Latest Laois Event: Laois Arthouse hosts talk by artist Bridget Flannery
Looking/Seeing/Making/ BOGLAND. A Talk by Artist Bridget Flannery
The Laois Arthouse, Stradbally, Co Laois, are delighted to invite you to a talk on Looking/Seeing/Making/BOGLANDS exhibition by visual artist Bridget Flannery, a selection of paintings and sculptures inspired by the Midland boglands.
This exhibition also featured the work by participants of the Annual Summer Arts Adult Workshop which took place in Stradbally in June.
Thursday 20th July at 7pm
At the Laois Arthouse, Court Square, Stradbally, Co Laois, R32 KWX3
Light refreshments directly afterwards
Looking/Seeing/Making/ BOGLANDS’ is the result of the last year spent by Bridget Flannery traversing the midland bogs of Laois, Offaly and North Tipperary; walking, painting, looking and listening. She studied the marks of turf cutting and the rewetting of the boglands and took inspiration from Seamus Heaney’s poem Bogland, dedicated to TP Flanagan and its line ‘we have no prairies’.
For the artworks, Bridget ground stone, turf, and pigments which she included in these paintings and sketch book. She sees her works as being from and of the bog. She returned to the studio and mastered the works as an ongoing series of paintings, originating in the boglands.
Bridget Flannery said ‘she is intrigued by the idea of the expanse of Irish bogs and the cut of the horizon line. She never ceases to be amazed by the wilderness that are boglands.’
This exhibition also featured the work by participants of the Annual Summer Arts Adult Workshop which took place in Stradbally in June. Bridget had a very fruitful week working with a group of seventeen artists in the Malthouse, Main Street, Stradbally. She shared her knowledge and inspired these artists to achieve some amazing work in a short time.
Bridget graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork in 1981. Her work is mainly focused on painting and drawing. She has consistently exhibited in solo, and group shows in Ireland and Europe. Her work is held in public and private collections nationally and internationally. Studio residencies include the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo, Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Co. Kerry and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan. She is represented by Solomon Fine Art, Dublin.