06 October

glór is delighted to announce the launch of Halcyon Days, a group exhibition of mixed media work

glór is delighted to announce the launch of Halcyon Days, a group exhibition of mixed media work from both established and emerging artists on Friday 13th October at 6.30pm.

Artists nationwide were asked to respond to the theme of Halcyon Days, a phrase which we now use nostalgically, recalling the seemingly endless sunny days of youth.

Submissions flooded in from all over the country and on Friday 13th October, the venue will launch a remarkable exhibition featuring work from newly graduated artists, as well as from more established artists. The exhibition also showcases the exceptional standard of visual arts in Co. Clare and features a significant cohort of Clare based artists.

The Halcyon is a bird of Greek legend and the name is now commonly given to the European Kingfisher. The ancients believed that the bird made a floating nest in the Aegean Sea and had the power to calm the waves while brooding her eggs. By the 16th century the phrase 'halcyon days' had lost its association with the nesting time of the bird and had taken on the figurative meaning of 'calm days.’

Ceramic work is presented by Helen Griffin, Niamh Harte and Jane Seymour; textile artists include Joke Buursma and Nicola Henley, and beautiful fine art prints come from Ria Czerniak-LeBov; Norah Brennan; Debbie Godsell; Maeve Coulter; Johnny Horne and Louise Leonard. The work of two photographers features – that of Hennessey Award nominee Gerry Blake and Mark Baker with his Portraits of Hebron.

Sara Dowling has produced a fascinating video and performance piece, whilst Maree Hensey and Catriona Moloney have created work that is both poignant and magical, and laden with nostalgia.

Painters featured include Nathalie El Baba, Vivienne Bogan, Imelda Bradly, Tom Climent, Wil Gilchrist, Kevin Lowery, Jill Miller, Adam Pomeroy and David Smith. Each painter has responded to the theme differently and has created captivating and inspirational work for glór’s gallery spaces.

Visual Arts Programmer, Sinéad Cahill comments ‘We are thrilled to present this exhibition in glór. It is a unique visual arts experience with the work of 25 artists presented. The exhibition is sure to delight, provoke and inspire. It is of particular significance to glór that the exhibition features so many Clare based artists, and it is testament to the calibre of work being made locally.’

One lucky artist will receive a €2500 Curator’s Award on the opening evening of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be opened on Friday 13th October by Dr. Eleanor Flegg, Writer and Craft Historian, and will run in glór’s gallery and foyer until mid-January 2018.