CULTURE NIGHT - 'TURNING CORNERS' EXHIBITION & BOOK LAUNCH: GERARD BYRNE STUDIO - SOUTH GEORGIAN QUARTER
"Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir is a national moment, celebrating culture, creativity and the arts and seeks to actively promote the belief that this rich and varied culture is alive, treasured and nurtured in people’s lives, today and every day. It is delivered nationwide in cities, towns, villages and rural locations as well as online and through our media partners. Over 1.1 million people engaged with Culture Night in 2021."
- Culture Night Organisers
Turning Corners brings together a collection of 150 stunning works executed by Gerard Byrne, Ireland's foremost Modern Impressionist, during the three Lockdown phases of the Covid 19 pandemic, spanning the period Spring 2020 to Summer 2021.
Reproduced in spectacular colour, these paintings confirm Byrne's innate talent, each one a testament to his victory over initial negativity, one that led him to embrace the curtailment of certain freedoms and, ultimately, enjoy an unconfined explosion of creativity.
From the rooftops and residential roads of Ranelagh to the cherry blossoms of Herbert Park; from Leeson Street and the Grand Canal to the National Botanic Gardens and St Stephen's Green; from the seaside villages of Dalkey and Sandycove to the Dingle Peninsula on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way; Byrne has given us a pictorial record of an
extraordinary time as seen through the eyes of one who discovered beauty and complexity around every corner, despite strict travel limits.
The success of Byrne's artistic journey was further amplified by the overwhelmingly positive reaction of his local community, bringing with it affirmation of the powerfully curative effect that art can have in times of great challenge.
A feast for art enthusiasts, Turning Corners is also a book for those interested in architecture and design; for historians, nature-lovers, and gardeners; for those familiar with Dublin city and for those eager to learn more about Ireland's capital.
The specific grouping of the works, along with explanatory text by author Susan Stairs, gives narrative and context to the collection, resulting in a volume that is as readily informative and accessible as it is visually magnificent.
- Susan Stairs
Come along, be inspired and pick up your copy of this significant new publication, a permanent visual record and time capsule of an unprecedented and life-changing period by one of Ireland's most prominent living artists.
Gerard will be signing copies of the book throughout the night at three scheduled events.
Start times: 5pm, 7pm and 9pm; Duration: 1 Hour
Booking is essential as places are limited and you are invited to book to attend this free launch event through Eventbrite or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The exhibition continues until Sunday, 23rd October.
FREE entry. No booking is required to visit the gallery after the launch to see the show.
Gallery opening hours:
- Monday, CLOSED
- Tuesday, 12 - 6
- Wednesday, 12 - 6
- Thursday, 12 - 6
- Friday, 12 - 7
- Saturday, 12 - 7
- Sunday, 12 - 7
- LINK: CULTURE NIGHT
- LINK: RTE NATIONWIDE | Gerard Byrne - Art in Lockdown by Valerie Waters
- LINK: RTE NEWS | Paint it from the Rooftops | video by Philip Bromwell
- LINK: THE IRISH TIMES | Dublin artist paints from his rooftop during coronavirus lockdown | video by Bryan O'Brien
- LINK: THE GLOSS | Art Recollected in Tranquility by Penny McCormick
- LINK: THE GLOSS | Artistic License: Gerard Byrne by Penny McCormick