Big interest in Keeney show

From left, Christine and Pat Cowley with Joan Murray and Ros Harvey. (1503PG74)
From left, Christine and Pat Cowley with Joan Murray and Ros Harvey. (1503PG74)

The possible future king of England was nowhere to be seen, but might simply have been missed in the big crowd at the opening of ‘The Gathering’, Christy Keeney’s show which opened the City of Culture programme at Cowley Cooper Fine Art on Shipquay Street on Thursday night.

Christy, who’s based in Letterkenny, is one of the best-known ceramic sculptors on these islands, and already a big seller in Cowley Cooper and elsewhere. He’s carved out a successful career in the years since he finished his Masters at the Royal College of Art with an offer to do a head of the visiting dignitary Prince Charles - an offer gratefully accepted.

Gallerist Claire Cowley says she’s a big admirer of Christy’s work and is delighted to host his first solo show in these parts.

“I think he’s brilliant and it’s a privilege to be here surrounded by these fabulous ceramic pieces and paintings,” she said. “Christy’s already recognised for his fabulous ceramic pieces, and he has work in the permanent exhibition at the Ulster Museum and has shown across Europe and in the US. Now he’s moved into painting and I think he’s making a big impact there as well.”

You’ll have to be quick to catch the show, which runs until next Thursday 21st. And in a few weeks it’s all change for Cowley Cooper, which is moved to the Bedlam premises in the former convent in Pump Street, an area which is fast becoming the city’s ‘cultural quarter’.