1919 Exhibition at the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo and Irish Consulate, New York
St Brigid’s Day
Contemporary Exhibition | 90 Women Artists
The 12 Star Gallery London - January 23rd - February 1st 2019
Hamilton Gallery Sligo - 9th February - 2nd March
The iconic early Christian symbol St Brigid has been chosen to serve as a catalyst for 90 invited Irish women artists to create an original painting for this exhibition.
Folk custom, the four seasons, women’s lives and crafts, poetry, all intersect at the 1st of February feast-day of Saint Brigid in Ireland. What is celebrated is the rebirth of the living earth; it was usual in some places to turn a sod of earth with the spade, the work of cultivation beginning again. Many customs, especially around food and cattle, are connected with the day, but the best known was the making of St Brigid’s crosses out of straw or rushes.
Women’s political journey in the last century of Irish history makes it right to choose the day for special celebration of Irish women artists and the works of art are further held in focus by their relation to the poem “St Brigid’s Day 1989” by Leland Bardwell, which positions the poet as observer, half outside the culture that she watches.
This exhibition is a dynamic and vibrant contemporary response, to the import and changing cultural significance of powerful traditional female symbolism not just in Ireland, but in all contemporary societies.
Organised by Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, Ireland, with the support of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in association with the Irish Embassy to Great Britain as part of the annual St Brigid’s Day events celebrating the creativity of women.
Group show opening on Friday at Hambly & Hambly, Dunbar house, Enniskllen.
FOR ART LOVERS: SOURCE & SORCERY - two new events from Hambly & Hambly in association with FLive- SOURCE is an exhibition featuring 28 national artists to celebrate Nature and her four elements: EARTH AIR FIRE WATER.
Exhibition open to all Friday 28th September from noon onwards.
Michael Brown, Alan Dickson , Alison Dickson, Margie Dunne, Grainne Dowling, Lois Eadie, Samantha Ellis-Fox, Claire Falconer, Wendy Ferguson, Sara Foust, Conor Gallagher, Matthew Gammon, Neal Gregg, Di Henshaw, Jeremiah Hoad, Trina Hobson, Michael Hoy, Rachael Johnson, Patricia Kelly, Michael McLoughlin, Jill Mulligan, Gregg Nixon, David Smith, Sinead Smith, Lorna Smyth, Emma Stroude, Lorna Watkins, Wojciech Wos.
Exhibition runs to Monday 5th November. Gallery open all day Saturdays or by private appointment 07808010327
SORCERY is a night of unique and magical feasting for the senses. Indulge yourself in the appreciation of art over a champagne and canapé reception with piano accompaniment, three course dinner in the gallery, dancing to the rhythmic sounds of the amazing blues band Sidewalk Boogie.
Friday 28th September 7pm until late...
heartfelt, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cms, 2018.
HEARTFELT, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo
Lorna’s visual vocabulary and inner symbolism is fun to explore. It works on several levels which is the mark, I believe, of good art. First, there is the joyful colour pleasing harmonies. Look deeper and there is chaos and even anger and there are the tears. There is something deeply visceral going on, tempered with playful geometrics and a gorgeous palette. The canvas is too small to contain the snapshot glimpses of Lorna’s universe. The works are like a binding spell giving form to chaos and then containing it all the while in a strong yet playful way.
All good gardeners say that when you tend a garden, you should tend the shrubs, look after the flower beds, you should always leave some room for a wilderness..Let nature rule. I think that Lorna does this in her practice, she allows nature to rule where possible.
I see the tears in Lorna’s work..And eyes that look out from the canvas demanding the viewers attention. There are journeys going on here too. No straight roads..crooked roads..crooked boreens turning back on themselves. The only straight lines are the edge of the canvases. The exhibition in its totality is beauty defined.
For me it’s all about beauty.
Steve Wickham 2018
I am exhibiting at :
Location: Battersea Park, Battersea, London
Wednesday 7th March
Charity Private View 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Thursday 8th March 11.00am – 5.30pm
Thursday Late View 5.30pm – 9.00pm
Friday 9th March 11.00am – 7.00pm
Saturday 10th March 11.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 11th March 11.00am – 6.00pm
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