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Not What You'd Expect, Irish Painting 1919 - 2006

September 4th - 23rd,
The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon

A stunning exhibition of Irish paintings will open at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon on 4th September. The selection of works in the exhibition will represent a broad survey of painting practice in Ireland. Begining chronologically with a work by Paul Henry and including such legendary painters as Gerard Dillon, Jack B. Yeats, Mainie Jellet, Mary Swanzy, Norah McGuinness – the work reaches right up to contemporary times, incorporating a number of genres including Landscape, Interior/Still-life, Portraiture, Abstract and Narrative approaches.

To coincide with this exhibition, the Arts Office is organising a series of guided gallery tours, public talks and workshops for artists. Catherine Marshall, Chief Curator with The Irish Museum of Modern Art, currently on secondment as Visual Arts touring and Collections Advisor with the Arts Council, will give the opening talk on Irish Painting. On September 8th Diana Copperwhite (winner of the 2007 AIB prize) will give a talk about her work, followed by a closed workshop for artists. On Saturday 15th September Mick O’ Dea RHA will give a talk about his work, followed by a closed workshop for artists. On 22nd September, Micky Donnelly, a leading contemporary Irish artist and member of Aosdana will give a talk about his work, followed by a closed workshop for artists. All workshops are booked out but places are still available at the artists' talks.

Every Wednesday, Marie Connole MFA will give tours for school groups, complete with educational material at 1.30 pm. A guided tour for the public will be available at 3pm each Wednesday, or at another time by appointment.

For more information or to book a place at an event contact

or contact the gallery at 065 7071630.
Gallery hours are 1 – 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday.

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