The Laois Arthouse Gallery present ‘Heart’

The Laois Arthouse Gallery present ‘Heart’

The Laois Arthouse Gallery, Stradbally, Co. Laois presents:


As part of the 2017 Creative Ireland Programme the Laois Arthouse Gallery, Stradbally  will host an exhibition of photographs titled ‘Heart’.  It comprises of a vibrant and unique collection of photographs created by dance artist Erica Pessanha Borges and photographer Terry Conroy.  The beauty and richness of some of County Laois Heritage sites form the backdrop to the dance forms captured in this collection of photographs.  The exhibition will be officially launched on Tuesday 12th December at 7.30pm by Jazmin Chiodi of Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company.  Jazmin is a co-founders and co-director of Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company, dedicated to contemporary dance creation and collaboration with other artists. The company is based in Ireland. Since 2008,


Questioning feelings on the history and building structures of some of Laois Heritage & tourist places, Heart is a choreographic investigation inspired by Trisha Brown’s (Post-Modern dance choreographer, dancer) idea of integrating performing and visual arts with the use of improvisation. Heart has also been inspired by one the first Jesuit priests to live in Emo Court, Father Francis Browne, a well-known photographer who captured life and decisive moments during the first half of the 20th century.

Heart exhibition of photography Credit Terry Conroy 

Erica Pessanha Borges, Dance artist and artistic Director of Laois Youth Dance Ensemble and Laois Dance Platform. Brazilian born, Erica believes that dance encourages us to stay rooted in our bodies as we act, make decisions, and participate in the world; it all transpires from the personal. She is nurturing and enabling people to become involved in dance so they can better understand and appreciate it.

Terry Conroy:  Irish Photographic Federation Licentiateship and Gold medallist of IPF Midlands, West regional .  A Laois photographer, passionate about capturing images in the best possible way. Terry is delighted to collaborate on this project by capturing dance movement injecting life into Laois Heritage Sites.

The exhibition runs until 26th January.


Opening times: Tues and Thurs 1pm-5pm & 5.30pm-8pm, Sat: 10am-1pm (except on Bank Holidays)

(entry through library)

Wed and Fri 1pm-4pm (entry through Laois Arthouse) For more details contact T: 057 8664033