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Updated: Aug 4, 2022

Written and performed by Sinéad Gleeson

Additional voice: Tara Flynn

Composed and Arranged by Stephen Shannon

Detail of Béal. Photo by Lou Wallace.

One of the most important collaborators on the By Slight Ligaments project has been between Barry & one of Irelands leading contemporary literary artists Sinéad Gleeson.

Sinéad has written and created a critical essay envisaged as a work of art that haunts the gallery space. BEÁL, (All Silent But For the Buzzing)  is written and performed by Gleeson but composed and arranged by Stephen Shannon. Played on a Bright COVID Yellow Vinyl and placed at the mouth of Barry's Schufftan wall. It is a provocative and haunting work that melts into an minor C of melancholia that is both uplifting and deeply sad. This is Barry & Gleeson's first collaboration but the artists intend to bring BEÁL, (All Silent But For the Buzzing) into different public spheres over the course of the exhibition. 

Firstly in a manifestation of light, sculpture architectural intervention and kinetic object, later with the release of the "Exhibition Catalogue" as a VInyl Record and finally as a performed work at The Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in 2022.

Beál (All Silent but for the buzzing) the exhibition Catalogue of By Slight Ligaments can be purchased on the site shop by clicking the button below.

Text by Sinéad Gleeson

In collaboration with Stephen Shannon

With additional voice recording by Tara Flynn

Artwork by Aideen Barry


“By Slight Ligaments”

Curated by Sarah Searson

Produced by

Limerick City Gallery of Art

Source Art Centre

Centre Culturel Irlandais

Designed by Aleks Rydzkowska


Studio Aideen Barry

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland

Project New Work Award 2021

See below for some more installation shots of Béal in the Limerick City Gallery of Art.

Details of Béal. Photos by Lou Wallace.

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