Local graduate artists exhibit together in Aras an Chontae

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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New art work by recent Midland graduates of the Centre for Creative Arts and Media in Galway (also known as GMIT) will open this Friday, February 7 at 6pm in Aras An Chontae, Tullamore.

New art work by recent Midland graduates of the Centre for Creative Arts and Media in Galway (also known as GMIT) will open this Friday, February 7 at 6pm in Aras An Chontae, Tullamore.

The Exhibition entitled ‘Assemblage’ will be launched by well known Irish artist and former lecturer in Fine Art Patricia Hurl, and it will be displayed until February 22.

Together, the six female graduates Lily Broderick (Ballinasloe) Rosaleen Heavin (Moate) Linda Kelly (Cloghan) Aisling Morin (Birr) Rachel Somers (Shinrone) and Ann McGuinness (Athlone) graduated with a BA in Fine Art last year. They have since formed a collective called 6Art, brought together by their shared interest in the visual arts and also through their Midlands connection.

Lily Broderick produces large figurative works which explore themes of identity, sensuality and relationships.

Rosaleen Heavin uses photography to examines an institution in the process of closing down, believing we all leave traces of ourselves long after we have departed, her evocative images deal with vacancy of space left and traces of the inhabitants left behind.

Linda Kelly works in from from her studio in Cloghan, producing a number of high quality craft items but painting has been her medium of choice for the past six years focussing on portraiture and landscape.

Aisling Moran’s paintings are abstract and inspired by both the richness of ocean life and stained glass.

Ann McGuinness is currently examining the colours, textures and atmosphere of the wetlands of the Midlands, applying oil paint from a vibrant spectrum in expressive strokes of the palette knife.

Rachel Somers through the medium of painting investigates the idea that energy is never lost but changes from one state to another.

Through their time studying and since, the six artists have become familiar with each others practices and provide a vital support network to each other, both in the making and showing of their work. Through this exhibition they hope to strengthen their collective and individual profiles within the region.

Rachel Somers of the group said, “It is very important for artists as individuals and groups to bring work into the public domain. We appreciate the opportunity provided by Offaly County Council to showcase our work in the County headquarters, and their recognition of the value of promoting artists from the region.”