Aug 17th - 21st 2016

Terryglass, County Tipperary

The Raven and the Writing Desk

Date: Everyday

Time: 11am - 5pm

Venue: Village Hall

​Ciarnad Ryan

"The Raven and the Writing Desk, an abstraction. The wolves dream of snow, the winter gardeners dream of Spring, the herbalist- the book, the soldier- the castle, the artist the easel. Dreamtime? Invention? Riddles that have no answers.”

Ciarnad Ryan lives in Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary is an accomplished landscape designer, lecturer in horticulture and artist, specialising in painting and drawing. Ciarnad’s work for this exhibition was developed while on residency at Damer House in the Summer of 2014 and was inspired by her research into medieval and Georgian events at Roscrea Castle and Damer House.

​​Patrick Fitzpatrick

‘Alice in Wonderland’ …… Alice, for me, is how we see and understand the world our Elders conditioned us to live in and Alice’s questioning, of finding her own world through her dogged belief in her intelligence, creativeness and girlish ingenuity, with panache and aplomb, shows the courage of her freedom of spirit to be herself. The title of this show ‘The Raven and the Writing Desk’ is a riddle that never should be answered, it is filled with such wonder, mystery and mischief that our imagination, life long, is always open to ponder.

Patrick lives in Emo, Portlaoise and is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design where he graduated with a Masters in Fine Art (Printmaking). He has participated in numerous exhibitions and has won awards for his drawing skills.

​Katrina Maguire

The fairy tale ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll was allegedly inspired by an upstream river expedition made in Oxford on 4th July 1862. 

Thus grew the tale of Wonderland:
Thus slowly one by one,
Its quaint events were hammered out-
And now the tale is done,
And Home we steer a merry crew,
Beneath the setting sun


For the Damer House exhibition Katrina explores the perception of time, place and space, focusing on how different types of time and space, histories and environs are recorded through a range of processes and technologies. Katrina lectures in Fine Art Painting in Limerick School of Art and Design, and lives and works in Limerick. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and received numerous awards throughout her career.

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