29/07/2013 The Gathering – an Exhibition of works by Kerry Artists opens in Killarney

Monday 29th July, 2013 – Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will launch  “The Gathering – an Exhibition by Kerry Artists” in the offices of the Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht, New Road, Killarney, Co Kerry at 7.00pm this evening.

The exhibition features works by 54 Kerry based artists (chosen from over 80 pieces submitted) based on the theme of the Gathering and our Diaspora. The content of the exhibition explores the concept of the Gathering, and demonstrates the variety of interpretation and imagination that exists. This exhibition shows many different palettes, subject matter and styles of work.

Speaking in advance of the opening, Minister Deenihan said “this exhibition provides an opportunity to showcase a selection of the creativity that exists among contemporary painters in Kerry.  There is a tremendous wealth of arts and culture in Kerry, from creative writing to film making, as well as traditional music and dance. During this the year of the Gathering we can show how much art and artists are very much part of the fabric of our county.”

As Government Minister for the Arts and a very proud Kerryman, I am delighted to partner with Kerry County Council and the Arts Council on this project. The exhibition also gives testament to the inherent attractiveness of the unique Kerry landscape” added Minister Deenihan.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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