Pat Collins, Festival Director, Skibbereen Arts Festival. Pic: Perry O’Donovan

by Perry O’Donovan

A UNIQUE exhibition running as part of the Skibbereen Arts Festival has proved to be a major draw for festival-goers generating excellent word-of-mouth approval.

The Museum of Miniature curated by Tess Leak of Baltimore and Marie Brett of Bantry at 4 North Street in Skibb features work by hundreds of artists form around the world from a  multitude of disciplines and backgrounds.

Tess Leak’s photographs of the many packages that arrived in Skibbereen from all over the world for exhibition in the Museum of Miniature, part of the Skibbereen Arts Festival 2012. Pic: Perry O’Donovan

The artists were invited to contribute, a call which met with a fantastic response, filling three floors of a building with exquisitely miniaturized art works.

Packages arrived from Australia, Canada, Poland, Chile, Austria, Germany, and, of course, from all over Britain and Ireland, tiny works in clay, glass, wood, fabric, paint and paper.

Altogether the work of 178 artists feature in the exhibition.

Tess Leak (left) and Marie Brett, curators of the Museum of Miniature, Skibbereen, part of the Skibbereen Arts Festival 2012. Pic: Perry O’Donovan

Credit to Tess and Marie for such a wonderful concept which has been so beautifully presented and has been such a great success.

And much credit too to the Skibbereen Arts Festival organizers Pat Collins, Sharon Whooley, Brendan McCarthy, Susan O’Regan, for co-ordinating another excellent and inclusive festival, volunteer work which represents hundred and hundreds of hours of their valuable time for which the whole town and hinterland are really, truly grateful.

 

 

Unnamed piece by Rosie Leak, an exhibit at the Museum of Miniature, Skibbereen, part of the Skibbereen Arts Festival 2012. Pic: Perry O’Donovan

 

 

One corner full of matchbox-sized art works. The round tower watercolour, for example, even has its own tiny wooden easel. Pic: Perry O’Donovan

 

 

‘Wuthering Heights’, which is a picture inside a matchbox, by Theresa Gaughan, an exhibit at the Museum of Miniature, Skibbereen, part of the Skibbereen Arts Festival 2012. Pic: Perry O’Donovan

 

 

Tiny portraits inside bottle-tops, an exhibit by Mary Galvin at the Museum of Miniature, Skibbereen, part of the Skibbereen Arts Festival 2012. Pic: Perry O’Donovan