His Excellency Ambassador Adrian O’Neill opened Clonakilty-born sculptor Moss Gaynor’s first UK solo exhibition on September 20 at the Irish Cultural Centre (ICC) in Hammersmith. The exhibition also marked the opening of a new bespoke gallery at the ICC.
Speaking at the launch, Ambassador O’Neill said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to open this marvellous exhibition of sculpture by Moss Gaynor at the new gallery in the Irish Cultural Centre. Moss’s work is visually stunning and captivating.”
Moss Gaynor is an acclaimed emerging sculptor. Over the last number of years, he has exhibited regularly in Ireland in both private galleries and regional Art Centres. His work is also held is in many public and private collections. For this first UK show Moss has created a new body of work which incorporates a diverse range of methodology and materials.
In this sculpture exhibition, there is an underlying commentary on how consumerism had led to a surplus of unwanted materials and the effects this has on our society.
Speaking the the launch of the exhibition, Moss said: “I would like to thank all at the Irish Culture Centre for the honour of displaying my work at their fantastic new gallery space. Although the inspiration for much of my work come from West Cork landscapes and seascapes, the theme for this exhibition is universal. I hope it will resonate with UK and other audiences.”
Peter Power-Hynes, Cathaoirleach, ICC congratulated Moss on the opening of his exhibition and thanked Ambassador O’Neill and his staff at the Department of Foreign Affairs for their ongoing commitment to the Centre. He also expressed gratitude on behalf of the ICC to Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Culture Ireland for their support.
The opening night reception was sponsored by a number of Cork and Kerry food and drink producers including Bandon Vale Ltd., Ballymaloe Foods, Clonakilty Food Company as well as the Dingle Gin distillery owned by Porterhouse. Photography was provided by John Beasley Photography and the Weir Allergy Clinic, Bandon also sponsored the exhibition.
The ICC is the leading centre in the UK for Irish arts, music and culture. It offers the most extensive and diverse cultural programme outside of Ireland.
The centre has created a new gallery space to enable Irish and other artists to showcase their work to London and UK audiences.
Material World runs until October 11, 2019 at the Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith W6 9DT. Admission is free.
All pics by John Beasley.