In 2005, Cork was the European City of Culture and during this time Gatherings hosted a talk by Sarat Maharaj from the Royal College of Art, London, who spoke at length about the production of culture on the periphery and how it resulted in unique centres of excellence that evolved and developed outside of the accepted cultural capitals. Founded by Brian Walsh, PERIPHERIES is an ever growing event and space dedicated to artist, educators and writers concerned with or existing on the periphery.
Our first PERIPHERIES event took place in August 2011 and culminated in a 3-day seminar, followed by an exhibition. Invited guests were Fergal Gaynor, Seamus Nolan, Lisa Marie Johnson and Eleanor Duffin. Contributions were made by Brian Walsh, Eamon Carter, Dave Person, Andrew Manson and Michael Warren as well as 21 other participants over the 3-days.
The artists participating were from diverging art practices, many of whom were graduates of Gorey School of Art, and the resulting exhibition explored a range of topics. Many of the works were universal in their theme, however, some seemed to articulate something of the local and familiar. The exhibitors were: Daniel Jackman, Eileen Coll, Graine Stack, Jane Glynn, Liz Heffernan, Luc van Kampen, Margaret Bowkett, Maura Condren, Michael Corrigan, Eamonn Carter, David Upton, Martin Redmond, Steve Morris, Tatiana, Brian Walsh, David Booth, Lisa Maira -Johnson, Christine Lanney, Dee Walsh, Helen Cleary, Catriona Mcloughlin, Martin Redmond and Dave Person. This show then traveled to Cork, where it was hosted by Crawford College of Art & Design and GAIA PROJECTS in February 2012.