An onsite exhibition at Thoor Ballylee

Words, images, nature, and imagination at Yeat's Tower

Artist Julia O'Keeffe at Thoor Ballylee in preparation for the upcoming onsite exhibit, The Roots of Your Refuge.

Artist Julia O'Keeffe at Thoor Ballylee in preparation for the upcoming onsite exhibit, The Roots of Your Refuge.

YEATS' TOWER at Thoor Ballylee, near Gort, is the setting for an exhibition and literary event, The Roots Of Your Refuge, where eight Galway poets, writers, and visual artists explore the theme of sanctuary.

The event is on Sunday September 15, from 12 noon to 5pm. Conceived by poet, educator, and psychotherapist Aoife Reilly, the exhibition is the culmination of a five-month exploration of what sanctuary means in the natural and modern worlds.

The Roots of Your Refuge will consist of readings of poetry and prose, interactive exhibits, writing exercises, guided meditations, and artworks displayed in the Studio and surrounding woods. Each element was created specifically for this event.

Works will be arranged along a trail, with contributions from each artist and writer presented over the course of the afternoon. Visitors are invited to enjoy the part indoor, part outdoor, event, where they can take in words and images, contribute their own, and tap into what sanctuary means to them.

"This has been a rare opportunity to delve deeply into the age-old need for sanctuary, and set our imaginations free in a beloved natural environment," said artist Aisling O'Leary, one of the project's contributors. "For many people, sanctuary is an internal place, but one we arrive at most easily by tapping into nature."

The Roots of Your Refuge is free and open to the public, and will take place regardless of the weather. Light refreshments will be served.

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