The Market House Festival in Co Wexford, has extended its Arts programme over six weeks this year to accommodate the large cannon of artwork currently being generated by artists established in the town of Gorey.
An Arts Catalogue, entitled Art in Gorey, has been published with the support of Wexford County Council, to detail the programme of events and is available at Gorey library as part of a commitment by the Market House Festival to advance the promotion of Gorey’s artists on a wider level.
The Arts programme will run from July 15 to August 31 with a series of eight exhibitions, including the headline event, Peripheries, at the Gorey School of Art, featuring 13 artists from across Ireland and curated by the esteemed Art Critic, James Merrigan, who has previously curated for Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin and is author at the Visual Artists’ News Sheet Online. This event includes exhibits at Gorey School of Art, live broadcasts around the town and a series of talks.
In and around Gorey Library
Other highlights include the seven artists from RTE’s Painting the Nation who will be exhibiting in Gorey Library from July 31 to August 11, in addition to a further five artists taking part in a compelling Open Studio art event from July 24 to August 4. Local artists Patrick Redmond, Amanda Doran, Ian Lacey, Stephen Nolan and James Kirwan will be stationed outside Gorey library in a week-long art event organised by Ian Lacey to create portraits of models posing publicly. Residents of Gorey are invited to join the event to view the work of artists working in different styles and mediums first-hand.
Award-winning, Master Woodturner, Robert O’Connor, will be hosting a joint exhibition in the Woodturning Studio with local Photographer Sean Lacey, from July 28 to August 11. Robert has crafted a range of new exhibition pieces which will be set alongside Sean Lacey’s black and white portraits of some of Gorey’s greatest characters in times past.
Patrick Redmond will be exhibiting works, including some from his late father Jody, at Gorey Masonic Hall opening on August 3. He currently exhibits at The Molesworth Gallery in Dublin where he has run four solo exhibitions and has shown at the prestigious RHA Annual Exhibition in Dublin and the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Gallery, London.
Artist Kate Kos, who turned professional having won Silver at Wexford’s Art in the Open in 2015, is known to Gorey residents more recently for her striking floral murals shown at Gorey Town Park and the Civic Centre. Her upcoming exhibition at the Gaslamp Gallery will feature 12 seascapes including a number from familiar local coastal scenes.
The Gorey Art Circle and Gorey Photography Club, talented and prolific in their own right, will be exhibiting at the Market House and Library respectively during the months of July and August.
“The artists currently contributing to Gorey’s visual art scene are among the most talented in Ireland. We are in an excellent position, with the Gorey School of Art, and with the high calibre of artists resident here to deliver the message that Gorey’s art scene is thriving. Strong artists are a valuable asset, in terms of their potential to draw visitors and to build the cultural cache of the town. Our commitment is to build on the work being done and to bring Gorey’s artists into the spotlight,” said Joe Sullivan, Chairman of Gorey Municipal District.
Paul Funge’s legacy
This year’s Market House Festival Arts programme is reminiscent of the Gorey Arts Festival which also ran during the months of July and August during the 1970s and 1980s under the stewardship of Gorey’s internationally acclaimed painter and Arts enthusiast Paul Funge who inspired a generation of artists in Gorey and beyond.
“Our commitment is to further Paul Funge’s legacy and to continue to develop the festival year-on-year to maximise its economic, cultural, and tourism impact on the town. We also hope that more artists will join us in the years ahead so that we can advance the promotion of their contribution to art on a larger scale,” added Sullivan.