Brand New Waterford Gallery of Art to open to the public with Imagine Arts Festival Event
# IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT #
Due to great demand, we are putting on a second tour of the Waterford Gallery of Art with Dr. Eimear O’Connor.
Places are limited & Booking is essential.
First Tour will take place from 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Second Tour will take place from 3:30pm – 4:30pm.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and state your preference for which tour you would like to attend.
We look forward to having you with us the 26th. See you all there.
The Waterford Gallery of Art, 31 & 32 O’Connell Street, Waterford
On Saturday, October 26th from 3.30pm to 4.30pm a free guided tour of the new Waterford Gallery of Art will be hosted at its location on 31 & 32 O’Connell St and guided by the curator of the beautiful and extraordinary artworks from the Municipal Collection, Dr Eimear O’Connor honorary member of the Royal Hibernian Academy who will offer a highly informative tour and viewing of a selection of the collection in it’s new and permanent home. It is the first time that the collection will now be housed together.
There are a plethora of visual art events on offer across Waterford for the 18th annual Imagine Arts Festival including a Retrospective exhibition of Rosemary Higbee works launching on 23rd October at GOMA Gallery. Rosemary Higbee was born in India in 1923. She lived in England throughout World War Two and studied at the famed Chelsea School of Art. She moved to Ireland in 1973, lecturing in art in Waterford. Her family had originally come from Gracedieu, Waterford City. Influenced by the work of Picasso, Braque, Matisse and Bonnard, Higbee used brushes, palette knives and fingers to create her work.
Also on offer is an exhibition and collaboration with Lee Welch and a ‘ Meet the Artist’ event with Paul Hallahan on Friday, October 25th at Gater Lane gallery. Exhibitions are also being hosted by artists Ger Kennedy as she showcases ‘THE WEIGHT OF HER IN MY ARMS’ at Tramore coastguard Station where she played as a child. Ger’s work stitches together, in paintings, drawings and prints, the memories that she’s carried with her all her life. Sophie Carpentieri presents her collection HUSH at Index Gallery. Swiss-born artist Sophie Carpentieri, who has made Kilcash her home, enjoys exploring and painting the beautiful raw majestic landscapes, wildlife and nature that surround her.
Throughout the Imagine Arts Festival a visual Art Trail will be on offer at a variety of venues across the city and in Tramore featuring a mix of emerging artists and veterans including, Nicola Coady at Bodega, Ruth Flynn at the Vintage Parlour Tea Rooms, Lisa Keane at Momo, Anouschka Joyce at The Theatre Royal, Stephanie Furlong at Finders Keepers, Wave Exhibition at Shine Discovery, Kiki Roosli at The Fat Angel, Dan McMahon at Sabai, Janie Kavanagh at The Rogue Gallery, Lupita De Bhail at La Fontana, John Cullinan at The Coastguard Station Tramore.
Classes and workshops a Dry Point Needle Class on October 26th with Anne McDonnell at Goma Gallery; Life Drawing on October 27th with tutor Una Walsh. This class is suitable for those interested in observational drawing from the human form at Goma and Yarn Bombing for Kids on October 27th Yarnbombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk. Learn about using colourful yarns and fabric to make art for the street. We will make colourful shapes for you to bring home or hang on the street!
A variety of over 80 events are on offer for the 18th annual Arts Festival which takes place this October 18th to 27th 2019. 55% of the programmed events are on offer free of charge. Three of Waterford’s finest festivals are rolled into one under the umbrella of the Imagine Arts Festival, including the Waterford Writers Weekend along with the John Dwyer Trad Weekend an eclectic and international events programme to choose from under Imagine Arts which celebrates theatre, dance, music, visual art, discussion and debate.
Join in the fun this October in Waterford from the 18th to 27th – for information and booking see www.imagineartsfestival.com