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An Artist's View from Cregneash 11 July 2005

    On Tuesday 19th July 2005, the Manx Museum Lecture Theatre will be the venue for a public presentation by Mary Modeen, Manx National Heritage Artist in Residence at Cregneash. Mary Modeen

    The presentation, entitled ‘A Sense of Place’ promises to provide a fascinating insight into Mary Modeen’s work, including her current study of the complex inter-relationships between a sense of place and identity on the Island, which she will use to create a series of artworks.

    Manx National Heritage Curator for Social History, Yvonne Cresswell said:

    “Manx National Heritage is delighted to welcome Mary Modeen to talk about her work on the Island at the Manx Museum Lecture Theatre. Traditional folklife, and the objects made and used by people in the past, are of particular interest to Mary Modeen, and have provided a springboard and inspiration for much of her work.
    Mary Modeen’s stay at Cregneash will provide a rich source of traditional craft materials to study for her artwork and we look forward to a captivating insight into her work at the public lecture”.
    Mary Modeen, who will be on the Island until the end of July, will also be investigating, drawing and recording many other aspects of Manx life, past and present. The end result of this work will be an exhibition of her artwork held next July at the Manx Museum, Douglas. The exhibition will contain a wide variety of artistic media inspired by Manx culture and will include prints, video and sound installations.
    Mary Modeen, said:
    “I am particularly fascinated by this Manx project, especially discovering different aspects of the Island community’s sense of place and identity. As part of this project, I hope to meet, talk and work with many Manx residents and artists, and the presentation at the Manx Museum is an ideal opportunity to do this”.
    Mary Modeen is resident in Scotland, where she has lived for several years, and she is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. Mary Modeen’s work has been exhibited around the world, although always begins ‘by knowing the local’, starting with the local community and its own individual sense of place.

    Local residents and artists have the opportunity to meet Mary Modeen at her public presentation on 19th July 2005, when she will provide a taster of what she will be doing during her time on the Island.

    The talk will take place in the Manx Museum Lecture Theatre at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm and admission is free of charge.

    11th July 2005

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