Artwork by Nicola Anthony
Featuring Fáilte Uí Dhonnchú by Louis de Paor
July 2nd - October 30th
The Presentation Arts Centre in conjunction with Wexford Literary Festival 2020 is proud to present an installation of sculptural work by Nicola Anthony, a visual artist based in Dublin, and an elected member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. She has been invited all over the world to work with NGOs, art institutions, and architects to create art which expresses the human experience of isolation, displacement, disconnection or disenfranchisement.
On her journeys to Enniscorthy in previous collaborations with The Presentation Arts Centre, Nicola observed murmurations of
starlings performing their mesmerising dance of togetherness over the River Slaney. This phenomenon is called emergent behaviour: Their apparently choreographed coordination is caused by thousands of individual movements and actions - such as simple instincts to stay close, or respond to air currents. Emergence also occurs in water molecules, resulting in their behaviour together as a liquid - flowing, eddying, tidal.
There are parallels with how humans behave in a crowd or as part of a society. This observation inspired this particular installation. Each starling is made of words, kindly loaned by Louis De Paor, from his poem Fáilte Uí Dhonnchú which portrays crowds of people walking past a homeless Romanian woman. She is surrounded yet still incredibly alone. The original Irish of De Paor’s poem becomes sculpture - the poem itself displaced, migrating, reassembled.
Murmurations can be viewed immediately upon entry into The Presentation Arts Centre and is free for all to enjoy.
An exhibition of work by Wexford Residential Intellectual Disability Services in conjunction with Wexford Arts Department's Arts Ability Programme, led by Visual Artist Oonagh Latchford
January 29th - July 31st
The Presentation Arts Centre is proud to host Beautiful Day, an exhibition of work by Wexford Residential Intellectual Disability Service artists.
Guided by visual artist Oonagh Latchford working in conjunction with WRIDS and County Wexford Arts Department, artists at WRIDS have created a body of work for Beautiful Day that showcases their boundless creativity in a powerful combination of colour, texture, imagination and technique.
The work on display in this exhibition was created as part of the Art Ability programme at the Wexford County Council Arts Department.
The Art Ability program, running since 2003, is a key priority in Wexford County Council’s Art Plan “Advancing the Arts” 2018-22, through supporting and promoting the development of socially inclusive, sustainable communities in County Wexford and continuing to ensure that artists are supported to make great work that can be enjoyed by all, a vision shared by the Presentation Centre and the Wexford Arts Centre in their mantra, Arts for All, Arts for Life.
This exhibition is on display at the Presentation Arts Centre, Convent Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford until July 31st
"Lisa gave me the opportunity to have my first ever solo exhibition and I'm forever grateful for the incredible support she gave every step of the way. This is a gallery that truly cares about giving a platform to emerging artists."