New exhibition for Backstage

Margaret Norton nee Browne pictured in the Longford Arms on Sunday. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
A new exhibition entitled ‘Landscapes From the History House’ by Roscommon artist Lucy Brennan Shiel and poet Kieran Fury will open at the Backstage Theatre’s Atrium Gallery tomorrow, Thursday.

A new exhibition entitled ‘Landscapes From the History House’ by Roscommon artist Lucy Brennan Shiel and poet Kieran Fury will open at the Backstage Theatre’s Atrium Gallery tomorrow, Thursday.

Inspired by a collection of Furey’s poems called ‘The History House’, which is set against the backdrop of Strokestown House and the National Famine Museum, Brennan Shiel has produced a series of oil paintings and prints which continue her decade-long study of the Shannonside landscape.

Featured alongside extracts of Furey’s poetry, both explore the emptiness of the land in both physical and emotional senses. The paintings have been described as both internal and external landscapes, inspired in particular by the poem ‘I am the Land’.

Kieran Furey has written, taught and travelled all his life and recently returned home to Curraghroe near Lanesboro, not from the Strokestown estate. Lucy Brennan Shiel hails from the same area but has been based mainly in London since 1987.

The exhibition opens tomorrow evening at 8pm and the event will feature a poetry reading by Kieran Furey, traditional music by Noel Carberry on uilleann pipes and tin whistle, and Lucy’s father, Frank Brennan, a well-known singer from the area.

Landscapes From the History House will run at the Atrium Gallery at the Backstage Theatre, Longford until Saturday, June 29.