Tuesday, 24th April 2018
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industrial past open in Garter Lane Arts Centre

Garter Lane Arts Centre is delighted to present two new solo exhibitions by local artists Keith Currams and Anne Tweedy, which will be formerly opened by Cllr. Eddie Mulligan on Thursday, January 4th 2018.

‘10 Stories To Dust’ is a new solo exhibition by artist Keith Currams which visually documents the demolition of the R&H Hall building on Waterford’s North Quay, (above), through photography and an audio installation. The R&H Hall building has, at different times, been a landmark, a source of employment, an eyesore but always a talking point.

It was one of the last structures of an industrial past and symbolic of Ireland’s shared industrial heritage.

When the demolition of the building was confirmed, the artist began to visually document this process.

The resulting series of photographs charts the very public process of destruction through abstract and pictorial compositions.

The series of large scale photographic prints are presented with accompanying audio installation; a social history of first-hand accounts, anecdotal recollections and contemporary opinions about the significance of the R&H Hall building.

This exhibition creates a dialogue about industry and cultural identity in Waterford and how industrial decline has impacted the City socially and culturally.

An eyesore to some, an icon to all and always a curiosity; ‘10 Stories to Dust’ explores many facets of this building and its demise visually and aurally.

‘Taciturn’, a solo exhibition by Anne Tweedy will open alongside ’10 Stories to Dust’ in Garter Lane Arts Centre’s Front of House Exhibition Space.

Anne Tweedy is a recent graduate of the Waterford Institute of Technology Department of Creative and Performing Arts and a recipient of the Garter Lane Graduate Studio Bursary 2017. Her work explores the effect of childhood experiences on our adult lives and examines childhood vulnerability, influenced by the Syrian refugee crisis and, closer to home, the Tuam babies scandal.

‘Taciturn depicts the emotional effects of abusive childhood experiences. Children have no power to protect themselves and no voice to speak out, they depend on caregivers, or sometimes chance and circumstance. This current work addresses the emotional and physical scars that emerge from the abuse of a child’s innocence and vulnerability.’

Opening 6.30pm, Thursday 4th and continuing until 27th. Admission free. All welcome.

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