Sunday 20 October 2019

Exhibition to mark Cockleshell's 20th

'Blue Smoocher' by Kiki Roosli
'Blue Smoocher' by Kiki Roosli

Esther Hayden

This is a special year for the Cockleshell Art Gallery in Duncannon as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

The not for profit art gallery started in Duncannon Fort in 1998 thanks to the determination of a local voluntary group. With the assistance of Duncannon Fort Trust and Wexford County Council the group transformed the building enabling them to their exhibition space from three units to six units.

Funding from the project came from Wexford County Council and the Wexford Organisation for Rural Development (Word).

The committee at the Cockleshell Art Gallery were instrumental in starting the international sandsculpting exhibition on Duncannon Beach, as well as hosting art classes and children's art workshops.

The gallery has facilitated many national and local exhibitions. When the Fort closed down in 2015 they were forced to find alternative accommodation and during the summer of 2015, thanks to the generosity of Fr Don Kenny and the Ramsgrange Parish Council, the gallery moved to the Old Boys' School.

Following on from that the gallery moved into a very compact space in Main Street, Duncannon and has now become the Cockleshell Art Room with exhibition space only.

The committee paid tribute to everyone who supported the gallery adding it hoped that they will be given permission by the council to move back to Duncannon Fort in the near future.

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