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The Boyne Valley Envisioned

A prestigious event celebrating the art, imagery and archaeological landscape of the Boyne Valley is to feature a unique collaboration of archaeology and art when it opens in Dublin on December 9th.

Dr. Geraldine Stout
‘The Boyne Valley Envisioned’, to be held at the Atrium of the Office of Public Works in St Stephen’s Green, will see an illustrated lecture by eminent archaeologist Dr Geraldine Stout, followed by the launch of an exhibition of paintings by Richard Moore.

Dr Stout’s lecture will focus on the Boyne Valley’s archaeological landscape, and how it has inspired artists such as Nano Reid, Louis le Brocquay, 18th century landscape painters and contemporary local artists.

The archaeologist’s book ‘Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne’, which is a major work and the latest in the ‘Atlas of the Irish Landscape’ series, has just been launched by Cork University Press.

Dr Stout led an archaeological team which, earlier this year, found part of a gold brooch during investigative archaeological work at a ringfort site near Knowth.

The paintings of Richard Moore, which will continue to be displayed at the OPW Atrium from December 10 to 20, are very much focused on the Boyne Valley megalithic sites.

His work is inspired by the study of the Boyne Valley and how legends and ancient sites relate to astronomical events and constellations, and also how local place names came to be.

Richard’s previous exhibition, at the Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre at Donore, was an outstanding success and was very strongly focused on this astronomical and mythological theme.

He has been painting in the Boyne Valley for over twenty years, and in recent years has had significant involvement in the development of the Mythical Ireland website

‘The Boyne Valley Envisioned’ opens with Dr Stout’s lecture at 6.15pm on Monday, December 9, at the Atrium of the OPW offices, 51 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. All are welcome to attend. The event is being supported by the OPW and Dúchas (Dept. of Environment).

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