The Wexford Festival Opera and Wexford Fringe Festival run in parallel this autumn, each offering an eclectic programme of cultural events. The Fringe Festival programme includes art, craft and photography exhibitions as well as drama and musical performances. Among the visual arts highlights will be a pop-up gallery by Martina Furlong and Marja van Kampen, showing paintings and limited edition prints. At the Clayton Whites Hotel, painter Mary Wallace and sculptor Gilly Thomas join forces for a special exhibition of work, which will pair vibrant painted colour with the simple lines of bronze sculpture. The Blue Egg Gallery hosts ‘Bravura 2018’ an exhibition of work in a variety of media by Irish and international makers including ceramics by Paul Maloney, Julie Ayton, and Katharina Klug, glass by Scott Benefield and work in metal by Rebecca Gouldson. The exhibition will also feature specially produced tapestries by Muriel Beckett, Mary Cuthbert, Terry Dunne, and Angela Forte. The Pigyard Gallery shows Jackie Edwards exhibition of portraits entitled ‘Vikings and Other Friends’ while at the Bullring Mall, Bernadette Doolan opens her studio to visitors over the festival run. Doolan won the best overall work by a non-Academician in the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition. Finally, Tomás King’s exhibition of oils and watercolours titled ‘In my View’ shows at the artist’s studio, Carne Villa in Carne and Ivan Sutton exhibits his semi-abstract work at the Silver Fox restaurant.
Fringe Festival: 19 October – 4 November