Untitled [landscape] exhibition opening in Luan Gallery, Athlone

15 February 19

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief in conjunction with Desi McDonnell, Director of Enterprise Shared Services (ESS), Department of Finance, Northern Ireland will open a joint touring exhibition, Untitled [landscape] at Luan Gallery, Athlone, on Friday 15th February 2019 at 6.00pm.

The exhibition comprises of thirty art works chosen from the collections of the Northern Ireland Civil Service and the Office of Public Works, providing an opportunity to show the art from both collections to the public.  The two administrations have been jointly organising these touring art exhibitions for over twenty years.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Moran said, "I’m very pleased to be able to bring this touring exhibition to Athlone, in the Heartland of Ireland.  This year’s theme is on Landscape and I believe it’s a very appropriate location for this specific exhibition, as Athlone is surrounded by a wonderful array of landscapes from unexplored tracks and trails, beguiling blueways and exciting waterside towns and picturesque rural villages."

This year the exhibition was curated by Dr. Louise Kelly and Davey Moor from the OPW Art Management Office and consists of landscapes in a range of mediums, from oils on canvas to prints and photographs.  A free catalogue accompanies the exhibition and in it Moor succinctly describes the artworks as 'thirty idiosyncratic views of nature; each scape contoured somewhat to the code of a personal iconography. We see vistas charged with politics, humour, memory, gender, and often by an introverted look at the workings of picture construction, whether analogue or digital.

 Minister Moran concluded "This joint art collaboration allows us the opportunity to bring these public collections to a wider public audience throughout the Island of Ireland."

-ENDS-

Photography will be available after the event from Lafayette Photography gwen@lafayette.ie or 01 4295740

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Note to Editors:

This travelling exhibition launched in September at The Bridewell Centre, Magherafelt, then travelled to Rathfarnham Castle before heading to the Luan Gallery, Athlone. It will conclude at the Roe Valley Arts and Culture Centre, Limavady in April 2019.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue (available in Irish and English) that provides information on the concept for the Exhibition and the selection process of the pieces. This is available at www.opw.ie/en/latestnews

Listings Information

Exhibition   Untitled [Landscape] 
Gallery   Luan Gallery, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Dates   16th February until 7th April 2019
Opening Hours   Tuesday to Saturday - 10.00 - 17.00 & Sundays 12.00 to 17.00
Website   Luan Gallery
Admission   Exhibition Free