On Easter Saturday a group of Tipperary artists installed a selection of their work in the cloister of Holycross Abbey.
The artists in question were all part of a stone and wood sculpture workshop at Stonemad Workshops in Holycross, which was run by North Tipperary VEC Community Education. The workshop was taught by sculptor Philip Quinn and was run as evening classes at his studio in Holycross. The sculptures were created using various types of stone; Kilkenny and Carlow Limestone, Portland Limestone, Caen (France) Limestone, Tipperary Sandstone – and wood; and take many forms – figurative, abstract and functional.
While some of the artists may have had a little experience of stone sculpture many were new to the medium, but all of the pieces have been finished to a very high standard. The magnificent surroundings of the Cloister of Holycross Abbey lent itself very well to this exhibition and Philip and the group are indebted to Fr Tom Breen and Fr Celsus Tierney for accommodating this innovative project. The exhibition was met with a hugely positive response over the very busy Easter weekend at the Abbey. On Easter Saturday visitors to the Abbey were treated to a “live exhibition” as one of the artists, Paul Fogarty, spent a bit of time working on his wooden sculpture, “Lover on the Mind”.
The artists involved were Ken Curran, John Shorley, John Quinlan, Paul Fogarty, Rhonda Spillane, Seamus Fogarty, Tom Gallagher, Louise Heaney, Maggie O’Malley Browne, Dan Gallagher, Ann O’Mahoney, Eddie Lohan, Michael Hayes, Tracy Culleton, Damien McCarron and Martin Cummins. The evening classes were funded by North Tipperary VEC and the group and Philip are very grateful to Deborah Ryan, Community Education Officer with VEC for facilitating the classes and for her continuing support and encouragement.
The exhibition will run until the May Bank Holiday weekend, so there is still an opportunity to view some beautiful pieces of sculpture in a truly unique setting.