Enniscorthy Castle is excitedly preparing for the National Art Exhibition entitled ‘Elements’. Forty pieces of art and sculpture, drawn from the National art collection will be exhibited at the Castle from Saturday, 8th December 2012 to Sunday, 13 January 2013.
Admission to the exhibition is free, and is a wonderful opportunity to see art and sculpture from nationally and internationally renowned artists on display in County Wexford for the very first time.
The visit of the exhibition to Enniscorthy is the latest in a series of annual joint art exhibitions organised by the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) in Northern Ireland and the Office of Public Works (OPW) in the republic and this is the fifteenth year of this joint annual exhibition.
The theme of this year’s exhibition is how the elements may be represented in art, and explores how the various artistic styles depict the four elements – fire, earth, air and water. Culminating in Enniscorthy Castle, there were four venues for this year’s exhibition, starting in the Central Library, Belfast in September, followed by Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Dublin, in October, Larne Town Hall, County Antrim in November and finally Enniscorthy Castle, County Wexford for December and January.
Manager of Enniscorthy Castle, Jacqui Hynes, who attended the launch in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, said “We are so delighted that the ‘Elements’ exhibition is joining us in Enniscorthy Castle. It is a fantastic recognition of our castle as the heart of our community, where everybody is welcome to come and see these beautiful pieces, free of charge. The art is more spectacular in reality, and I really look forward to people from far and near coming along and enjoying it.”
She added that “Enniscorthy Castle is adding an extra twist to the exhibition by encouraging people to compose a piece of poetry to accompany each piece of art, and the most appropriate will be displayed beside the relevant piece”.
The full catalogue of the exhibition will be available to see on our website knightsandrebels.ie, and poets are invited to submit their poem by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, 30November. Staff at Enniscorthy Castle will also be explaining our favourite pieces on our facebook page Knights and Rebels.
The exhibition will be launched by Minister Brian Hayes on Friday, 7th December 2012, and runs until Sunday, 13th January 2013.