Six figures covered in dark grey silt stand together with their backs to the viewer in a green field looking out to a body of water.


Clare Arts Office and Ormston House warmly invite you to the screening of RISING by artist William Bock on Saturday 1 October 2022, in Kildysart Community Hall. RISING is a new film created in collaboration with members of the community in Kildysart and Labasheeda. Please join us from 8pm for the short film, music and refreshments. 

Filmed along the shores of the Shannon estuary, RISING depicts individuals and family groups as they emerge from the silt, covered in the river mud, returning back to their everyday lives. Part documentary, part visual poem, RISING responds to local people’s changing relationship with the river over time, and the environmental changes that will challenge life along its shores. 

Prior to making the film, William Bock spent a year visiting local families and individuals to learn about their connections to the river, their history and their thoughts about the future. During his visits, William became interested in the body of silt that coats the estuary. For the artist, the silt represents the accumulated heritage of the communities reliant on the River Shannon. Through the film, local community members worked together with William to offer a new vision of the landscape and their place within it.

About the artist

William Bock is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the connections between people and the environments they inhabit. He uses photography, painting, sound recording, performance and installation to delve into the experiences of living between cultures, landscapes and identities. Collaboration and responsive approaches to working with materials, particular sites and with communities are central to his process as an artist.

About the River Residencies

The River Residencies are funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Invitation to Collaboration scheme, led by Limerick Arts Office in partnership with the Arts Offices in Cavan, Clare and Tipperary. The River Residencies are curated by Caimin Walsh and Mary Conlon at Ormston House, as part of the Museum of Mythological Water Beasts (2017-) about, along and on the River Shannon.


You can find a map for Kildysart Community Hall, Church Street, Kildysart, County Clare here. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Image: RISING (Grogan Family) (2022), photograph by William Bock, courtesy of the artist.
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