Culture Night

Friday 22 September

Early evening, call in to enjoy The Yellow River, a joint exhibition by painter Seán McSweeney and poet Gerard Smyth. From 8.45pm we salute king of 1980s home entertainment: the video cassette with cinema event Viva VHS!

EXHIBITION :: THE YELLOW RIVER is a tributary of the Blackwater (Kells), which joins the Boyne at Navan, County Meath that unites the personal histories of poet Gerard Smyth and artist Seán McSweeney. Gerard Smyth spent many summers in Meath staying with his grandmother and an aunt, whilst originally Seán McSweeney’s family lived in Clongill until the untimely death of his father.

Solstice Arts Centre worked with artist and poet in the development of THE YELLOW RIVER. Gerard Smyth wrote a new suite of poems for the show, recollecting and revisiting significant sites of occurrence in his own history and that of Co Meath. Seán McSweeney painted a new body of work from recent trips to his father’s homeplace and the county. McSweeney has responded lyrically to particular sites of Smyth’s poetry, whilst also depicting in watercolour, ink, tempera and drawing, the particular hues of The Royal County.



CINEMA :: VIVA VHS! salutes the king of 1980s home entertainment: the video cassette. Sourced from hundreds of tapes, there will be a collection of classic and cheesy trailers. Featured will be coming attraction for obscure horror movies, senseless action thrillers, sex comedies, cult musicals, and martial arts exploitation flicks. There will also be television commercials for businesses long gone and products obsolete and a few other quirky surprises from the analogue era. 75 minutes, screening at 8.45pm.


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