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Artists: Mike Bunn, Carl Brennan, John Behan, Brian Farrell, Seamus Finn, Jo Gray, Colin Gillen, Naoise Golden, Noel Kilgallon, John Minihan, Nutan, Winifred McNulty, Bob Quinn, Sheila McSweeney, Sean McSweeney, Heike Thiele.

Title of Exhibition: Force 10 Photographers Exhibition

Date: Friday 15th September 2017

Artist Statement: When FORCE 10, a journal of Irish writing founded and edited by Dermot Healy, first appeared one of its keenest champions was the Cork based poet and reviewer Sean Dunne. He captured the essential character of FORCE 10’s mix of work by new and established writers, interviews and photographs when he said: “The country is full of oddity, darkness, laughter and strangeness. It is also full of ordinary things and people. When you combine the two you end up with a marvel.”               
Photography was an essential element in FORCE 10, and this one-off event in the Leitrim Sculpture Centre and McKenna’s Shop highlights work by the photographers who contributed to the thirteen issues of the journal published between 1998 and 2007.  Along with documentation of that era the exhibition incorporates a selection of posters and original cover art tracing Dermot Healy’s writing career, portraits from Mike Bunn’s Talking Heads series, and writer Winfred McNulty with photographer Heike Thiele’s High Shelves and Long Counters in situ in McKenna’s Shop.



Details about the Exhibition: The official opening of the Force 10 Exhibition included a panel discussion on Photography & the Fleeting Moment, with speakers Brian Farrell, Winifred McNulty & Heike Thiele, convened by Brian Leyden. A reading and opening of the High Shelves & Long Counters instillation also took place in McKenna’s Shop.
The Fierce Moon Festival: A Celebration of the Writings of Dermot Healy at the Glens Centre ran from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th September 2017. 

The exhibition was curated by Brian Leyden & Sean O’Reilly
Special thanks to Helen Gillard and the Dermot Healy estate.
The Fierce Moon Festival is directed by Susan McKay and curated by Vincent Woods.