Gracelands Inflated Folly drawing by Bea McMahon
Gracelands presents an outdoor day-into-evening programme of screenings of artists’ film and video, readings, live performance and sculpture, including several new commissions. The main event takes place in an intimate festive atmosphere in an unspoilt field below the Mimetic House, Dromahair, Co. Leitrim on Saturday, September 26th from 5pm. All welcome, admission free.
See our Gracelands pages for the progrmme of events, travel tips, where to stay and what to eat.
This year Gracelands considers Folly; foolishness or acts of madness, ornamental buildings designed as conversation pieces or theatrical sketches and songs. In doing so, it looks at the norms of what may be regarded as ‘constructive’ or ‘useful’. All kinds of follies are presented as propositions and occupations designed to show up the destructive or stultifying effects of more conventional behaviours and to suggest that overreaching and the ethics of making unlikely things can have a rehabilitative effect.
Gracelands takes place on the grounds of the Mimetic House, Dromahair Co. Leitrim designed by Dominic Stevens. The viewing platforms and site for the event were also custom designed by Stevens.
Gracelands: Folly features work from the collection of M HKA, Antwerp.
Curated by Vaari Claffey, Assistant Curator : Jennie Guy
Gracelands is produced in association with The Model, Sligo.
Gracelands is made possible by the support of:
The exhibiting artists
Grace Weir and Joe Walker
The Irish Architecture Foundation
Leitrim County Council Arts Office
The British Council (Northern Ireland)
The Goethe Institut
Sue and Dave Raethorne
DRESS WARMLY AND BRING WATERPROOFS; WELLIES ARE ESSENTIAL AS THE GROUND MAY BE WET. YOU MAY NEED A SMALL TORCH. If you bring children, please keep them with you at all times