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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Ashford's trio of exhibitions

Book of Kells replica, Synge photographs and father and daughter's paintings will be going on display this month

Sheila Clarke leafs through the replica of the Book of Kells
Sheila Clarke leafs through the replica of the Book of Kells

A replica copy of the Book of Kells will be available for viewing as part of a number of exhibitions at Ashford Community and Heritage Centre later this month.

There will also be an exhibition of photographs taken by JM Synge in Wicklow and the Aran Islands between 1895 and shortly before his death in 1909. Synge had strong family links with County Wicklow, in particular with Glanmore, Castlekevin and Greystones.

Artist Kenneth Webb celebrated his 90th birthday in February and an exhibition of his work will feature alongside an exhibition by his daughter Susan Webb.

The Book of Kells is located in Trinity College, Dublin and contains the four Gospels in Latin based on the Vulgate text which St Jerome completed in 384AD, intermixed with readings from the earlier Old Latin translation.

'Our replica of the Book of Kells is a complete limited edition, printed in 1990.

'Visitors to Ashford Community and Heritage Centre will get to see the whole book, rather than just one page like in Trinity,' said Sheila Driver of the Ashford Community and Heritage Centre.

'We will also be printing an explanatory text relative to the pages for the benefit of the visitors. It will explain what each page is about and what they represent. It will also have some factual information, such as how the original was made out of vellum or calf skin.'

JM Synge was an Irish playwright and poet, one of the co-founders of the Abbey Theatre and writer of 'The Playboy of the Western World'.

However, he was also considered a pioneer of photography. Synge was mainly interested in the people living in the country and small towns, their work and conditions of life. Some of his most famous photographs were taken in the Garden County, at locations such as Annamoe, Glenmalure and Roundwood.

His Ashford exhibition is titled 'JM Synge and the People of the Glens'.

A joint exhibition by father and daughter Kenneth and Susan Webb takes place in the Ashford Community and Heritage Centre for the second time, following on from their joint exhibition in 2015.

Kenneth is an internationally known artist and is known to push boundaries with his experimentation with colour. Susan was primarily trained as a landscape painter by Kenneth and the pair are both involved in the Irish School of Landscape Painting.

All three exhibitions run from Thursday, August 24, to Sunday, August 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is €5.

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