Creativity of Tipperary artists will be on display at Arts Centre

'The Art of The Heart'

Above - 'The Wolf Dog Dreams of Snow', by Ciarnad Ryan, is featured in 'The Art of The Heart', a group exhibition by Tipperary artists, which will be officially opened at the South Tipp Arts Centre in Nelson Street, Clonmel this Friday evening. 

To finish a successful 21st year for the South Tipperary Arts Centre, ‘The Art of the Heart’, a group exhibition of Tipperary artists, which is curated by Denise Meagher, will be opened by Tipperary County Council Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr. Roger Kennedy at the Arts Centre in Nelson Street, Clonmel this Friday, December 1st at 5pm. 

All are welcome.

The art on display shows a wide and diverse scope of work, ranging from Hennessy Portrait prize-winner, Cahir-born Gerry Davis’ studio series of paintings, to the bog oak sculptures of Nenagh’s Andy Whelan.

Painter Mary Finn, whose work is contemporary and enigmatic, works from her studio outside Thurles, which is the hometown of Marie O’Driscoll who is currently based in Amsterdam. Her paintings have been described as "subtle, sumptuous and alluring".

Ciarnad Ryan, former Artist-in-Residence at Damer House Gallery in Roscrea, creates layered and fragmented images, using a variety of techniques, while ceramic artist Doirin Saurus, based in Fethard, is well-known on the Tipperary arts scene. 

Having lived and exhibited in America and Ireland over the last 25 years, Philip Ryan is back in Tipperary, where he continues to draw inspiration for his work. Noel Long’s work is from a series of paintings that explore our complex relationship with the natural world set in the area around Cashel where he grew up.

Arts Centre Manager, Cliona Maher, will also launch the Young Composer Competition that will form part of the exciting ‘Finding A Voice’ classical music concert series coming up next March. 

Composer and Carrick-on-Suir native, Marian Ingoldsby, will be one of the adjudicators, and her work will be performed during a concert on International Women’s Day. Also in attendance will be the current Artist-in-Residence, poet and writer Grace Wells, who is researching a historical novel set during the Young Irelander period.

The exhibition will run until January 6th and is part of a full programme of workshops, music and events at the Arts Centre during the run-up to Christmas, celebrating the traditions of Ireland, Poland and Germany.

The Arts Centre is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Call 052-6127877 or e-mail info@southtippartscentre.ie for more details.