Art exhibition explores 1916

Works by Robert Ballagh, Tony Clark, Miriana Santos, and others on show in Middle Street

THIRTY ARTISTS from across Ireland and from abroad are giving their perspective on the 1916 Rising in The Galway 1916 Exhibition, currently running at the printworks gallery on Market Street.

The works explore the people, events, and legacy of the 1916 Rising and features more than 140 works ranging in scale and media, celebrating a generation who defied an empire and strived for self-determination and social equality.

Contributing artists include Robert Ballagh; Dundalk based artist Declan Kerr, with his depictions of participants in the Rising, not in military attire, but in their day to day professions; and Ennis native Thomas Maoldomhnaigh with his watercolours and oil on canvas, depicting Eamon de Valera, Michael Collins, and Liam Mellows.

The role of women in 1916 is highlighted in the wax and ink drawings of Tony Clark; Portuguese artist Miriana Santos draws on the similarities of both countries turbulent histories in her pieces; graphic artist Gerry Hunt will display work from his graphic novel The Blood Upon The Rose. Louth filmmaker Marcus Howard highlights the lesser known participants of the Rising, through the voices of their relatives.

Admission to the exhibition is free and the gallery is open from 11am to 6pm Mondays to Thursdays; and 10am to 6pm, Fridays to Sundays. The exhibition runs until April 13.

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