Art fans in South Offaly and further afield are being treated to the ‘The Space Between’ exhibition which is on display in Roscrea for the first time in the Damer House Gallery.
The annual joint touring exhibition of artworks from the collections of the Office of Public Works (OPW) in the Republic of Ireland and the Department of Finance (DoF) of Northern Ireland features 38 artworks from these public collections, north and south.
The exhibition curated by 12 undergraduate students studying on the BDes Graphic Design and Illustration course from Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, worked with the curatorial teams in the DoF, Belfast and the OPW, Dublin over two days to select artworks from their respective public art collections.
The title of the exhibition reflects the students’ approach to the process as their discussions and debates on the final selection of artworks reflected ‘the Space Between’ – the space between the disciplines of graphic design and art and also between each student’s initial instinctive preferences and the decisions made as a group to create an interesting exhibition with a strong visual dynamic.
Speaking about the exhibition Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D. Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief said, “The cross-border partnership between the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and the OPW has been hugely successful and this year we celebrate an important milestone – 20 years of working together on exhibitions. During that time the exhibitions have visited a diverse range of venues - colleges, libraries, arts centres, heritage properties, including the great hall of Parliament Buildings in Stormont. I am delighted that the people of Tipperary can access this exhibition on their doorstep."
“As Minister with responsibility for the State Art Collection, I am committed to ensuring that Art is accessible to people across the country in their own communities. Art and Culture connects people and places and Damer House Gallery is a wonderful venue to display this exhibition."
The Minister went on to say, “Culture and heritage promote individual, community and national wellbeing. Since the 1st of May, people with disabilities and their carers have free admission to all OPW managed heritage sites. This builds on the very successful initiative I introduced last summer which provides free admission to our heritage sites to children under 12”.