Creative Spark artists’ show in Basement Gallery

The Horizon Exhibition, featuring work by the artists who took part in Creative Spark’s fourth residency programme as well as members of the print studio, opened to a full house in the Basement Gallery on Wednesday.

Sarah Daly, Executive Director, Creative Spark, told the gathering that the title was inspired by a quote from novelist William Faulkner ‘You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore’.

‘We encourage our Artists-in-Residence to look outside of their normal practice and use the time and facilities at Creative Spark to try new things and to explore new possibilities.’

She pointed out that the residency programme, which is supported by Create Louth, has supported 22 artists over the past four years.

The artists who had taken part in the 2017/18 programme are Ciaran Dunbar, Dundalk, Petra Berntsson, Riverstown, Co Louth, Mark O’Gorman, Dublin, Crona Gallaghan, Leitrim and Robert John Paterson, Canada.

The thirty members of the print studio at Creative Spark also had work on show.

The exhibition was officially opened by Deputy Fergus O’Dowd, who spoke of the importance of arts in society and the need to provide supports for artists as the economy improves. He promised to take Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD to visit Dundalk and see the work being carried out here in the near future.

Brian Harten, County Arts Officer, said that though Create Louth, Louth County Council provides support to artists through the provision of purpose built studios and access to the print facilities at Creative Spark. By working with Creative Spark they were able to provide a sense of community for artists, who often struggle with the challenge presented by working in isolation. He also highlighted the important role which artists play in communities.

The exhibition continues until September 1st, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm.

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