CONEY, The Hyde Bridge Gallery, November 18th – 29th, 2014

Coney 18-29 Nov Hyde bridge Gallery

Coney 18_29 Nov Hyde bridge Gallery 2

On a cold, crisp November morning five women made the carefully timed crossing out across the sand flats to Coney, a small island in the mouth of Sligo Bay that withstands the might of the wild Atlantic on its Western side. For some it was a journey into unknown territory, for others among them, the island was already an old friend.

The five women were Aideen Connolly, Medbh Gillard, Diane Roemer, Lorna Watkins and Emma Stroude, all artists, all friends. They were embarking on an artists’ residency. The days that followed were spent working, exploring, investigating, soaking up the sensation of separation, isolation and the presence and character of the island itself. Although home was tantalisingly in sight, the residency provided an escape from responsibility and a chance to be truly alone and undisturbed. Separately they enjoyed moments of complete solitude and together they shared and fed from each others experiences, insights and diverse perspectives.

A year has passed and the work that began during their time on the island is now culminating in a group show entitled ‘Coney’ at The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo. The diverse skills and perspectives of the group are highlighted in this exhibition featuring drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media and print. This show promises to conjur up memories for those already familiar with the island and tempt those who have not yet visited to check their tide tables in preparation for their first venture out across the strand. It presents five alternative visions of a place, a time and an experience never to be forgotten.

‘CONEY’ runs at The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo from 18th – 29th November 2014,

Celebratory night – 6pm, Thursday 20th November

A future exhibition at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre!!!

Great news! On foot of the three portraits of Maud Gonne exhibited as part of the North West Open 2014 at the LSC I have been invited to show in a group exhibition with Amanda Jane Graham, Helen Sharp, John Cullen and Simon Carmen. A massive THANK YOU from me to the Leitrim Sculpture Centre. The space there is fantastic and I think the combination of selected artists will lead to a really interesting and stimulating show. Watch this space…..

The North West Open 2014, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton

Scotia 2013 Emma Stroude Hollowed 2013 72 dpi Still Digging  2013 Emma Stroude

These three images are currently on show as part of The North West Open 2014 in Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton. It’s a great show and I’m proud to be part of it! On Saturday 23rd August at 3pm there will be a closing event at the exhibition combining the show with the Dermot Healy Poetry Prize and The Five Glens Festival. Come along…It should be a great afternoon for culture vultures!

Cairde Visual 2014


Maud and the Morrigan 2014 Emma StroudeI am delighted to have been selected to exhibit as part of this years Cairde Visual. These two pieces, ‘Maud and the Morrigan, 2014’ and ‘Salt and Stone’ 2014 are being exhibited in the Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo from Tuesday July 8th until Saturday July 19th.

It’s a strong exhibition and I feel privileged and proud to be shown amidst such talented artists’ work.

The Cairde Festival is an Arts Festival that takes place in Sligo every July. It is a fantastic, culture packed week of events and exhibitions for all ages and pockets.

Salt and Stone Emma Stroude 2014 72dpi