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Sean Lynch: Book Launch, Discussion & Performance

26 September 2019

Free entry | 6-8pm

Alongside his current John Hansard Gallery exhibition, join Sean Lynch for an informal discussion. With Andrew Russel, Archaeology Unit Manager, Ancient Monuments Officer and War Memorials Officer at Southampton City Council and Joanne Laws, Features Editor, The Visual Artists’ News Sheet, introduced by John Hansard Gallery’s Exhibitions Curator, Nadia Thondrayen.

We will be launching Lynch's new publication, Bardlore, featuring an essay by acclaimed author and Booker Prize 2019 nominee, Kevin Barry (author of the novel City of Bohane and two short-story collections, Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms), and further writings by the artist himself.

On the evening we will also hosting a performance by cross media creative cooperative, Slack Space, responding to A Murmur, Repeated. The group involves people from a wide variety of artistic backgrounds, working together to create freely without the expectations and limitations of individual practices.

A Murmur, Repeated is a new exhibition by Sean Lynch (b.1978, Kerry, Ireland) that explores Southampton's urban fabric and Ireland's bardic tradition. Alongside a varied collection of artefacts, props and sculptures, Lynch presents a new film shot in Southampton with collaborators Gina Moxley and Timmy Creed. In this film, a 17th century Irish bard travels through time to contemporary Southampton. Through the ensuing surreal narrative, the bard encounters an abandoned Toys R Us car park, Southampton's geothermal power plant, budget hotels and city centre streetscape. 

Free entry, reserve your place here.

Sean Lynch book launch
Sean Lynch, A Murmur, Repeated, 2018–19. Video still. Courtesy Ronchini, London