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River Drawing Experiment Video

I wanted to experiment with mixing some of the material I had gathered from moving image, night time stills and drawings from the off cuts of boat building from the Workman’s Boat Club. I am interested in layering the media and materials echoing the forms and blurring between drawing and still image and looking at the moving image as a constantly moving tracing line so sometimes the forms hover or appear to be there like an afterimage or echo.


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Sounding Lines Multimedia Artwork Trail Saturday 30th August 2014

In advance of the Sounding Lines Multimedia Artwork Trail if you can download a Free QR Code Scanner and Reader onto your smart phone or iPhone

here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.scan.android.client&hl=en

or here: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/bakodo-barcode-scanner-qr/id371932548?mt=8

The Art Trail takes place on Saturday 30th August 2014 (11am-4pm) as part of Heritage Week

Location: Tow path the first 2.5 km starting at Kilsheelan towards Carrick On Suir

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Workman’s Boat Club revisited

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It was a really stunning evening when Claire and I went to the boat club to meet some of the members. The light and reflections were so crisp and defined. As Shay commented the River is always changing.

We made the decision to immerse ourselves in the surroundings, history, implements, imagery, found bits,  forms, shapes, smell, politics and make work in response. This we felt was a more organic approach to introducing the project to the members as they came in to the space.  We were aware that the boat club is after all a place to meet to talk and to make work. Drawing in the space of course prompted enquiry and discussion about sounding lines and another chance to hear the members stories and childhood memories of the club   The other thought we had by us making work in response to their working environment highlighted the respect that we had for their generosity in allowing us into the boat club and the significance of  the lives of the men that had previously worked the timber, invented tools and became part of the social fabric of the building.

Claire Halpin



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Suir Dragon Paddlers

We were privileged to be invited to go out paddling with the Suir Dragon Paddlers last Friday. Suir Dragon Paddlers – CRC is a dragon boat team of breast cancer survivors their friends and families of all ages and abilities, set up in February 2013.  Amazing for us to experience the team work and the beautiful sounds and the rhythms created by the paddlers. Here’s a short video.

Website link here: http://www.suirdragonpaddlers.com/



Workman’s Boat Club with Shay Hurley

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Last Friday we had the pleasure of meeting Shay Hurley from the Workman’s Boat Club in Clonmel. The boat club is a world of discovery behind a tiny wooden door just off main street Clonmel. We had a fascinating morning hearing about the background to the club since its founding in 1869 and it’s history as a sporting, leisure and centre of learning and craft as the traditional skills of boat building are passed from one generation to the other, some specific and uniquely traditional to the boats of the River Suir.

It was so interesting to hear about the Boat Club’s its social history as having bands dances and all night smoking dances and how the sounds of the music and dances would be carried upstream by the Suir. (Something similar to what the older people who we met in Cahir had spoken about). Shay spoke about current developments with the Flood Defence Scheme redevelopment works and some of the problems that have occurred with the river disappearing from view of the people of Clonmel and maybe losing some of its attachment and awareness of the River Suir.

Thanks to Shay Hurley for his generosity of time and knowledge. We will be meeting with some of the members of the Boat Club in a couple of weeks.

Further information about the Workman’s Boat Club can be seen here:


Here Shay talks about the history of the club and its social importance.


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Multimedia Artwork Trail on Saturday 30th August – 11am-4pm

Experimental Instervention_4Sounding Lines Multimedia Artwork Trail

Saturday 30th August 2014 (11am-4pm) as part of Heritage Week

Location: Tow path the first 2.5 km starting at Kilsheelan towards Carrick On Suir

This one day event will give a physical record and testimony to the creative processes of the Sounding Lines project. This multi media event will take the form of a trail along the towpath.  There will be artworks from the workshops, sound recordings, video projections, installations, and artworks that have evolved from Maree and Claire’s creative collaboration which will be placed in the natural and built environment of the riverbank.

This event intends to encourage participants to navigate and encounter the River Suir in an innovative and unexpected way though taking a unique creative approach and perspective on the River Suir.

This project was commissioned by South Tipperary County Council Arts Service and forms part of an INTERREG IVB programme entitled Green and Blue Futures. South Tipperary County Council is one of the partners of this European Partnership Project.

Download full Press Release here: Sounding Lines_Press Release