Exhibition revels in abandoned Sligo spaces


“Abandoned Time”, a photographic exhibition by artist Sarah Stevens will open in the Hawk’s Well Theatre foyer in Sligo today Thursday, April 2.

DERELICT: The Anglers Rest in Ballinafad.
DERELICT: The Anglers Rest in Ballinafad.

The exhibition will run at the Theatre from April 3-27 and it will be opened with a reception this evening at 5.30pm, with local photographer Val Robus performing the official opening.

The exhibition features a range of photographs of beautiful derelict and abandoned places in Sligo and the near locality. Places include Sligo Gaol, The Anglers Rest pub in Ballinafad, a ghost estate in Ballymote, Emlaghfad Church and cemetery, Ardagowan House, the former Saehan Factory in Hazlewood, Loughglynn Convent in Roscommon and the Corrib Great Southern Hotel in Galway.

The artist, Sarah Stevens, has been fascinated by derelict spaces and has staged a number of exhibitions of her photographic work, as well as creating a blog detailing the dereliction, particularly in post-boom Ireland. Her most recent solo exhibition in Sligo – “Museum of Abandoned And Bereaved Objects” – was staged in The Model in July 2012.

All works on display in “Abandoned Time” are for sale throughout the course of the exhibition. The photographs are presented on stretched canvas and acrylic in a range of sizes. A range of photo cards will be available for sale on the opening night.

If you would like to contact the artist about the exhibition and the work in it please email derelictnation@yahoo.com

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