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Back Alleys by Amanda Jane Graham at Galway University Hospital

Date posted: 27 March 2015

Give Us A Spin by Amanda Jane Graham

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is delighted to present Back Alleys by Longford based artist Amanda Jane Graham currently on display at University Hospital Galway (UHG) until April 17. Amanda will visit UHG on April 8 to give an artist talk at 1.00pm on the Arts Corridor.

Back Alleys is a mixed media exbibition that revolves around the urban landscape. The artworks document emotive and dramatic visions that are accurate recollections of private worlds, which are challenging, funny and intriguing at the same time. The works bring into focus the contribution that back alleys make to the social experience of childhood, creating an energy that is both engaging and thought provoking. Back Alleys playfully explores and emphasises the traditions and freedoms of childhood and childhood environments which are rapidly disappearing.

Amanda Jane states; “The title plays an important role as it directs the viewer into the work and gives an honest and frank insight into the train of thought at the time of creating it. The traditional mediums of collage, drawing and fine print are key to generating the intricate visual representation that penetrates the memory of the observer creating unconscious and organic emotional reactions. The artworks have the power to form a personal relationships with the viewer because they are mischievous, nostalgic and thought provoking. Back Alleys has the capacity to instigate collective memory by encouraging the viewer to recall their own childhood games and hideouts, this stirring recall devises alliances between the private and collective memories of artist and audience.”

Margaret Flannery, Director of the GUH Arts Trust said, “These artworks really suit the art corridor and I believe they will enhance the experience for our patients here at UHG as they stop to admire the work and perhaps reminisce of their own childhoods.”

The exhibition is on view at the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway for colleagues, staff, patients and visitors to enjoy until April 17. This will be followed by the annual Poems for Patience exhibition in association with Cúirt International Festival of Literature. This year’s poems are selected by Naomi Shihab Nye and will be officially launched on April 24 at 11.00a.m.

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is a registered charity, to make a donation or for further information regarding the hospital arts programme and the work of Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust contact Margaret Flannery, Arts Director at 091 544979 or guhartstrust@hse.ie

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