Artists flock for Galway show

Exhibition...Blackrock diving tower, by Geraldine Folan.

Contemporary Irish artists will showcase their work at an art fair in Galway this weekend.

There will be a vast array of styles and influences on display at around 40 booths at the Connections Art Fair at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the city on Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13 from 11am to 7pm.

The event is named ‘connections’ because it aims to connect artists and galleries to each other and to the general public.

It is being organised by Monivea-based Barna man, Paul Cluskey, who returned to college to complete studies in contemporary art.

He had worked in architecture, engineering, building surveying, store design and project management, and art was a pastime but he recently finished a fantastic placement in EMMA (Espoo Museum of Modern Art) in Helsinki.

“The aim of the fair is to connect the artist with the public, galleries and the art world in general,” said Mr Cluskey.

“The public will have the chance to meet the artists who create the work and galleries which represent them.

“It is a great opportunity to discuss the work with the artists, pick up an original or print, or perhaps commission a piece.

“Whether you are a seasoned art collector, someone looking to fill a blank space in the house or searching for a great gift there will be something for everyone at the fair.”

Mr Cluskey said the fair offers a unique opportunity to view some of the cream of the crop of Irish independent artists working across a spectrum of genres and media.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.