CROSSING THE SOUND
Gerald Dawe Poems from the west of Ireland
Pádraic Reaney Paintings
Poetry and Art in aid of Pink Ribbon Charity
The Kenny Bookshop and Art Gallery, Liosbán, Galway.
On November 3rd at 2pm.
Crossing the Sound is a collaboration between poet Gerald Dawe and the artist Pádraic Reaney. They met back in the mid 1970s in Galway where Gerald had moved from Belfast to study at UCG, as it then was, and eventually settle down and spend the next twenty years before moving to Dublin in 1992.
Here poet and artist comment on the genesis of Crossing the Sound.
Gerald: ‘On a return to Galway as a visiting fellow at The Moore Institute (NUI,G) the early years returned to me along with some new poems. During several conversations with Pádraic we decided to collect a representative sample of the poems I had written out of the west – Galway, but also Mayo – and include alongside these thirty poems, a series of images which Pádraic had been working on from his various and long-established fascination with the smaller islands of the western seaboard, including Inishark. Padraic’s images, images which do not illustrate the poems, but have their own raison d’être culminating in an exhibition of his paintings and graphics.
Poetry and Art in aid of Pink Ribbon
The book, a limited edition of just two hundred copies, features poems written over forty years by distinguished poet Gerald Dawe, alongside the Connemara-based artist, Pádraic Reaney. It celebrates and illuminates the beauty and history of the west of Ireland landscape through a curated selection of work inspired by and connected to the region and introduced by Hugo Hamilton.
Dawe and Reaney met in the mid-1970s in Galway, where Gerald had moved from Belfast to study at UCG, as it then was, and eventually settle down and spend the next twenty years before moving to Dublin. ‘This is a project we’ve been talking about for years. We’re delighted to see it finally in place in such as beautiful edition. It’s an apt way of offering a helping hand to the Pink Ribbon Charity in Mayo. Finding ways of overcoming cancer is the big picture; this is just a small step.
The exhibition Inis Airc (Inishark) Painting and Graphics will be on show alongside the book launch in the Kenny Art Gallery, Galway. The exhibition opened on the 12 October and continue to the 3rd of November 2018.