McGuinness unveils ‘Voyage’ at City Gallery

Acclaimed local artist Maurice Harron who is showcasing his work this week at the London Street Gallery.

Acclaimed local artist Maurice Harron who is showcasing his work this week at the London Street Gallery.

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A new exhibition featuring works by two locally acclaimed artists has been described as ‘inspirational’ by the North’s Deputy First Minister.

Martin McGuinness was speaking at the launch of ‘Voyage’ - a unique collection of sculptures and paintings by Maurice Harron and Brian Ferran - in the London Street Gallery which is located in the heart of Derry’s city centre.

The exhibition centres on Colmcille and follows on from the huge success of the recent Return of Colmcille event which saw more than 30,000 people gather to celebrate the life and work of the city’s patron saint.

‘Voyage’ will run until July 8, forming part of the City of Culture Visual Arts programme for 2013.

Mr McGuinness spoke of the impact that works such as Harron’s iconic “Hands Across the Divide” sculpture have had on uniting the city.

He also praised the contribution made to the local arts scene by Brian Ferran who has been a prominent figure in arts circles for many years.

Ferran’s ‘Colmcille: The Lore of Place’ is an apt and timely representation of the historic figure who founded the city in the sixth century while Harron’s collection of works, entitled ‘Mythologies and Uncertain Realities Embrace’, references Colmcille, myths, solitude and personal challenges of the human spirit.

The exhibition will run in the London Street Gallery until Saturday with viewing from 10 a.m. to 5pm.