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Illuminate, Contemporary Irish Glass, The kenny Gallery, Galway. 6th August - 1st September 2011

Illuminate, Contemporary Irish Glass, The kenny Gallery, Galway. 6th August - 1st September 2011



Illuminate: Contemporary Irish Glass
An exhibition by 21 artists working in the common medium of glass.

For most people, the idea of ‘glass in Irish art’ probably means stained glass church windows or crystal glasses. A new exhibition in The Kenny Gallery, Galway shows this traditional art form and its many creative possibilities in a contemporary setting. In what amounts to an exploration of the medium, the gallery are showcasing glass compositions by 21 artists currently working in this country.

Those taking part in Illuminate, Contemporary Irish Glass are Denis Brown, Sean Campbell, Donna Coogan, Debbie Dawson, Róisín de Buitleár, Alva Gallagher, Karl Harron, Peadar Lamb, Mary Mackey, Caroline Madden, Valerie McHugh, Michelle O’Donnell, Michael Ray, Deirdre Rogers, Killian Schurmann, Keith Alan Seybert, Aoife Soden, Paula Stokes, George Walsh, Manus Walsh and Peter Young.

Their exemplary artworks show us how the inherent properties of glass and its liquid nature can be transformed into concepts of shadow, of texture, of gathering light, into conceptual pieces, illuminated wall decorations, contemplative and meditative objects, contemporary forms and colours. These creations will stimulate, illuminate and decorate.

Whether blown, fused, stained, laminated, etched, painted or assembled, all of these pieces are works of great imagination and skill, and show just why Irish glass artists have been renowned worldwide for their interpretive skills in their pioneering and exceptional creations.