Humbly Through The Dust is a unique exhibition curated especially forCountyFermanagh by artist and resident Dr. Helen Sharp, who lives and works on Inisherk island (population 4) on the Crom Estate.
The title of the exhibition is taken from the novel Ring O’Rushes written by Shan Fadh Bullock, born on Inisherk in 1865. Both fictitious and autobiographical, Bullock’s writing borrows from fact and from imagination to weave tales of rural life and so too does Humbly Through The Dust.
The exhibition gleans from the curious notion of how the autobiographical is manifest within a rural landscape or outland, and has at its heart, the curator’s response to the experience of living in County Fermanagh and her witness to man’s bond with nature, the land and in particular to its animals.
The exhibition also echoes Sharp's experience of growing up on theislandofVatersay(population 48) and the truths that unfold within small communities.
For this remarkable exhibition, Sharp was offered the privilege of working with The British Council and to choose from its extensive collection. The exhibition includes work by Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Henry Moore, Mark Wallinger, Sean Gooden and Maggi Hambling amongst many others, and has been curated in a such a way that these internationally recognised artists hang alongside work by some of the most exciting contemporary artists living and working on the island of Ireland (population 5.4 million). These include work by Ursula Burke, Deirdre McKenna, Megs Morley and Tom Flanagan, Seamus Harahan, Duncan Ross, Sean Lynch, Anne Quail, Annie-June Callaghan, Julie Bacon, Nicholas Keogh and Catherine Roberts.