Morning: Tour with artist/curator Vivienne Roche RHA of the ‘Head to Head’ exhibition in the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork followed by a short tour of the Sean Scully Exhibition Figure / Abstract
Lunch in the Crawford Art Gallery café
Afternoon: Studio visit with Vivienne Roche RHA in her Garrettstown based studio
Friends to meet in Cork at the Crawford Art Gallery at 11.25am
Artist and RHA Member Vivienne Roche has kindly offered to give the Friends of the RHA an exclusive tour of the sculpture exhibition Head to Head which she has curated for the Crawford Art Gallery. Works from Strachaire Fir by Joseph Higgins (1916) to the bronze head of her nephew Stephen Archer: Tight Head Prop (2014), are displayed in the historic Sculpture Galleries. It also includes a series of heads commissioned by the Arts Council from artists Conor Fallon RHA, Kathy Prendergast and Brian Bourke. After this tour there will be a tour of Figure / Abstract, works by Sean Scully. This features works from 1964 to the present, most of which have never been exhibited before. Scully is best known for the epic ‘stripe’ paintings he has made since the early 1980s: few are aware that he explored figurative painting before turning to abstraction. The exhibition will feature examples of his earliest drawings and paintings, tracing his evolution as an artist through the 1960s and into the 1970s and beyond. Details for both exhibitions on crawfordartgallery.ie.
After the tours at 1.15pm the Friends are booked for lunch in the Crawford Gallery Café.
After lunch at 2.30pm we will set off to Garrettstown to Vivienne’s studio where the Friends will have the wonderful opportunity to see Vivienne’s work in progress and hear about her practice. Over the last 30 years Vivienne Roche has worked in large-scale bronze, glass, steel, sailcloth, stuccodore plaster, and reconfigured landscape. Drawing, watercolour and photography have also been central to her work. Her artistic themes derive from site-specific dialogues between architecture and sculpture, the emotional resonances of the coastal landscape in which she lives, relationships between male and female, archaeology sites and their artefacts, and between music and the visual. Light has been a central focus as is evidenced in recent work and she has exhibited widely in Ireland and has participated in a number of exhibitions internationally. Refreshments will be served after the studio visit and the tour will end at approximately 5.30pm. For those that wish to stay on Vivienne has recommended a guest house in Kinsale called Blindgate where a series of her paintings from the late 70’s are on display – blindgatehouse.com
Booking is essential for all Friends events, please contact Friends Co-ordinator, Michelle Considine at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01) 6612558 to book a place.
Image: Head of my Father by Conor Fallon with Claire Murray (Law Dept UCC). Image is courtesy of Daragh McSweeney, Provision.