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.