Hold Fast: An Exhibition by Seán Hanrahan

Hold Fast: An Exhibition by Seán Hanrahan
May 13, 2022 Cork Harbour Festival
  • June 3, 2022 - June 13, 2022
    10:00 - 15:00

In association with Backwater Artists Group & Spike Island.

Backwater Artists Group studio member Seán Hanrahan presents a body of work in two of the cells of the former Punishment Block at Spike Island. HOLD FAST: Physically, the term Hold Fast means to bear down and fight through the storm, it also indicates a sailor’s career as a deckhand, by the tattoos on their hands of the same name.  The work reflects on the maritime theme of tattoos and the history of prison tattoos.

About Backwater Artists Group:
Established in 1990 by artists for artists, Backwater Artists Group provide high quality, affordable studios with security of tenure, access to facilities and developmental support for over 70 visual artists. The Backwater Artists Network (BAN) offers a shared city centre focal point and opportunities to connect for professional artists working in isolation from studios in their own homes or in single privately rented studios.

About Spike Island:
Spike Island in Cork Harbour offers unique art venues within the prestigious heritage buildings whose history spans almost two centuries. Dorota Gubbins is a curator at Spike Island with the main interest in heritage and arts. She organises and facilitates exhibitions, events, and visual performances.

Entry: FREE as part of Spike Island Tours | Runs all week


Venue Website:

Spike Island, Cobh

This year’s Cork Harbour Festival programme will be released in May 2023.

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