Small is beautiful as miniature museum pops up

A three-storey building housing 200 tiny works of art has been transformed into a Museum of Miniature for one week as part of Skibbereen Arts Festival.

Visitors are invited to step inside the fairytale world of Tom Thumb in a collection of minuscule artworks from all over the globe.

Billed as West Cork’s inaugural pop-up museum of all things tiny, and located on Skibbereen’s North St, the latest addition includes a thumbnail-sized book featuring a heart on the cover from Hawaii.

“It is made out of silver and copper, and the heart on the cover is anatomically correct. It’s beautiful,” co-curator Tess Leak said.

One of the first graduates of the BA in Visual Arts on Sherkin Island, Baltimore-based Leak worked with Marie Brett from Bantry to build the Museum of Miniature collection.

They sent out invitations through art journals, websites, artist colleagues, and local schools, with overwhelming results.

Packages arrived from Newfoundland, Poland, Chile, Austria, Germany, and Ireland. The theme lent itself to a diverse range of works that includes miniature paintings, paper sculptures, intricate embroideries, and creations in clay, glass, wood, and fabric.

“The idea of miniature seemed to really spark imaginations, people can really connect with the idea of miniature at the moment. The open invitation meant that anyone could contribute, it wasn’t just confined to artists and the result is an amazing range of tiny pieces,” Leak said.

Among the events is an outdoor screening of the story behind John Ford’s Oscar-winning The Quiet Man, which starred Maureen O’Hara. The Dreaming the Quiet Man screening takes place in the grounds of Abbeystrewry Church tomorrow evening.

At Connolly’s of Leap on Thursday, Donal Dineen and Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu will perform a special one-off event.


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