Out of the Marvellous2 November 2012 – 16 January 2013
"...as the poet, like a master potter, slowly shapes on his word wheel the given clay into a vase, an urn, a bowl and (efffortlessly mixing dulce with utile) glazes it with living colour" (poet Eamonn Grennan on Seamus Heaney's collection, 'Human Chain')
Out of the Marvellous (from Seamus Heaney) is an exhibition of work by some of Ireland's foremost makers and poets.
Just as the best poetry can create moments of epiphany in the reader, so too can the finest objects stir in the observer feelings of pure emotion and understanding. This show will trace the connections between both art forms, through exploring the work of Sonja Landweer, Seamus Heaney, Angela O'Kelly, Gerard Smyth, Frances Lambe, Joe Hogan, Derek Mahon and others.
"There is a wonderful kinetic energy, a kind of sprung coil, present in the way poets and makers work, and a compelling texture to some of the best examples from both worlds. Manifestations of both art forms allow us ways of looking at the world; these are often wonderful glimpses that can make for epiphanies of meaning and understanding and pure emotion in the observer. I want to explore work by makers who can directly trace some of their work back to poetic influences and makers whose work I admire of course. Language is often a channel to some sort of understanding of the world and objects can also very much provide this too - I'm thinking here a little bit of WG Sebald's line 'things know more about us than we know about them'"
Maureen Kennelly, curator
The exhibition is a co-production with Poetry Ireland and Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, where it will tour in January 2013.
View readings by Gerard Smyth and Seamus Heaney, on the opening night of Out of the Marvellous at the National Craft Gallery, November 2nd 2012.
Read article by Emily Hourican on Sonja Landweer, Seamus Heaney and Out of the Marvellous published in The Independent, December 14th 2012.
Solstice, Navan 9 February 2013 – 6 April 2013
Solstice Arts Centre, Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meathwww.solsticeartscentre.com/
Education & Outreach
FAMILY DAY Weaving Words Sat 12th Jan 10.30am & 12noon
Craft Up your January and join us for WEAVING WORDS! This fun-filled Family Day were we will be exploring rhythms in poetry as well as the rhythmic actions of weaving. Bring along a favourite poem and try your hand on our loom! The workshops are suitable for children aged 5 to 12 years old but all the family are welcome to stay and join in! FREE EVENT book here