30 Nov 2021

Engage to
host ‘Praxis’

A piece by Kildare native Mary Ronayne.
On Friday, June 20, a new exhibition will be opened at the old Providers building on Main Street, Longford.

On Friday, June 20, a new exhibition will be opened at the old Providers building on Main Street, Longford.

Hosted by Engage, the exhibition, entitled ‘Praxis’, is the first as a result of the open call issued by the local group to artists both locally and nationally. The response to the open call was very positive, and will result in a serious of exhibitions programmed for 2014 and 2015.

‘Praxis’ is an exhibition of selected works by Marian Balfe and Katie Watchorn (Longford and Dublin), Jenny Fox (Tipperary) and Mary Ronayne (Kildare).

The exhibition will include installation work by Marian Balfe and Katie Watchorn based on details from an old docket book belonging to Balfe’s dairy, a family-run business originally run from 16 Ward’s Terrace, Longford.

The booklets contained the amount of milk consumed by various households and businesses in Longford town during November 1975. Using this information, the artists create a narrative, questioning the families and activities associated with the consumption of this milk.

Kildare native Mary Ronayne explores the implications of the Great War and the passing of the Home Rule Bill 1914 on the then vibrant community of the Curragh Camp, Co Kildare, home of the British Army in Ireland. Her work for the exhibition comprises of photographs mounted on aluminium and small drawings.

A painter living and working in Tipperary, Jenny Fox explores the concept of land and place with the notion of timelessness. The predominant mood behind her work is one of dense stillness and unhindered horizon, a sense of quiet and restfulness; an empty place, as if the subject has simply stepped out.

Opening at 7pm on Friday, June 20, ‘Praxis’ will continue until Friday, June 27.

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