Light Keepers In Conversation | Geraldine O’Sullivan and Gerald Butler at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre

Saturday 16 March at 12noon.

Geraldine O’Sullivan will be in conversation with Attendant Light Keeper Gerald Butler.

Light Keepers is a collection of 25 artworks capturing the unique world of Irish lighthouses .The paintings and lifescapes not only show the physical structures, but also capture the echo of the lives lived by the keepers and their families. Where possible, the artwork is based on narratives told by retired light keepers and their families who once lived in the most desolate and beautiful headlands and offshore lighthouse stations on the Irish coastline.

Today, there are no longer any full-time lighthouse keepers in Ireland, attendant keepers are employed in a caretaker capacity. Families no longer live in keeper’s cottages; their histories are confined to archives, anecdote and a diminishing number of first-hand narratives. Alongside this change is the modernisation of the lighthouses themselves. In July 2018, the existing light at the Fastnet was replaced with a LED light, placed on the roof of the old lantern and the range of the beam reduced by 9 nautical miles.

Light Keepers runs from Saturday 9 March to Wednesday 10 April.

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