‘THE SECRET GARDEN EXHIBITION SUPPORT UKRAINE WITH ARTIST SONYA KINCH AND THE STUDENTS OF WESLEY COLLEGE, DUBLIN’
‘The Secret Garden’ Exhibition presented by The Kilkenny Art Gallery in conjunction with The Berkeley Gallery opened at Grennan Mill, Thomastown yesterday ahead of the forthcoming 2022 Kilkenny Arts Festivals.
Exhibition organisers featured a strong visual tribute to the Ukraine with a sea of handmade yellow ceramic hand roses on blue stems, produced by the students of Wesley College Dublin. Speaking about this installation Artist Sonya Kinch said:
‘Ireland is an island of 1000 welcomes and we are all doing our part to welcome our new friends from the Ukraine. We wanted to show this in this piece, that would be installed on Irish soil. Yellow roses symbolise friendship and the blue stem along with the yellow rose represents the colours of the Ukrainian flag. So no matter which angel it is viewed it still represents a warm welcome. ‘Faílte’.
All proceeds from the sale of these ceramic yellow roses will be donated directly to support incoming Ukranian students that join Wesley College Dublin with school supplies and uniform.
Visitors to The Secret Garden Exhibition, Grennan Mill, Thomastown were treated to an outdoor sculpture garden featuring new original works from some of Ireland’s foremost sculptors. This year a National Open Submission Show is now on view in The Berkeley Gallery featuring over 400 original paintings from artists across the island of Ireland. This will be the first time that many of these artists will show their work in Kilkenny.
As part of ‘The Secret Garden’ The Kilkenny Art Gallery will show an exhibition of contemporary paintings and sculpture as featured in their current gallery collection in Patrick Street in Kilkenny City with original works by leading artists such as Mick Mulcahy, Maria Levinge, Sylvia Parkinson Brown, Blaise Smith, Amelia Peart, Stacey Williams, Karen Wilson, Maeve Doherty, Kate Beagan, Patrick Cahill, William Grace, Tom Campbell, Brian O’ Loughlin, Janet Brabazon, Jade Butler, Blaise Butler,Margaret Kent and Laurence O’Toole.
‘The Secret Garden’ Exhibition is listed as part of the 2022 Thomastown Creative Arts Festival and 2022 AKA Fringe. ‘The Secret Garden’ Exhibition runs until the 20th August 2022.Exhibition is open daily from 11am – 6pm.Admission is free.
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