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Annual Sculpture Exhibition curated by Richard Scott kicks off at Ballymaloe House

From The East Cork Journal.

Cementing their long-standing reputation for supporting the arts, Ballymaloe House and the Allen family are once again gearing up to welcome the annual Sculpture Exhibition to the grounds of Ballymaloe Farm, based in Shanagarry in beautiful East Cork. Curated by Richard Scott, the exhibition will officially open on Thursday 20th June at 6pm and is available for viewing from 9am to 9pm daily until the 31st August.

With 42 distinctive pieces created by 33 artists on show over the course of the exhibition, the eclectic collection will feature works in stone, stainless steel, ceramic and even grass, with each piece precisely placed against the picturesque surrounds of Ballymaloe Farm. The exhibition includes Irish, Swiss and Slovenian artists, while familiar names like John Coll, Elizabeth Cope, Patrick O’Reilly and Michael Quane are featured among the esteemed list.

A particular highlight of the Sculpture Exhibition Programme is the Stone Carving Symposium, which will run for two weeks from the opening on 20th June. During this time, artists Eileen McDonagh from Sligo and Bojana Krizanec from Slovenia will reside and work on the farm in an ‘open studio’ setting. Eileen will carve from Red Granite, while Bojana will work with Kilkenny Limestone and both artists will welcome questions from visitors on all aspects of their work.

Now in its sixth year, Richard Scott’s Sculpture Exhibition has become a well-loved attraction for visitors to Ballymaloe House. Aside from enjoying the exquisite food and hospitality to be found at one of Ireland’s most reputable country houses, those touching down at the East Cork attraction will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in this unique and special installation.

Speaking ahead of the official opening, Peter Loughnane, General Manager of Ballymaloe House said: “We’re very proud to be hosting Richard Scott’s 2019 exhibition at Ballymaloe House. This is a fitting tribute to the commitment the Allen family have always displayed to the arts. This exhibition has become a highlight of our summer at Ballymaloe as it turns our garden into a stunning art gallery. Our team here have been excited to see the exhibition taking shape over the past few weeks and we really look forward to sharing it with our guests over the summer months. The guided talks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings are the perfect way to engage with the exhibition, with Richard Scott curating.”

Ballymaloe House will be offering a mid-week Art Appreciation package, priced at €440 for two people. The package includes a guided tour of the Sculpture Exhibition with curator Richard Scott (including a glass of wine), 5-course Ballymaloe dinner and an overnight stay, followed by an award-winning breakfast the next morning. For booking or further information on the Sculpture Exhibition at Ballymaloe House, email res@ballymaloe.ie or call 021-4652531.