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Gallagher and Turner Prize winner to feature at Heaney HomePlace

By Donna Deeney

Turner Prize winner Richard Long, whose work was first exhibited in Londonderry, will feature as part of a celebration of culture from the city at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace next weekend.

Long - whose Mud Hand Circles inspired Heaney to write his poem The Mud Vision - will be in conversation with Derry native Declan McGonagle, former director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

It will be part of a series of events at the venue.

Next Friday (April 21) Derry songstress Bronagh Gallagher will be performing The Home Key, an intimate gig at the HomePlace's 190 capacity venue, The Helicon.

Gallagher's third album - Gather Your Greatness - featuring guest vocals from Brian Eno and Maria McKee, was released last year to much acclaim.

She said she was looking forward to celebrating "the beauty, the brilliance and the potency of Seamus Heaney's language" at the concert.

The following night will be given over to McGonagle's interview with Long, with a focus on the now well-established connection between Derry and the Turner Prize.

McGonagle will also explore the connections between Long's artistic practice and Seamus Heaney's work.

McGonagle said they were proud to continue the area's connection with the prestigious honour.

"Derry's successful hosting of the Turner Prize during 2013 City of Culture is still fresh in the memory, but there are many other connections, with Derry artist Willie Doherty also having been short-listed twice for the prize and served on the jury for the competition," he said.

"Richard Long also has a long-standing connection with Derry.

"He had his first one-person gallery exhibition in the city's Orchard Gallery, and I am looking forward to exploring his work further during what will be a fascinating conversation."

  • Tickets for both The Home Key: Bronagh Gallagher and Richard Long in conversation with Declan McGonagle are on sale now from www.seamusheaneyhome.com or telephone 028 7938 7444.

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