Image shown: Detail from Nosey Cow by Hugh Barr.

Head in the Hedgerow, an exhibition by artist Hugh Barr, is currently on display at University Hospital Galway and will continue until 16 October 2017. The exhibition features a series of paintings showing the diversity of plants and flowers found within the hedgerow.

Hugh Barr’s paintings are inspired by the nature surrounding him, the small things that make up the bigger picture: ‘I began to see the plants and signs of animals. I noticed the seasonal changes and even saw how the plants reacted to the daily effects of weather and light. I always considered that I had been aware of these things before, but now I was taking a closer look. This enabled me to understand the diversity of life that is sustained by the hedgerows and the important role that they play within the countryside.’

The exhibition was first shown in Roscommon University Hospital as their inaugural art exhibition last year and was positively received by patients and staff.

Head in the Hedgerow is presented by Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust. For information regarding the arts programme, phone 091-544979 or email


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