On Saturday December 4, Laois Arthouse began its 10th anniversary celebrations with a new exhibition In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope.
The exhibition is inspired by a specially commissioned poem, The Window Seat, by one of Ireland’s leading poets and Portlaoise native Pat Boran.
Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council Conor Bergin; Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Coordinator Muireann Ni Chonaill; Poet Pat Boran; Curator Monica Flynn; Arts Council Officer Sinead O’ Reilly; Laois Assistant Arts Officer Bridie Keenan; Creative Ireland Laois project manager Ann Lawlor; and three representative artists; Lisa Fingleton, Kevin Mc Cann and Martin Gale were all in attendance.
While the exhibition was formally opened by Kevin Kavanagh of Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.
The exhibition features the work of over 60 artists who have been part of the Laois Arthouse programme since its establishment in 2011 by Laois County Council Arts Service.
Curator and Clonaslee native, Monica Flynn said: “This 10th Anniversary exhibition is a unique opportunity for the artists and Laois County Council to celebrate the achievement of 10 years of exhibition making, artist hosting and creative place making with the surrounding community of Stradbally, County Laois and beyond.”
Running from Tuesday 7 December 2021 until Friday 25 March 2022, the exhibition will be open to the public to visit individually and in small, single-household groups from Tuesday-Friday 1pm to 4pm.
Admission is free. For more information about the exhibition and upcoming events, visit arthouse.ie
In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope. has been supported by Creative Ireland Laois as part of the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Laois County Council and the Arts Council.
Photographer Alf Harvey was in attendance at the weekend and captured some great images.