Matisse cheer for Roe Arts Centre three years on

Desima Connolly, manager of the Roe Valley Arts & Leisure Centre.  (1410JB15)
Desima Connolly, manager of the Roe Valley Arts & Leisure Centre. (1410JB15)

Three years on and the multi-million pound Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre in Limavady has placed Limavady firmly on Northern Ireland’s cultural map.

That’s according to the Centre’s arts and cultural officer, Desima Connolly speaking ahead of the launch of an exhibition of the work of Henri Matisse, one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century.

“It is no coincidence that the exhibition falls in October, our annual birthday month. We want as many as possible to join us at the launch and help us celebrate this amazing exhibition. Hosting this exhibition in partnership with the Hayward Gallery, London, is also representative of our achievements in the three years we have been open,” said Ms Connolly. “We have brought a quality and exciting arts programme to Limavady borough, placing it firmly on Northern Ireland’s cultural map.”

The exhibition - ‘Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, Late Works 1950-54’ - opens on Thursday at 7pm and runs until 14 November.

On tour from the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, the exhibition features 35 lithographic prints of the large-scale cut outs Matisse made in the last four years of his life when the artist was confined to his bed. It includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.

“The French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists.

His vibrant works are celebrated for their richness, colour and energy and his artwork has pride of place in the international collections of renowned institutions such as the Louvre, Paris, National Gallery and Tate Collections, Museum of Modern Art, New York amongst many,” said Ms Connolly.

“The lithographic reproductions in this exhibition are taken from a special double issue of Verve, a review of art and literature, published by Tériade, a major publisher of fine art books in 1958.”

Admission to the exhibition is free.

Visitor tours and a host of accompanying creative workshops for children and adults coincide with the exhibition and education packs and worksheets are also available for schools.

For further information on the exhibition and workshops, visit or contact the Team on 028 777 60650.