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Thu 13 Apr - Sat 10 Jun  


Admission Free

Behind the Vitrolite Shopfront - Albert Walsh

Garter Lane Arts Centre presents Behind the Vitrolite Shopfront, an exhibition of photographic works by Albert Walsh which examines how traditional and emerging ways of being coexist in contemporary Irish society.



Vitrolite, an opaque pigmented fire-toughened glass, was widely used as cladding for shopfronts, beginning during the Art Deco period and continuing until the late 1950s. Hogan Hairdressers, established in Waterford in the mid 1950s, is a distinct example of a Vitrolite shopfront from that decade. Behind the Vitrolite Shopfront invites the viewer beyond this facade and into a world where traditional practices have changed very little- a glimpse of how a little piece of Americana was brought to 1950s Waterford. This series of photographic works documents how business traditions have remained steadfast in the face of societal and economic pressures for change and how consistent change renders the once mainstream unconventional.

Albert Walsh has been Head of the Department of Art & Design Education in Crawford College of Art & Design since 1997.

Behind the Vitrolite Shopfront opened in Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, on April 13th 2017 at 7:30pm. Exhibition continues until June 10th 2017.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am- 5.30pm and during evening performances.


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