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Slowly Going Home

Sean Hardie


7 September, 7.30pm

Runs until 24 September

I used to take a lot of photos- I carried them home, stuck them in albums or  boxes .  More recently I dumped them onto a hard drive- and there they stayed. I rarely if ever looked at them. I realised I had turned into a camera. Click click click.  And another. And another. I started to paint .    Painting, in this impatient age, is a disarmingly slow, messy, very physical business – it’s like meandering down back roads when you could easily and more efficiently take the motorway. But it’s taught me, I hope, to stop and look, and look, and look again  in wonder at these ancient landscapes that we spend our distracted lives rushing through.


Most of these pictures come from the west of Ireland – from Achill, and the Iveragh peninsular in County Kerry. Also from rural Kilkenny, where we live on a hillside looking out across the Barrow Valley to the Blackstairs mountains.


Sean Hardie was born in 1947.  He joined the BBC in London in l968 and worked for ten years as a journalist on 24 Hours,  Panorama and Newsnight before moving to comedy, where his credits as producer and writer included  'Not The Nine O’clock News’, ’Spitting Image’ and ‘Bremner Bird and Fortune ‘.  In  l985 he moved to County Kilkenny to concentrate on writing, since when he has published three novels and six stage plays. He is a former chair of the Butler Gallery of Contemporary Art and of the Duiske Concert Season in Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny.  He has been painting for ten years . He’s married to the poet and novelist Kerry Hardie.    The show’s title comes from  Kerry Hardie’s poem ‘Sixty’, from ‘The Ash And The Oak And The Wild Cherry Tree’ (Gallery Press).



Sean Hardie wil give a galley talk about his work as writer and painter on Culture night September 22 at Custom House Studios.