Through the mind’s eye

LEG­END Gal­way City Mu­seum, Span­ish Arch Un­til May 28 091-536546

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Gal­way City Mu­seum is cur­rently host­ing a project by artist-in-res­i­dence Louise Man­i­fold. She was asked to work with the Daly Col­lec­tion, “an eclec­tic col­lec­tion” of art on loan to Gal­way City Coun­cil from the Daly fam­ily of Oran­more. She pro­ceeded to se­lect 11 works from a to­tal of 29, and, echo­ing the orig­i­nal ges­ture of the fam­ily, passed on the se­lected works to three peo­ple: “a psy­chic, an his­to­rian and a sto­ry­teller”. Leg­end, which arose from this process, is a video in­stal­la­tion of the re­sponses of each re­cip­i­ent to the works in their care. Psy­chic Pa­trick Pugh tunes in to “en­ergy of each pic­ture”, de­tail­ing past own­er­ships; his­to­rian and con­ser­va­tor Leir Helguera as­sesses works in terms of con­ven­tional val­ues, aes­thetic and eco­nomic; and sto­ry­teller Ed­die Leni­han of­fers his own take on the im­agery of sev­eral paint­ings with ref­er­ence to Ir­ish myth. In­trigu­ing.

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