For Immediate Release: January 25, 2010
Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282 firstname.lastname@example.org
A Glimpse into a Renewed Northern Ireland
Exhibition in the library’s Skylight Gallery, January 30-March 21
Eighteen of Northern Ireland’s most significant contemporary printmakers present 35 works reflecting the styles, interests and concerns of the unique and vibrant culture of Ireland, in the exhibition, Renewal: Printmakers from the New Northern Ireland, on view in the Skylight Gallery at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St., January 30 through March 21.
Thanks to the pre-recession rise in the European economy and the end of factional violence in the region, Northern Ireland has experienced a renaissance in recent years, in which its cultural history and its contemporary art play equally starring roles.
The Renewal exhibition was initiated in 2006 when the Arts Council of Northern Ireland invited David Furchgott, president of Washington, DC-based arts nonprofit International Arts & Artists, chose works representing the art of Northern Ireland printmaking. The selected works represent the two most active printmaking workshops in the country, Belfast Print Workshop and Seacourt Print Workshop. Both have been in operation for more than two decades and both developed long-standing traditions of artistic excellence, mutual encouragement and the exploration of traditional and experimental print media.
The artworks were created from a variety of techniques including monotype, collagraph prints, monoprints, viscosity printing and carborundum. Many of the featured prints offer a glimpse into ever-changing landscape of Northern Ireland – the dramatic coastline, the incredible color of the sea and bleakness of the rain. The artists also look into the realities of city life. Belfast-based artist Frances Gordon gets her inspiration from doors and doorways, as well as derelict and neglected buildings. Struan Hamilton experiments with surface textures and pure lines to create industrial and almost sculptural forms. Sri Lanka native Anushiya Sundarlingam, who now lives in Belfast, explores her own experience as a symbolized journey through life, full of form, color, and texture. Jessica Hollywood is fascinated with the everyday objects – such as wooden alphabet blocks or tattered notebook sheet covered with hurried poetic lines.
Renewal also includes work by artists Valerie Giananndrea, Simon McWilliams, John Breakey, Fiona Joyce, Veronica Wallis, Ivan Frew, Terry Gravett, Lynda Hamilton, Jill McKeown, Cecilia Stephens, Deirdre McCrory, Sara Brown, Jean Duncan, and Lucy Turner.
Saturday, January 30
The Belfast Murals
Scholar Timothy Drescher and artist Claude Moller present a lively discussion on the murals of Belfast, Northern Ireland, accompanied by a visual presentation.
Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 1-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 10
Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme
Wilde Irish Productions presents a dramatic reading of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness. This play follows the experience of eight men who volunteer to serve in the 36th (Ulster) Division at the beginning of the First World War. It climaxes at the start of the battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916, the actual anniversary of the seminal battle of the Boyne in 1690 which shaped the history of Northern Ireland.
Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 6
Crossroads Irish-American Festival/Exploring Irish-American Spirituality
This year the Crossroads Irish-American Festival invites the public to join in a conversation about Irish-American spirituality. This panel discussion explores the ancient roots and the contemporary expressions of faith that individuals practice both inside and outside the church. For more information on the festival visit www.irishamericancrossroads.org.
Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 1-4 p.m.
Supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
All programs at the Library are Free.
For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.