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Seanscéalta / Myths and Legends, Raheen Hospital Day Care Centre & Scariff Library, Co Clare

Raheen Hospital Day Care Centre and Scariff Library, Co Clare

Seanscéalta / Myths and Legends, an exhibition developed through the continued partnership between Iniscealtra Festival of the Arts and IMMA’s National Programme, explores the world of childhood stories and memories, nursery rhymes and fairy tales. In Scariff Library, artworks from IMMA’s Collection by Irish artist Alice Maher are exhibited alongside works made by local primary school children and visitors to the Raheen Hospital Day Care Centre in workshops inspired by both Alice Maher’s and  Paula Rego’s practices. Born in Tipperary, Alice Maher works within the realms of nature and culture, subversion and transformation, mythology and memory. Maher explains that working with materials like bees, berries and hair, she builds up a strong relationship with their histories and cultural associations in the creation of surreal works, that appear, like enchanted objects from a medieval folk tale. 

Paula Rego, Little Miss Muffet, 1989, Etching and aquatint, 23/50, 52 x 38 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1996Alice Maher, Berry Dress, 1994, Rosehips, cotton, paint, sewing pins, 25 x 32 x 24 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1995Paula Rego, The Baker's Wife, 1989, Etching and aquatint, 14/75, 33.5 x 26.3 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1997


Prints from IMMA’s Collection by Paula Rego, the celebrated Portuguese painter and print-maker, are exhibited in Raheen Hospital Day Care Centre. Rego’s works are highly figurative and explore, often through illustration of well-known works of literature, frightening or disturbing situations, many of which have a semi-overt sexual aspect. A number of her prints relate specifically to children's literature, to fairy tales, nursery rhymes and longer fictional works which have a wide popular appeal. Using powerfully contrasting light effects, sharp, angular forms and child-like shifts in scale she communicates a sense that cherished children's stories often contain messages that are profoundly unnerving from a child's perspective or, alternately, are accepted by the child while it is the adult reader who is not comfortable with them.

To view the list of works in the exhibition please download the following document:

> arrow link Seanscéalta / Myths and Legends: List of Works (Word doc 2000 - 29.5KB) 

The exhibition will be accompanied by workshops and tours funded by the Department of Education.

Opening Hours:
Scariff Public Library, Mountshannon Road, Scariff, Co Clare
Monday - Friday: 12.00am – 5.00pm
Tel: 061 922893

Raheen Hospital Day Care Centre:
Monday - Friday: 11.00 am – 5.00pm

Related Links

> arrow link Press Release

> arrow link Iniscealtra Festival of the Arts

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