Waterford Gallery Opens with an Excellent Exhibition

The brand-new Waterford Gallery of Art has announced its inaugural exhibition – ‘Highlights of the Waterford Gallery of Art’ – to commemorate the venue’s opening.

Curated by Dr Éimear O’Connor, an honorary member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, the exhibition will encompass landscape, still life, portraiture, and figurative work. It will also celebrate all painterly styles from classical to abstract.

Legendary Irish artists featured in the exhibition include Camille Souter, Dan O’Neill, Dermod O’Brien, Evie Hone, Jack B. Yeats, John Butler Yeats, Letitia Hamilton, Louis Le Brocquy, Martin Gale, Mary Swanzy, May Guinness, Norah McGuinness and William J. Leech.

The Waterford Art Collection was first founded in 1939 and comprised of 17 works from mostly well-known contemporary figures. In the years that have passed, it has grown to feature many of Ireland’s most renowned visual artists. This is the first time that the collection will be housed together.

Organisers say the display at the Waterford Gallery of Art’s first exhibition is a source of civic pride. They call it ‘a local and national treasure,’ one of which the people of Waterford are ‘justifiably proud.’

The ‘Highlights of the Waterford Gallery of Art’ exhibition is open to the public now and will remain so until the beginning of May 2020.

The Waterford Gallery of Art is located at 31 & 32 O’Connell Street having opened its doors on October 26 as part of the county’s Imagine Arts Festival last month. It’s opening hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 11am to 5pm.

For booking and tours, email waterfordgallery@waterfordcouncil.ie.

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