Picture This! Imagine That!
Voyages Of St. Brendan

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'Picture This! Imagine That!
The Voyages Of St. Brendan The Navigator

by Artist Dr. Nora Donnelly 10th-31st May 2024

For the first time in over 20 years the original paintings of Italian artist Daniel De'Angeli were exhibited in Ireland thanks to the kind permission of Mr Robert and Dr Olive Pierse.

After reading an account of The Voyage of St Brendan the Abbot, which he had bought on a visit to Kerry, this Italian artist made a series of 28 beautiful, contemporary and contemplative paintings inspired by the various encounters on the journey.

The exhibition also included an installation exhibition consisting of three parts: a series of slides taken from the paintings of Daniel De'Angeli depicting instances of the Voyage of Brendan the navigator; a continual variety of sounds that amplify and intensify the visual experience and a catalogue essay. 

Siamsa Tíre together with Éamonn O Reilly and Nora Donnelly would like to thank ‘The Grey Heron’, Mr. Diarmuid McIntyre, for the wonderful ‘Soundscape’ that he composed, designed and produced for Nora’s Installation. All the sounds in the exhibit were entirely original and were recorded directly by Diarmuid himself.

As visitors found out when they entered  the space, what is heard is just as important as what is seen, and Diarmuid’s creativity and ingenuity provided nothing less than a magnificent piece of art in the form of a multi-layered and stereophonic ‘Soundscape’ which not only evoked Brendan himself but also swept all of us, spectators of the work into the space of his world and his voyage.

Original Paintings by Italian artist Daniel de'Angeli. 

Curator/Director: Éamonn O'Reilly
Artist: Dr. Nora P. Donnelly

The exhibition officially opened on the evening of 10th May with keynotes from Minister for Education Norma Foley and Kerry's Bishop Ray Browne. Dr. Nora Donnelly also held artist talks for primary schools and the general public during the dates of this exhibition. 

The exhibition was free to enjoy during opening hours from 10th - 31st May 2024. No booking is required to view our exhibitions.