many collections in the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada. Jock teachespainting and combined materials on the levels 5 and 6 PLC Art course at Abbeyliex FEC as well as teaching Junior Cert Art to adult learners.

The exhibition will run until September 5. Entry to the exhibition is free and all members of the public are invited to the gallery to take a look at the work.

Elsewhere in the Dunamaise, the cinema club will be showing ‘This Must Be The Place’, also on Friday July 20. In 2008, Sean Penn, Jury president of Cannes Film Festival, awarded Paolo Sorrentino with the Jury Prize for ‘Il divo’. Penn used this opportunity to declare he was eager to make a movie with Sorrentino. Three years later, Penn and Sorrentino returned to Cannes together with ‘This Must Be The Place’, the Italian director’s first English-speaking film.

Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in Cannes this year, ‘This Must Be The Place’ is a moral road movie. The film invokes Wim Wenders’ ‘Paris Texas’ through its melancholy travels, gorgeous cinematography, and Harry Dean Stanton’s supporting role. The film deals with a middle-aged wealthy rock star who becomes bored in his retirement and takes on the quest of finding his father’s tormentor, a Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the United States.

The film was an Italian majority production with co-producers in France and Ireland. Principal photography began in August 2010. Filming took place in Ireland and Italy, as well as the states of Michigan, New Mexico and New York.

The score is composed by David Byrne (of The Talking Heads, whose song is the film’s namesake) and accompanies the former idol’s journey. ‘This Must Be The Place’ explores affiliations and clichés through the moving portrait of a sardonic fifty-year-old ex rock star who will never settle for the lifestyle of mediocrity with which the world tries to constrain him. The film also stars Frances McDormand.