The Yeats Society and The Yeats International Summer School The Yeats Society and The Yeats International Summer School

What's on at the Hyde Bridge Gallery


The Hyde Bridge Gallery

The Gallery is a commercial art gallery run by the Yeats Society. The main objective of the Hyde Bridge Gallery is to encourage all artistic endeavours within the local, national and international community. It also provides space for the exhibition of contemporary art, and provides a forum for all artistic endeavours within a historical space.

Located by Douglas Hyde Bridge on the Garavogue River, the Hyde Bridge Gallery is housed on the second floor of the Yeats Memorial Building. Also worth visiting here are the Yeats Photographic Exhibition and the library which provides reading and learning space for students who wish to consult its unique collection of books, and to listen to and view the DVD collection of lectures given at Yeats Summer Schools over more than 55 years.


Currently Exhibiting:


M.A.N Group show 22nd July – 2nd August

Myra Jago, Amanda Jane Graham and Nicole Tilley

Imirt Le Do Thoil (Play Please) is a group exhibition by artists Amanda JaneGraham, Myra Jago and Nicole Tilley exploring through print, drawing, painting and sculpture, the dramatic shifts within contemporary society and the resultant extreme impact upon childhood experience. The exhibition draws focus on how we, as a society, are witness to the changing physical, emotional, psychological and social development of children. This is particularly an Irish problem, as the Celtic Tiger and its many dreadful planning decisions have helped generate and establish a multitude of treacherous environments and neighbourhoods to the detriment of much-loved childhood hangouts. It is also worth noting that while we witness an age where technology is seen to have an unending upside, it always comes at a cost.

Imirt Le Do Thoil, through the work of these three artists, is purposely low-tech and playful as it examines and highlights the traditions and freedoms of childhood and childhood environments which are rapidly disappearing. This exhibition is mischievous, engaging and thought provoking, with the capacity to instigate collective experience and communal concern.


Upcoming Exhibitions:

The Art of James Murray

Fleadh Exhibition 4th August – 24th August

“Céad Míle Fáilte – welcome one and all to the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann website.

The Fleadh Cheoil is the world’s biggest and best traditional Irish music festival and will take place in Sligo between 10th-17th August 2014. Sligo is located in the north west of Ireland and is famous for its beauty, heritage and culture. We welcome visitors to come and sample each of these during what will be a wonderful celebration of music, fun filled days and family events in August. So whether you’re a competitor, a participant in Scoil Éigse, or simply a music fan, come and experience the fun of the Fleadh. And with our beaches, mountains and so many things to do, we hope you’ll want to come back again and again.”


Arlene McPadden 25th August – 7th September

Arlene born in 1990, lives and works in Sligo, she graduated from G.M.I.T with a BA Hons in Fine Art. She has exhibited throughout Ireland in group shows and was awarded the RDS Model Niland residency award in July 2013. "Hybridization is the ways in which forms become separated from existing practises and recombine with new forms in new practises" (Rowe and Schelling 1991:231).

My work can be seen as a metaphor for the discussion of integration and multiculturalism as a demographic model in western society. I am using classification as a form of process within the work, combining materials that highlight hybridization

Arlene McPadden: Fox and Piglet


Paul Rose 8th September – 21st September


(b.1958. Gravesend, England) Moved to Ireland in 1995.

Worked as a Nurse until 2003 when he was severely injured after a patient assault, which left him disabled.

Always having a love of the arts he took up painting for therapeutic outlet

He studied art and design at GMIT, Castlebar graduating with a BA in 2012.

Solo exhibitions include, “Wetlands Arts” Signal Centre Bray, 2014

Retrospective Memories, Casa Azuz, Cacela Velha, Algarve, Portugal. 2012.

Group exhibitions include 5 shows at the, Art Against Stigma, Linenhall Arts Centre,

Castlebar, Mayo. Receiving 2 awards for Best in Show. The Mayo Artist Show, on 3

occasions, Linenhall Arts Centre. The Volvo World Yacht Race, Galway, Ireland.

The Irish Heritage Museum, Mayo.

Paul lives and works in Kiltimagh, Mayo, Ireland


Sligo Tidy Towns 22nd September - 4th October

My Sligo Photography Competition

Sligo Tidy Towns My Sligo Photography Competition. Sligo Tidy Towns held a photography competition in July this Summer and the top 15 entries will be exhibited in the Hyde Bridge Gallery. The winner of the competition was Declan Courell with his picture of a Strandhill Sunset. Second was Noreen Kelly from Carraroe with 'Benbulben Flowers'. Third was 'Mountain Biking' taken by Des Faul. Thanks to all that entered. A gallery of the entries can be viewed on sligotidytowns.ie.


Seamus O’Byrne 6th October – 26th October

Seamus O’ Byrne was born in Dublin in 1957. He is primarily self-taught, studied in NCAD part-time, life drawing in Trinity Centre, Lincoln Place, and lithography in the Graphic Studios, Dublin. He was Secretary of “Figurative Image” group of artists for a number of years. Presently he is a committee member of Dunlavin Festival of Arts and a member of Visual Artists Ireland. He is a full time painter, living and working in West Wicklow. I paint mainly in oils and acrylics, principally figurative with a keen interest in the dynamics of the natural world. My love of the countryside, nature, and wild places has been hugely inspirational in the development of my work. My passion has led me to immerse myself outdoors, where I walk, observe, sketch, and paint gathering information in preparation for larger paintings completed in the studio. Through painting I aim to capture a particular sense of place, where light and atmosphere are hugely important in the creative process. Working in the ever changing landscape, conscious of the past, cycles of nature, the way everything returns. I have discovered it is often the less obvious or neglected aspects of our environment that triggers a starting point for the work.


Summerhill College 27th October – 2nd November


Tina Brooks 3rd November – 16th November

Tina lives and works in Strandhill, Co. Sligo, she graduated from the Institute of Technology Sligo in 2006 with a BA Hons in Fine Art. Since its completion, she has exhibited widely throughout the UK and Ireland. Her works can be found in several collections throughout Germany, England, America, Canada and Ireland. My paintings are based on observations of the Strandhill peninsula and its weather, where I now live. I use the natural elements as a primary source for exploration on canvas and paper. Paintings are not pre-planned. I use a method of laying down paint and scraping off. Each layer and brush mark, informs the next. This subjective process allows the painting to “become”. I repeat this layering and rejecting until I can locate myself or recognize the place and weather. Painting is an emotional response by me to my environment and the times we live in.


Coney Island Group Show 17th November – 30th November



Oliver Tennyson 1st December – 14th December

Oliver lives and works in Co Meath. The things I see around me, like a horse head on the pier of a gate, or a clay swan with flowers growing out of it, that many people would perceive as normal, I tend to perceive as surreal. Inspired by this way of perceiving reality, and with a specific focus on the interest I have in the cultural, historical and spiritual traditions of the island of Ireland, my work can be seen as a fusion or realism and surrealism.