Walker Gallery is situated in the south west of Ireland in the fishing
port of Castletownbere. Sarah Walker's paintings may be seen in the
gallery all year round. The gallery opened in 2000 on Bank Place,
Castletownbere with a group exhibition of local artists.
In August of 2000 Rachel Parry exhibited her sculptures alongside the paintings of Esther Balazs.
In the summer of 2001 the gallery held two exhibitions, one of design-work and the other of paintings.
The gallery moved to a new premises in June 2003, to a new location
right on the waterfront at the west end of the pier. It is now housed
in an old stone building originally a carriage house, a very atmospheric
environment with water lapping at the old stone walls and plenty
of room for separate gallery and studio space.
In the summer of 2004 there was an exhibition of a selection of artists connected to Beara.
Also with Beara
connections, Frieda Meaney exhibited prints and paintings about a house
in Beara which her friend Monika Fabig (Germany) had photographed. That
exhibition of summer 2005 included those photographs and a short film
about the Dursey cable car by Margaret Fitzgibbon.
In 2006 the gallery showed work by two young award-winning artists,
David Grannell and Mike Hannon, just graduated from the Crawford
College of Art and Design, Cork.
In 2007, major renovations were in progress on the gallery building.
In the summer
of 2008, the Gallery re-opened. The opening show featured graduates
from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Edia Connole and
Sabina McMahon, and the Crawford College of Art in Cork, Rona Neligan
and Sarah Kearney.
The Summer Show
2009 was a selection of graduate artists from the Crawford, NCAD and
IADT including Michelle O'Shea, Mari Buttimer and Nedyalka Panova from
the Crawford, David Eager Maher, Niall Dooley, James O'hAodha and Kim
Murphy from NCAD and Aoife O'Sullivan from IADT.
Currently showing are paintings by Sarah Walker and other work...
welcome, the gallery is open Monday to Saturday 11am - 6pm June through
mid-September and most weekdays mid-September through May.