Ernest Ruckle arrived in Waterford in 1986 and choose to make the city his permanent home for the next 32 years. During this time he not only painted some of his most important works but also interacted with the rapidly developing local art scene of the ‘80s and’90s in a number of crucial areas such as visual art, theatre, printed material, and collaborations with local artists.
This year the Waterford Imagine festival celebrates the life and art of the late American artist Ernest Ruckle (1940 – 2018). Born in Neptune, New Jersey, Ruckle became a fulltime artist in 1963.
The exhibition “Meeting Mr Ruckle” will include original artworks, photographs, and a range of media to highlight Ernest Ruckle’s artistic impact and lasting contribution to the culture of Waterford.
“The Minaturist” 1971
“The Roadside Universe” 1988
“Deacon of Waterford” 1992
All works: acrylic and ink on board
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Muirgen – Dance Performance
Muirgen started as a collaboration between emerging photographer Hayley K. Stuart and Waterford-born dancers Rachel Ní Bhraonáin and Sophie Hutchinson. Taken in Tramore, in July and December 2017, the movement was improvised in reaction to the landscape and captured on film as it happened – a trio between photographer and dancers.
The exhibition launch, choreographed by Ní Bhraonáin, will see the images burst from their frames, with dancers immersing you in the swell of the ocean, the murmur of the marram grass and Spirit of the Selkie.
Performance times: Various from 6.30-8pm
Performers: Robyn Byrne, Elspeth McKeever.
Birds of Burden – Debut Album Launch
As part of the launch of this years Imagine Arts Festival in Garter Lane Theatre, a second launch will also take place, that of the debut album of Waterford based band “Birds of Burden”. The Album itself, over five years in the making, is entitled “A conspiracy of dust” and was recorded in Waterford City.
The band, formed around the songwriting partnership of Eoin Dalton (Hollerin’ Pine) and Joe Meagher (El higado no existe), is completed by Eadaoin Breathnach (Artistic and Musical Director of Rigout Productions), Heather Troy-Whelan (Mufasa, Found on the floor, Broken) and Paul Macdonald (Blindsite).