January Screenings at the Museum
The festival is being organised in conjunction with Folk Fiction: Translations in Material Cultures, an exhibition by visual artist Gareth Kennedy that has been on show at the museum since October 2013 and was recently featured on RTE Nationwide. The multi-media exhibition highlights material cultures, both traditional and contemporary, exploring ideas around craft and social values, landscape and invented traditions. The festival marks the final day of this exhibition so why not take a last chance to view it before it moves onto Scandinavia.
The festival kicks off at 1pm with screenings of rare Super 8 archive footage of traditional crafts, followed two short films. The first, End of the Counter directed by Laura McGann, captures the arrival of the supermarket into Ireland in 1965, after which time grocery shopping would forever change. The second, the award-winning Irish Folk Furniture directed by Tony Donoghue, is a charming stop-motion animation which captures the process of transforming disregarded pieces of country furniture by renovating them and returning them to the homes they once adorned. The films will be followed by a discussion.
Then, from 3pm, there will be screenings of unique Super 8 films from members of Galway Subaqua Club as well as other local maritime footage from private Irish collections dating from the 1950s to the 1980s. Again, these will be followed by a discussion.
As places are limited, booking is essential (free of charge). For further information or to book a place for each screening please contact Galway City Museum on (091) 532460.
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The first screening is at 1pm (End of the Counter, Irish Folk Furniture, Super8 Archive)
The second screening is at 3pm (Subaqua)