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The Blue Egg Gallery, in the heart of Wexford town, close to the Arts Centre, the Library and the National Opera House, opened in 2011. It shows contemporary craft by Irish and international makers working in clay, glass, textiles, wood and metal. Alongside functional and decorative work by gallery artists, the Blue Egg also arranges regular exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops.
Each year the Blue Egg Gallery hosts between four and six exhibitions of work in all craft media. The spring and summer feature group exhibitions built around a theme or focused on one medium as well as the occasional solo show. The gallery has also hosted exhibitions originated elsewhere such as the textile exhibition, Interconnections 2, which comprised work by Irish and Scottish weavers and To Capture Silence (2015), an exhibition of work by basket maker Joe Hogan and textile artist, Liz Nilsson.
Every second year the programme begins with an exhibition by the twelve final year students attending the Pottery and Ceramics Skills Course run by the Design and Crafts Council Ireland in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. This is the only course of its type in these islands and is open to students from the EU. Their exhibition is always stimulating.
Each autumn the gallery presents BRAVURA to coincide with the Wexford Opera Festival. This group show usually features work in various media by Irish and international artists.
The gallery owner, Mary Gallagher, usually curates the exhibitions herself but she has also worked with other curators such as Hilary Morley, Mary Ruth Walsh and Carmel Creaner.
The gallery is devoted to the exhibition of decorative and functional work in clay, glass, wood, metal, textiles and mixed media by Irish and international makers. In the last nine years we have developed strong relationships with a group of artists whose skilled work we have been delighted to share with an enthusiastic audience. Getting to know the makers and their work has been a most stimulating and fulfilling experience. As you explore the work and the makers, we hope you will also find it so.
Objects can be functional or decorative, or indeed both. Here we give you an idea of how an object might be portrayed, displayed and used. Of course it is a highly personal motivation however, and we encourage you to use or display these beautiful things as you see fit.
The Blue Egg Gallery is open from early March to 24th December. Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11.00am to 5.30pm. During the Wexford Opera Festival (mid-October to early November) the gallery is open every day, including Sundays. Mary lives above the gallery so please feel to contact her, outside these hours. She is happy to assist.