Engaging exhibition opens at FE Gallery

Fergus Fitzgerald and Dominic Thorpe 'Collaborative painting by Fergus Fitzgerald and Dominic Thorpe' (2019) acrylic on paper
Fergus Fitzgerald and Dominic Thorpe 'Collaborative painting by Fergus Fitzgerald and Dominic Thorpe' (2019) acrylic on paper

The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, is delighted to present Together Now: The Engagement Project, the latest exhibition on view at the Banbridge arts venue which runs from Saturday, November 23 to February 1 2020.

Together Now is a large group exhibition of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture and film by artists from the Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT) based in Callan, Co. Kilkenny and artists from diverse artistic backgrounds throughout Ireland, all of which have been working together in residencies and other forms of engagement since 2014.

Andrew Pike and Nevan Lahart 'Cuckooland' (2018) acrylic on canvas

Andrew Pike and Nevan Lahart 'Cuckooland' (2018) acrylic on canvas

Curated by Catherine Marshall, and following a symposium at KCAT at the end of 2018, this exhibition, drawing on the work of the 26 artists, is touring to venues across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The exhibition features work that has been has created as a result of collaborations and conversations between the artists from KCAT and artists who prioritise social engagement, performance, installation and a variety of media from film and video to very un-traditional interpretations of traditional media such as painting and sculpture.

The artists who engaged in these collaborations of hand and mind are Saturio Alonso, Steven Aylin, Thomas Barron, Declan Byrne, Francis Casey, Diane Chambers, Mary Coady, Alan Counihan, Eileen Mulrooney, Lorna Corrigan, Sinéad Fahey, Fergus Fitzgerald, Mary Ann Gelly, Breanna Hurley, Fintan Kelly, Sinéad Keogh, Nevan Lahart, Alistair MacLennan, Paul Mosse, Rachel Parry, Andrew Pike, Gypsy Ray, Anna Spearman, Dominic Thorpe, Jason Turner and Margaret Walker.

Launching in June 2019 at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Together Now travelled to the OPW galleries at Farmleigh before arriving at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge. In 2020 the exhibition will tour to the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Ballinglen Art Foundation and Ballina Arts Centre in Co. Mayo before finishing back in Callan, Co. Kilkenny.

Jason Turner and Rachel Parry 'Owl Fern' (2019) stuffed and painted barn owl, mounted on fern tree trunk on steel plate

Jason Turner and Rachel Parry 'Owl Fern' (2019) stuffed and painted barn owl, mounted on fern tree trunk on steel plate

F.E. McWilliam Curator, Dr Riann Coulter said: “We are delighted to be able to bring this important and unique exhibition to Northern Ireland. The exhibition is the result of a long-term engagement project and showcases the collaborative approach championed by KCAT. The artist’s involved have created a diverse range of compelling work that is sure to appeal to gallery visitors.”

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland Touring Grant, this exhibition is engaging, challenging, colourful and fun. Most of all, it is focused on encouraging awareness of the diversity of arts practice. It is accompanied by a publication from the Together Now symposium which is available to purchase in the Gallery shop.

For information including opening times contact FE McWilliam Gallery on 028 4062 3322, info@femcwilliam.com or visit the website at www.femcwilliam.com