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Touring Sculpture Exhibition officially opens Thur 12th Oct

Touring Sculpture Exhibition officially opens Thur 12th Oct

Sculpture exhibition Crux: A Dialogue in Metal will be officially opened with talk by John Tynan, Head of Education from Design and Crafts Council of Ireland

Siamsa Tíre will officially open its latest visual arts exhibition Crux: A Dialogue in Metal, on Thursday 12th October at 6pm in the Round Gallery.  Open to all, John Tynan, Head of Education, Training & Development with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland will provide a talk on this touring glór exhibition. Crux features the work of five noted practicing craft and design artists: Gunvor Anhøj, Michael Calnan, Moss Gaynor, John Hogan and Jane Murtagh.

These five artist metalsmiths have come together through a shared passion for their material - metal. In an era steeped in technology, meet five artisans who have their hearts and hands firmly engaged in the world of the physical and raw. They forge, etch, draw and open out metal into three dimensional and two dimensional works, combining contemporary practices with ancient techniques.

This exhibition will illustrate the diversity of metal and showcase its myriad possibilities, from the delicate tracery of Jane Murtagh’s work, to the solid architectural forms of Moss Gaynor, to the subtle lines and sensual curves of Michael Calnan’s, John Hogan and Gunver Anhøj ‘s work.

Crux – A Dialogue in Metal is an engaging exhibition combining fascinating hand-crafted metal works into a collection of some of the finest contemporary art metal-smith work to be found under the one roof in Ireland. Each of the artists are individually recognised for their creative skills and master craftsmanship in all things metal art and the exhibit provides a lively variety of artistic styles on display as their works reflect the influence of their local habitats and cultures of counties Clare, Cork, Mayo and Wicklow. It creates an artistic dialogue when contrasts of simple plain surface shape is juxtaposed alongside detailed intricate refinement, and beautiful natural sweeping curves are seen side by side with etched pattern and sculpted hard edges, contrasted with earthen hues and subtle outlines of low surface relief impressions.

This exhibition gives a small sample of, and celebrates some of the wonderful work of talented artist metalsmiths whose contribution to their craft in Ireland has been significant in both scale and in impact. When you look at and study the creative works of these artists, you understand that you are looking upon a body of work that is of international quality and has been recognised by international awards. They have all contributed to the legacy of metalsmithing craft in Ireland by providing opportunities for others to learn through teaching, mentoring and sharing skills in their craft, so that the art form continues to be practiced, and to be of cultural importance in Ireland today and into the future.

Full exhibition details can be viewed on and you can visit the gallery free of charge from 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday.

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