Local artist’s ‘Mart Project’ exhibition opens at Arts Centre

Roscommon Arts Centre’s gallery space hosts a new exhibition by Roscommon artist Laura Earley entitled ‘The Mart Project – Stories of a Community’.

  This multi-sensory exhibition is based on Laura’s experience of visiting sale days at local livestock marts in Co. Roscommon, documenting her experiences through lens-based media and audio recordings. The aim was to collect stories and to encourage memory recalling of both past and present farming experiences from the elderly, making visits to participants’ homes and to local nursing homes to carry out the recording sessions.

  The exhibition includes audio recordings from those who were and are involved in this community, and also hosts an extensive collection of photographs taken at various marts throughout the county, including Roscommon town, Castlerea and Elphin.

  The exhibition also plays host to an installation made by the artist which focuses on objects found in these environments. This aspect of the exhibition brings a playful component to the show. The work from this project is presented through a multi-sensory exhibition including audio, visual and sensory touch.

  Laura Earley is an Artist and Art Educator from Co. Roscommon. Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Design and a Masters in Art and Design Education from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD).

  The exhibition continues at Roscommon Arts Centre until Thursday, April 14th. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

  This exhibition is supported by the Roscommon County Council Creative Ireland Programme, under the Creativity in Older Age Fund 2021.