HOLD FAST: An Exhibition by Seán Hanrahan

Dates: 3rd – 13th June 2022
Location: Spike Island
Times: 10am-3pm
Entry: Free with purchase of Spike Island Tours ticket, book here.

Presented in association with Cork Harbour Festival, Backwater Artists Group & Spike Island.

Backwater Artists Group studio member Sean Hanrahan presents a body of work in two of the cells, of the former Punishment Block in Spike Island. The work reflects on the maritime theme of tattoos, which are perhaps one of the most recognisable visual forms, when we think of the culture of sailors. Tattoos are also very much part of prison culture. The exhibition will reference popular images of tattoos, such as the nautical star, anchor and swallows and explore the correlation between both cultures, in relation to this theme.

Read more about artist Seán Hanrahan here.

About Spike Island:

Spike Island in Cork Harbour offers unique art venues within the prestigious heritage buildings whose history spans almost two centuries. Dorota Gubbins is a curator at Spike Island with the main interest in heritage and arts. She organises and facilitates exhibitions, events, and visual performances.