Terra Nostra - Exhibition exploring landscape past and present

Wednesday, 21st February 2018

Opening night postponed to 9th March 2018.

Curated by Karla Sanchez

2nd March – 27th April 2018

Wexford County Council Buildings, Carricklawn, Wexford

The Arts Department of Wexford County Council is delighted to present Terra Nostra, an exhibition exploring landscape (memory, imagination, perception) and the relationships we have to land. 

This new exhibition will combine the work of six renowned artists whose practice is heavily influenced by landscape Frank Abruzzese, Karl Burke, Laura Fitzgerald, Paul Gaffney, Hanneke van Ryswyl and Gerda Teljeur with highlights from the Wexford County Council Art Collection Robert Armstrong, Cecilia Dannell, Phoebe Donovan, Martin Gale, Eithne Jordan, Paddy Lennon, Alice Maher, Hugh O’Connor, Blaise Smith, Mary Swanzy, Keith Wilson.

Terra Nostra (Latin for “Our Earth”) reflects upon the ways in which we determine what a landscape is, and how artists have used landscape to pose questions: from formal problems of technique and composition, through ideas about perception, experience and representation; to global systems, the effects of capitalism, and climate change. 

The exhibition is curated by Mexican native Karla Sanchez-Zepeda O’Connell.
Commenting on the exhibition Karla said: “this will be a great opportunity for visitors to see work that offers many different sides and perspectives of landscape - from traditional to the unexpected. Hopefully visitors will ask questions about why something is a landscape or why it isn’t, and about how a landscape is supposed to look like and why. We can all have the chance to reflect on our own relationship to land and nature, whatever that may be.”

The Wexford County Council Art Collection started soon after the establishment of the County Arts Department in 1994. The Collection has been extensively developed over the years by the Friends of Wexford County Council Art Collection, spear-headed by the late Mairead Furlong. The collection now consists of almost 200 pieces of purchased, donated and loaned works. 

A series of free talks on the subjects of land, landscape and the environment will accompany the exhibition.

Venue: Wexford County Council Offices, Carricklawn, Wexford

  • Thursday, March 8th @ 5:30pm - Ecologist Pádraic Fogarty & Landscape Architect Brendan McGrath
  • Thursday, March 15th @ 5:30pm - Nature Expert Jim Hurley & Reformed Garden Designer and Nature Activist Mary Reynolds
  • Thursday, April 19th @ 5:30pm - Professor Declan Long, NCAD lecturer and author

Venue: Wexford Library, Mallin St, Wexford

  • Thursday, 5th April @ 7:00pm - Tom Mooney, Journalist.

Terra Nostra runs at Wexford County Council Buildings from March 2th until Friday April 27th, 2018. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm. 

For information about the exhibition please contact Lisa Fortune, Assistant Staff Officer, The Arts Department, Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, Wexford on  053 9196369 or email lisa.fortune@wexfordcoco.ie.