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Head in the Hedgerow

Hugh Barr currently resides in Granlahan, Ballinlough.

The exhibition ‘HEAD IN THE HEDGEROW’ 

Was Launched on the 15th August 2020, and ran till the end of September 2020.

Artist Statement:

The Road

There are footprints in the road. You can’t always see them, it has to have been raining and the sun needs to be drying the uneven surface. Then you can see them.

 It’s a single lane, tarmac road with grass growing in the centre. There are few places where cars can pass. This is not a problem as on a busy day five cars and a few tractors travel its length. I walk it with my dogs every day.

The works which I plan to exhibit are images of the plants and flowers which grow in the hedgerows:

It’s the small things that make the big picture.


The 2021  exhibition was dedicated to the humble, contented women who run around all day trying to fulfill the needs and requirements of daily activities and in support of those around them. 

The participants brought their own perspective on the subject of ‘WOMANHOOD” to the exhibition.

And it was a beautiful combination of work. We gave 172 tours with over 200 votes for ‘The CUSTOMER CHOICE AWARDS’

We had 7 Judges from various backgrounds and fields and interest  in the art and creative world. In order that they not influence each other, they did not meet until the final day of judging.

The judges were free to bring their own perspectives and skill set to the judging. The only criteria was that the judging was not to be based on credentials.

We gave scores for the judges first, second and third Choice.  After tallying all the scores this is the result:

3rd Prize

Siobhan McGuire’s encostic and natural wood  ‘Birthing the Land’

2nd Prize

Megan Smith with her body of work called ‘Leda’s Transformation’

1st Prize

Bridie Murray and her conceptual interpretation called  ‘Comfort’  

The Customer Choice awards went to:

1st: Megan Smith  – ‘Pensive’  as part of ‘Leda’s Transformation’

2nd: Lora Murphy – ‘Queen Tye and Her Enourage’

Thank you to all the participants because their artwork made this a great experience for our customers.