Working Artists Roscommon (WAR) have announced details of their exhibition, which opens this Friday (9th) and runs until October 4th in the new gallery space in Roscommon Arts Centre as part of the 8degrees West celebration.
Working Artists Roscommon are a group of six visual artists, namely Frances Crowe, Joseph Cunniffe, Honor Fitzgerald, Dympna Molloy, Noel Molloy and Anne Rigney, who have been together since 1990 in diverse media including painting, mixed media, collage, ceramics, wood sculpture, found objects, stone, bronze, fibre art, and performance. Their aim was to create a greater awareness of contemporary art in Roscommon and to help each other feel less isolated as artists living in rural Ireland. They also wished to create spaces for their work to be exhibited and find studio space in which to work.
WAR were instrumental in receiving initial funding from the Arts Council which was used to establish Roscommon Arts Centre. This exhibition in the new Gallery space is in a sense, a dream come true for the members of WAR.
Since their formation twenty-nine years ago, WAR have exhibited both nationally and internationally including in Germany, Poland, Scotland, USA, Canada and China, within their own individual practises and as a group.
The exhibition will be officially opened by Mr. Maurice Buckley, Executive Chairman of the Office of Public Works. Maurice’s connection with Roscommon and Working Artists goes back to the 1990s. He has been a staunch supporter of the arts in Roscommon.
The exhibition will be an eclectic mix of paintings, oil, acrylic, water colours by Honor Fitzgerald and Anne Rigney; a series of wall and free standing works of found object by Noel Molloy; Wood sculpture by Joe Cunniffe, bronze sculpture and installation by Dympna Molloy and a series of wall and free standing fibre work installations by Frances Crowe.
Noel Molloy will also create two performance pieces titled ‘Going Home’ on Friday, August 16th at 4 pm and ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’ on Friday, September 20th at 4 pm (Culture Night). All events are free.
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