Turas | Journey

Turas | Journey: An Gailearaí Ghaoth Dobhair

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Turas | Journey

An Gailearaí

Opening Times (Updated: 15th July 2021)

  • Monday – 2pm to 5.30pm
  • Tuesday – Closed
  • Wednesday – 1pm to 8pm
  • Thursday – Closed
  • Friday – 2pm to 5.30pm

Frances Hegarty was born in Teelin, Co. Donegal and emigrated to Scotland as a Gaelic-speaking teenager in the late 1950’s, then learning English. She studied Fine Art in Leeds and Manchester, moving on to Sheffield where she began lecturing at Sheffield City Polytechnic and having maintained her professional/artistic links with Ireland, was elected to Aosdána in 2012.

Hegarty is an annual visitor to her ‘home place’ in Teelin, making this terrain a studio or canvas throughout her stay. The 1995 work Turas is explicitly concerned with the Irish diaspora; the language (Gaelic) and the river (Foyle) are the defining features that coexist uneasily. Fragments of speech can be heard over the rush of the river – stilted questions about re-learning her mother-tongue, Irish. An Gailearaí hopes to continue this working relationship with the artist and bring more of her work to a Donegal audience.

Caoimhghín Ó Fraithile graduated in FA from Limerick College of Art in 1995 and obtained an MAFA from University of Missouri-Colombia, USA in 2000. He has exhibited globally, extensively and continually since graduating, and in travelling the world.

Ó Fraithile is interested in evoking a sense of mystery in his artistic practice and does this in a number of ways; from creating large-scale site-specific installations where the community is involved, to making large-scale as well as small, intimate drawings. The centrepiece of Ó Fraithile’s three works in the Turas exhibition is ‘Sweeney Sacks Rome” which is a reverse turn of events where Sweeney takes revenge on the church that banished him to the wilderness.

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This visual art ‘journey’ will traverse through Donegal’s cultural landscape via a multi-venue exhibition featuring Irish based artists exploring the societal shifts that shape our collective identity.

Turas will run from June to September 2021 as part of the national ‘Colmcille 1500’ celebrations and present current work from a selection of established and emerging artists, chosen to represent a wide range of contemporary practice throughout Ireland.

Participating venues – Artlink Fort Drunree, An Gailearaí Ghaoth Dobhair, Glebe House & Gallery Churchill and Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny.

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