Galway artist Pádraic Reaney has been selected to represent Ireland in a major international exhibition that celebrates the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, the international organisation, dedicated to peace, security, democracy and providing humanitarian aid to those in need.
Carraroe-born Pádraic is one of 216 artists from 193 countries across the six continents taking part in this prestigious show.
It’s planned to run the worldwide exhibition at the UN Headquarters in New York early next year – Covid-19 restrictions permitting – and also at the organisation’s base in Geneva. At present, all the artworks can be seen in an online version of the show.
The project has been organised by the Romanian-based Inter-Art Foundation, under the patronage of that country’s president, H.E. Klaus Werner Iohannis. It’s the fourth time Inter-Art has been invited to exhibit at the UN and the first time ever that artists from all 193 members states of the UN have come together for one single show.
The Inter-Art Foundation was established in 1998 in the Romanian city of Aiud to represent contemporary art, develop cultural connections between artists in Romania and worldwide, and organise an international fine-arts camp in Aiud.
The current exhibition is entitled United Nations – Symbol of Life, Freedom and Happiness and its aim is to mark the organisation’s foundation in 1945, as well as the role of artists in promoting freedom, co-existence co-operation and understanding.
The image that Pádraic created for the exhibition is based on the theme of freedom.
The artist, who lives in Moycullen, is known in Ireland and abroad for his exploration of subjects from the Táin Bó Cúailnge to the Great Famine, and the poetry of WB Yeats.
His most recent work has focused on deserted houses on Ireland’s offshore islands.
He is hopeful the physical show celebrating the UN will go ahead in New York in 2021.
In the meantime, the artworks can be seen online at
Inishark Giclée print is part of the Clifden Arts Festival, Art Trail. The piece is on display in Millar’s window. I would like to thank Millars for making the space on their window. And their staff for all the help and kindness.
New images of paintings I did while I was artist in residence in the Hendrick Böll Cottage, Achill Island last August. I got a residency for August 2019. I wanted to do some work on the deserted village for my upcoming exhibition in the Kenny Art Gallery, Galway in October 2020
I would like to thank the Hendrick Böll Cottage committee of all the help and support while I was there. I got more work done than I expected and a lot more to do in the future.
Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody’ won the Best Documentary Award 2019 at the 9th Irish Film Festival London. In awarding the accolade, festival founder and director Kelly O’Connor predicted that Cumar would become a “long-standing document of the intrinsic essence and influence of Galway”.
‘Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody’, Screenings, 2019/2020
10 July 2019 31st Galway Film Fleadh
12 July 2019 Westside Arts Festival, Galway
20 September 2019 42nd Clifden Arts Festival
21 September 2019 12th Shorelines Arts Festival, Portumna
29 September 2019 5th Irish American Movie Hooley, Chicago
24 October 2019 Club Scannán Sailearna, Indreabhán.
24 November 2019 Irish Film Festival Londan, Regents St. Cinema
28 November 2019 Pálás Cinema, Galway UNESCO City of Film
10 January 2020 Screenwave International Film Festival, Coffs Bay, New South Wales.
1 March 2020 14th Capital Irish Film Festival, Washington
13 March 2020 Craic Film Fest, New York
25 April 2020 21st Newport Beach Film Festival, California.
Inis Airc is artist Pádraic Reaney’s response to the changing form of Inishark, off the west Galway coast, uniquely captures a crumbling cultural landscape as the uninhabited island, which once supported a community of over 200, returns to nature. His work fills the voids of generations past, arresting our forgetting these fishing communities, and prompting us to remember and reimagine.
Born in Carraroe, Co. Galway Pádraic Reaney studied Fine Art at Galway, Regional Technical College. He now he now lives and works in Moycullen. Reaney’s work has gained national and international acclaim.
The exhibition is funded by the Discipline of Geography, NUIG, for the 7th EUGEO Congress in conjunction with the 51st Conference of Irish Geographers.