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ARTS Linenhall hosts Ger Mayock retrospective

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Meadowsweet memories of an artist


Ciara Moynihan

An new exhibition, ‘Meadowsweet - A Retrospective: Celebrating the Artist Ger Mayock’, will open in The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. The exhibition will include sculptures, the art form which the artist was most associated with, as well as a selection of his writings, photography, and a short film. A book celebrating the artist, ‘Ger Mayock: Meadowsweet, A Retrospective’, will also be launched on the opening night.
Ger Mayock, who died tragically in 2006, was born on December 8, 1970, and grew up in the village of Ross West, near Castlebar. He attended primary and secondary schools locally before moving to Dublin in 1988 where he studied Film at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design. He graduated in 1993 and in that year directed a film entitled ‘War’, which was subsequently screened in Ireland and at film festivals in Europe. Mayock lived and worked in New York, Paris and Prague before returning to Ireland in 1996.
Mayock had spent his childhood surrounded by music and song and throughout his life he shared his musical talents spontaneously and generously with friends and family. He played traditional music on banjo, whistle and flute, spent time passing on his knowledge to younger musicians and wrote a number of tunes. In addition to his music, Mayock produced an array of writings including poetry.
In 2002, Mayock moved to Co Leitrim to study at the Sculpture Centre in Manorhamilton, where he became skilled in the use of wood, stone and bronze. A year later, in 2003, Mayock collaborated on a biodiversity project for Kew Gardens, London, a work which involved the creation of a sculpture which stretched eleven metres long, three metres high, and was integrated into the garden’s landscape. In 2004, he carved a granite sculpture which is now a permanent feature of the grounds of Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.
Mayock’s last sculpture, entitled ‘Godhead’, was commissioned for the Prayer Room at Ireland West Airport, Co Mayo. A large figurative carving from beech, Ger completed this piece just days before his untimely death on May 7, 2006.
‘Meadowsweet – A Retrospective: Celebrating the Artist Ger Mayock’ will run until Saturday, July 3. The official opening, which will be performed by playwright, poet and presenter of RTÉ’s Arts Tonight, Vincent Woods, will take place at 7.30pm on Friday, June 11.