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The Yellow River - Gerard Smyth & Seán McSweeney

The Yellow River - Gerard Smyth & Seán McSweeney

Level 3 Gallery  |    28th January – 23rd March  |  Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00am - 4:00pm

Exhibition curated by Belinda Quirke with Seán McSweeney

The Yellow River is a tributary of the Blackwater (Kells), which joins the Boyne at Navan, County Meath that unites the personal histories of poet Gerard Smyth and artist Seán McSweeney.  Gerard Smyth spent many summers in Meath staying with his grandmother and an aunt, whilst originally Sean McSweeney’s family lived in Clongill until the untimely death of his father.

Over the last two years Gerard Smyth has been revisiting Meath in further inquiry with Belinda Quirke, Director of Solstice, in the development of a new suite of poems, recollecting and revisiting significant sites of occurrence in the poet’s and county’s history.  Seán McSweeney has created new work from recent trips to  his father's homeplace and the county.  McSweeney here responds lyrically to particular sites of Smyth’s poetry, whilst also depicting in watercolour, ink, tempera and drawing, the particular hues of The Royal County.


Saturday 28th January, 2.00pm

The Yellow River - Associated Events

Saturday 11th & Saturday 25th February, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Artist Orla O’Grady will lead a series of workshops in response to The Yellow River, exploring the changes in the landscape and how we live our lives through the eyes of parents and children.
Admission: Free (booking essential → BOOK NOW)
Age suitability: 4+ years


Saturday 11th March, 11:00am – 4:00pm
During these daylong workshop participants are asked to explore a sense of place through text and memory using personal imagery and objects. Limited materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring further materials of their choice. 
Admission: Free (booking essential → BOOK NOW)


Schools groups are invited to participate in a 90-minute workshop on Mondays throughout the exhibition - Please contact Erin Kenny to make a booking on 046 9092307

Solstice Arts Centre





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