Leanne delighted with reaction to exhibition

An Táin Arts Centre current off-site exhibition has been very warmly received with many flocking to social media to praise the initiative. ‘This Time, These Days’ is a series of new drawings by local artist Leanne Mullene inspired by the Covid19 lockdown telling a story of how these strange times have changed us.
Leanne has previously been shortlisted and highly commended at the 2017 Hennessy Portrait Prize as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year competition in 2018. According to Leanne her latest exhibition which is inspired by the lockdown came together quite quickly after she had been approached by An Táin Arts Centre.
“When lockdown happened I was drawing quite a lot and I just began asking lots of friends and family how they were coping and how they were adjusting to the big changes in everyday life. People began to tell me their stories and I heard from people who were cocooning, people on the frontline and everyone in between. I was inspired by these stories and they formed the basis of what is displayed in the exhibition,” explains Leanne.
“An Táin Arts Centre got in touch with me and asked what I was up to and when I told them they got behind me and got the wheels in motion for an exhibition. The Arts Council funded the project which was great and we decided to display the drawings in shop fronts on Clanbrassil Street. From that point on it became a lovely culmination of people and groups to ensure the project came together.
“I have to give huge thanks and praise to Paul Hayes at An Táin Arts Centre, Ronan Halpin for letting us use his shop windows on Clanbrassil Street, Martin and Sinead in Bids and last but not least I want to give a special thanks for my son Doire Mullen for all his help. Thankfully the reaction so far has been hugely positive and I’m getting lots of lovely comments through my Instagram page. I have always liked site specific work right back to when I was younger doing street drawing. I think that art should be accessible and to have it this exhibition in such a public place was a huge plus for me and something I think we could maybe do more of in the future,” stated Leanne.

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