June 28th to September 27th 2015

Open Tue—Sun, 12pm—7pm. Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays).

About the Exhibition

Hazelwood Estate presents Magnetism, a major contemporary art exhibition in the old Snia/Saehan factory that sits on the peninsula at the historic site of Hazelwood in County Sligo.

Curated by Vaari Claffey the show brings large-scale sculptural works by a group of Irish and international artists together with a video programme, compiled to reflect the history of the factory at the site where magnetic video tape was manufactured from 1987-2005. 

Download exhibition booklet here.

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About the Venue

Hazelwood House, an important Palladian mansion, was constructed in the 1730’s to the designs of Richard Castle (1695-1751), architect of Leinster House, Powerscourt House and Westport House. The building is constructed of limestone ashlar with slate roofs. It consists of a five-bay by three-bay main block in three storeys with two-storey wings on either side, connected to the main block by single-storey quadrants. The house was occupied by the Wynne family from the early 18th century until the 1920’s. It was sold to the state in 1937. During the next thirty years the House went on to serve as both a military barracks and psychiatric hospital.

W.B. Yeats has a strong connection to Hazelwood; it was the inspiration of one of his most famous poems: The Song of Wandering Aengus. “I went out to the hazel wood, Because a fire was in my head, And cut and peeled a hazel wand, And hooked a berry to a thread.”

If you’d like to explore the Estate during your visit there are two walking trails that have been opened to visitors. Download a Map (pdf) with the marked trails or save it to your phone as a jpeg image.

The factory in which Magnetism is presented was originally built on the Hazelwood estate for Italian nylon manufacturer Snia in 1969. Snia closed down in 1983 and the premises were sold to Korean company Saehan Media Ireland Limited who opened their Sligo plant in 1991. One of the world’s top suppliers of magnetic tape Saehan at one point employed over 500 people; making it one of the biggest manufacturing employers in the west of Ireland at that time. The Sligo plant closed it in April 2006 following the dramatic decline in the videotape market.