Locals and visitors alike have until Saturday 21st January to view a major solo exhibition of dramatic works by one of Ireland’s top contemporary and highly-acclaimed artists, Janet Mullarneys, at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge.
The first large-scale exhibition of the influential Irish artist in five years, ‘My Minds i’ presents a stunning collection of sculpture, installation and works on paper – all of which are recent creations or new commissions made for the exhibition.
‘My Minds i’ is a striking visualisation of the artist’s sub-conscious mind where a collection of strange and fascinating sculptures stand alone on large open spaces juxtaposed with backdrops and a heightened lighting scheme designed by established set and lighting design expert Marcus Costello.
‘My Minds i’ is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and has already been at the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny and Wexford Arts Centre. Its arrival in Banbridge is a first for Northern Ireland.
Although her work is regularly included in the Royal Ulster Academy and in exhibitions at the Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast, it is almost 25 since her last solo exhibition was shown in Northern Ireland.
Janet has made an outstanding contribution to the Irish scene and has won many awards, including the RUA Perpetual Silver Medal Prize (2009), the RHA Sculpture Award (2008), and The Pollock Krasner Award (1998), and her work is represented in both private and public collections in Ireland including The Arts Council, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Office of Public Works, and Limerick City Gallery of Art.
Janet has also exhibited extensively in Europe, and across the world, including Museo de Arte Contemporanea, Oxaca, Mexico, and Shanghai Art Museum and has many important works in public spaces including Groningen, Holland, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast and Cherry Orchard Primary School in Dublin.
‘My Minds i’ will be followed by ‘Drawn from Life: People on Paper’, a new exhibition featuring drawings from the Arts Council of England Collection and including work by Henry Moore, David Hockney and Lucien Freud. This exhibition will open at the gallery on Saturday 4th February and run until 2nd April.
For further information on the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, exhibitions and opening times, visit the website at www.femcwilliam.com or call 028 4062 3322.