‘Treasures from the Castle’ exhibition opens at Strule Arts Centre 

Published: 22nd June 2015

A touring exhibition showcasing treasures from Fermanagh County Museum’s collections has opened at the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh.

‘Treasures from the Castle’ is the first touring exhibition from the new Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

Speaking at the ‘Treasures from the Castle’ launch event at the Strule Arts Centre, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

“I am delighted to launch the first touring exhibition from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.  The Fermanagh and Omagh district is rich in arts and heritage. I expect the ‘Treasures from the Castle’ exhibition to be the first of many touring exhibitions, helping to highlight the district’s arts and heritage offering to locals and visitors alike.”

Reflecting part of the history of the Fermanagh Lakelands, the ‘Treasures from the Castle’ exhibition includes early Christian stone sculpture and a beautiful late nineteenth / early twentieth century replica of St Molaisse’s Gospel Shrine.

The exhibition highlights key exhibits from the Museum’s art collection.  Fermanagh County Museum has one of the most significant public collections of work by the internationally renowned painter, William Scott (1913-1989).  William Scott spent his formative years in Enniskillen where he received his first painting lessons from the artist and teacher, Kathleen Bridle (1897-1989).  Kathleen Bridle also taught and inspired another important artist, TP Flanagan (1929-2011). His striking portrait of his early mentor will be included within the exhibition.

A sample of the Museum’s significant collection of Belleek Pottery is also on display. Belleek Pottery was first established in 1857 and is the longest established ceramic factory in Ireland.  Its distinctive style and quality of craftsmanship remains instantly recognisable world-wide.

The works on display  provide a sample of the new exhibitions opening at Enniskillen Castle in Spring 2016 as part of the project to transform the site into the cultural and heritage gateway of the Fermanagh and Omagh district and beyond.

The exhibition ‘Treasures from the Castle: Highlights from Fermanagh County Museum’s Collections continues at the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh until 4 July 2015. The Gallery at the Strule Arts Centre is open Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 5.30 pm. Admission to the exhibition is free.


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