Brand New Art Gallery Officially Opens at Mount Congreve Gardens and Inaugural Exhibition Unveiled

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A brand new Art Gallery has been officially opened at Mount Congreve Gardens in County Waterford with the unveiling of its inaugural exhibition ‘Bucolica’.

Bucolica showcases serene and idyllic works of art and encourages a reflective examination of the historical and contemporary implications of humanity’s relationship with the landscape.

The exhibition includes work by invited artists Ciara Roche, Michael Wann, Bernadette Kiely, Zsolt Basti and Lee Welch, to mention just a few, and a wide range of work carefully selected by artists Melissa O’Donnell and Anne Ryan supported by Artform and Big Look Art following an open call in March 2024.

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‘Bucolica’ is on display until July. Photograph: Patrick Browne.

Speaking of the exhibition Martina O’Byrne of Artform said, “Bucolica offers emerging artists an opportunity to exhibit with their more established peers and win awards including a jury prize for inclusion of their work in a new permanent collection for Mount Congreve Gardens, a solo show and an artist residency in the gardens.”

This event and the gallery is the launch of a new partnership between Mount Congreve Gardens and Artform which is aimed at celebrating art in the gardens all year long.

The gallery opening and exhibition unveiling was the first event in the inaugural ‘Art In The Gardens’ programme over the May bank holiday weekend at Mount Congreve Gardens.

“We are delighted to host this event at Mount Congreve Gardens and to see our new exhibition space adorned with an incredible array of art and creating a new dialogue between art and the beauty of the gardens and landscape in the context of ‘Bucolica’. We are looking forward to announcing new exhibitions, residencies and other art related events, and to welcoming lots of new works and artists to the new Mount Congreve Gardens Gallery in the near future.”

Sara Dolan Commercial Director at Mount Congreve Gardens

Mount Congreve Gardens are open 7 days per week and visitors can enjoy the stunning ‘Bucolica’ exhibition free of charge throughout the summer months.

A new exhibition will be launched every 8 weeks.

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