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ART BUFFS came from all over to the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of En­nis­cor­thy’s Pre­sen­ta­tion Cen­tre to wit­ness the of­fi­cial open­ing of a new body of work from lo­cal artist Anne Man­ning.

‘Ex­ten­sile’ is an ex­hi­bi­tion of work formed around ideas, ob­ser­va­tions and in­no­va­tion with em­pha­sis on the col­lab­o­ra­tion and the cre­ative process used by chil­dren and artists alike.

Anne says that, as well as be­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tion with friends, fam­ily and the lo­cal com­mu­nity, the ex­hi­bi­tion is also a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the chil­dren of Carrig Briste and Kil­leg­ney Early Years. Hav­ing worked. Hav­ing worked with chil­dren through­out her ca­reer, Anne’s work is in­flu­enced by the or­ganic ex­plo­ration and meth­ods used by chil­dren and the aes­thetic out­come cre­ated by their meth­ods of ex­plo­ration and sur­real cre­ative process.

‘It’s an at­tempt to show sur­re­al­ism within sculp­ture,’ said the proud artist at the launch. ‘Melt­ing and ex­plor­ing thoughts, col­lab­o­ra­tion to­gether and pre­sent­ing these thoughts in a vis­ual form.

While work­ing as an artist in Carrig Briste and Kil­leg­ney, both Anne and the schools were awarded an in­no­va­tion award for art, ac­knowl­edg­ing the vis­ual arts as an in­no­va­tive ped­a­gogy in early years.

Anne’s other col­lab­o­ra­tive ex­hi­bi­tion, ‘Side Ta­bles’, which was ex­hib­ited last year in the Pre­sen­ta­tion Cen­tre, has opened ex­cit­ing doors for in­no­va­tion in art ed­u­ca­tion and she aims to con­tinue this process with her lat­est work which she com­pleted in June of 2017. The ex­hi­bi­tion cer­tainly got a great re­ac­tion among those present at the launch and the work is avail­able to view at The Pre­sen­ta­tion Cen­tre un­til Septem­ber 29.


THE New York-based vir­tu­oso vi­o­lin­ist and singer/song­writer Deni Bonet will per­form at Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre on Satur­day, Septem­ber 23, fol­low­ing a re­cent week of suc­cess­ful shows in venues around Ire­land.

Deni is renowned for the en­ergy and pas­sion of her live shows with her mu­sic com­bin­ing el­e­ments of roots-rock, pop and Amer­i­cana pre­sented in a fun way.

She will per­form a mix of in­stru­men­tal mu­sic from her new al­bum Bright Shiny Ob­jects and ma­te­rial from her pre­vi­ous al­bums.

She makes mem­o­rable songs that peo­ple want to lis­ten to again and makes any venue seem cosy and in­ti­mate.

Deni is a clas­si­cally trained mu­si­cian who sim­ply had too much en­ergy and too many great orig­i­nal tunes to be con­fined in an orches­tra - so she traded in her black recital dress for a pair of go-go boots and an electric blue vi­o­lin. She has recorded and toured the world with Cyndi Lau­per, R.E.M., Sarah McLach­lan, The Saw Doc­tors, and is the ‘go-to’ vi­o­lin­ist in the US for many Ir­ish artists in­clud­ing Mundy, whom she per­forms with when­ever he is in the States, Larry Kir­wan of Black 47, Michael Brun­nock, and Joe Hur­ley’s Ir­ish Rock Re­vue.

She per­formed at a sell-out con­cert in the leg­endary Carnegie Hall in New York and at the White House for Pres­i­dent and Michelle Obama.


Loch Gar­man Comhaltas is invit­ing every­one to join them for a Best of Comhaltas con­cert in Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre this com­ing Satur­day, Septem­ber 16 at 8 pm. The evening of mu­sic and song will fea­ture award-win­ning tra­di­tional mu­si­cians and singers, show­cas­ing the wealth of tal­ent in Wex­ford. There will be a spe­cial fo­cus on the county’s fine pip­ing tra­di­tion with some top play­ers per­form­ing. Bígí Ann!. Tick­ets at €10 for an adult and €3 for a child are avail­able at www.wex­for­darts­cen­tre.ie or tele­phone 053 9123764.


The award win­ning Wex­ford Drama Group will per­form ex­cerpts from Lit­tle Gem by Elaine Mur­phy in Wex­ford Li­brary on Fri­day, Septem­ber 22, at 4.30 p.m.

This earthy com­edy is full of hu­mour and heart, about three gen­er­a­tions of women and one in­cred­i­ble year.

The event is free and all are wel­come, but book­ing is rec­om­mended. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion call the li­brary on 053 91 96760.

‘Sur­real Car­rots’ by Anne Man­ning

Lisa Byrne (Pre­sen­ta­tion Cen­tre), M ary Joel, Anne Man­ning (artist), Eoin Man­ning-Rossiter and Kate Man­ning at the launch of ‘Ex­ten­sile’

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