ABSOLUT Festival Gallery returns

THE LARGEST temporary gallery in Ireland - the ABSOLUT Festival Gallery at the Galway Shopping Centre, Headford Road - is open for the Galway Arts Festival.

Covering 20,000 square foot, an area the size of a football pitch, the gallery will host work by John Gerrard, in his first major exhibition in Ireland since 2007, as well as Howard Hodgkin, Roísín Coyle, and others.

John Gerrard’s Cuban School features two digital projections, on video walls measuring 20x4 metres, about schools built outside Havana in the 1960s.

Prints will see leading English artist Howard Hodgkin present five decades of his finest printworks; Ireland At Venice features Shifting Ground, the State’s official entry for the 2012 Venice International Architecture Exhibition featuring the work of Heneghan Peng Architects, Grafton Architects, and O’Donnell and Twomey.

Photographer Richard Gilligan’s DIY documents skateboard spots through large-format landscapes and portrait photos; The People of the Sea by Galway artist Roísín Coyle is an installation using sound and visuals to reinterpret Irish sea folklore; while Pat Collins, Tadhg O’Sullivan, and Sharon Whooley, will present three new film works - Pilgrim, What Remains, and Fathom, exploring aspects of place and cultural memory.

The ABSOLUT Festival Gallery opens from 11am to 6pm, Mondays to Sundays, until July 28. Admission is free.


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