Room:Gallery Date:09 September 2011 - 29 October 2011 Opening Time:10am - 5.30pm The exhibition for the tenth Benedict Kiely Literary celebrations is entitled The Heroes in the Dark House. The title has been taken from one of Benedict Kielys short stories from his 1963 anthology Journey to the Seven Streams.
The exhibition for the tenth Benedict Kiely Literary celebrations is entitled The Heroes in the Dark House. The title has been taken from one of Benedict Kiely's short stories from his 1963 anthology Journey to the Seven Streams.
One of the underlying themes of the short story is the strong oral and literary heritage in Ireland and it this theme which has prompted curator Terry Sweeney to assemble portraits of some of Ireland's great twentieth century Irish literary "heroes" depicted by some of Ireland's foremost visual artists.
The exhibition displays a wide variety of media; drawings, watercolours, oil paintings, bronze sculptures and prints by artists such as Basil Blackshaw, Brian Ballard, Estella Solomons and Norah Mc Guinness. It includes images of writers with strong connections to Omagh; Brian Friel, John Montague, Alice Milligan as well as Benedict Kiely. It also includes portraits of William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce and John Millington Synge as well as more recent portraits of Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley.
The works have been selected from the Crawford Collection in Cork, The Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the Arts Council of Ireland, the Ulster Museum, Dublin Writers Museum, The Model, Niland Collection in Sligo, the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, as well as from various private collections.
The exhibition will be launched on Friday 9th September by Beragh born architect, Mr Des Mc Mahon who was elected President of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2009.
Celebrating ten years since the Naughton Gallery’s first exhibition, Collection: 10 Years of the Naughton Gallery, showcases some of the significant contemporary works in the
University’s art collection.
The Queen’s Collection consists of over one thousand objects collected from 1840 to the present, including paintings, photography, works on paper, sculpture and silver, all spread across one hundred locations. The collecting area for the University Art Collection is global, reflecting Queen’s as an international institution, with a particular interest in Irish artists. The subject area covers works with a strong Queen’s connection: portraits; works from the collections of alumni or benefactors; and works by local and international artists responding to areas of endeavour in common with those of the University.
Whilst the Naughton Gallery has exhibited a significant number of works from the Queen’s University Art Collection since 2001, this exhibition marks the first time that there has been a strong focus on contemporary art, giving audiences the opportunity to see a different side to the collection, with works across a range of media – painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography – some of which have never been publicly exhibited.