Wed, 07/11/2018 - 09:08
Cork County Council Host 'Memory is Grey' exhibition in Library HQ by artist Gillian Cussen which explores memory loss. Pictured at the launch are (L-R) Dr. Michael Waldron, Curator, Crawford  Art Gallery; Gillian Cussen, Artist; Amy Murphy, Dementia Advisor, Alzheimer Society of Ireland, and husband of the artist, Ted Myers


Cork County Council Library and Arts Services are delighted to host ‘Memory is Grey’, an exhibition of portraits by artist Gillian Cussen depicting people with memory loss. The Exhibition will run until this Thursday, November 21st.

Gillian called the exhibition ‘Memory is Grey’ because she believes the idea of memory and its loss, as being black or white, present or absent, is too simplistic and de-humanising. The artist asked permission of ten people with memory loss for permission to do their portraits and wanted to portray them as layered, rich and complicated as they are themselves.

Speaking of her exhibition, Gillian Cussen said:

“I want to promote the idea that memory loss is not as negative as it is currently portrayed and understood in society. It is something that many of us may face. I want to bring the experience of memory loss further into the public domain so that people are seen as more than just their memory. I invite you to look and see the individuality, the humanity and the ordinariness and extraordinariness of my sitters. I am delighted to have the opportunity to avail of Cork County Council’s Library HQ exhibition space, in which people can view it freely”.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan said:

“I’m very proud of Cork County Council’s Library and Arts Services for hosting this exhibition. Our libraries provide a vital service at the heart of communities throughout Cork, promoting literacy, lifelong learning, and cultural development. Gillian’s work is a great fit, as it touches on issues which have or will affect us all. I strongly encourage people to visit the exhibition.”

‘Memory is Grey’ is now available to view at Cork County Council’s Library HQ, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. The exhibition is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm until this Thursday, November 21st and is free to attend.

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