official launch of Studio 20ten
'Fusion’ describes how the artists’ distinct individual styles coalesce into rich and varied exhibitions. A large crowd thronged the new venue, located between the Tower Hotel and the Soma Contemporary Gallery.
Councillor John Hearne, Mayor of Waterford Metropolitan District, performed the official opening. He praised 20ten for their enthusiasm, hard work and commitment in developing the gallery, saying that such initiatives were an important part of the life of the city. Noting the high standard of the artworks on how, he encouraged Waterford residents to support the gallery.
Conor Nolan, Arts Officer, also spoke on behalf of Waterford City and County Council, who assisted the project. He thanked the Tower Hotel group for generously making the premises available. He noted the importance of close collaboration between artists, the Council and businesses in creating such successful ventures. The Council has worked with 20ten art group on several previous projects in Waterford and further afield. Among these were ‘Within and Without’ and ‘Nemus: Sacred Grove’, both of which were featured at the County Arts Centre in Dungarvan.
Co-curator Christine O'Brien addressed the packed gallery on behalf of 20ten. She gave a brief summary of the group’s main projects to date. She paid tribute to Martin Fahy whose well known ‘Southpaw’ gallery was previously at the location.