‘Iconic’ new exhibition opens in Derry

Deputy Mayor, Alderman Gary Middleton with tutor Patrick McMacken of St Luke's Icon Studio.  The Deputy Mayor visited the Reflect Studio on Pump Street  on Thursday morning to open the exhibition.
Deputy Mayor, Alderman Gary Middleton with tutor Patrick McMacken of St Luke's Icon Studio. The Deputy Mayor visited the Reflect Studio on Pump Street on Thursday morning to open the exhibition.

Sixteen local artists are exhbiting their work in the new Relfect Gallery in the Pump Street courtyard as part of the city’s Easter celebrations.

The artists are all students of St. Luke’s Icon Studio - and the exhbition was opened last week by the Deputy Mayor of Derry, Alderman Gary Middleton.

Tutor Richard Sinclair says “We are very lucky to have so many of the gifted students and qualified Iconographers working in the city and surroundings participating in this exhibition.

“Iconography is a very disciplined craft, requiring years of study and dedication, which is evident from the work on show.

“There are numerous techniques that have to be mastered before you can produce the more technically demanding examples of Iconography.

“We are showing work from different schools of Iconography; both the Greek/Byzantine style and the Russian Style, so people can see the difference.”

Richard said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Derry to celebrate the work of their local Iconographers.

“We do hope people will come along and take the opportunity to use the Icons as intended this Easter, for contemplation and reflection.”

Richard founded St Luke’s Icon Studio ten years ago this October.

Richard has been training local artists in the techniques of Icon painting, as well as occasional groups in Belfast, Sligo and Ards Donegal, ever since.

He was joined as tutor by Patrick McMacken in 2013.

Both Richard and Patrick are tutors for the Association of Iconographers of Ireland.

Artists featured will be Maeve Campbell, Kay Clarke, Roisin Deehan, Hazel Drummond, Eileen Duffy, Angela McClarey, Thelma McDonell, Majella McGeady, Celia McGee, Patrick McMacken, Clare McReynolds, Maire Mullen, Fionnuala Quinn, Richard Sinclair, Olga Weston and Marina Sweeney.

The Reflect Gallery was opened in April of last year by the Creative Village Arts - a locally based charity as an exhibition space, information point and meeting place for local artists to find out about – for example - the latest exhibition opportunities, Arts Council grants and second hand equipment sales, etc., The Reflect Gallery is a small gallery near the entrance of the Pump St Courtyard, an exhibition space, information point and meeting place for local artists.

The exhibition is open this week on Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th April, from 11 to 4pm.