Galway International Arts Festival is delighted to take part in Culture Night 2020 on Friday 18 September. Now in its fifteenth year, Culture Night is an annual, all-island public event that celebrates creativity and the arts and promotes accessibility. As part of the Culture Night programme, Galway International Arts Festival presents Mirror Pavilion, Corn Work by John Gerrard on the Claddagh Quay and two stunning exhibitions at the city centre Festival Gallery.
Mirror Pavilion, Corn Work by John Gerrard, located on Claddagh Quay, is the centrepiece of the Autumn Edition programme. Commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, Mirror Pavilion is a beautiful and striking structure, with three sides and the roof clad in a highly reflective mirror and the fourth wall a high–resolution LED wall. The astonishingly realistic virtual world on the LED screen displays a digital simulation of the Claddagh landscape and four folk figures, the Straw Boys.
Free and open to the pubic, Mirror Pavilion can be viewed from the Spanish Arch, Middle Pier, and the area surrounding Claddagh Quay. This spectacular outdoor installation will only be in Galway city until Saturday 26 September, so be sure to see it before it moves to Connemara 11-31 October.
Opening hours at the Festival Gallery on William Street will be extended til 9pm for Culture Night (last entry at 8pm). The Festival Gallery is home to two spectacular exhibitions: Night Cargo, a series of large-scale works by renowned Irish artist Hughie O’Donoghue, and Three Women, a video piece by Bill Viola. Entry to the Festival Gallery is free, but visitors are asked to pre-book a free ticket in line with public health guidelines.
Pre-book your free ticket here. Tickets allow access to both exhibitions.
Galway International Arts Festival’s Autumn Edition is now on with events taking place in the city until 26 September, including Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard, which moves from Galway to Derrigimlagh Bog, Connemara from 11-31 October.
Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of its principal funding agencies the Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, Education Partner NUI Galway, Festival Energy partner Flogas and Drinks Partner Heineken®.