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Preacher in Stone

Preacher in Stone features the work of Dominican Fr Henry Flanagan OP who died in 1992 having taught for many years at Newbridge College in County Kildare. The exhibition will be officially opened at the Riverbank Arts Centre on Sunday 21st of April at 3.00 pm by Christy Moore, and will be open to the public from Monday 22nd of April until Friday 31st of May.

In addition to his passion for music, Henry Flanagan was an artist of note and produced a large body of sculpture in a wide range of media during his lifetime. While many of his works on religious themes are known to the public, his secular works which have been sourced from numerous private collections are unlikely to be seen exhibited together again at any time in the future. This exhibition represents a unique opportunity to view these pieces alongside a selection of Preacher in Stoneworks on religious themes.

Preacher in Stone aims to present a cross-section of the artist's work, illustrating his particular talent for carving in both stone and wood, and highlighting his sympathetic depiction of the human form. The works span a period of approximately 40 years, with the earliest dating from the 1950s, and including those completed in the months before his death.

Henry Flanagan had regular solo shows in the Kilcock Art Gallery, as well as participating in a variety of group exhibitions such as the annual Oireachtas exhibitions, the RHA, and exhibitions at the Gordon March Gallery in Boston. A detailed book on the artist and his work is also due to be published during the year by Gandon Editions (Fine Art Publishers).

As part of the Preacher in Stone exhibition, Riverbank Arts Centre is hosting a Sculpture Weekend, which will include workshops, lectures and masterclasses. The events will take place over the weekend of Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of May.

For further information, contact Catríona Fallon on (045) 448314, or e-mail us on


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