The 29th annual Boyle Arts Festival and Visual Arts Exhibition will be officially opened in King House on Thursday, July 19th at 8 pm. The evening will be celebrated with the performance of a specially commissioned piece of music, composed by Siobhán Cleary and performed by musicians, John Carty and Patsy Hanly.
This year’s main exhibition is entitled ‘Gathering’ and it will feature the works of 140 contemporary Irish visual artists, assembled from the four provinces. This exhibition, which has again been curated by Paul McKenna of the McKenna Gallery in Omagh, aims to engage, enthuse and inspire.
Artists include Samantha Ellis Fox, Stephen Lawlor, Vida Pain, Malachy Costello, Vivienne Roche, Patrick MacAllister, Heidi Nguyem, Denise Ferrin, Tom Climent and Colin Watson. The Main Visual Art exhibition is open between 11 am and 6 pm every day and during events in King House, from Friday, July 20th until August 26th.
A number of other events will run alongside the main exhibition including the Local Artists’ Expo in the parochial school which will be open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
Brent Pope will also exhibit a selection of art from artists who have come to the art world from a variety of backgrounds. Entitled ‘The Outsider’, this work can be seen in the old Xtravision building on Main Street.
Boyle Camera Club will showcase a rich and diverse range of their photographic images in Boyle Library from July 20th to 28th and an exhibition titled ‘Presence’ by local beginners’ photography group Fotofit will run in the Family Resource Centre every day from 11 am to 4 pm until July 27th. The exhibition will open on July 20th at 12 pm.