Bornacoola artist to show work in cross-cultural exhibit in China

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Multi-award winning Mary McCaffrey, (nee Mulligan), from Bornacoola is one of seven artists selected to participate in the 6th annual ‘Irish Wave’ festival.

Multi-award winning Mary McCaffrey, (nee Mulligan), from Bornacoola is one of seven artists selected to participate in the 6th annual ‘Irish Wave’ festival.

Mary and the other leading visual artists will exhibit artworks in two cross-cultural exhibitions in Beijing. Working alongside leading Chinese artists the group will help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.B. Yeats and the 70th anniversary of the ending of World War II.

With principle funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the British Council, the Northern Ireland Bureau, Dublin City Council and the Embassy of Ireland in China, the exhibitions will open in Beijing and Shanghai in March. They will then travel to Northern Ireland in July, where they will be seen at the James Wray Gallery in Belfast’s James Street South before a tour to London’s Leyden Gallery in October.

The exhibition will tour to Cork and finally to Dublin, where a visit from the Mayor of Beijing will cement the relationship of the two capital cities, now twinned.

To link-in with the ‘Year of the Ram’ in China, the first ‘Irish Wave’ exhibition of 2015, ‘Golden Fleece’, will feature a selection of painting and textile artworks inspired by the Yeats poem ‘Sailing to Byzantium’.

The show will be launched at 3:30pm on Sunday 15 March at Creative Crossover China in the 798 Arts District of Beijing, China.