Artist Commission: Patrick Murphy

Pop by and check out works that has been inspired by our Summer friends, the Swifts. 

The Crescent Swift 

Did you know that The Crescent is home to one of the largest colonies of swifts on the island of Ireland? The swifts join us every Summer - it's likely that you will see and hear them during the Book Festival!  

The story of their journey to us is beautiful and thought-provoking and reflected in some of the conversations and workshops this year as well as the artwork and poetry throughout the building. 

Recently we have started a conversation with artist Patrick Murphy on a project inspired by our Summer friends. You can see some of Patrick's work throughout the building, including a poem about Swifts - pop by and take a look. 

During my visit to see the Crescent Arts Centre and the colony of Swifts, I was struck by how both the storyes and the histories of the Crescent merge into each other. Sophie Hayles, CEO, shower me around the many busy aciton-packed studios and workshops each being home to people, activities, performances and business. It's a real community of supportive practices and the centre is the home of the arts for many individuals aceos the community. The bricks and mortar protect you and you are able to create and observe amazing works within its fabric. From the Swifts' perspective, they fly many, many miles from Mozambique to reach you and also make their home with you. They feel safe within The Crewscent and again are able to express themselves in intricate fllight and screams of joy as they carve their way through the sky and around the local landsape. They create a new generation of Swifts that will also return and begin the process all over again.This is special! 

Swifts are among the fastest of birds and in a lifetime can cover 1.24 million miles; enough to fly to the Moon and back five times over. Swifts don't land that often and can spend up to 3 years in constant flight, feeding and sleeping on the wing. So the period when approximately 100 birds make their home with you for 100 days seems very poetic and somethig worth celebrating.

About the Artist

Patrick Murphy is an artist, designer and curator whose work is exhibited internationally and held in public and private collections. He works across a wide range of media and projects from commissions for large scale art installations and interventions to print and sculptural work. As an artist, Murphy’s conceptual approach is grounded in creating a dialogue with our surroundings and each other. Using familiar objects and themes to depict and examine our culture, he seeks to alter the original context of his subjects so they appear simultaneously both familiar and unfamiliar, to encourage and stimulate a sense of questioning and search for meaning from the viewer.

His work includes commissions for KLM, and Delta Airlines, Queens University, Senator G.Mitchell, Dr Ian Paisley, John Hume and other key public figures, and his work is held in private and public collections throughout the UK, Ireland, Kentucky USA and Valletta Malta. 

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