Kildare Town has been transformed into an open air art gallery, with more than twenty local businesses exhibiting 60 works of international and national art in their windows, as part of the Brigid 1500 celebrations in the New Year.
This uniquely accessible art exhibition, titled 'Unravelling an Icon, Celebrating and Remembering Brigid and her Legacy', has been organised by Sult Artists. Reflecting the traditions, customs and symbols associated with Brigid’s legacy, the exhibition will mark the 1500th anniversary of her death in February 2024.
Mary McGrath's piece for the exhibition, entitled ‘The Miracle of the Cloak and other scenes from the Life of Brigid of Kildare’, is in the form of an altar triptych. These three-panel artworks were used to tell a story and were a popular format for altar paintings from the Middle Ages upwards. Mary has created it using the traditional methods for this format - egg tempera and casein on panel with gesso and gold leaf.
The free Brigid 1500 Art Trail in Kildare town will be launched at 4pm on Saturday 27 January and will run from 28 January to 18 February 2024.
"My passion for biodiversity and conservation of our natural world continues to imbue my work. My art is an attempt to highlight nature’s beauty, the importance of retaining and encouraging wildlife habitats and what can be lost if we don’t."
Blacktailed Godwits, Oil on Canvas, 50X60cms by Mary McGrath, for the forthcoming solo exhibition "Endangered" at the Kilcock Art Gallery from 30th September 2023.
Kilcock Art Gallery, School St. Kilcock, Co. Kildare, W23E5R5
'Endangered!' was opened by Irish biologist, environmental consultant and educator Éanna Ní Lamhna.
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Mary McGrath trained originally as an Art Conservator at the Courtauld Institute, London University and at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. She has worked in England, France, Italy and the United States. In Ireland she has worked for the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Hugh Lane Gallery and the National Gallery of Ireland and for many other institutional and private clients.
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