Poets and artists join forces for Women's Day


International Women's Day will be marked in Wexford tonight with the launch of a collaborative project involving eight south-east-based artists.

"4+4 at 4" is a poetry/visual arts project organised by arts centres in Waterford, South Tipperary, Wicklow and Wexford, with the aim of bringing together four poets and four visual artists to create an exhibition and a book.

The participants met to share their work and explore the possibilities of using each other's disciplines as a creative starting point for a new piece of their own work.

The eight were chosen collectively by the artistic directors of the Garter Lane, South Tipperary and Wexford arts centres and Tinahely Courthouse Centre.

It was agreed that a poet and an artist be selected from the catchment area of each arts centre, and the eight chosen were visual artists Pauline Flynn, Eimear King, Reiltin Murphy and Ann O'Regan, and poets Anne Comerford, Kerry Hardie, Mary O'Gorman and Caitriona O'Reilly.

The first public presentation of the project will be at Wexford Arts Centre this evening, where it will be officially launched at 8 p.m. by the poet and painter, Mary Carberry. The exhibition, featuring new work by the eight participants, will later tour to the other arts centres involved.