Wednesday 24 April 2019

Art exhibition is open for viewing

Patrick Nolan and Triona O’Connor
Patrick Nolan and Triona O’Connor
Marguerite Dunne, Margaret Fox and Ina Redmond

Brendan Keane

The Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy is currently playing host to the fourth annual Open Call art exhibition.

The display was opened by Maria Nolan, who highlighted the range of talent on display and also the importance of the open call initiative which is a staple event on the south east's visual art calendar each year.

The Presentation Centre has hosted the exhibition since 2015 and Ms Nolan highlighted how the display has grown annually while the organisers said they were 'astounded' by the submissions they received this year.

Ms Nolan said it was an immense privilege for her to open the event and she emphasised that this year's open call had received the most submissions to-date.

She congratulated the management and staff in the centre for 'transforming Enniscorthy' into a location for existing and new talent.

'Art means whatever the artists intends it to mean,' she said at the launch.

'It is shaped by the materials, techniques and forms it makes use of as well as the ideas and feelings it creates for those who view it,' she added.

The exhibition features work in a wide range of sizes, styles and mediums and features work from artists regardless of whether they are professional or amateur practitioners.

It provides an invaluable platform for people to showcase their work to an appreciative audience.

However, those involved also benefit from networking and sharing insights into what it means to be an artist working in the south east.

There are no real limitations which means artists are given a blank canvas in terms of showcasing their creativity.

Ms Nolan said 110 submissions were received this year and they included entries from artists across Wexford in addition to those residing in neighbouring counties and from as far away as Letterkenny, Cork and Kerry.

Wexford based artists feature prominently in the exhibition highlighting the fact the model county has some of the most talented creative minds in the country.

The idea behind the Open Call initiative is that it offers artists an opportunity to display their work in a gallery setting while at the same time celebrating creativity within the community.

The opening night was a celebration of the arts in many forms as the launch included a performance by the Mama Martin Band featuring Colm Rooney, Andrea Martin and Frank Scattergood.

Enniscorthy Guardian