Bankers cast a beady eye on Irish art


The European Central Bank in Frankfurt is hosting an exhibition of works by Irish artists. On display are 65 pieces by 22 artists, including paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture.

The exhibition focuses on Ireland and has been prepared in collaboration with the Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland.

"This exhibition provides a wonderful display of our country's contemporary art," said John Hurley, governor of the central bank, opening the exhibition.

The art on display includes works by Christopher Banahan, Joanna Kidney, Jean Clyne, Stephen Loughman, Natalie Delimata, Brian Maguire, Paul Doran, Tom Molloy, Blaise Drummond, Evin Nolan and Michael Durand. There are also works by Abigail O'Brien, David Farrell, Geraldine O'Neill, Tom Fitzgerald, Amy O'Riordan, Alva Gallagher, Mark Scallan, John Graham, Dermot Seymour, Seán Hillen and Niall Walsh.

One of the artists, Dubliner Michael Durand, is the ECB's first temporary artist in residence. Mr Durand has produced a series of photographic portraits showing 25 members of ECB staff, one from each of the member states.

The exhibition runs until August 12th.