Kerry Artist Transforms Gallery In Siamsa Tíre

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KERRY artist Denis Buckley has taken up residence in a closed Siamsa Tíre this week to transform the Round Gallery with an 80ft (24metres) wall painting, entitled Shipbuilding (After Covid-19).

The continuous wall of the central gallery will be covered by four large interrelated images. The paintings span a one-year period starting from the height of the pandemic in April 2020, ending a year later in an imagined future post-Covid.

The Killarney artist is documenting his process on video and sharing images of the work as it emerges on Siamsa Tíre social media channels.

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Influenced by medieval predellas and Monet’s oval rooms at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, each painting at Siamsa measures 20ft (6metres) in length and 9ft (3metres) in height.

Painted directly onto the gallery walls, the first 3 images follow a narrative progression, charting the rise and consequences of the virus; the final painting plots a hopeful change as a result.

The work will be carried out until this Friday and the process filmed to view shortly after on social media platforms.

This is the artist’s first return to Siamsa since he completed a large wall painting marking the Art Centre’s 25-year history in June 2016.

Róisín McGarr, Executive Director of Siamsa Tíre comments; “Despite the building being closed to the public due to COVID restrictions, we are delighted to be able to support our local artists with a number of initiatives by giving them safe access to specific areas in the building.  In addition to our online premiere of Anam.

“Our video celebration of The Blackbird dance and our series of workshops for children during lockdown, we recently launched a series of online performances using our theatre space with Oracle streaming online at the August bank holiday weekend (still available on our YouTube channel). This will be followed later this month with a performance by Conor Moriarty and Conor O’Sullivan on stage.  We are delighted to now open up the gallery space to Denis for his site specific art installation. We are also glad to be welcoming back our Associate Artist, choreographer Catherine Young, to our rehearsal studio space this month to work on a new dance piece.”

All of the Siamsa Tíre activity can be followed on social media channels on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram or follow links on

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