Waterford’s Greyfriars Municipal Gallery

 

Sir, – We, the undersigned, are committed to the promotion of the arts in Waterford.

We welcome the recent news that Waterford’s Municipal Art Gallery, which has been located in Greyfriars since May 11th, 2001, will move in 2018 to a permanent home in O’Connell Street, the new cultural quarter of the city. We understand that this move is to make room for a new heritage-based museum in Greyfriars. We understand that the new municipal art gallery will open in July with a high-profile exhibition.

Greyfriars Municipal Gallery is home to the Waterford Municipal Art Collection which was founded in the late 1930s and contains over 400 artworks including some by Ireland’s leading 20th-century painters including Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry, Evie Hone and Louis le Brocquy. It is a remarkable collection of which Waterford people should be proud. In 2015, it toured to the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin to great acclaim.

Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery is also an important venue for all artforms in Waterford, including literature, music and film. In the words of Waterford City and County Council: “With its excellent location, atmospheric ambience, audio-visual technical facilities, and generous wall space, Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery is currently the premiere venue for visual art in Waterford city, and second only to Garter Lane Theatre in terms of suitability for other community-based art events.”

We were disappointed that last year the southeast lost out to Galway in the bid to become the next European Capital of Culture in Ireland but were heartened that Waterford City and County Council committed to realising many of the aspirations contained in its bid and in short to putting the arts in the southeast on the map.

We are requesting the assurance of Waterford City and County Council that Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery remains open to the public until such time as the new municipal art gallery is fully operational. We believe that any delay of more than a month in the operations and programme of the Municipal Art Gallery would be a retrograde and damaging step and would send a negative message to the rest of the country regarding Waterford City and County Council’s commitment to the arts.

Waterford’s Viking history is something we are also proud of, but those concerned in promoting the arts should not be pitted against those concerned with promoting heritage in the search for limited resources and appropriate facilities. – Yours, etc,

GER KENNEDY,

Prof ROY FOSTER,

Dr PETER JORDAN,

Dr ABDUL BULBULIA,

Prof ANNE JORDAN,

Senator GRACE

O’SULLIVAN,

MARY GREHAN,

ALAN MURPHY,

ANNA JORDAN,

OLLIE BRESLIN,

JANE KEEN,

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