Festival Gallery – Hughie O’ Donoghue & Bill Viola

Returning to its city centre location on William Street, this year’s Galway International Arts Festival Gallery plays host to two spectacular exhibitions:

Night Cargo, a major new exhibition by celebrated Irish artist Hughie O’Donoghue:

The new exhibition features large-scale works. His characteristic style frequently combine rich, expressionist colours and textures, verging on the abstract, when addressing a particular event or history. The Cargo series were inspired by F.W. Murnau’s 1922, silent cinema masterpiece, Nosferatu, brings together a group of recent and related paintings, all of which are made on re–purposed materials.

As put in his Artist’s Note, this is:

“a reference to the ongoing crisis of global sustainability but also to the profound human dilemma of the ‘burden of memory’…relentless and illusive but also timeless and constant.”

Three Women by internationally acclaimed video artist Bill Viola:

Bill Viola has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art and in so doing has helped to greatly expand its scope in terms of technology, content and historical reach.

Three Women is part of the Transfigurations series, a group of works that reflect on the passage of time and the process by which a person’s inner being is transformed.

“Profound and deeply moving.”

– Three Women depicts a mother and two daughters and expresses a vision of the eternal nature of human life.

Entry to the Festival Gallery on William street is free but ticketed to allow for social distancing. Please select a time slot when booking, time at the Festival Gallery is limited to 45 minutes. Your ticket allows entry to the Gallery to view both exhibitions of Hughie O’Donoghue and Bill Viola.

Tickets may be available at the door subject to capacity, however, it’s advise to book up to a day in advance of your chosen date online to be sure of entry to the gallery.

Please note that the wearing of face masks is mandatory and must be worn when attending indoor events in the Autumn Edition programme including the Festival Gallery.