Locally commissioned art exhibition opens in Dublin

A Very Grand Canal, an art exhibition which focuses on the Grand Canal commissioned by Offaly County Council and facilitated by Waterways Ireland has opened in the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre, on Dublin’s Grand Canal Quay.

A Very Grand Canal, an art exhibition which focuses on the Grand Canal commissioned by Offaly County Council and facilitated by Waterways Ireland has opened in the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre, on Dublin’s Grand Canal Quay.

The exhibition which continues until September 7 and is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm (admission is free), features the work of Geraldine O’Reilly, Las Cosa Preziosa, Mixed Bag Media, Eugene O’Brien, Veronica Nicholson and Wayne Brennan.

It is an exhibition of prints, sound, film, music photography and literature all inspired by the Grand Canal in Offaly and it was commissioned by Offaly County Council under the per cent for art scheme.

Speaking at the opening on Tuesday, August 14, Eanna Rowe, Head of Marketing and Communications at Waterways Ireland said, “We are very excited to welcome this exhibition which celebrates one of Ireland’s greatest canals. There is no more appropriate place for it to be open for viewing in Dublin than here in the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre, on Grand Canal Quay, which celebrates all of Ireland’s navigable waterways.”

A key element of the exhibition is the film A Grand Experience by Mixed Bag Media; a documentary about three artists, Eugene O’Brien, Veronica Nicholson and Wayne Brennan on board the 68M barge from Shannon Harbour to Edenderry. Produced by Martina McGlynn and Directed by Garret Daly the film captures the people they met, the places they visit and the inspiration they find.

Sinead O’Reilly, Arts Officer, Offaly County Council stated, ”Our hope with this project is to reach and showcase it to as many people as possible and to be in Dublin and part of Ireland’s biggest free festival this summer is amazing and a great opportunity to highlight Ireland’s canals not only for tourism potential but also their cultural value.”

The exhibition is part of a series of events hosted by Waterways Ireland during the Dublin Tall Ships Festival 2012. Other events include Small Ships at the Tall Ships an exhibition of model boats, Watery Stories; a series of performances from Púca Puppets and a performance of the Waterways Ireland Community Choir. Full details of all events can be seen online at www.waterwaysirelandvisitorcentre.org