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Carn artist competes for top Irish prize 17.10.16

INISHOWEN artist Marty Kelly will compete for the biggest prize in Irish contemporary art at the Royal Hibernian Association gallery next month.
The €5,000 Vue Contemporary Art Prize presented by Savills will be awarded to the artist who has produced "an outstanding body of work in the last year or made some other substantial contribution to the visual arts in Ireland".
Nineteen of Ireland’s top contemporary art galleries have each nominated an artist as a contender for the prize.
RHA director Dr Patrick Murphy, who has an extensive track record as a curator of contemporary Irish art, will adjudicate.
Carndonagh native Kelly has been nominated by the Gibbons and Nicholas gallery in Dublin, where he completed "There'll be no bloody bluebirds", a series inspired by the current migrant crisis in Europe.
Left, 'Cameo' by Marty Kelly which is part of the new series of paintings by the Carndonagh artist exploring our reaction to the migrant crisis in Europe. Right, Marty Kelly.
After seeing the White Cliffs of Dover on a return trip from Calais, Kelly was reminded of the patriotic song by Dame Vera Lynn and decided to use the bluebird as a metaphor for refugees.
The series explores issues of unity and separatism and how we identify with each other through compassion, love, gratitude, acceptance, pity and fear.
“My current work investigates how we identify ourselves,” said Kelly.
“Why do we see someone else’s experience of life as being wholly separate from our own? Compassion is seeing ourselves in each other rather than fear. Work is for me part of a daily meditation exploring these issues and states of being." Opening hours for Vue 2016 at the RHA in Dublin are 6-8pm on Thursday, November 3, 11am-8pm on Friday, November 4, 11am-7pm on Saturday, November 5, and 12-6pm on Sunday, November 6.
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