Tipperary artists exhibition at South Tipperary Arts Centre

To finish out a successful 21st year for South Tipperary Arts Centre, ‘The Art of the Heart’, a group exhibition of Tipperary artists, which is curated by Denise Meagher, will be opened by Tipperary County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Phyll Bugler at the Arts Centre on Nelson St this Friday 1st December at 5pm. All are welcome.

The art on display shows a wide and diverse scope of work, ranging from Hennessy portrait prize-winner Cahir-born Gerry Davis’ studio series of paintings, to the bog oak sculptures of Nenagh’s Andy Whelan.

Painter Mary Finn, whose work is contemporary and enigmatic, works from her studio outside Thurles, which is the hometown of Marie O’Driscoll who is currently based in Amsterdam. Her paintings have been described as ‘subtle, sumptuous and alluring’.

Ciarnad Ryan, former Artist-in-Residence at Damer House Gallery in Roscrea, creates layered and fragmented images, using a variety of techniques, while ceramic artist Doirin Saurus, based in Fethard, is a well-known figure on the Tipperary arts scene.

Having lived and exhibited in America and Ireland over the last 25 years, Philip Ryan is back in Tipperary where he continues to draw inspiration for his work. Noel Long’s work is from a series of paintings that explore our complex relationship with the natural world set in the area around Cashel where he grew up.

Arts Centre Manager, Cliona Maher, will also launch the Young Composer Competition that will form part of the exciting ‘Finding A Voice’ classical music concert series coming up in March 2018. Composer and Carrick native, Marian Ingoldsby, will be one of the adjudicators, and her work will be performed during a concert on International Women’s Day. Also in attendance will be the current Artist-in-Residence for 2017, poet and writer Grace Wells, who is researching a historical novel set during the Young Irelander period.

The exhibition will run until 6th January and is part of a full programme of workshops, music and events at the Arts Centre during the run-up to Christmas, celebrating the traditions of Ireland, Poland and Germany.

South Tipperary Arts Centre is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Call 052 612 7877 or info@southtippartscentre.ie for more details

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