Monday, February 04, 2019

IT’S a case of ‘Townscape Revisited’ in Stradbally, as a remarkable exhibition enjoys its grand finale after a nine-month national tour.

The ‘Townscape’ exhibition by acclaimed Irish artist Mary Burke will run until late February at the town’s Laois Arthouse, following an official opening by justice and equality minister Charlie Flanagan.

The opening event on Saturday 26 January included a keynote address by sociologist Professor Mary Corcoran and a short film, which documented local schoolchildren engaging with the exhibition under the direction of curator Jenny Papassotiriou.

The ‘Townscape’ exhibition, which features exquisitely detailed paintings of selected houses in Stradbally, was first unveiled at the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise last March. It was exhibited over the summer at the Irish Architectural Archive on Merrion Square, Dublin and then toured to Maynooth University, before closing with a seminar at the university’s library.

A companion book Townscape is available for €10. The exhibition is on view during usual art gallery opening hours until Friday 22 February.

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