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Entirely hollow aside from the dark / Keash Caves

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Entirely hollow aside from the dark is an immersive, psycho-acoustic artwork created by AlanJames Burns, in collaboration with writer Sue Rainsford and sound editor Ian Dunphy, touring to five caves geographically spread across the island of Ireland this summer.

The Caves of Keash in Keshcorran, Co. Sligo is the first tour location, taking place 27, 28, 29 July. These events are in conjunction with Tread Softly Festival, supported by Sligo County Council, Sligo Arts Service, Creative Ireland, The Fox’s Den Public House.

Entirely hollow aside from the dark takes place within caves; ancient natural auditoriums carved into the underbelly of Ireland’s countryside. The immersive installation aims to create a visceral experience of journeying into someone’s inner dialogue by using 3-dimensional audio.

The cavern personifies the mind of a person questioning their reality, wherein an audible inner dialogue and choreographed sounds echo the character’s thoughts, memories and consciousness. In the darkness, this psycho-acoustic work unfolds and a symphony of sounds shifts around the cave.

Entirely hollow aside from the dark was initially commissioned by Fingal County Council Arts Office as part of Resort Revelations, 2016.

The tour of this artwork and the events at the Keash Caves are funded by Arts Council of Ireland Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme and kindly supported by Creative Ireland.

These events are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely case of events being cancelled or postponed ticket holders will be contacted as soon as possible by email. Please ensure to include these details in your booking.

Booking information:

All tickets are free.
Booking is essential.
Booking is restricted to 1 ticket per person

Rules and Regulations of Event:

Attendees are advised that these events are in an outdoor location at dusk with potentially uneven and wet ground conditions. All precautions for your safety have been taken but access to this event is at your own risk and your vigilance is expected.

Due to the outdoor nature and uphill location of these events they are unsuitable for people with mobility issues.

Please ensure to wear weather appropriate warm outdoor clothing and footwear suitable for uneven and wet ground conditions i.e. no high heels, no flip flops etc. Walking boots are recommended.

Under 16s will not be admitted to this event. ID may be required.

This is a no-smoking and an alcohol-free event.
We reserve the right to refuse admission for health and safety reasons including unsuitable attire, not adhering to stewards' instructions, public disobedience etc.

Getting there:

The Caves of Keash are located in the vicinity of Keshcorran village in Co. Sligo.

Google map location provided in this booking system.

The meeting point is the Keash Community Hall car park which will be signposted in the locality.

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Forthcoming tour locations, dates and partners:
- Lickhill Cave, Skibbereen Co. Cork, 2 & 3 August, in conjunction with Skibbereen Arts Festival, supported by Cork Arts Office, Cork County Council
- Aillwee Cave, The Burren, Co. Clare, 24 & 25 August, in conjunction with Heritage Week, supported by Aillwee Cave, Heritage Week, Clare Arts Office, Clare County Council, Clare Heritage Office, Creative Ireland, Burren and Cliffs Of Moher Geo Park
- Smuggler’s Cave, Portrane, Co. Dublin, 10, 11, 12, 13 September, in conjunction with Bleeding Pig Festival, supported by Fingal Arts Office, Fingal County Council, Lynders Mobile Home Park
- UNESCO Global Geopark, cross-border Cavan/ Fermanagh, 29 September, supported by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Cavan County Council, Cavan Arts Office, Creative Cavan, Creative Ireland, Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, Boho Community Association

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