Tuesday 20 March 2018

VISIT: Boyle Arts Festival exhibit showcases how Irish art continues to evolve

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

As part of the Boyle Arts Festival in Co Roscommon, over 300 artworks will be displayed to showcase the best of contemporary Irish painting and sculpture by both emerging and established artists.

Paul Young, founder of Oscar-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon, was on hand to open the exhibit to the public on July 23rd. A list actor Chris O'Dowd also gave the exhibit a high profile boost as he encouraged people to visit the Boyle Arts Festival in his hometown, which he certainly helped to put on the map with his sitcom, Moone Boy.

The exhibit in question, which is displayed in King House, aims to show the continuing conversation that exists between homegrown artists and sculptors of all ages despite the generation gap and changing society.

Artwork on show was selected to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Boyle Arts Festival. Organising the expansive project, curator Tony Murphy (pictured) asked artists around the country to respond to their own work by producing newer artwork to initiate a "conversation" with their previous material.

Recent graduates of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin were also invited to exhibit alongside some of Ireland's most recognisable and distinguished artists, such as Brian King, John Behan, Gwen O'Dowd and Graham Gingles.

To illustrate the changing landscape of the Irish art scene, the young talents from NCAD including Fiona Finlay, Avril Buttle and Pat Byrne, present contemporary pieces, video installations and sculptures, carving a name for themselves in the visual landscape of the Irish art scene.

The Main Visual Arts Exhibition at King House, Boyle, Co Roscommon is open to the public from 11am - 8pm every day until August 1st. Entrance is free.

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