Who is Afraid of the Big Bad Woods?, an exhibition by Galway artist Maev Leneghan, is currently on display at the Arts Corridor in University Hospital, Galway. The exhibition runs daily until 15 March 2013, all work is for sale and members of the public are welcome.

The exhibition encompasses a journey through the snow, through dusky wilderness and charcoal forest, providing an encounter with a natural world.  There is plenty to stimulate the senses as adventure moves from the forest to a series of interiors where a cast of characters appear in and out of various narratives. This is a quietly colourful exhibition that encourages the imagination, enticing the audience to project their own ideas and make their own connection to the images.

Maev Leneghan commented: ‘As a species our strength lies in communities, in imagination and communication, and we are reminded of this amidst lively human interaction. Most of us live removed from places where nature is still wild. I create images that value the richness of our interior lives, while also our curiosity for wider horizons. My paintings, drawings and etchings, from the breathtaking to the playful, are a reminder of humankind’s exuberance in the face of an impassive and insensible wilderness.

Margaret Flannery, Arts Director at Galway University Hospitals, states: ‘When programming an exhibition for the hospital community we seek to find an exhibition that is accessible and will engage the hospital community.  Maev’s work forms a narrative that invites the viewer to use their own imagination to weave together the visual threads to form their own story.

Maev Leneghan has been a member of the Graphic Studio Dublin for ten years. She is a recipient of the 2008 Fellowship to Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Mayo as well as Arts Council and Culture Ireland Grants. Maev has exhibited internationally in Poland, Iceland, USA, UK and was selected for Biennales in Canada, Czech Republic and Portugal. In Ireland, she has participated in exhibitions at the Chester Beatty Library and the National Gallery of Ireland. In 2010, she completed an Artist in Residence in Sweden, which led to exhibitions in Uttersberg and Gothenberg in 2011. Maev is represented by the Graphic Studio Gallery and the Printmakers Gallery in Dublin.

For further information on this exhibition please contact Margaret Flannery, Arts Director: guhartstrust@hse.ie


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