Wex­ford artists reach new heights at Kathmandu gallery

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

A Wex­ford group had noth­ing to de­clare but their art when they boarded a plane bound for Nepal on Mon­day, their suit­cases filled with paint­ings for dis­play in an ex­hi­bi­tion in Kathmandu.

The first ever Irish Art in Nepal ex­hi­bi­tion will open this week­end at the Sid­dhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu, un­der the shadow of the Hi­malayas and Mount Ever­est, fea­tur­ing the work of Wex­ford-based artists in­clud­ing or­gan­iser De­clan Cody, Paddy Len­non, Kate Mur­phy, Olivia O’Dwyer, Bernadette Doolan and the pho­tog­ra­pher Michael Dug­gan.

Cody, Doolan, Dug­gan and O’Dwyer will be trav­el­ling to Nepal with their work and will be ac­com­pa­nied by El­iz­a­beth Whyte, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre, Tr­ish Robin­son of the Pi­g­yard Gallery in Spec­trum and Wex­ford teacher Kathy Kane. Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre helped se­cure fund­ing from Cul­ture Ire­land to­wards the travel costs of the trip. While there, the group will stay in the res­i­dence of the Euro­pean Am­bas­sador to Nepal Veron­ica Cody who is a sis­ter of ex­hi­bi­tion or­gan­iser De­clan who runs ArtSpies.com an on­line mar­ket place for art works. Ms. Cody was for­merly based in the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion in Brus­sels and was ap­pointed Euro­pean Am­bas­sador six months ago.

‘We’re bring­ing four or five smaller works by each artist. We’ll be car­ry­ing them in our suit­cases. As far as I know it’s the first group show by Irish artists in Nepal. It’s very ex­cit­ing’, said De­clan who con­tacted the Sid­dhartha Gallery to or­gan­ise the show.

Lonely Planet has de­scribed the Sid­dhar- tha gallery as the best for con­tem­po­rary Nepali and in­ter­na­tional art with a wide range of top-notch ex­hi­bi­tions. The Wex­ford ex­hi­bi­tion will run for a week.

Bernadette Doolan who lives in En­nis­cor­thy is a widely-ex­hib­ited artist whose work is part of Wex­ford County Coun­cil’s art col­lec­tion. Paddy Len­non, a res­i­dent of Kil­rane is a lead­ing con­tem­po­rary artist known for his equine por­traits and ab­stract paint­ings whose work has been shown in venues through Ire­land and abroad. Olivia O’Dwyer is a mixed me­dia painter who cap­tures the essence of the nat­u­ral land­scape around her. Michael Dug­gan is an ac­com­plished Wex­ford pho­tog­ra­pher with a keen eye and a spe­cial in­ter­est in arts and en­ter­taina­ment pho­tog­ra­phy. Kate Mur­phy is a multi-me­dia vis­ual artist who also works on com­mu­nity art projects and De­clan Cody is a artist who has been paint­ing since he was a teenager and has ex­hib­ited in gal­leries in Dublin, Cork, Wex­ford, Berlin and New York but never Nepal be­fore. His work has been pur­chased by Wex­ford County Coun­cil, Kom­pass Ire­land and the Of­fice of Pub­lic Works. El­iz­a­beth Whyte said Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre is ‘de­lighted to sup­port Wex­ford-based artists trav­el­ling to Nepal to ex­hibit at the Sid­dhartha Gallery in Kathmandu with the sup­port of Cul­ture Ire­land’. El­iz­a­beth will give a talk at the gallery and will also ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tions and ex­changes be­tween Nepali and Irish artists and arts in­sti­tu­tions.

Kathy Kane Cody, Michael Dug­gan, De­clan Cody, Kate Mur­phy and Oil­via O’Dwyer who are off to Nepal.

Bernadette Doolan.

Paddy Len­non.

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