7. Friary Art Gallery, Carrickbeg

Exhibition Hours:
11am-4pm Friday, 11am-6pm Saturday and Sunday and 11-4pm Monday

Bernadette Kiely (087 2925426). Bernadette grew up in Carrick on Suir and graduated from the College of Art and Design, Waterford I.T. before attending the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She has exhibited her largescale paintings and drawings nationally and internationally. In 2007 she was elected to Aosdana for her significant contribution to art in Ireland. She is represented by Taylor Galleries, 16, Kildare Street, Dublin. www.taylorgalleries.ie.

Bernadette is showcasing her new exhibition ’tell me about your mother… (feat. The Two Travellers)’, a tribute to her mother, it is a poignant meditation on time, grief and a celebration of a life combined. It is strongly rooted in the artist’s sense of place and the evocative memories that they hold. Through revisiting places from her childhood and using old photographs and postcards of the area, Kiely was able to reflect on her mother Maisie’s life and recent passing. The work in this exhibition is an intimate collection of smaller works including drawings, paintings, photographs and poetry with reference objects. Maisie Kiely (nee Cummins) lived between Killenaule and Carrickon Suir, Co. Tipperary and it is this landscape that inspired this exhibition.
“The Two Travellers” by: C.J. Boland references Killenaule and many of the places
that made up the landscape of Maisie’s life. The poem also has meaning for
Bernadette as her father was widely travelled, having been stationed in Singapore
after the war.

tell me about your mother.jpeg

The photograph titled “In the guesthouse of my mind” is a recent image
photographed by Kiely in December 2018 – it was the guesthouse Maisie ran in
Carrick on Suir during her life and where Bernadette and her siblings grew up.

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Bernadette is launching her Exhibition on Thursday 30th May at 6pm, all are welcome.

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