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Ports Past and Present Conversations with Artists

March 3 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The street in Wexford County Hall will host an exhibition of work created by Irish and Welsh artists for Ports, Past and Present. The artists turned their creative vision to the often-overlooked port communities around Rosslare Harbour, Fishguard, Pembroke Dock, Holyhead and Dublin. They created works that reflect the rich heritage and culture around these places. The exhibitions run to 14th March 2023. We have invited some of the artists to come along to county hall and talk about their work for the project on Friday 3rd of March.


12.30 – 1.30: Writers Peter Murphy and Jon Gower will be in conversation. Talking ports, travel, sea life, writing and more.

Peter Murphy is an Irish writer, performer and musician based in Wexford, “Peter Murphy is a writer, spoken-word performer, musician, actor and journalist from Wexford, Ireland. He is the author of two novels, John the Revelator (2009) and Shall We Gather at the River (2013). His work for the project is ‘We have always been your harbour’, a play for voices.

(Peter’s PPP Profile, https://creative-connections.pubpub.org/petermurphy . And you can listen to We Have Always Been Your Harbour here https://creative-connections.pubpub.org/pub/5pbnajf5/release/6 )

Jon Gower is a Welsh writer and broadcaster based in Cardiff, “The sea between Ireland and Wales has long been a place of exchange, with trade in ideas, goods and even religion and I intend to chart these connections from the days of early saints, crossing from country to country in open craft to the roll-on, roll-off ferries of today.”

(Jon’s PPP profile https://creative-connections.pubpub.org/jongower)


1.30 – 2.00: Tea Coffee Sandwiches


2.00 – 3.00: Visual artist Julie Merriman will talk about her work for the project and demonstrate some of the reproductive techniques she uses in her practice. 

“I employ obsolete office copying materials in making my work; carbon paper, typewriter film and wax stencil paper. The binary nature of much of the work is the result of following the logic of these materials; it explores the relation between the original and its copy, sharing characteristics and appearance with print.”

(Julie’s PPP profile https://creative-connections.pubpub.org/juliemerriman)


3.00 – 4.00: Ports Past and Present team member, writer, academic and visual artist Martin Crampin will give a talk on Irish and Welsh Saints, and their depiction in stained glass on both sides of the Irish Sea. 

Martin Crampin is an artist, photographer, designer and historian working on the project, based at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has primarily worked on aspects of ecclesiastical art and medievalism, and this also forms the primary focus of his artistic practice, which is inspired by the patterns and images found in the medieval decorative arts of Wales.(Martin’s PPP Profile https://portspastpresent.eu/team )

Registration for these events will be available at portspastpresent.eu and Eventbrite from Monday 20th February .


Funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme


March 3
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Ports, Past and Present


County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford
Ireland + Google Map


Ports, Past and Present is a project led by University College Cork in partnership with Aberystwyth University, the University of Wales Trinity St David and Wexford County Council examining the cultural heritage of the ports in the Irish sea basin. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme.

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