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New visual art set for Market Place Theatre in Armagh

The Market Place Theatre in Armagh is set to welcome two new visual art exhibitions over the coming weeks.

The first, which will be on show in the venue’s Main Gallery space is entitled ‘Abandoned; Not Forgotten?’, a multidisciplinary installation by visual artist Lise McGreevy, artist and composer Marie Theres Davis, poet Jim Johnston and film-maker Paul Whittaker.

Striping away the political agenda, the remit for all four artists for this installation was to promote and embrace both factions of our society, culturally and equally, to create an original body of work, which they best felt answered the question: The culture, heritage and language of our joint Irish and Ulster Scots history – is it abandoned; forgotten? The reply by all four was a resounding no. The exhibition will run from Friday, September 7 until Saturday, October 27.

In the venue’s main foyer, artist Frances O’Reilly will exhibit ‘On The Edge Of Green’. Abstract in approach, O’Reilly’s work is informed by place and its potential to arrest the senses.

Places linked to her work include Glasgow and Cornwall with her current work connected to the rural landscape where its boundaries, enclosures and filmic vistas have the continuous ability to visually excite and resonate in an elemental way.

Working in acrylic, the paintings are produced by an interplay between colour and shape. Often aerial in perspective, they range from small-scale pieces to miniscule landscape fragments.

This exhibition will run from Friday, September 7 until Saturday, November 10.

Admission to both exhibitions is free. For further information, visit the website at www.visitarmagh.com/marketplacetheatre You can also follow developments on Facebook (www.facebook.com/marketplacearmagh) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/mptarmagh) for the latest information and video previews.

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