Hyde Bridge Gallery, Icon Exhibition, September 2017

See below for some more great photographs taken by Olga Weston click here and Philip Brennan of the Sligo Exhibition click here.

Some comments:

Congratulations on the Sligo exhibition. Loved it! – particularly the titanium one! A great crowd at the opening! Suzanne Halpin

In the Hyde Bridge Gallery today (Fri 15th Sept). Loved the exhibition, beautiful work. What talent in this country! Had to go back later to spend some more time with the icons. Cepta Collier

Was in Sligo this morning (Sat 9th Sept). The icons look great and the gallery is very nice! Mary Fitzgerald

You did a great job at the opening of the Sligo exhibition. Well done to everyone. Keep up the good work! Philip Brennan

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Icon Exhibition in Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo, September 2017

One of the largest exhibitions of icons in Ireland opened in the Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo, 5th September and runs until Tuesday the 26th September. The seventy icons on display were all painted by members of The Association of Iconographers Ireland. This event was organised by the Association as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations.

Between 80 and 100 people attended the opening which was officially opened by Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin who is well acquainted with the Association as it was he and his team who commissioned the 4 icons which accompanied the 2012 Eucharistic Congress Bell. The icons are beautifully displayed, all thanks to Richard Sinclair, Patrick McMacken and Philip Brennan. Maureen Quinn and Una Jenkins who found this beautiful venue say the exhibition has been very well received and is well attended.

We are delighted with the publicity which has accompanied this exhibition. The Sligo Leader Partnership, “Come and Try Taster Weekend, 50 Ways to Change your Lifestyle” asked Maureen Quinn to give a guided tour of the Exhibition which will take place 12pm to 2pm today.

Last Sunday, Richard Sinclair, iconographer and Association tutor gave an interview to Ocean FM Arts Program.

Reality magazine, September 2017, posted a short piece on the Association, the Sligo Exhibition and a picture of Patrick McMacken’s icon of The Theotokos of the Passion (Reality Bites, page 6). Thanks to our secretary, Patricia Forde, for organised  this posting.

Lastly a big thanks to Olga Weston click here for the many beautiful photographs she took at the Exhibition, (see below). I think you will agree that Olga has done the beautiful icons justice in her sensitive photography.

We are very blessed to have so many members who worked so hard as a team to organise all the events and courses which took place over this last year. Our founding members can only be celebrating with us. Congratulations to all our members.


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Icon Course in Knock, Co Mayo, Oct 2017

I received a message from Theodoros Papadopoulos an iconographer from Greece who is holding an Iconography Workshop at Alexian Brothers Monastery in Knock, Ireland.
For more information check out his website: click here

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Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Exhibition

Adrienne Lord’s exhibition continues in Christ Church until the end of September.

Adrienne says; “We were very honoured to have a visit from the Ambassador for Greece Katie Georgiou and their deputy Head of Mission Olga Anagnostopoulou to our exhibition in Christ Church. I have attached two photos.
The exhibition is coming down on the 5th October and the last workshop is on Friday the 29th September so last chance to come and visit?”

For more information regarding opening times etc., click here

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Exhibition of Holy Icons, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo – September 2017

As you all know by now, The Association of Iconographers Ireland is celebrating its 25thAnniversary this year and tomorrow, 5th Sept 2017 the second group exhibition opens in Sligo, in the Hyde Bridge Gallery. The exhibition gives the public an opportunity to share in the beautiful work of this vibrant faith community.

To find out about other events happening around the country, check the Newsletters and the Association’s blog page regularly. We will keep you posted!

The exhibition in Hyde Bridge Gallery will be opening by Bishop Kevin Doran,  at 18.00 on Tue 5th Sept 2017 and will run for three weeks.

I do hope you will get to see this beautiful exhibition in Sligo. Have a look at the Hyde Bridge Gallery webpage for more details.click here


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Ards Icon Course, Donegal, August 2017

The yearly course in Ards Friary, Donegal was, once again, well attended. We had 27 members present at the course and from the feedback and photos (see below), the course was well received. Thanks to Ards Friary for it’s hospitality and to the Association committee for running this well organised course, Looking forward to next year, already!

A big thanks to Carmel Roberts who took and sent in the lovely photos (see below).

Some members comments from the Ards Course, August 2017:

  • A very relaxed atmosphere with no melt downs.
  • Demos excellent would like the same again next year
  • Really enjoyed the week. Great reflections, meditations and support when writing icons. (I) liked the short demos blitz. Good company and mixing.
  • Everything was really nice on the course.
  • Excellent tutoring
  • Great week. Thought it worked very well grouping us together and giving demonstrations on the relevant icon. Excellent tuition. AA room and halo application also worked well.
  • RELAXED atmosphere. Tolerance of a bit of noise and chatter. (I) thought this was Must strike fine balance between intense work and some element of reflection.
  • Really well organised. Excellent demonstrations and explanations. Marvellous prayers and reflections. Well done! Thank you all very much.
  • Great calmness and harmony. A dedicated tutor to ‘early learners’ worked very well.

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Icons in Public Spaces

I have updated the list of Icons in Public Spaces, added some and corrected others.

Locations of Icons in Public Spaces

Let me know if you have any further updates and I will add them at a future date.


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