‘Comfort Ye My
People’ opens at Artlink Fort Dunree
A beautifully crafted new
solo exhibition exploring humanity’s relationship with
the environment, by award-winning visual artist Alannah
Robins, has opened at the Saldanha Gallery, Fort Dunree.
‘Comfort Ye My People’ will be open daily from 10:30am
to 4:30pm (with free admission) up until 8th October
2023. A truly immersive experience, this is an intimate
reflection on geological time, on our place in the
natural world, and a visual journey through landscapes.
The 'Comfort Ye My People'
exhibition is now open at the Saldanha Gallery, Fort
A graduate of the NCAD,
Dublin, Alannah Robins is founder of Interface (an
artists’ studio and residency programme for visual
artists, writers & musicians) in Connemara. Her work
spans across Ireland and Sweden (where she lived for 5
years) and can be found in public and private
collections throughout Europe and USA. Alannah has also
been awarded several accolades and commissions that
celebrate her creative ingenuity.
Alannah Robins drawing
'Sleeper Awake' for her exhibition 'Comfort Ye My
Speaking at the opening
event for her new solo exhibition, Alannah said:
“Comfort Ye My People is a meditation on our
relationship with nature, a love letter to the land. It
is about time and water. In this exhibition I explore
the intricate relationship between humanity and the
natural world. Through a combination of drawings,
etchings and kinetic light, I invite audiences into a
space which touches on both grief and celebration.
“I had other plans for this exhibition, but I felt an
overwhelming compulsion to simply draw the mountains. I
think it might be somehow related to our need for
comfort and security when living in a state of chaos,
such as the climate crisis in which we find ourselves.
The process of drawing, then, involves giving a great
level of attention to the subject, so that it becomes
increasingly familiar. You become more and more
sensitised to that which you are drawing, which leads to
a greater intimacy with that subject or space, in this
case, for me, the inhabited landscape."
Stephen O'Callaghan, Sonya
Murray and Breda Burns, visiting from Connemara, at the
exhibition in Fort Dunree with Alannah Robins and
Buncrana local Andrew Garvey Williams.
A series of events and
activities will also take place during Alannah’s
month-long solo exhibition at Artlink Fort Dunree.
Notably, on Culture Night, Friday September 22nd 2023,
visitors can partake in a guided tour of her show,
followed by a plein air drawing workshop from 4pm to
6pm. To book this event, visit the Culture Night Donegal
Artlink Project Co-ordinator, Rebecca Strain added: “The
gently engaging work of Alannah Robins creates a space
for contemplation and conversation. An activist and
singer as well as a visual artist, she brings her unique
vision to the forefront in ‘Comfort Ye My People’,
encouraging us all to consider our relationship with our
environment, with the land."
For further information on the upcoming exhibitions and
events at Artlink Fort Dunree during September and
October 2023, visit