Saturday, June 23, 2007

Ballybane Exhibition

An exhibition of the work of 12 travellers aged between 13 and 18 years of age was officially opened by the Mayor of Galway, Councillor Tom Costello on Thursday 21st June.

The inspiration and subject of the art work on display comes from the young artists own experiences and environment. The young artists worked under the direction of Terry Callaly a teacher and artist who specialises in art and special education.

The painting on the left is entitled 'First Caution' and is a group work by the Traveller Youth project.
The names of the artists who have work on display in the exhibition are:

  • Jimmy McDonagh
  • Mary Teresa Collins
  • Brigid Mongan
  • Lisa Mongan
  • Brigid Donovan
  • Donna Donovan
  • Charlie Collins
  • Michael Mongan
  • Ger Barry
  • Martin Collins, his painting 'Lone Star State of Mind', is above.

This is an exhibition which radiates warmth and openness. It is an exhibition by young artists who want to express something human, eloquent, beautiful and vibrant.

The exhibition was initiated by BÁN, a community based youth development project operated by Foroige, funded by the Department of Justice and the Ballybane Traveller Youth Project

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