The Starving Artist and The Island Sessions – A Recipe for Success

Not so cryptic clues: Starving Artist, Trish Higgins (left) with Island Sessions founder, Kate McSweeney defrosting the programme for tomorrow night’s innovations at Nana Bea’s Cafe in Castleisland from 7pm.  ©Photograph: John Reidy


Neil Browne will join Trish Higgins and Kate McSweeney in the planning for Castleisland’s first summer arts festival. ©Photographs: John Reidy

On this Saturday night, January 19th there will be almost 20 artists from all over Munster all over the walls of Nana Bea’s Cafe from 7pm.

They will be exhibiting food related artwork in the cafe between the Killarney Road and the Library Yard.

This is an early year collaboration between Kate McSweeney of the Island Sessions and the Starving Artist herself, Trish Higgins of Nana Bea’s.

Major Plans for Summer

But there are major plans for summer 2019 when they will team up with Neil Browne of Browne’s Bar for a ground-breaking arts festival in Castleisland.

While the ideas for this are being mulled over, the preparations for tomorrow night’s event at the cafe are close to fully cooked.

Creating or Working

“I’m opening a gallery space called ‘the starving artist’ with the concept of an artist’s time being limited. They have to choose between creating or working with most having to do the two,” said Trish in explanation of a way of life ‘that’s known to the artists who have known the true gods of sound and stone’ as Patrick Kavanagh put it.

“I wanted to create a space for local artists to showcase their work with out any hassle. The cafe is the perfect venue to do so and to let the hungry audience/customers savor the local talent and craftsmanship that Kerry has to offer.

Blown Away by Submissions

“I’ve been blown away by submissions and the level of work that’s out there by local artists. There will also be a chef and baker exhibiting on the night who are, themselves, artists.

“We wanted to include as many arts as possible into the mix and so, there will be two gigs in unison with the exhibition and the acts performing are out of this world!

“The young taste-maker ‘Katie Laffan’ and the brilliant Cork band ‘Cassidy Club’ will play an intimate set in what’s shaping up to be a delicious night of art, music, food and magic.

Kate of the Sessions

Kate McSweeney of ‘the Island Sessions’ – a great new music incentive in Castleisland helped enormously with the music side of the house.

“I’m very excited to be collaborating with her on this and we have HUGE huge news to announce on the night!

“We will be taking on a massive project here in Castleisland, along with Neil Browne and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

A Taste of More

“Saturday night the 19th of January will be a small tasting of what’s to come. We’re asking all local business people to come out and support the night and to hear the exciting news that will benefit the town in the coming months in a gigantic way.

“Admission on the night is €10. We’re keeping prices as low as possible and the event is non profit.

For the events makers obviously we want ALL artists to sell their work.

“We just ask and hope that the local community come along to enjoy a great night of tasty and satisfying art,” said Trish bubbling with anticipation.

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