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By Eamon O'Kane

An international touring exhibition of new commissioned work

ArtSway, New Forest, UK
27 June - 23 August 2009



The exhibition at ArtSway will consist of installation and video. Using the 17th century-style furniture produced in Bristol, O’Kane directed the staging of a re-enactment (by the ECWS) of the meal James II had under the sycamore tree in Ireland. This took place at two sites in the New Forest on the 19th of April almost 320 years to the day of the actual event. The furniture will be installed in the gallery space with the video documentation of the re-enactment. This is connected to another re-enactment which took place on the same day, that of a hunt that James II led (James II was the last king to hunt in the New Forest in the late 17th Century). Both the meal and the hunt was reconstructed using actors in period costume. Drawings and paintings of the sycamore tree and the New Forest will also be incorporated into the installations.





Gallery Talk: Eamon O'Kane in Conversation with Peter Bonnell
Saturday 27 June 2009 at 3pm
Eamon O'Kane will be in conversation with ArtSway’s Curator Peter Bonnell discussing the themes and ideas behind his exhibition Re-enactment. O'Kane will talk of the project's inception, and subsequent tour of Case Histories, detailing the work's presentation at different venues, and how Re-enactment contextualises his overall artistic practice.
FREE: Booking Essential

Art in Context (Living History): The Art of Re-enactment
A talk by Helen Down, Treasurer, Earl of Essex Regiment of Foote

Wednesday 15 July 2009 at 7pm
Join Totton resident and English Civil War re-enacter Helen Down as she talks about her involvement in Eamon O'Kane's two newly commissioned films for his exhibition at ArtSway. Helen is the Treasurer for the Earl of Essex Regiment of Foote - an organisation that seeks to educate children and adults of the historical background to one of the most momentous events in English history: the English Civil War. Helen will talk about the activities and background of her regiment; the importance of 'living history'; where the regiment mount events across the country; their education activities, and also the background to the Civil War. For more information about the Earl of Essex Regiment of Foote visit: www.earlofessex.org.uk
FREE: Booking Essential.

Gallery Talk: Eamon O'Kane in Conversation with Peter Bonnell
Saturday 25 July 2009 at 2pm
Multi-media artist Eamon O'Kane will discuss his recent commission for ArtSway with curator Peter Bonnell. Eamon will speak about the genesis of his touring project Case Histories, and in particular his two new films for Re-enactment - his new exhibition at ArtSway. The artist will explain the multi-layered aspects of his artistic practice, and the influences of family history and architecture in his work.
FREE: Booking Essential.

Publication Launch: Case Histories by Eamon O'Kane
Saturday 25 July 2009 at 3.30pm
A 100-page, full-colour, hard cover publication, coinciding with Eamon O'Kane's exhibition at ArtSway will officially be launched at the gallery. The Case Histories publication will feature images from each part of O'Kane's major international touring exhibition of the same name, with a critical text by Dan Cameron, and transcripts of interviews between O'Kane and Paul O'Neill, and O'Kane and Paul Hobson.

FREE: All Welcome.

To book a place on any of the above events please contact Jack Lewis on 01590 682260 (ext.6) or email: jack.lewis@artsway.org.uk


© Eamon O'Kane 2009