Large-scale art exhibition confirmed for Waterford Gallery of Art

A new large-scale art exhibition in Waterford will run from September to March next year, it has been confirmed.

The Waterford Gallery of Art’s new large-scale art exhibition, featuring the masterpiece ‘Portrait of Mary Palliser’ by Fredric William Burton (RHA), will coincide with the opening of the art gallery during Oíche Chultúir / Culture Night.

This new building-wide exhibition showcases over fifty key works of art from the Waterford Art Collection, with a particular focus on the different ways artists have attempted to portray the essence and personality of people and places. in their work.

The newly designed in-house exhibition includes paintings, drawings, film, photography and audio by artists Una Sealy (RHA), James Hanley (RHA), Thomas Ryan (PPRHA), John Behan (RHA), Hilda Roberts (HRHA), Mildred Anne Butler (RA, RWS), Tony Ryan and more. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of talks, events, workshops and artist commissions.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is the painting “Portrait of Mary Palliser” by Fredric William Burton (1871), currently on loan from the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, Canada. The painting is believed to have originally been given to Palliser as an engagement gift from Burton. The couple were engaged for 10 years but never married. Mary died of pneumonia in 1879 and is buried in Comeragh Cemetery, Waterford, near her family home.

Sound & Portraits presents a series of commissions open to musicians, artists and people working with sound. The project aims to shed light on how identity, representation and lived experiences are also creatively captured beyond the canvas. A visit to the gallery and live performances of the work will take place during the Imagine Arts festival, in October 2022.

Dates: September 8, 2022 – March 18, 2023

Launch and opening, Oíche Chultúir / Culture Night, September 23, 2022

Opening hours: The gallery is open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free for all.


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