6th February 2012: switch 2012 – Feast of International Artwork on streets of Nenagh

switch, Nenagh’s unique, annual visual art event is now underway. Launched last Sunday with a programmed tour, participants were led through Mitchell, Kenyon and Pearse streets switching on the artworks from eight international artists and taking a peak into the past using ‘time machines’.

Event curators Triona Ryan and Harald Turek relayed the history of the switch event and guided the large gathering through present and past switch art works hosted in Nenagh, with stops along the way to view images of Nenagh’s streets long ago using slide viewers, compiled by Brendan Treacy for the tour this year from his incredible photographic archives.

At each location on the walking tour, Ryan and Turek narrated the story of the event, discussing the history of each space and encouraging a sense of remembering, sharing gems of local folklore, such as the stumbled upon story of the Slow Bicycle race that took place in the town in 1962, with the winner, Joe Pearce, taking an incredible four hours to cycle from one end of Pearse Street to the other.

switch continues from twilight to midnight every evening until Sunday February the 12th with a final artist led tour scheduled for 6.30pm on Sunday 12th February leaving from the Ormond Hotel.

Members of the public can catch Flatforms “balancing man” on Mitchell Street or exchange glances with market traders from foreign lands in the work of Mark Neville on Pearse Street. Down at the end of Kenyon Street, the slow and balanced moves of martial art are filmed by the artist Paul Grimmer while tucked up on Silver Street the daffodils can be found slowly unfurling their bloom.

Commenting on the event, Melanie Scott, Arts officer North Tipperary County Council said, “switch is a unique project which brings the best of international contemporary video art into our everyday lives and brings art onto the streets. This project could not be presented without the support of the local business community who get behind the project each year to make it happen and for which we are very grateful.”

Members of the public who would like to conduct their own walking tour can use the printed Map and switch’s yellow catalogue, which gives more information on this year’s artworks. The yellow catalogue can be picked up from either the Arts Office at the Civic Offices, Nenagh Arts Centre or Nenagh Library or can be downloaded below. The full programme of timings, dates and locations for switch 2012 is now available by visiting the website at www.s-w-i-t-c-h.org. click here
The walking tour is free; however, it is advisable to book in advance as places are limited. Places can be booked by texting name to 087 777 7123 or by emailing switch.information@gmail.com.#

Switch is supported by the owners of local premises, North Tipperary County Council, The Arts Council, The Mid-West Regional Authority and the INNOVATE programme and is curated by Local Artists Triona Ryan and Harald Turek.

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