En Route Artist Talk: Gráinne McHugh in Wolfville, NS

Grainne McHugh artist talk in Wolfville

 Harvest Gallery

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 1pm

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is delighted to present an artist talk by visiting artist Gráinne McHugh, in collaboration with the Lunenburg School of the Arts. Taking place Saturday, April 29 at 1pm at Harvest Gallery, 462 Main Street, Wolfville, NS, this free artist talk is the first presentation offered as part of Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s En Route Artist Talk Series.

Gráinne McHugh works on a ceramic piece for her Dark Waters exhibition at the Lunenburg School of the Arts. Photo courtesy of LighthouseNow.

Gráinne McHugh trained as an artist in Cork and Galway, Ireland, and has exhibited extensively in South Africa where she lived for several years.

Mainly working with ceramics McHugh creates ambiguous figures: beautiful, cute, fun, but also discomposed, ironic and muted. “My sculpture should speak for itself,” she asserts, “it should attract or repel; it should have its own magnetism.” 
In 2014, the artist was part of a FabLab residency program in Lisbon, Portugal, exploring the scope of digital fabrication. She has recently been part of several group shows in Berlin and Bremen, Germany. This is her first Artist-in-Residence in North America. Her project at Lunenburg School of the Arts (LSA) is entitled: Dark Waters.

McHugh states, “Everyone has a sense that, globally, politically, we’re in a perfect storm. The sea has always been a great metaphor and my work at LSA attempts to reflect in a maritime way something of the present climate. I’m not primarily concerned with making policy statements about this or that subject as I am in the emotional undertow and the need to hold out a hope that is higher than the high-water mark.”

“The best aspect of being an artist-in-residence is that it affords one an opportunity to work without distractions for a sustained period of time. This strengthens the process of discovery and that suits my intuitive inclination and the medium of ceramics to a tee.”

Her Dark Waters exhibition, opens at LSA Friday, April 28th, 7:00pm.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is partnering with art galleries across the province to facilitate an exchange of national and international artists. The En Route Artist Talk Series aims to enhance existing programming and broaden contemporary art conversations.

For more information about this artist talk, the En Route Artist Talk Series, or Visual Arts Nova Scotia, contact:

Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
902-423-4694 | 1-866-225-8267
vans@visualarts.ns.ca | www.visualarts.ns.ca