Derry Talent On Display At HomePlace

April 11, 2017

Two of Derry’s most internationally renowned cultural figures, singer and actress Bronagh Gallagher and curator, lecturer and writer Declan McGonagle, will be celebrating the work of the city’s Nobel Laureate at Seamus Heaney HomePlace next weekend.
On Friday 21 April, Bronagh Gallagher will be performing ‘The Home Key’, an intimate gig at the 190 capacity venue, The Helicon. 
Bronagh’s third album, 'Gather Your Greatness', featuring guest vocals from Brian Eno and Maria McKee, was released last year to great acclaim, and she is looking forward to celebrating “the beauty, the brilliance and the potency of Seamus Heaney’s language” at the concert.
On Saturday 22 April, Declan McGonagle will interview Turner Prize winner and one of the world’s most celebrated land artists, Richard Long, whose work ‘Mud Hand Circles’ inspired Heaney to write his poem ‘The Mud Vision’.
Originally from Derry and now living in Dublin, Declan is the former director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and is looking forward to exploring the connections between Long’s artistic practice and Seamus Heaney’s work.   Expanding on the theme of the HomePlace event, Declan said:
“Derry’s hugely successful hosting of the Turner Prize during 2013 City of Culture is still fresh in the memory, but there are many other connections between Derry and the Turner Prize – with Derry artist Willie Doherty also having been shortlisted twice for the prize and my having been both shortlisted and served on the jury for the competition.
Turner Prize winner Richard Long also has a longstanding connection with Derry – he had his first one person gallery exhibition, in Ireland, in May 1979, in the city’s Orchard Gallery, when I was founding curator there and I am looking forward to exploring his work further during what will be a fascinating conversation at Seamus Heaney HomePlace.”
Tickets for both 'The Home Key: Bronagh Gallagher' and 'Richard Long in conversation with Declan McGonagle' are available by clicking here or by telephone 028 7938 7444.