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The Promise – Edenderry artist’s depiction of the post Celtic Tiger landscape

Edenderry based artist, Catherine Brereton will hold a solo show in Offaly with a striking body of new work, entitled ‘the Promise’ which depicts imagery of the post Celtic Tiger landscape of ghost estates and half built hotels. These are all real locations, mainly in the Midlands, which now just hold fragments of memories of what they were meant to be.

Aras an Chontae, Tullamore

28th February to 28th March 2014

These places certainly evoke strong feelings with people; they represent a promise of a brighter future, a change for the better. Now they are a resting place for those ideals; lonely, empty and minimal spaces which serve as a hollow daily reminder of defeated dreams to the promised community.


Catherine Brereton is very conscious of how these sites have impacted on the general psyche in her home town of Edenderry. “I am very aware of what I feel when I see these places, and I am trying to make what I see, equivalent to what I feel.” Despite the bleakness of the subject matter, what also comes through the work is a sense of surrealism, a mystical quality that all at once has presence and absence.


Catherine grew up and studied art in London, achieving her MA in the Camberwell School of Art in 1992. In 2000, she resigned as Head of Art and Design in Southwark College London and moved back to her family roots outside Edenderry with her husband and two young daughters, but her work still retains a metropolitan quality with tower blocks, lamp posts and street furniture; inanimate objects with a human presence.




As a painter and printmaker she has always been interested in the build environment. “In London, I was painting the Tate Modern building before it became the Tate, because I was purely interested in its post industrial form.”


These days, she is an art teacher in St. Mary’s Secondary School in Edenderry and she also runs the busy Rushbrook Studios, which provides art classes and summer camps for all ages as well as a portfolio preparation service for students looking to study art at third level. In addition she is also a board member of Public Access Arts; the new voluntary run art venue in JKL St., Edenderry which has almost singlehandedly transformed the visibility of artistic activity in Edenderry over the past year.


Catherine Brereton’s opening take place on Friday Feb 28th 2014 at 6pm in Aras an Chontae, Tullamore and continues until March 28th, open from Mon – Fri 9.30am to 4pm. For more information catherinebreretonartist@gmail.com; arts@offalycoco.ie

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