The Wright Gallery, an exciting new artistic endeavour, will open at The Quay in Westport on June 3. The gallery, located in Sue Wright’s original craft shop, is being run on an ongoing basis by a collective of ten locally-based artists under the banner of The Wright Artists. The initiative took shape after Sue posted an advertisement in The Mayo News. Recognising this as an excellent opportunity to showcase their work, a group of artists came together as a collective to run the gallery as an ongoing concern. The Wright Artists collective currently represents the artistic talents of Breda Burns, Mags Duffy, Betty Gannon, Pam Gray, Claire Griffin, Mary O’Grady, Gráinne O’Reilly, Susie Quinn, Sinéad Wall and Ian Wieczorek. The line-up represents a wide range of artistic talents and media, including painting, print, photography and sculpture, and a variety of themes and concerns. A former potter and long-time supporter of the arts, Sue Wright is enthusiastic about the project and its possibilities. “I am delighted to be able to offer the facilities to support and promote local artistic endeavour,” she stated. “Hopefully this is the beginning of an ongoing venture that will develop and grow.” “This represents a great opening for all the artists involved,” confirmed Mags Duffy, one of the artists involved in the collective, “not only to exhibit our work but also as a potential business opportunity.” The Wright Artists see themselves as a long-term project, and are keen to keep the work fresh on the walls, with an ongoing programme of themed shows in various combinations, ensuring that there will always be something fresh on the walls for gallery visitors. The Wright Gallery represents another artistic attraction for visitors to The Quay in Westport, along with the Custom House and the Waterfront Gallery, and also adds another voice supporting Westport’s reputation as a focus for the arts in the West of Ireland. The Wright Gallery opens its doors this Thursday, June 3. An official launch by Cllr. Tereasa McGuire of Westport Town Council will take place on Sunday, June 13, at 3pm. All welcome.
The Wright Gallery will be open Thursday to Monday inclusive, from 11am to 6pm daily.