14.03.11 Minister Deenihan opens exhibition on his first visit to Killarney offices
Important to make art accessible to wide audience – Deenihan
Newly appointed Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs Jimmy Deenihan T.D., today (14th March 2011) visited his Department’s offices in Killarney for a series of meetings and events.
Minister Deenihan started the day by meeting with key representatives of the arts, culture and heritage community in County Kerry, to discuss their plans for an arts and culture development plan for Kerry. He later officially opened an exhibition of artworks from the Great Southern Art Collection at the Departments offices in Killarney.
Addressing guests at the opening, Minister Deenihan said “we have a wonderful, creative and cultural reputation and history and I am delighted that we are able to showcase celebrated artworks to a much wider audience here in Killarney. There are over 20 artworks in the exhibition from notable artists including Daniel O’Neill, Cecil King, Arthur Armstrong and Norah McGuinness to name just a few, which are part of the Great Southern Art Collection on loan from the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork.
This is my first visit as Minister for Arts to the Killarney offices of the Department, and is a great opportunity for me to meet with staff working here and to engage with key members of the arts community from the region. We all share a common purpose – that of supporting, promoting and fostering all forms of creativity. Having this great space brought to life with works from the Great Southern Art Collection is a great creative use of a public building.
I hope this exhibition will be the start of a great future of promoting art in public places and making art as accessible as possible to the widest audience – we have to remember that art is not exclusive it is for all.”