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Bealtaine At Home: Dawn to Dusk

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Bealtaine Festival 2021 presents the premier of Dawn to Dusk a documentary film by artist Therry Rudin, documenting na Cailleacha collective

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One of the oldest and most powerful of mythical beings associated with Ireland, the Cailleach (a witch or wise old woman) forms part of the Great Goddess trinity, alongside younger incarnations as the maiden and the mother.

Dawn to Dusk, a documentary film by artist Therry Rudin observes and documents the artists' collective na Cailleacha, of which she is a member. Examining the current art practices amongst this group of older female artists informed at every turn by their experiences as younger women.

This screening will be followed by a discussion chaired by Grainne Humphries, Festival Director Dublin International Film Festival , with artist Therry Rudin, curator / writer Catherine Marshall, and artist Aideen Barry.

The Dawn To Dusk film is funded by Tipperary County Council with support from the Bealtaine Festival. Further Na Cailleacha events during Bealtaine Festival include:5 May – 12 June – Na Cailleacha, Exhibition & Symposium, South Tipperary Arts Centre.

Fri 28 May – Na Cailleacha: Dawn to Dusk, Film Screening – Mayo.

Na Cailleacha are: visual artists Helen Comerford, Barbara Freeman, Patricia Hurl, Maria Levigne, Therry Rudin and Gerda Teljeur; jazz composer Carol Nelson and curator-writer Catherine Marshall who have come together to explore being female, older and hopefully wiser. In 2020 while COVID 19 restrictions allowed the group cocooned together and undertook a residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation collaborating, producing work and discussing their experiences as artists. nacailleacha.weebly.com

Gráinne Humphreys has worked in film programming for over 20 years; she started her career with the Junior Dublin Film Festival in 1994. In 1995 she joined the IFI as Education Officer and expanded her role to include programming seasons on Andy Warhol, Agnès Varda and Harold Pinter. She became Assistant Director IFI in 2001 and programmed both the Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival and the Dublin French Film Festival from 2002 to 2007. Among other projects, she co-edited Ireland into Film, a series of publications on a number of key Irish films. She has served as a jury member on several international film festivals. She is a Board Member of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and has been Festival Director of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival since 2007.

Therry Rudin, was born in Switzerland and has lived in Germany, USA and Brazil. She attended the ‘Basler Kunst Gewerbe Schule’ and the ‘Kunst Akademie’ in Munich, Germany. She first came to Ireland in 1985 and lived in Limerick for five years, where she founded the art school ‘Studio 55’ and published the arts magazine ‘Anima’. She now lives in Roscrea and Barcelona. Retired now, she lectured in the Fine Art Department of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. She has exhibited widely in Ireland, Switzerland, Brazil and USA in selected solo and group shows. She exhibits regularly in collaboration with the artist Patricia Hurl.

In 2005 she was curator of the ‘Living Landscape’ Symposium and publication'Living Landscape Barcelona / West Cork Arts Centre 2008/2009. in collaboration with the West Cork Arts Centre. In 2012 she launched the artist led space, Damer House Gallery with Patricia Hurl and in collaboration of OPW, Damer House and Castle, Heritage Centre Roscrea. 2014 she was an invited artist of the Bealtaine Festival travel residency ‘Catch the He(art) with curator Michelle Browne, along with Mary Kelly, James King and Patricia Hurl. In 2016 Therry participated in a group show Bád curated by Fergus Murphy in Damer House Gallery. Her short film 'The Last of the Summerwine’ was completed in 2019. Currently she is working on a film project with Barbara Henkes ‘The Swop’. and is a founding member of Na Cailleacha.

Catherine Marshall is an art historian and curator. She is Joint-Editor of Twentieth Century, Art and Architecture of Ireland, Vol. V. (Yale and RIA ). Catherine was founding Head of Collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Ar and a founding editor of Comcol, the international online newsletter of ICOM’S Collection sub -committee. She chairs the Steering Committee of Bealtaine, the biggest annual Arts Event in Ireland and sits on the Boards of the Butler Gallery and KCAT,(The Kilkenny Centre for Arts Talent) and Common Ground. Catherine curated ‘Kathleen Lynn; Insider on the Outside’ which opened at five venues in Mayo on Easter Saturday 2016. Catherine is joint-editor of Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks published in 2016. She has lectured at Trinity College, Dublin, University College Dublin, the National College of Art and Design, and the National Gallery. She has curated exhibitions of Irish art in Canada and China and all over Ireland, and facilitated displays of Irish art for venues in the United States, Canada and various European destinations. She writes and broadcasts widely about aspects of Irish art for catalogues, international publications and art journals. In 2019 She was awarded an honorary doctorate by University College Dublin.

Aideen Barry is a practising Visual Artist based in Ireland but with international representation. In 2020 she was elected to the Royal HIibernian Academy as an ARHA member. She is also a member of Aosdána and Lectures in several universities and schools of visual art. In 2020 she will be speaker part of the Anderson Lecture Series at Penn State University and will be making a new work under the Bunting Commission for the Irish Traditional Music Archive and Music Network Ireland.​Selected projects include exhibitions at: Elephant West ( UK), Mothers Tankstation( IRE), The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Oaxaca (Mex), Louise T. Bloudin (London), Moderne Mussett Sweden, The Loop Biennale (ESP), Matucana 100(Chile), FRIEZE Art Fair (UK) ,The Wexner Centre Ohio, The Royal Hibernian Academy, the Museum des Beux Arts (FR), The Crawford Municipal Gallery, The Butler Gallery and The Banff Centre Canada to name but a few. Barry has received numerous awards for her practice including recent awards: A Culture Ireland Award 2018, The Vermont Studio Centre Fellowship Award 2017.

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